Saturday, January 24, 2009

what happens when you get your hand kicked while playing soccer?

This does...

It's a little hard to see but there are 2 fractures in my 4th metacarpal. I play soccer once a week at school and lately I have been playing keeper. (thus the hand injury) I was going after a ball and there were a bunch of people around. I grabbed the ball just as someone went to kick it and...CRACK!!!! I felt/heard several cracks. It didn't hurt like it was broken just like it was kicked (obviously) I kept playing keeper until my knuckle disappeared under the swelling. I switched to forward and finished the night. (after all with only 3 hours to play a week. injured or not I had to take advantage of the time.) So I talked to a doctor about it at school and he said I needed x-rays... Nice huh? 
Well here's the good part. We had some bad news about our house in Visalia a few weeks ago and it looked like we couldn't rent it to cover our monthly payment. We started praying and said that this would be Gods first opportunity to show us His faithfulness financially since we got here. Well we've cut back and had nothing but veggies for the last week and a half. We were thinking we'd have to cover some payments from savings and then out of our budget. Well God had other plans. While the house still isn't rented, we have a rental co. that says they can get enough to cover our payment. Praise God #1. Then Erin finally went to the doctor and had to spend $160 between the visit and meds. Then this with my hand. Praise God #2 is that He put us in a situation where we felt like we had to save money so we did. Even though it wasn't the financial trouble we thought we'd be in He in essence provided the way for us to have the money...God is Good. So after a few hours and a few hundred bucks here's my hand. 
More to come on the house... we're still living as frugally as we can but I have faith that God will provide. If He doesn't it's only to expose something He wants to fix.
Here's a question for all of you reading... Make sure to comment with your short answer. Leave an email address so I can respond individually if needed. If God is going to provide, do I need to cut back on my spending? We don't live extravagantly, and it's all His anyway. Is my act of faith A) simply believing that He's going to provide and not changing how we spend our money?
B) changing and bracing for financially hard times, but still believing He'll come through for me in the end? 
It's actually a good question and I honestly want to hear what you would do and why.... 
Have fun with that and I'll talk to you soon.


Sarah said...

That is a really tough question! I don't know what you should do. It seems that option A requires more faith, because you'll be in a really tough spot if you spend the money and then end up losing a place to live or not having any food for a little while (is that what would happen if you didn't have enough money?), but then we're also supposed to "obey the signs of the time" right? So if we see something coming we should prepare for it as best we can.

I'm a pretty cautious person. So I'd probably try to save the money. But I would also pray about it, and unless I felt God tugging me in the spend on what you normally do direction, I'd probably try to save. Though it makes me sad to hear that you guys have only been having veggies for the last week and a half.

I love reading your blog.

Sarah said...

And I'm really sorry you hurt your hand. :(

Cailah Pritchard said...

very nice! but aren't you going to decorate the cast? i'm sure Ella and Judah, as well as Erin, would LOVE to help.... =)

Cailah Pritchard said...

oh, and as far as your question goes, let me know when you figure it out. i'm in the same boat....well, not in the broken hand boat, but in the wavy financial one.

Nicole said...

It's a good question. It is all His anyways. Jesus sent his disciples out with nothing: no money, food, sleeping bad... He wanted the church to take care of their own. Some of them even had some resources that they could have taken care of themselves but He wants us to be interdependant. I think you guys need to eat healthy, from all 5 food groups. I don't think buying some chicken one night is asking too much. Jesus said, "If you have two coats, one belongs to the poor." As you can tell, I have no answer: I just keep rambling. I am reading "Irresistible Revolution" by Shane Clairborne. It is really making me think and want to ACT.