But if you don’t believe me when I tell you about earthly things, how can you possibly believe if I tell you about heavenly things? No one has ever gone to heaven and returned. But the Son of Man has come down from heaven. And as Moses lifted up the bronze snake on a pole in the wilderness, so the Son of Man must be lifted up, so that everyone who believes in him will have eternal life. "For God loved the world so much that he gave his one and only Son, so that everyone who believes in him will not perish but have eternal life. God sent his Son into the world not to judge the world, but to save the world through him. There is no judgment against anyone who believes in him.
So after all the doubts, crying, success and possibilities of a breakthrough we finally arrived to the month of September. I was still unsure about what God was going to do about this $20k debt, but the deadline to pay up was vastly approaching. September 22nd was the date to be exact!
At this point, I was searching and scrambling of all the best possible outcomes I could do in paying this debt off. I thought about depleting my 401K, taking all the money out of my savings account and then taking out a possible loan to pay the rest of the money off where I fell short. But God had other plans in mind.
I told you in an earlier blog posts that God gave me specific instruction to write out my resignation letter. Well, as I was praying yet again for what I should do at this point, God gave me specific instruction on what to do. His exact words were, "Take the money you get every year, on top of the money from your other 2 accounts and begin to live off of that,"...
Excuse me what?!
Am I hearing you correctly?!
So God, you just want me to quit my job like right now?
Still perplexed, I called myself reminding God about the still unpaid $20k debt! Mind you, the amount of money He just told me to live off of came up to the tune of almost $15k. In my head, I'm thinking I can beg and plead for someone to take pity on me to get another $5000 from somewhere.
Clearly I thought I heard God wrong and that this could not be the direction He was telling me to do. So I told God if this was truly His Will that I needed a real sign of confirmation.
Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you...
Now this is when I have to give my ultimate praise and shout!!!
So the money I owed the $20k to was apart of a program that helped me pay back some of my student loans. (And yes, for all you inquisitive people out there wondering, I actually did pay off a good portion of my loans with the rest of the money I was given.) As fate would have it, a good girlfriend of mine had actually went through the exact same program as well. The Holy Spirit led me to ask her about how will the program know if all the money I was given went strictly to just student loans?
Her simple response was, "Well Lauren do you plan on renewing your contract with program to get additional money?". The way my patience was setup with my job, my answer to her was an emphatic NO! She then went on to say, "Well then you don't have to show them anything. They only ask for proof when you are trying to stay in the program,". I nearly dropped the phone when she told me this incredible news!
So for those of you that didn't get the significance of what my friend just told me, in Layman’s terms she in essence gave me the confirmation I was looking for. The $20k debt was wiped clean off my slate!
JESUS CLEARLY MADE A WAY OUT OF NO WAY!!!
There were truly no words that could describe how I felt in that moment. I was in so much shock, that I think I froze in amazement while I was still on the phone with my friend. God literally saved me in that moment and the only thing I could say was THANK YOU AND GLORY BE TO GOD!
I didn't have to do anything, but be obedient to the clear direction He gave me earlier this year. Pay your tithes, put all your energy into this conference, help those I called you to help, take your hands off this situation and above all else Trust Me... Nothing more, nothing less!
Even as I'm writing this to you all today, it still blows my mind just how much God loves and protects His children. I could've easily been disobedient and tried to fix this situation in my own strength. Who knows, by doing so I could have made my situation even worse. Anything could've happened if they had in fact asked for proof in anyway at the end of my contract. But again I say, it pays to be obedient the first time around to God.
God truly didn't need my help at all. Truth be told, He could've told me ahead of time that this was going to be the outcome. However had He did, I would've never been in the position to learn to trust God in the way I did this year nor would I have step out on faith with taking Hey Mz. Lady to the next level. He showed me that I could still have peace in the storm, live my life wholeheartedly in the storm, find success in the storm and trust that He is still with me in the midst of the storm.
My God, my God you are just too awesome for words!
Crazy thing is, even with this AMAZING act of grace and mercy being done in 2016, He already told me He isn't done with me yet!