OK, I'll say it. I have prayed about finding specific things at garage sales this summer. Before you laugh, let me tell you...God has certainly been faithful.
I've been looking for bedding for Callie's "big girl" room for awhile. She's happy in her toddler bed, so I wasn't too worried about it. We happened upon this one garage sale and I found the PERFECT bedding for her room. I couldn't believe it.
Last year, I looked everywhere for an outdoor playhouse for the kids. This year, I have been scanning craigslist like mad. I had a lot of almost hits, but nothing came through. I was feeling a bit discouraged and so I prayed that I would be able to find an affordable playhouse for the kids so that they could play with it this summer. Lo and behold, that weekend, there was a garage sale in my neighborhood that was advertising a playhouse. The kids and I decided to walk by the house the night before and they already had it set up. I asked if my kids could play in it to see if they liked it. Well, they did. They let me "buy" it then, even though I wouldn't have cash until the morning. Apparently, the next morning, before the garage sale had even started, someone asked them to buy the house, but they said that it was already sold. We definitely felt God's hand on that. And, the kids play in it everyday.
I also prayed for a picnic table (in the above prayer). We found this the same weekend we found the playhouse. In almost brand-new condition. The kids now eat on it for every meal. They love it...and I love it, because it's less clean up in the kitchen. :-)
Finally, when Dave and I were just starting out, Kohl's had this awesome dog/cat bathroom stuff: shower curtain, accessories, etc. We wanted to have it so badly, since Dave was a vet. However, we didn't have kids at that point, and we didn't have the extra money. By the time we did, it was gone. So, for years now, I've kept my eye out for dog/cat shower stuff, in hopes to do the kids bathroom with it. Especially since my kids are such animal lovers. Well, I think it may have been just this last week that I actually remember praying about maybe finding it at a garage sale. The prayer was simple, "I realize this is a long shot Lord, but I would really like to be able to find this dog/cat shower curtain" So, this morning, we hit some neighborhood garage sales. I just happened to glance down...and there it was. It is actually the EXACT one that I had prayed for...years after it had ever been in the store. It came with the shower curtain, the hooks, 2 hand towels, two washcloths, a dog bathmat, and two framed pics. Basically, I just redid the kid's bathroom for not that much money. Score! Coincidence? I don't think so.
Thank you Lord for providing for us in all things, but even for the specific things. We feel your provision and blessing in our lives.