Driving to Our Blessings

driving to our blessings

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Several weeks ago, one of our cars died. As with these kinds of things, it was a little unexpected and came at a bad time. Of course, the car was old but it seemed like it was chugging along ok. We had been hoping it would hold out long enough so that we could finish saving for a van and pay cash. So this poor timing kind of threw us for a loop, since we don’t have enough saved to pay cash for the much desired van.


For a few days, we debated about what to do. We have a fairly busy schedule and were operating at opposite ends of the schedule since Domingo was working nights. Making it work with only one vehicle didn’t feel very plausible. We even went as far as calling the bank about loans. We were dismayed to find that even with great credit, our van payment would be almost as much as our house payment.


Every time we prayed about the situation, all I heard were the words “In your obedience is your blessing.”


What? Really, Lord.. I am looking for a clear yes or no here!


But He was giving us a pretty clear answer. We know that we aren’t to be in debt. God doesn’t want us to be. It prohibits what we can do when we are a slave to our interest rate and outstanding balance.


So we decided to remain a one car family. With the help of my family, we’ve made it work.


Then last Friday, Domingo was laid off.


Over and over this weekend, we looked at each other and said “I’m so GLAD we don’t have a car payment to worry about.”


I don’t know how this all turns out. It’s not all sunshine and roses. But I am blessed that we listened to the Lord’s promise to us because I know that in the end, we will be blessed!

About Layne Quintanilla

I'm a Child of God, wife, frugal home school mama, and blogger. Living each day intentionally & full of joy!


5 Responses to Driving to Our Blessings

  1. Dina April 29, 2013 at 5:10 pm #

    I’m so glad u listened! Praying he finds a job soon!!

    • Layne Quintanilla April 29, 2013 at 5:16 pm #

      Us too! We kept marveling to each other this weekend how blessed we were to not have that hanging over us! I know that God will provide a job that makes my husband happy AND pays the bills very soon! 🙂

  2. Stephanie April 30, 2013 at 10:52 am #

    First let me say I know God will work this out! Second let me just marvel in the awesomeness of our God to know what was going and although he didn’t say “Hey Layne, your husband is going to be laid of” He did indeed say listen to me and all will be well!!!

    • Layne Quintanilla April 30, 2013 at 9:57 pm #

      YES! It is such a lesson in that what He answers isn’t always what we anticipate hearing. His plans are ALWAYS better than what I can dream up myself! Thanks for stopping by, Stephanie and for your encouragement! 🙂

  3. lisa lo August 14, 2013 at 8:06 pm #

    He loves us and will always take care of us. I just wish I could have wheels again too. We have been without for a year now.