“I put a piece of paper under my pillow, and when I could not sleep I wrote in the dark.”
Henry David Thoreau

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Yesterday the furniture store delivered my bed frame I purchased last Wednesday, so that means no more sleeping with my mattress on the floor!!!! I was so stoked to spend my first night in it last night. It was grand. Superb, even.

Perhaps you’re wondering why I didn’t have a bed frame. Well, when I first moved down to Florida in early 2012, I drove down here with only my car and whatever could fit in it. Hence, I didn’t have a mattress either. I was actually sleeping on the floor and a blanket until about mid-2012 when someone purchased a mattress for me. That was a joyous night as well!

There is a story behind receiving this bed frame, and I thought it would be good to share it. After a little while being in Florida, I had found a store that had the type of bed I wanted. And I liked the bed. My criteria were storage drawers and bookshelves on the headboard. And I wanted it to be a platform bed (i.e. a bed that was designed to forego the traditional box spring).

Time passed and people had given me money to go towards the purchasing of the bed! It was amazing. I’m so blessed! So, with their money, and also money I put aside for it, the amount grew.

Now, over the course of the year, I would visit the furniture store’s website just to see if they had sales or anything (and to make sure they still sold it). Well, last Wednesday, I was on their website, and noticed that the bed was no longer available. It didn’t really faze me, even though that was the only bed of that type I’d seen that I really liked (and that would fit in my room, ahahaha).

I knew of a nearby furniture store to where I live now (I changed apartment communities this past January). I had gone there once before when I was browsing kitchen tables, and there were a few things I liked there. So, I went to their website, and there were two beds that met my criteria, and they looked BETTER than the one I had originally chosen. I immediately got excited. Not only that, but the prices on the beds were below the price of the previous bed I had picked out. And I actually had the money IN HAND to purchase either bed!

I decided I was going to go to the store the next morning. That is, until I revisited the site’s main page and just barely noticed the words “Wednesday Only 6pm – Midnight”. It was one of those ads on main pages that rotate among different things. And because I couldn’t figure out how to get back to the previous ad, I refreshed the entire page, and what do you know? There was a sale on everything in the store, lasting until midnight! At this point it was probably close to 9pm. I gave the store a call, and asked if they had both beds on display. They did and I told them I would be in that night.

Grabbing the money, I went to the store, and I met up with the salesman I spoke with on the phone. He takes me to the first bed. Amazing. He takes me to the second bed. Also, so very awesome, but the first one had more drawers. So, I asked to crunch some numbers, kind of in awe that all of this was happening because an hour prior I hadn’t even been thinking about a bed!

He gave me the numbers. With the discount on the bed and the tax, I had enough money CASH to pay for the bed. However, the delivery fee I didn’t have enough cash to cover that.

Buuuuut — and HERE is where it gets SUPER SWEET — earlier that day I was checking my bank account online and noticed some extra money deposited into my account. I figured it was my parents that deposited it (it was — I asked later), but with that money being in my account, that was enough to cover the delivery charge… and the bed was purchased!

I am so blessed and I am so thankful! The scripture Proverbs 10:22 comes to mind:

The blessing of the Lord, it maketh rich, and he addeth no sorrow with it.

In a time where bills need to be paid and money is constantly on a flow outward, I am just so gratefully blessed that I didn’t have to come out-of-pocket that day to pay for ANY of the bed frame. Yes, in the past year I had put some money into the savings of the bed, but the money that I had in my checking account at the start of the day was not touched! So I didn’t use anything I already had assigned to something else.

And between the money set aside and the extra funds deposited, God totally blessed me and hooked me up! And you know what? Even with the money that I had set aside personally, most of the money came from other people! Even if you added my parents’ money with mine, it STILL doesn’t match the dollar amount that other people so graciously gave. And having those people who sowed, believed with me, hooked with me, encouraged me… God has just blessed me greatly. And He continues to do so! I’m blessed. Blessed. Blessed. Blessed. Blessed!

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