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Thursday, November 15, 2018

How God Used Smurf Vitamins to Build My Faith

Now that is a title is it not? My friend, Whitney atwww.comehomeforcomfort.com told a story on Instagram on Monday about how God orders our days for us and what a blessing that is! I thought I might share this little story to encourage someone today. All of my friends have heard it over and over so if you are a friend, just bear with me. :)

When we lived in Louisville, Kentucky I had two very picky eaters named Ben and Amelia. Living on a tight budget as a college professor's wife I pinched every penny.  You may be surprised to learn that when Marvin worked at U of L we would have qualified for food stamps.  It is a prestigious job but not a high paying one for a new non tenured physics professor.  That was over 30 years ago and I hope things have changed since then!

One week I was trying to make a grocery list and had to decide to leave off the vitamins that I usually purchased to make sure my picky kids were getting all their needed vitamins and minerals.  As a nurse, I was very conscious of how important the early years are for health later on.  It really pricked at my heart but I saw no way to afford those vitamins. I did spend a quarter on Wednesdays to get coupons from the local paper and as  I was paging through the grocery section there was a coupon for a FREE bottle of Smurf Vitamins.  This was an introductory offer as the vitamins were a new product.


I was so excited to see that coupon that would supply my kiddos with vitamins for one month. Well I was so excited about it that I shared this blessing with my small group at church.  One of the more health conscious moms told me that she had two bottles that she would not use as she did not like vitamins with additives. Her mom and her mother in law had each picked up a bottle for her and she was not going to use them so would I like them? Would I ever!!

So I had three months worth of vitamins for the kids! As a young mom, this lesson reminded me that God cares about even the small things that we are concerned about. I needed that lesson in faith as we really went through some of the hardest years as a family while we were in Louisville. Fortunately we had a wonderful church family and God was certainly feeding us spiritually as we struggled financially.  I still reflect on that blessing when I am tempted to get all frazzled about a life issue.

We were not the only struggling young family that we knew. One of my dear friends, Betsy, was fearful because her husband lost his job and they had also had two little ones.  One day she called me to see if I was home. Sure, come on over. I was always glad to see Betsy and her crew.  When she arrived she unloaded the boys and then returned to her car and came back carrying two large bags of groceries.  She explained to me that someone had left a lot of groceries on their doorstep and she was tithing the amount that was given to them by sharing with the Grimms.  What a humbling experience that was for me. And another reminder that God will take care of me.

And God did provide a better job for Marvin in the defense industry. We have been blessed beyond measure. But the lessons we learned as a young couple kept us frugal all our lives and allowed us to be able to have Grimmwood today.  Betsy and her family prospered too...we still send each other Christmas cards and marvel at how our children are now adults and we are grandmothers.

I hope this little story was a blessing to you. God can use vitamins to teach a lesson!!

10 comments:

Sandi said...

That title is great! :-)

God is good.

Miss Dishywoo said...

I love this little story. Thanks for sharing it with us. When my husband and I were newlyweds (early 80's), I remember times being lean for us and everyone we knew. We, too, learned many lessons and were definitely made stronger. We were forced to GROW UP after our carefree, immature dating years. Now we can look back and see how God had "plans for us, to prosper us and not to harm us; plans to give us hope and a future" (Jeremiah 29:11). And we are so thankful.

Sandy said...

Great share Arlene. God is faithful through the hard times.

Robin in Virginia said...

What a wonderful story to treasure and to share, Arlene! It is a life reminder that God is always with us whether the times are good or hard.

Dianna said...

Thank you, Arlene, for sharing this precious testimony of God's faithfulness to His children. I have similar stories...even the grocery ones...to reflect back to God's faithfulness. When you experience times like you've shared here it truly does increase one's faith.

Mrs.T said...

What a wonderful story, Arlene! I loved reading this! God is so good!

Terri D said...

A beautiful testimony, Arlene! Thanks for sharing this story with us!!

Mari said...

This was a goose bump story! I am touched reading this and appreciate you sharing.

Gina said...

So sweet, Arlene!

RJ said...

Great story Arlene. I remember times like that when we went through some hard times...people stepped up and kept us going. RJ