Thursday, June 21, 2018

An Unexpected Answer to Prayer

As most of our family and friends know, our daughter Joy has had her sights set on attending University of Lynchburg this fall.  When we toured Lynchburg in the spring we fell in love with the school and began earnestly praying that God would supply the money needed to send her there. She had been awarded about $30,000 in scholarships, grants, and work-study, but we still needed $20,000 more and didn't want to incur any student loan debt.  Never losing faith in God's promises to provide for our needs, we took baby steps of faith toward admission this fall, praying at all times that His will be done.

In the middle of all this excitement, our son took on additional responsibilities at work which required weekly out of town travel and generated conversations about the possibility that he might move in order to be closer to work.  As he headed out of town last week I turned to Joy and said, "What am I going to do?  You're both going to leave me at the same time!"

"About that..." she said, handing me a stack of papers. Suddenly out of left field came an answer to our prayers that I had not even considered.  In a moment of inspired maturity, Joy took a hard look at the costs of attending Lynchburg and decided not to compromise her dream of traveling after college by taking on student loan debt.  On her own, she made the decision to work part-time and attend Thomas Nelson Community College.  She apologized for so quickly dismissing the idea of going to community college, recognizing that for us and her community college makes better sense.

We want to thank all of you who have prayed for us as we have sought God's will and provision.  He has provided, not in the way we hoped or expected, but clearly in a way that is in everyone's best interest.  Joy has made a wise decision and continues to seek God's will and purpose for her life.

Now that she is working part-time (another praise!) and getting ready to start college in the fall, we have another prayer request -- that God will provide a car for our family so that Steve and I can have the transportation we need for our jobs and Joy can have a commuter car for school and work.  Right now we are sharing two cars between the three of us and that is working okay.  But we know that as she commutes to school in the next county, transportation could become an issue.  Please pray that God will lead us to the right car at the right price, at just the right time.  We know He will, and we thank you for praying so.

Rejoicing that God truly does work all things together for our good,

Dee Dee

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Copyright © 2018 by Dee Dee Wike. All rights reserved.