These stories are used with permission from Signs Publishing Company. More of these stories can be found in these collections: Ordinary People—Extraordinary God, Ordinary People—Faithful God, and Ordinary People—Generous God


Small shop, big God

After 15 years of successful operation, the proprietors of my premises in a prestigious shopping mall refused to renew my lease, unless I agreed to open my doors on Friday evenings and Saturdays in future. This I refused to do, because I honoured God by observing His Sabbath and returning to Him one-10th of my profits.

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Rebuking the devourer

I had just started doing a correspondence Bible course and a pastor came to have Bible studies with us. When he heard about Mum, he brought along two other pastors, and together they anointed and prayed over her.

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The lost coins

Many years ago, when my eldest son turned five, we decided it was time for him to learn the value of money and how to handle it wisely. We gave him 10 cents a week, which would make it easy for him to learn the habit of returning tithe to the Lord.

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Scarcity or abundance?

Although I became a Christian about the time I left school, I knew little of God's heart concerning money and the abundant resources of His provision. Through my early working life, my days as a theology student and the first few years of my ministry, this attitude dominated my approach to money.

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And then the hail

We grew up in a family where, according to my father, religion was somewhat of a curse. My mother was not permitted to "give any of my hard earnings to the church" and once, when she did manage to send a gift to the Lord, my father was furious when he opened her mail and found the receipt.

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My business Partner

Prior to starting my beauty therapist business, I prayed for God's leading, which He did in so many ways. He supplied the finance and location, for which I am very thankful.

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God's orange tree

My grandpa lived in Orange Grove, Western Australia, and had a navel orange tree growing--or should I say, struggling to grow--on his property. After seven years of watching this poor tree struggling to stay alive, Grandpa was ready to get rid of it.

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The miracle of the nine

Dad decided he needed to pay his sister a quick visit, so we took a few minutes to visit with her, then continued homeward. After a brief warm-up by the fire, I went to my purse to give Mum my board.

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Phil's story

"Honey, could you come? Phillip has asked to see us and especially requested that you come." I hurriedly completed my task and joined my husband as we walked to our friend's car.

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Esprit

As the days grew warmer, it became obvious that we could not put off a trip to the shopping centre much longer. Our two children needed new summer clothes.

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