Family needs met

Nearly five years ago my husband and I had the desire to expand our family. When I found out I was pregnant with our third child, we were living in a place that had served our family well for six years but that we were quickly outgrowing. I prayed to God and affirmed that He was already giving our family everything we needed to thrive and grow. As my pregnancy progressed, I continued this prayer and listened for God’s direction to guide us to the necessary steps to take for our growing family.

We did not have much money saved up, and I wasn’t sure how we could afford a bigger home, but I persisted in praying and seeking God’s guidance. I found comfort in the Bible and loved the promise in Psalms 36:7: “How excellent is thy lovingkindness, O God! therefore the children of men put their trust under the shadow of thy wings.” I knew that if I continued to place my trust in God and His goodness rather than in material circumstances, we would have what we needed.

Six months into my pregnancy, I was still unsure of our future plans, but continued to pray. In Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures, Mary Baker Eddy states, “Home is the dearest spot on earth, and it should be the centre, though not the boundary, of the affections” (p. 58). I thought about the idea of home as not a physical structure but rather a quality of Spirit, God. Our home comes from God, who is our complete source of supply and love. Our growth as a family was not contingent on the space we inhabited but the love we expressed. My husband and I loved being parents and were so excited to welcome another baby—another one of God’s complete ideas—into our family. 

In humility, I turned to God and said, “OK, if You want us to welcome this baby into our current home, which has served us so well, we will do it.” With resolution, I began to clear the house of items we no longer needed, in order to make room for the baby. I felt at peace and full of gratitude for the space we were in.

The following month, I saw a listing for a home that met our needs in a secluded neighborhood that we hadn’t been aware of. The next day our real estate agent said that it was a great house. After speaking with a mortgage broker, we learned we could make a down payment with what little cash we had, and on fair terms. Our offer on the house was accepted in less than 24 hours. The entire process was so smooth and quick that at one point our real estate agent said, “I just want you to know that most sales don’t go this smoothly or easily.” Encouraged by his comment, we called on a Christian Science practitioner to pray with us as our own prayers continued.

By the time we closed on our new house, I was 36 weeks pregnant. Our son was born exactly one month later. 

We continued to affirm in prayer that God is our source of supply, and this enabled us to meet household needs as they arose. For example, when we encountered a plumbing issue, I knew that God’s goodness is unchanging and that I could trust that we could see and prove this. As Isaiah 40:5 says, “The glory of the Lord shall be revealed, and all flesh shall see it together.” As my husband paid the plumber for his work, an envelope arrived in the mail. Inside was a check we had not been expecting, and we were overjoyed to see that it covered the plumbing cost with a little bit left over. 

I am so grateful for Christian Science and the opportunity to see more of God’s goodness each day. 

Whitney Boggs Gerhard
Greenville, South Carolina, US

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