I Saw God in a Green Binder

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***I wrote this post last fall, and never published it. I am not sure why I never published it, maybe it was because it was too personal. It was an impactful moment for me. A green binder may seem insignificant, but it is awesome that we have a God that cares so much about us, that His love pours out even in the smallest of details. We all have our own “green binder” stories, and they are all wonderful expressions of His love for us.***

Over the past few months, Cal has been going through the process to become licensed as a lawyer. He sat for the Bar Exam at the end of July and we are waiting on the results. As a result, his employment (and our source of income) has been a little bit on the irregular side.

We have been cutting out everything “non-essential” and that includes all school supplies. Ask any homeschool family, and having $0 budgeted for school expenses for August-November is difficult. Thankfully, we already had our entire curriculum and I am a supply hoarder, so we really have not needed anything.

One thing I did really want was a binder for the Ethan’s portfolio. I have several white ones, but I really wanted a green binder so that I could eventually have each child’s set of portfolios color coded and green is his favorite color.

I searched high and low for green binders while school supplies were on sale at the start of the school year. The only one I could find was $10, which doesn’t seem like much until you are pulling it out of a bare-bones grocery budget. I decided to settle on a white one that I already owned.

Fast forward almost two months. We are going through our office to prepare for the Cal’s new job and to turn it into a school room/nursery. I pull down my white binders from the shelf to move them into the closet and a green one fell down and hit me square in the face.

I laughed in astonishment. It was an Avery, D-ring, 1.5”, 3 ring binder. Not only was it green, but it was a very close match to Ethan’s expandable file folder that houses all of his preschool work and artwork from the past three years.

There have been so many other moments that we saw God’s provision while we were going through that tight time: a chicken lasting four meals instead of the planned two, a vet bill being half of what I expected, side jobs turning up unexpectedly, and many more. But, for some reason, my green binder has been the moment where I have felt His presence the most.

Share your “Green Binder” Moment in the comments below!

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The Blessing Calendar

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It is so AMAZING to see where God is working! However, we are a forgetful people and tend to forget God’s miracles! This has been a problem for men since “the Israelites did not remember the LORD their God who had delivered them from the power of the enemies around them.” Judges 8:34

However we have been told to always remember God and to tell our children and grandchildren about His goodness and faithfulness.

“Only give heed to yourself and keep your soul diligently, so that you do not forget the things which your eyes have seen and they do not depart from your heart all the days of your life; but make them known to your sons and your grandsons.” Deuteronomy 4:9

Our family started a Blessing Calendar this year. We simply got a calendar and write things on it AFTER they happen.

Our calendar includes mundane things that normally go on the calendar, such as doctors appointments and birthdays. But it also includes things that happened to us, such as days we were sick, births, and family game night.

At the top of the calendar we write out longer messages that demonstrate God moving in our lives and speaking to us.

Our hope is that in the future we can pull out old calendars and be able to remember how God has worked in our lives in the past!

*Please note that for the privacy of our family members and friends we pray for, all names and events listed on this calendar are completely fictional! Any resemblance to real world people and events is completely coincidental.