(Side note: The ONLY reason I mention any of this is to make visible God's grace, mercy, and to give Him the glory!)
I once was lost, but was found in 2006. Was blind, but for a few years now, I see much more than I ever did. I am thankful I obeyed when God placed it on my heart to up and move for a season (similar to Abraham with Canaan (Genesis 12-13), David with Egypt (Genesis 37-45), Moses and the Israelites to the promise land (Exodus 3- Deuteronomy 3), and David regarding Saul (1 Samuel 19- 1 Samuel 26)).
Though I have next to no income (perhaps $10-$20 each month, if that since I had to leave a new teaching job), a house was provided. Food has been very generously supplied to us. And I have received the blessing of clothes through gift cards and hand me downs. A dear friend brought over a moderately large bag of children's clothes just a few weeks ago! Truly I can say, my kiddos and I want for NOTHING!
As if this were not awesome enough, I have also been treated to a delicious lunch (thanks, Krit) and fantastic dinner (thank you, Inyoung) out at fabulous restaurants over the course of the past couple weeks or so. AND the boys and I were treated to a week with our cousins complete with a trip to the beach, a Children's Museum, and Chuck E. Cheese's twice!
These, I feel, are all "hugs from the Lord" (as I have heard them called). In other words, I find I reap precious blessings when I am obedient and consequences (not to be confused with refining or pruning) when I am not. Not to mention, "all things are [His] servants" (Psalm 119:91)!
I am indescribably thankful to family and friends who have listened when the Lord spoke to their hearts. Praise God!
But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you. 34Therefore do not be anxious about tomorrow, for tomorrow will be anxious for itself. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble. (Matthew 6:33-35. ESV.)