Liz McDevitt's testimony "Asking God In Prayer What He Thinks Before You Act..." on 12/05/2016, 1:58pm...
In my 20's and already working as a nurse I found life incomplete without having a formal college education. My desire to obtain the goals I had set for my career and move ahead in life was so strong I could think of nothing else. The decision to commit myself to full time work and full time school was a tough one. I prayed everyday asking God to show me a way if it was his will.
For months I sat at my desk crunching the numbers-could I afford it and still pay my bills, my apartment, my car. Everyday I got a little closer to formulating a plan of action and since I was moving forward I felt God had given his approval on the matter. With the faith that God would provide I committed myself to the challenge, enrolled and was accepted to a four year program that would further my nursing career.
I had to sacrifice a great apartment to make ends meet and found myself moving into a dorm on campus at age 27 with a bunch of giddy teenage girls. I started to wonder if I had really thought this thing through as I stood in the long line waiting for my room assignment. No backing out now, I have to do this, I am prepared.
It took forever to reach the "sign in" table and my mood was heading south quickly. My head was pretty low when I picked up the pen to sign in and didn't noticed the elderly nun in charge giving out the room assignments. As I started to raise my head I saw the black habit, beads and cross around her waist and with a smile I met her at eye level to say hello. Sister Anne immediately said to me "You look like a nurse". I said, "Yes, yes I am, how did you know". Right then and there she offered me a position as a school nurse and I accepted. "I was praying to Saint Joseph for someone to take the position, we really need a nurse to cover the infirmary" she said to me.
As it turned out, this position entitled me to free tuition, free room and board and a $200 stipend each month. Plus, I didn't have to share a tiny room with a giddy little teenager, what a gift from God. He had it covered the whole time and all I had to do was show up and commit.
God teaches us not to be anxious saying, "What shall we eat ?, or What shall we drink ?, or What are we to wear ?". For our heavenly Father knows we need them all. But you must seek first his kingdom and his righteousness and all these things will be added unto you. Matt. 6,31-33. Thank you Father for always having my back. Amen