Today was my day this week to run errands.
I woke up and started early and stopped at a fundraiser for sweet friends who are adopting from Ethiopia, then I started “running around”. On my list for the day were Target, Petsmart (I’m petsitting for a friend. The puppies outside were a major distraction of sweetness…), Polka Dotz, Walgreens and a Rummage Sale/Car Wash for the theater group at one of our local High Schools where a couple of my friends were working. Between Polka Dotz and Walgreens I had “hankerin'” for something cold. More specifically, something “Starbucks”. I went through a mental argument with myself about the wisdom of Starbucks and then remembered I had a gift card in my wallet. Problem solved!
THEN I went into Walgreens for a couple of good deals that I had discovered on things I knew I would be needing in the next couple of weeks. I gathered my things and went to the checkout counter, where I presented my items and of COURSE my coupons. Those of you who know me know that I very seldom purchase ANYTHING without a coupon, and if I don’t have one in my handy dandy notebook of coupons, I know where to look to see if one exists. ANYWAY, I presented my items and my coupons and stood back to watch as the clerk checked me out.
She scanned all of my items and my first three coupons with no issues and THEN it happened. The last two wouldn’t scan. (Now, one thing that is important in this story is to know that I had already done a transaction earlier in the week with ALL of the same items, using all of the same coupons, so I KNEW it was possible!) The clerk looked at me and said, “These won’t work because you have more than one coupon for these two items.” Then I became “the crazy coupon lady”. You know, the one that shuts down the entire counter to use her coupons. Yep! That was me! To make a long story short, I KNEW the policies for the store and KNEW that what I expected fell within the rules, so I stood my ground. She called for management and the assistant manager came, looked over my items carefully and completed my transaction, no questions asked.
On my way out of the store, for just a quick moment I thought, “Is this REALLY worth it?” I HATE to be the center of attention that everyone is looking at. I mean I REALLY HATE IT!
Then I heard it. That little “nudging from the Lord”. As I was jumping back into the car and trying to decide where to head next, the Lord said to me, “THINK about what couponing has done for you. THINK about how I have provided for you! THINK about what is in your wallet!”
That’s when I REALIZED once again what God has done for me. Several things appear to be falling into place that I hope will work together to provide the income I need to be able to work from home and not have to enter back into “Corporate America”, for the time being at least. I realize that doing that might mean that there are a few “short” times while things are getting underway and funds might be a little lean. But guess what’s in my wallet?
For several months now, I’ve just had a “niggling” to save any gift cards that I get. I didn’t know really why, I just sensed that I should, so I did. I’ve gotten ALL of these cards because of deals that I’ve gotten while couponing. In there right now are cards for Kroger, Target, Olive Garden, Starbucks, a gas card and others! Once again, God has provided NOT ONLY the “needs” of life, but also the “little extras” that are really WANTS but sometimes make for a “pick-me-up”!
I really hope that I don’t NEED any of them. But if I do, I KNOW WHO provided them for me!!
My Father owns not only the cattle on a thousand hills, but some gift cards and coupons as well! And for that, once again, I’m grateful.
Once again I ask you, HOW is God working in your “world” for your good and His glory? I’d love to hear your stories!