Ever had one of those times where you've wanted something... and just kept "wanting" it but never paused to actually ask God for it? Well, that's been me lately.
It's been a couple years since Daniel's gotten a raise. We don't know if it's the economy, the weather, a combination of the two, or what. (He does HVAC work, so when it's REALLY COLD or REALLY HOT they stay really busy. With mild winters and summers the past couple years the work has been much slower than normal. The past two springs he's gone a couple weeks working 20 hrs. or less. Thankfully not this year so far.)
We've never budgeted assuming that he would get a raise. We just knew that it would be nice. Then when Miss Susannah came along and our living expenses went up, it was brought to the front of my mind once again.
Finally on Monday morning I just sat down and prayed about it and asked God to bless Daniel's hard work, and if it was His will, that Daniel would get a raise. And I also asked that He would give us wisdom with our finances, a willingness to bless others with what we have, and that we would glorify Him in it all. I didn't "give" God a time-frame that I wanted Him to work in, or anything. Just basically said "It would be really nice, but Your will in Your time. And in the meantime help me use what we have wisely."
Yesterday Daniel was working on a job directly with his supervisor and boss (also the owner of the company). His boss asked Daniel if he'd looked at his paychecks lately. Daniel said no. As it turns out, Daniel got a raise a week ago! (He is paid hourly and never works the same hours every week so I didn't notice it either.)
First, Thank you, Lord!!! He answered my prayer BEFORE I prayed! What a blessing this is.
Second, I am SO PROUD of my sweetie!!