Unexpected Financial Blessings…What’s Your Story?

by Khaleef Crumbley on December 19, 2011

in Bible,Commentary

Financial Blessings

I came across an article today about anonymous donors paying off layaway balances for various Kmart shoppers. As you can tell from the Kmart Black Friday 2011 ad, they offer a ton of great merchandise around Christmas time!

It’s amazing to consider that people still desire to be the source of these types of unexpected financial blessings! Of course, we know that God is the true source of all blessings…

Do not be deceived, my beloved brethren. Every good thing given and every perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of lights, with whom there is no variation or shifting shadow. ~ James 1:16-17

However, God still uses willing hearts to help bring financial blessings (and other kinds as well) to His children. I’ve had people come through for me on many occasions, and I was grateful for every one – no matter how great or small the gift.

Even though the bible constantly warns us about misunderstanding the true value of possessions, we are still commanded to help those in need.

What Were Your Unexpected Financial Blessings?

Reading this story made me want to hear about more stories of people receiving financial blessings that were unexpected. So, I want you to share your own experiences. I’ll start with one of my own.

A long time ago I had a little bit of trouble with my driver’s license. Because of this, I needed to pay off my financed car immediately. The only thing is that I was broke and I still owed $2,000 on the car! If I couldn’t come up with the money in a short period of time (like a week or 2), they would repossess the car.

My wife (who was just my girlfriend at the time) told her best friend about my problem. He then offered to give me a loan for the full amount and allow me to pay it back over 8 months without interest! My car payments were about $241/month, and I was able to pay him back at $250/month.

I had met him a few times and we were cool, but I wouldn’t consider us friends at that point. However, he still felt moved compelled to help me with such a large gift. At that time I was working full time and I went back to school – I couldn’t afford to have my car repossessed. His generosity really helped me get through a very tough time.

Once we pay off debt, one of our goals is to set up an account for this purpose. We always want to be in a position to help others. This is another reason why I hate being in debt bondage!

Share Your Stories Of Financial Blessings

Now it’s your turn. Share how people have come into your life and helped you out when you were in a financial jam.

I really think that stories like this can encourage people to be more helpful when others are in need…even if they are complete strangers!

I may even take the comments that are left here and put them in a future article.

photo by Michal Marcol

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1 Financial Samurai

Mine was not blowing myself up in one of my first stock purchases right out of college. It turned out to be a huge gain thanks to the dot com bubble. Oh, to be that lucky again!

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2 Nannette

I’ll never forget it was 1988 and I had $5.00. I was a single mom with three babies in diapers. I had enough milk for one glass in the morning and one diaper left. It was 10:00 pm. I was hoping for a miracle all day but nothing came my way.
So I loaded up the kids in the car (I had just enough gas to get there and back) and my $5.00 to see what I could do with it. Now keep in mind 1988 I could either buy enough diapers or enough milk not both.
I pulled into the grocery store parking lot and parked. I opened the car door and looked down and saw a $20 bill.
I cried with gratitude. I was able to buy enough groceries and diapers for the week.

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3 Ryan @ Budgetable

This isn’t exactly “my” blessing, but a friend of mines. About a year ago he was going through some really hard times. His wife had just left him for another man, he lost his house, car…his new laptop got stolen… it was really raining hard on him. This was all within probably a 3 month span. Anyways, he got behind on his electricity bill and they shut it off. We live in Colorado and this was during the winter… heat is a MUST. He had no money to pay the bill and wasn’t sure what he was going to do. After being in the dark and cold all weekend suddenly his electricity just turned on. He called the electric company to find out what had happened. Turns out a person who wanted to remain anonymous paid his bill. He said it changed his life… after what he went through the past few months, he had been convinced the whole world was terrible.. that made him realize that there were still good people in the world.

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4 Ron @ High School Life

Thanks for sharing this great post! Unfortunately, I don’t really have a story. :(

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5 Financial God

I have heard of these layaway things! I don’t think these exist in Canada but I could be wrong.

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6 Khaleef Crumbley

Yeah, when I was growing up, they were very popular. However, once credit cards became a standard item, the need for layaway dropped. I am glad to see people saving up to buy items once again!

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7 Amanda L Grossman

By the way–my sister and her husband were one of the beneficiaries of the Kmart person!! They had $180 of thier layaway paid for them by an anonymous person.

Happy New Year to you and your wife!

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8 Khaleef Crumbley

I wish I could have seen their expression when they realized someone did that for them!

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9 Pam

I remember feeling really blessed when my husband and I were first married. We didn’t have very much money but we were close friends with one couple who continually blessed us by giving us food, taking us out to eat, and being so unbelievably generous to us. It really meant a lot to us during those tight financial times. It’s so cool how God works through others around us at exactly the right time!

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10 Khaleef Crumbley

That’s great! Young couples can really use the help sometimes – especially to help relieve financial stress. I’m sure they had such a great impact on you.

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11 Jai Catalano

I recently was in a financial bind and entered a video competition and won. I never expected to win nor get blessed with a $1000 prize.

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12 Khaleef Crumbley

I’m sure that people in tight spots are more prone to enter these types of contests. However, it is rare to hear from someone who has actually won one!

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13 Elle @Couple Money

When I was growing up, my mom’s car broke down and needed a engine. As a single parent with 3 kids on a tight budget it was a bigger emergency than she imagined.

A friend came through and offered a gift for a portion of the repairs and a no interest loan for the rest. It allowed my mom to continue working. A real blessing for our family that I never forgot

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14 Khaleef Crumbley

I’m sure it was such a huge blessing for your family at the time. I love when people seek to help others in that way.

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15 Jeff @ Sustainable Life Blog

Great story khaleef – I’ve only been that bad off once, when because of practices now outlawed, I spent about 80 cents more than I had in my checking account – of course, these were of varying sizes, but they put the large transaction through first, not leaving money for the other transactions to clear. I quickly got about 8 overdrafts (or more) and was charged a negative balance fee for my account on top of it all. by the next time I would have gotten paid, it would have taken up my entire check – nothing for food or rent or ANYTHING else.
My dad paid it off and I closed the account, but not after he called me a moron and suggested I get a handle on my finances. That moment was probably the turning point in my finances – i still slipped up after that, but it’s been going mostly up since.

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16 Khaleef Crumbley

The same exact thing happened to me…except, I was on my own and didn’t have anyone to step in. I can tell you for sure that you were blessed!

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17 shanendoah@The Dog Ate My Wallet

In highschool, I participated in an exchange group, where kids from Spain came to live with us for 2 weeks and then we would go live with them for 2. Sadly, while we could host, my mom couldn’t afford to pay for me to go. So the school in Spain paid $1,200 of the $1,500 cost, and my mom got to send me to Europe for $100/week.
I will always be grateful for the teacher who arranged that “scholarship”.

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18 Khaleef Crumbley

I’m sure that was a great experience. Hopefully, you will be in a position to do that for someone as well!

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19 Dr Dean

Greatmessage! I don’t have a specific story, I’ve been blessed every step of my life.

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20 Khaleef Crumbley

Great point! It’s easy to just pick out the big things, but we have to realize that every day we live is another blessing.

Thanks for the reminder!

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21 rfm

I was fortunate to receive an unexpected financial blessing today! I work for a very great company that takes the time to compliment and encourage their staff, and thank them for hard work. We’ve had three major projects in the past year, and as a “thank you”, we received quite large bonus checks today. All of us involved were astonished by their generosity. In an economic time where I feel blessed to have a good job, it’s nice to know that my organization – who is doing well financially – took this initiative to reward our efforts.

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22 Khaleef Crumbley

That’s great! You don’t see that too often in this economy. Companies definitely have the advantage, and they don’t mind showing it. I’m glad that your company rewarded you for your hard work…I’m sure it will go a long way in your mind!

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23 Tim @ Faith and Finance

Hey Khaleef

I remember when a guy from my home church sponsored me to go on a missions trip right before I started college. I didn’t have any money at the time and he asked if I wanted to go on the trip. I said, ‘yes, but I don’t have any money to go’ so he said ‘you’re going’ and paid the cost to go. I’ll always remember that.

I also read that story about paying down layaway balances – I thought it was awesome. I hope I can do that someday soon.

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24 Khaleef Crumbley

That is a great story. It’s amazing to see how God provides when you put Him first!

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