The Milk, the Turkey, and the Flowers

This is a post from the midst of a most difficult time in the life of our family.  Our country’s economy had crashed, which eventually affected all areas of life and ministry.  My husband’s corporate ministry job was deleted, and though everyone (us included) thought we would quickly “land on our feet in another ministry position or place,” the Lord had other plans for us, and we lived for a long season without a job.  Of course, God didn’t waste a moment of it, and He faithfully provided for us on a daily basis.  We still look back on that lean time with gratitude for the many blessings God poured over us.  We learned so much.  We gained so much.  We grew so much.  We changed so much.  It was good, because God is good.  May He use this story from our difficult season to encourage you!



Q: What do milk, a turkey, and some flowers have in common?

A: The most precious message from the Lord to my family.
Did you think I was telling you a corny joke? 😉

Some days ago, James and I found ourselves at a crossroad where “faith and trusting God” meets “practical steps in providing for our family.” We certainly thought we would have a ministry position by now, and never planned on moving into the new year without a job.

But we all know how our plans are not usually the same as God’s plans. Truth be told, Isaiah 55:8-9 tells us that God’s plans are HIGHER and BETTER than ours! However, since it is heading toward Mid-November, it seems like time is running out. We honestly don’t know what the Lord wants us to do – except what He has told us to do up until now: obey Me for today and trust Me for tomorrow.

I know I shouldn’t, but when I think about the future, and no knowledge of a job, I sometimes feel this panicking feeling rising within me. With the Lord’s help, I fight it off every time, but it often hits before I know what is happening. Along with the Scriptures He has led me to cling to (see post below), every so often, the Lord does something very kind and amazing to remind me (and our family) that He will provide for us and take care of our needs.

He did that very thing two Saturdays ago. James and I had been talking and praying about what to do if he didn’t have a job soon, when a friend knocked on our door. She said that the Lord had us on her heart that day, and that He instructed her to bring us something as an answer to our prayers. Then she said that we would understand what it means, and that anyone else might think she was crazy. (grin)

She went out to her car to get her gift to us, and came back with a half-gallon of milk, a frozen turkey, and a beautiful bouquet of fall flowers. (She also included lots of other wonderful groceries – but they were extras.) The milk, turkey, and flowers where the things God instructed her to bring to us along with this message: “God will supply all of your needs”. (Phil. 4:19)

We laughed, cried, and hugged. My friend left, and with grateful, but puzzled hearts, James and I asked the Lord what He meant with the milk, turkey, and flowers in relation to the message of providing for all of our needs. Within a few minutes, it was crystal clear.

The Milk represented our daily needs. Milk is something we consume every day. By giving us milk, God was telling us this truth: God will supply our daily needs.

The Turkey represented above our daily needs. A turkey is a special treat we enjoy every once in a while – but it is not something we consume on a daily basis. By giving us a turkey, God was telling us this truth: God will supply above our daily needs.

The Flowers represented beyond our daily needs. Flowers are certainly not necessary for survival. But they are something beautiful that we enjoy – something that brightens up our days and our home. By sending us the flowers, God was telling us this truth: God will supply beyond our daily needs.

This sweet friend must have talked about “God will supply all your needs” to her children, because later that night on Facebook, she quoted her young daughter’s version of the verse: “God will supply on your knees.” Isn’t that the truth!?! All our needs, on our knees.

Philippians 4:19 in its entirety says, “And my God will liberally supply (fill to the full) your every need according to His riches in glory in Christ Jesus.” Did you notice a most important word? EVERY. Most translations say “ALL“. “God will supply ALL your needs…”

ALL includes more than the basic needs of food, clothing, and shelter. ALL encompasses those needs for friends, community, relationships, peace, joy, rest… all of the needs that we have.

As our family prepares to move and go wherever God leads us, this was such a timely and comforting message to us. When we start to wonder “what? when? where? how? etc…?” , we will remember the milk, the turkey, and the flowers. And, we’ll remember the fact that My God will supply ALL of our needs, ON our knees, according to His riches and glory in Christ Jesus!

“Thank you, Lord, for this beautiful and timely reminder! Also, thank you for this awesome verse you have put before us: “The One who called you is completely dependable. If He said it, He’ll do it.” 1 Thes. 5:24 (the Message) We are looking to you and trusting you to “do it” – in Your time, and for Your glory. Thank you for your patience when we panic. We love you… a men.”


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I'm a Jesus-loving, husband-loving, family-loving minister's wife and mom to two college kids, making our home and serving our Lord in the Mississippi Delta. I study, teach, speak, and write for the greatest Boss in the universe. "Faith, Family, Food, Fun, and Living Life brewed in the fragrance of the knowledge of Jesus Christ in every place": That's what you'll find at


  1. Thank-you for sharing this and reminding me that God will supply all of our needs!

  2. Blessings to you Jen! Thank you for sharing this amazing story and blessing. I love when God makes it so clear we can't miss it – of course, if we're listening! 🙂 So awesome!

  3. Precious friend, this made me smile and cry in the same breath. GOD IS SO FAITHFUL! I just can't say it enough…HE IS FAITHFUL.

    He is ministering to you and James so that you're hearts will remain encouraged in HIM. He is Jehovah Jireh, The LORD who Provides. I love you.

  4. What a wonderful devotional and I love all the meanings!
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  5. Amen! This is so good. God is so good!

  6. Kim@Seasons of My Heart says:

    Your post today has SO touched my heart!! I'm ALWAYS in awe…of how our Savior works. And, I LOVE it, when people are SO in tune with his heart…that they walk it out…in obedience…doing as he instructs.

    Rejoicing with you in your renewed hope of HIS promises being fulfilled in your life.

    And, what encouragment to me, to daily…moment by moment…minute…by minute…to be walking in such a fashion, that I can tangibly be the hands and feet of my Savior!

    Love ya friend…and know that I continue to pray for you as God leads, guides, and directs your EVERY step!


  7. This is a wonderful post, Jennifer! Thanks for sharing your heart. I know I get so impatient waiting on the Lord to show the way sometimes. I know He will bless your family soon with a job for James.

    Blessings & Prayers,

  8. I can't tell you how this blessed me this morning or how much I needed to hear this. The Lord is soo good. I have been having such a hard week. I've soo much to do and my arthritis is soo bad it is truly limiting what I can do. I have been feeling down and discouraged and wondering if this is just my new lot in life and how will I make it through? But you are soo right. My God knows, He cares and He will give me the strength. Every blog (or almost every anyway) I have visited this morning He has spoken right to my heart to tell me He has heard my prayer this morning. I sm not alone and He has not forgotten me. I know how you feel about your situation. But knowing our God you should get excited because whatever He has got in mind for you is sure to ge wonderful. Blessings to you, Debbie

  9. So amazing… I'm glad your friend was a faithful listener. And that you are too… so you could see what He was saying. I'll be praying for your continued needs to be met! : )


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