God’s Provision…What It Looks Like For Us

So Sunday at church our pastor Jason was talking about tithing and stepping out in faith that God will provide. He shared a story about getting an unexpected check in the mail in college that was the exact amount he needed (and didn’t have) for a bill. As I was thinking about how God has provided for us over the last few years I thought I needed to share. We have also received random checks in the mail but it’s so much more than that.

Roughly 3 years ago when I was pregnant and working full-time I started looking into daycare costs for both my kids. It was insane! When we did the math I would have been working full-time to keep our benefits and make roughly $400 per month. For some people that is ok, but for us it wasn’t. We decided that I would quit and stay home with my kids. But that was a scary decision to make. I made almost 50% of our income and held the benefits for our whole family (very good benefits I might add!!). Before I quit I had a random lady that I didn’t know ask me if I wanted some boy clothes. She gave me 6 black garbage bags full of clothes 0-2T!! After my maternity leave was over I quit my job; it wasn’t an easy transition for Taylin and I but it was the right decision. Over the years we have had many random blessings come our way.

I have gone grocery shopping to find that nearly every item on my grocery list was on sale…God Stretching our budget. Pretty sure Fred Meyer didn’t know what I needed that week!

Many hand me down clothes and shoes for both Taylin and Bryson. We have bought almost no clothing for either of my kids in the last 2 years!!

Random side jobs at Christmas for both Tom and I

Random checks in the mail – we just got one last month!

A free tire for our car when it was leaking and couldn’t be fixed – Discount Tire rocks!!

Currently I’ve been provided with opportunities to work. Work that I can bring Bryson to. While I’m technically a stay at home mom I also clean 2 houses, nanny for a friend and substitute at the preschool at our church. Often Gods provision is opportunity. I could have easily said no to all those money making opportunities but I haven’t. With me doing side jobs we can put a little money in savings, we can go on a vacation. We can get a random cup of coffee at Starbucks. It just adds a little margin to our budget.

Trusting God isn’t always easy, it’s not always glamorous but if you step out in faith he will come through for you. Last year when I did our taxes I was surprised to see that Tom made a couple thousand dollars shy of what WE made when WE were both working!! Are you kidding me!! God is SO faithful!

If you aren’t currently tithing I want to encourage you to start giving something consistently. Anything just do it consistently.

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Gluten Free PF Chang’s Inspired Fried Green Beans

Hey friends! Just wanted to share a quick recipe for some gluten-free fried green beans that I made last night. My inspiration was the fried green beans that are served at PF Chang’s. Most fried dishes aren’t GF but I was hoping I could create something yummy! Well last night we were going to a NYE party and I knew there were going to be a couple of people that were GF. I looked on Pinterest and I didn’t find any recipes. So I looked at a couple of recipes with normal flour and then just winged it. And they turned out amazing! I hope you enjoy!

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Ingredients:

4 cups Green Beans – Frozen or Fresh (I used frozen and let them partially thaw)Oil for frying

Batter:
1 cup almond flour (or you could sub out GF flour)
1/4 cup arrowroot powder
1 tsp baking powder (make sure it’s GF)
1 tsp salt
1/4 tsp pepper
1 tbsp paprika
1/2 tsp garlic powder
1 egg
Milk

Dipping sauce:
3 Tbsp Milk
1/3 cup Mayo
2 Tbsp Siracha

I spread out the beans in a 9×13 pan and let them defrost about half way. You could just microwave them for a couple of minutes to speed up the process. I whisked all the ingredients together for the batter. I poured the milk in until it was the consistency of pancake batter. Maybe 1/2-3/4 cups. Once the batter was all ready to go I poured it over the beans and made sure they were all coated well.
IMG_2285_edited-1Then once my oil was hot I fried them in batches for about 3 minutes on each side (or until golden brown). I think it took about 5 batches to get them all done.
IMG_2282_edited-1 I served them with a creamy Siracha sauce. They were a hit! I have several friends that are gluten-free so I love having options. I hope you enjoy this recipe as much as we did! And feel free to tweak it to your taste.