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Broke Mom on Last $20, Kids Pray to God for Miracle. Then Mom Finds Envelope on Doorstep

There is so much power in the faith of a child. Their little hearts are not yet hardened by the world, disappointments, and broken relationships.

In Matthew, the disciples ask Jesus, “Who is the greatest in the kingdom of Heaven?” He makes it clear that the humble heart of a child is great. He tells them that if we are to enter the kingdom of heaven, we are to become like little children.

Sara Moore Gruver, a mother of three from Watkins Glen, New York, was given a little reminder of just how strong a child’s faith can be. As she neared the end of the pay period, she had to budget.

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Her children didn’t quite understand what it meant to come up short that week and began to beg for ice cream. You most likely know this routine and have seen it played out in the aisles of a grocery store, or experienced it with your own children. They insist they need a treat, or it’s the end of the world.

Sara explained to her children that she was short on funds, and the $20 in her pocket would only get her through until payday. They had plenty of food at home, after all.

Dreams of ice cream bliss crushed, she heard mournful little sighs from the back seat. Then knowing there was no convincing Mom, the children turned to the one person who always hears their prayers.

Sara heard, “God, we’d really love some ice cream. Is there any way you can give mommy some money so we can get some ice cream tonight? We know you can. Thank you.”

Reminding the children that there are bigger things they could be praying for, she corrected them. “God isn’t going to drop money on our door step so you can get ice cream. He’s BUSY right now with natural disasters.”

Her oldest child, Josh, knew that God is never too busy for even the smallest things in your life. After all, God fed a multitude with five loaves of bread and two fish. Ice cream would be no problem.

Josh, not being of little faith, replied to his mother, “Nope, God said you’ll have plenty of money for ice cream and to give some to the natural disaster people.” Sarah began to correct him but gave up.

When they pulled into the driveway, their mail was on the front porch. As they unloaded, she opened an envelope and inside was a check for $123.

The extra money was returned from an overpayment on a student loan from several years before. Sara ended her Facebook post, “The kids were not surprised. God was not surprised. They got ice cream. The Red Cross got a donation. And Mom remembered, yet again, what it means to have the faith of a child.”


So I have $20 to my name right now. Bills are paid and food is bought, but there just wasn’t much leftover this week. That’s okay. Then on the way home from grocery shopping today, my kids begged for ice cream. Begged. Cried real tears. All the drama.
I said no. I’m short on money and I might need that $20 before payday. We have plenty of good food at home; we don’t need to stop at the ice cream store.
I heard little sighs from the back seat, and then, “God, we’d really love some ice cream. Is there any way you can give mommy some money so we can get some ice cream tonight? We know you can. Thank you.”
Oh good grief. “Guys,” I said, “God isn’t going to drop money on our door step so you two can get ice cream. He’s BUSY right now with natural disasters.”
“Nope,” Josh said. “God said you’ll have plenty of money for ice cream and to give some to the natural disaster people.”
“Josh…it doesn’t work that way,” I started, and then gave up. And then we got home.
And on my doorstep was the mail.
In the mail was an envelope.
In the envelope was a check for $123. From an overpayment on a student loan I paid off…in 2007. The kids were not surprised. God was not surprised. They got ice cream. The Red Cross got a donation.
And Mom remembered, yet again, what it means to have the faith of a child.
#momof3 #faithofachild #prayer

(Edited: This post has gone viral!! Craziness! I love to write, and I wrote it simply to spread some faith and hope in a world that can be so dark some days…and I believe that’s what my words are doing. I don’t accept friend requests from people I don’t know because I keep my Facebook small, but I do accept PMs. 🙂 Also, the number you see at the bottom is NOT a social security number. It’s a telephone number for Wells Fargo. 🙂 Also I’ve gotten so many PMs offering to send my kids money for ice cream…that’s so super sweet. We have good jobs and are financially set, just some weeks we pay extra on things and don’t leave room in the budget for treats. 🙂. I never expected this post to go past my private circle of friends but I’m glad everyone is blessed! Keep the faith always!)

Since posting her experience, the story has gone viral. Sara is glad that her post has gained so much attention but has put faith in the spotlight.

Many who have read Sara’s story have offered ice cream money for her children. The paramedic reassures everyone that they are not in need, “We have good jobs and are financially set, just some weeks we pay extra on things and don’t leave room in the budget for treats.”

If this story gave you a good reminder to have the faith of a child, share it using the social media buttons below. You never know who needs to hear it.

-As she drove, she could hear their little prayers rise from the back seat of the car. But then they arrived home, and Mom spotted the envelope lying on the doorstep…

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