I do not only count my blessings I tell them and I journal them. In this way, I will always remember what the Lord has done.
In Philippines 4:19 the apostle Paul says, "But my God shall supply all your needs according to His riches in glory by Christ Jesus."
It was close to December 1998 that I had a financial need. I needed $20,000 Jamaican dollars (about US$560). As far as I could recall this was my first major financial need because God usually supplies my needs in advance. As a result of this, I have a way of saying that I am God's spoiled child because whatever I need, He supplies. God has been very faithful to me and as such, I do more "Thank you Lord" prayers than "Lord, I need . . ." prayers.
"But what's happening this time, Lord? Have you forgotten me? Did I upset you? You always supply my needs even before I ask, l need this money urgently. I have checked out all my financial resources but nothing is happening, what is going on, Lord?" I prayed.
After praying for about one week, I was sitting at my office desk one morning when the Lord spoke to my heart. He said, "Jackie, when was the last time you read your salary statement? Why don't you take it from your handbag now and look it over."
As I looked the statement over the Lord spoke to me again. This time He said, "What about that item on the car loan that you have been repaying? How much longer are you going to pay that loan? Don't you think it's time to stop?"
I immediately got the message as clear as crystal. Picking up the telephone! called the business office and inquired how much longer I needed to repay my car loan. The person at the other end quickly accessed my account then made a big laugh and said, "Girl, you have money."
"I have money? What are you talking about?" I asked.
"Well," she said, "you have overpaid your loan. We owe you approximately $40,000 (about US$1,111.00). Come on up to the office and request your money."
I was stunned; I was unable to move. But I learned my lesson well. Jesus wanted us to talk about it together. I was to stop taking Him for granted. He was still supplying my needs in advance. He had not changed, no one can upset Jesus. He wanted us to talk together. And so after one week of fellowship with Him, He opened my eyes to money He had provided in advance. What a mighty God we serve. My thank you prayer was in this song.
Great is Thy faithfulness,
God my Father,
There is no shadow
of turning with Thee;
Thou changest not,
Thy compassions, they fail not;
As Thou bast been
Thou forever wilt be.
Great is Thy faithfulness!
Great is Thy faithfulness!
Morning by morning
new mercies I see;
All I have needed
Thy hand hath provided,
Great is Thy faithfulness! Lord unto me!