Monday, November 15, 2010

test strip miracle

I am so thankful that God's mercies are new every morning!  After my woeful post yesterday, my husband decided that we needed (namely I needed) to get out of the house.  He knows me well and knew it had to be a family outing to get me to go anywhere in my state of mind.  We decided to hit our local mall for some window shopping.  We walked, dreamed, people watched and played (our mall has a great play area for the kids).  We didn't buy anything.  It was nice just hanging out as a family.  Having a teenager and a toddler makes family outings a challenge.  What will entertain the toddler is not going to keep the teenager engaged and visa versa.  We even got to see Santa.  (It's not even Thanksgiving and yes indeed Santa was at the mall) For the first time in her life Bekah actually talked to him.  She was amazed that he would know that she wanted monkey pjs (good guess Santa). 

We had been plugging along all weekend with BG checks and I figured if I needed to pull out the strips from my stashes (the ones JDRF sent as a sample with a different meter etc) then I would, but I was not going to stress and keep count of exactly how many strips were left.    We use the onetouch ultra strips and they come in pkgs of 25.  I had opened the last bottle on Friday.  I was praying all weekend that God would stretch those strips out to last until Monday when I could pick up more from our endo (our insurance won't pay for more until the 20th).  I did the midnight check last night and when I opened the bottle of strips I almost fell on the floor.  It was FULL! Like the fullest I have ever seen a bottle of strips.  I didn't count but it looked like there were 30 strips crammed in that little bottle.  At 10 checks a day we should have been at -5.   God is so good! 

This morning I traveled through the woods and over the river to our endo's office and I was able to get 6 sample bottles of 10 strips each.  As I was walking back to my car it hit me that I didn't need to keep 50 (2 full bottles) stashed at school, I could just keep 10 in each location (the classroom and office) and that would suffice.  (Giving me 30 more strips for home) My swelly brain is slow sometimes. Thanks so much for the kind comments and offers to help.  If after reading this, God still has it on your heart to help, send me a PM on FB.  I never want to be a taker and I know how precious each and every test strip is.  I also know that if God calls us to help each other then I need to swallow my pride and allow others to help us because the tables will turn and I will get the chance some day to be the helper and the giver. 

This experience reminded me of one of my favorite Bible stories.  From the Message version of 1 Kings 17

"7-9 Eventually the brook dried up because of the drought. Then God spoke to him: "Get up and go to Zarephath in Sidon and live there. I've instructed a woman who lives there, a widow, to feed you."
 10-11 So he got up and went to Zarephath. As he came to the entrance of the village he met a woman, a widow, gathering firewood. He asked her, "Please, would you bring me a little water in a jug? I need a drink." As she went to get it, he called out, "And while you're at it, would you bring me something to eat?"
 12 She said, "I swear, as surely as your God lives, I don't have so much as a biscuit. I have a handful of flour in a jar and a little oil in a bottle; you found me scratching together just enough firewood to make a last meal for my son and me. After we eat it, we'll die."
 13-14 Elijah said to her, "Don't worry about a thing. Go ahead and do what you've said. But first make a small biscuit for me and bring it back here. Then go ahead and make a meal from what's left for you and your son. This is the word of the God of Israel: 'The jar of flour will not run out and the bottle of oil will not become empty before God sends rain on the land and ends this drought.'"
 15-16 And she went right off and did it, did just as Elijah asked. And it turned out as he said—daily food for her and her family. The jar of meal didn't run out and the bottle of oil didn't become empty: God's promise fulfilled to the letter, exactly as Elijah had delivered it"


  1. OMGosh I don't know how many times we are just praying that the strips last us through the night! They seem to just disappear around here one minute you have 20 and the next your down to 3.

  2. I'll message you on FB...I have some strips I can spare Heidi.

    Love to you!

  3. I love little miracles! Angels watching over us for sure! We have some to spare...I'll send you a note. :)

  4. Oh my goodness. I love that passage. Thanks so much for sharing.

    It is true though that what you give you get in return, even if you give when you have nothing.