Truck Sold!

One of the things I’ve kinda known in my gut – even before going through Financial Peace University – was that my truck was to expensive. So I put out up for sale on the internet. After several months I got an offer that is more of a blessing than I could have imagined!

The Christian guy and I spoke on the phone that first time for about 40 minutes about God, church, Francis Chan, and more. After meeting him and seeing his offer I recognize that this is a blessing that could only come from God and a man willing to be a blessing in God’s behalf. He will pay off my truck and also give me an old, beat up truck that seats six, has four doors and rings well!

Good is very good! And that’s debt number one gone.

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1/2 Price Date Night

I decided to take my wife out on a date tonight to one of her favorite Mexican food places. It was bustling! We were a party of two, though, so got seated right away. We ordered and then waited. And waited. We were served our food by someone other than our waiter and then all through dinner no one came to check on us but this other guy. Our drinks were left unfilled and we were starting to make jokes about where our waitress went.

Finally, I asked the guy who kept coming over if he were the manager. He was one. I explained that our waitress had never come back to us since we placed our order. He immediately apologized and offered to take off half our check saying that he wants us to come back. I told him we definitely would and we love the place. Then he asked if we had ever tried their famous dessert. We had not because we are always too full to order dessert. Then he said he would get us one on him to try because it was the best!

Maybe dinner didn’t go how we planned it. We didn’t get drink refills. We had some frustration over waiting for a waitress who never came back. But in the end we got a half price dinner and a free dessert (that really was the best!)

Now I’m going to send in feedback to praise this manager who made our date night awesome! Thank him and thank God!

Free Pizza

Last week we got a deal offer in our email from one of the big pizza chains saying that if we bought a pizza from them for delivery within a time frame and enter the promo code at check out we would get another on them. We neglected to enter in the promo code when we bought the pizza so we were not sent the free code. Because I am big on feedback, I sent the pizza company a note saying that we purchased the pizza in the time frame but didn’t get the free pizza code. They responded acknowledging that we didn’t enter in the promo code but they decided to give us a free pizza anyway!

So tonight I’m going to date night with my wife and the kids are eating free pizza! Thank you God!

Step System Alarm

Just after lunch today my STEP system alarm went off. I called the utility company right away and they sent someone out. I was worried that because of the rain and because I had run over the STEP system lid with my mower (and it was now ruined) that the problem was my fault. Could have been bad, but that’s not how it worked out.

When the guy came he immediately told me that he was going to replace the lid because it was ruined. (Side note: I’ve been trying to buy one of these lids for months but no home improvement stores had them.)  I told him that I ran over it years ago and it’d been rotting ever since. He told me that because these old ones were so cheap he would replace it for free! If I ran over this one I’d have to buy the next one, but new one is all plastic and a freaking tank – so that isn’t going to happen!

Then he fixed the pump, which was clogged, and left. All free of charge! Another example of how it could have been very bad but it was actually very good!

Thank you God!

Printer Networking Job

Like earlier this week, the small business that I used to work on their computers for free called me up and asked me to come out and fix their printer issues. None of the network printers would print. It took an hour yesterday and an hour today but we got the network working and all the printers work again. And I got paid for two hours of tech support! Big blessing!

Some may say, “How was that a blessing for the business?” Sometimes bad things come up and I’m not sure how they work out. But this one is easier. Because I charge the business such a cheap hourly rate they got everything fixed for less than half the cost of the local shop or big box tech support store. The printer network issue happened – who knows why? – but they were blessed to have an inexpensive tech guy come and fix it immediately and I was blessed to make a little money to help make ends meet.

Thank God!

Fantasy Football Dinner

In our fantasy football league at church the winner of the regular season and the winner of the playoffs buys dinner for the losers of each. Unfortunately my team didn’t win but finished second worse after the playoffs, which meant just one spot out of the free dinners.

When I got to the streak house tonight for the year-end party I expected to have to buy, but both of the people who we getting the free dinners didn’t show so I was surprised to find that I got a free dinner!

Free streak dinner and great fellowship! Praise God!

The National Championship

Some would call this a minor blessing – and maybe no blessing at all if you’re a Notre Dame fan! – but I don’t have ESPN (or cable) so it seemed like I would have to miss the game. To compound matters I worked the hours of the game. Where I live there are a ton of NCAA (and SEC) fans so this was a big deal and I (an NFL fan) was looking forward to watching it. How? At work, my business has TVs in the break rooms and several of them had the game going! Also, because my brother shared his cable company login with me I was able to watch the game on my Smartphone!

Even though it wasn’t the greatest of games, even in these small desires that many people think God may not care about, He provided a way. I got all my work done and got to watch a good portion of the game. I call that a blessing!

FitBit Zip

It seems recently that I’ve had a lot of opportunities to eat out and you (if you are like my wife) may be worried that I’d gain a bunch of weight. Well, maybe God was worried as well because today I got in the mail a free FitBit Zip pedometer device that works with MyFitnessPal (calorie counting app) and Endomondo (excercise app), both of which I use but not as much as I should!

This device is $60 right now but I got it free because I shared a best practice at work in a contest. But I didn’t actually win this device. See, I told a friend of mine about the contest and he entered as well. He actually won the FitBit Zip. I won a $60 Bluetooth adapter for a car stereo auxiliary jack. My truck doesn’t have that and my friend was very excited about it so we swapped. A blessing for both of us to win and for both of us to get what we desired!

Thank God!

Virus & Malware Removal Job

One of my close personal friends works at a small business where they often have technical problems. Previously I’ve set up their wireless network, connected network printers, cleaned and repaired and fixed their computers numerous times. Recently I asked them to have the business pay for my services. I thought of it like this: would one of my friends do something for the company I worked at for free – something of significant value – simply because I worked there? Very likely not. So I thought it would be fair to set a reasonable (low) rate for them and if they needed me I’d come fix things. Today I got my first job. Completed Malware / Virus shut down!

It took two hours but I fixed it and got everything working and I made a small sum (that makes a big difference for my budget!) and the company got a very good deal on the rate and a fixed computer. Blessings all around!

Two Meals = $4.28

Last year I went to the local NHL club’s final home game. I was intrigued so I went to the season ticket counter to ask about the costs of game tickets. While I couldn’t justify the high costs I did notice that the lady had a huge stack of free taco coupons on her counter. She said I was welcome to as many as I liked so I took about 25.

Today when I needed to get lunch on the way to work (I was working late) I stopped by that taco place and bought a couple small items and got the free taco. The total was $2.38 for three value menu items. Bonus blessing: the manager who took my payment let me keep the coupon for next time! I then went across the street to redeem another coupon for a free 44 ounce drink and there the carhop also let me keep my coupon (I did not ask!)

At dinner time I decided to go back to that same taco place as I had a coupon for a free item of any kind (not a meal) and chose a steak burrito. (They took the coupon this time!) Then I went to another place and got some tots to go with it. I spent $2 on dinner.

So $4.28 got me three value items, a steak burrito, a 44 ounce drink and tots plus I still have the free taco coupon! I know that I would be tempted to dismiss these kinds of things as the fruit of my labor. After all, I sent in the feedback that got the free item of any kind, and I picked up the free taco coupons and I took the survey for the free drink. But how can I do anything without God sustaining me? Doesn’t he hold all things together and didn’t he give me all my faculties and abilities?

Could anyone get all these things without God? No. But you could think so. But the missing piece in theology like that is that God is good to all of us – even those who don’t want to recongize it.

So praise God for a full day’s worth of food for less than $5!