Bravocado, Jesus! (Factor of 7)

Few things in this life make my heart overflow with joy more than when God turns a trial into a blessing.

That was certainly the case in our latest “Factor of 7” for the month of June.

My beloved and I were in Fort Stewart for his eye surgery. (To read the back story, click here.) We were doing our best to enjoy ourselves—but when you are dealing with army hospitals and/or their plans and/or the fact that we were traveling/fasting/ eating only 7 foods for a month, it can prove to be a bit challenging.

However, I was trying so, so hard to cling to my key verse for the day found in 1 Corinthians 10:10– “And do not grumble, as some of them did…” Honestly, I thought I was doing pretty good… until we made it to suppertime.

We made the mistake of not doing appropriate recon before deciding what to do for supper. I had brought food with us from home to make meals in the hotel room, but sweet Brandon was convinced that we could eat out and be fine.

Big mistake. It was easy for him—I mean, most restaurants in America can do something that involves plain beef and normal potatoes—but my fasting requirements were a little more restrictive.

He picked Chili’s—so off we went. We sat down and I scanned the menu. Oh dear. This was going to be difficult.

I frantically scanned the menu to find something that would accommodate my need for only eggs, chicken, bread, apples, sweet potatoes, spinach or avocado. The only thing I could come up with? A plain grilled chicken sandwich with avocado.

It was the third meal in a row that I had that almost exact food combination. I nearly cried. (But held strong. Barely. Thanks, Jesus.)

We ended up explaining to our waitress Heather why we had “weird food” requests. We told her about the fast and a little bit about Jesus. At the end of our meal, we asked Heather how we could pray for her. She blinked her eyes for a moment and briefly mentioned that she was currently having some financial struggles… Duly noted.

I got up to go to the restroom since I had been chugging water trying to fill up my stomach. Brandon and I had been talking earlier in the day about what we should do for our monthly Factor of 7 act of kindness. Up until that point, we had nothing. But  when I came back from the restroom, my sweet husband asked if she could be our “Factor of 7.” He thought that since she was struggling financially,  he we should leave her at $107 tip.

I was speechless. Not only was I touched at the thought, I was downright impressed at my husband’s ability to piece that all together. (Amazing what the Holy Spirit can do, huh?) Oh, and I have NEVER been more in love with that man than at that very moment. (BE STILL MY HEART!!)

So that’s what we did. We left her a $107 tip with a note that said: “Heather, we hope that this tip is just the beginning of many answered prayers. $100 because God loves you more than you can imagine, and $7 because we all have 7 Days Time each week to share that love. God bless.”  We left her a 7 Days Time Ministry card and departed the restaurant.

My stomach might have still been a little empty as we left that restaurant—but my heart was full.

How has blessing someone else blessed you? We would love your feedback. Please leave your comments below!

So today,  we are thankful for Holy Spirit’s presence in our lives, guiding us and inspiring us to do His will in the most unexpected of places. We praise Him for turning our small trials into His triumphs.

We rejoice in the fact that God can take something small like another avocado chicken sandwich and transform it into a huge blessing.

And for that, we say Bravocado, Jesus.

Blessed by blessing,

 “Bravo, God, Bravo! Everyone join in the great shout: Encore! In awe before the beauty, in awe before the might.” –Psalm 96:7 (MSG)

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18 thoughts on “Bravocado, Jesus! (Factor of 7)

  1. kelliwommack

    Go Barn! What an incredible story…you guys are doing an amazing work and God is being shown off!

  2. love this… oh, what God will do when we are open to be used!

    • Amen, Barbara! We continue to develop our Jesus listening skills… And it is incredible. Thanks for stopping by and leaving a comment. I appreciate it!

  3. Tiffany Chase

    This post brought tears to my eyes! What amazing, inspiring people you and your husband are. I am sure you made a huge difference in that woman’s life. God Bless you!

    • Oh Tiffany– Thank you, but know that this definitely wasn’t our idea– it was all Holy Spirit. Thank you so much for joining our 7 Days Time misson! We are super excited to have you on board! Blessings!

  4. WOW, what a story! (Love Jen’s book, btw) Kudos on a BUNCH of stuff: the decision to fast together, actually DOING it, the tip blessing… what a special time in your marriage!

    My blessing by being a blessing actually came yesterday. While cleaning out some old conference materials, I came across something from a speakers conference I attended in 2005: the business card for my small group leader. I wanted to be like the one leper in ten who returned to thank Jesus, so I went on a “web-safari” and finally found her on Facebook. I wrote her a note and thanked her for her encouragement and let her know how pivotal that conference had been for me.

    She emailed me right back! Turns out my note came at a God-ordained time and we had a great time reconnecting after 7 years. HE IS GOOD 🙂
    Thanks for sharing, Sharita!

    • Susan, kudos to YOU for not just reminiscing on those fond and impacting memories, but instead acting on them in the name of Christ. So thankful for the rewards of listening and obedience to Him! (PS: Love that it was SEVEN years!! Perfection. Completion. Incredible.)

  5. Beth Menduni

    You both have the biggest hearts and I am sure you have blessed many as we read your blog. I am thankful to have somehow received your blog and it reminds me daily of my many blessings and to try to be A blessing to everyone I meet. Thank you for your words and faith! And especially for passing it on!

    • We really appreciate your encouragement, Beth. I pray that you will be able to be blessed by being a blessing as you move with the Spirit. Thanks for stopping by, new friend!

  6. What a wonderful random act of kindness. God was surely smiling upon you two. Have a fabulous weekend 🙂

    • Thank you Ms. Kathleen– my heart was sure smiling as we left that restaurant! Blessings to you!

  7. Joan

    Incredible story. I would have love to have seen Heather’s face when she read the note. How much better is it to give than to receive. You not only met a financial need, but planted spiritual seeds that I pray will grow and multiply.


    • I would have loved to have seen her face too! Did she “get it?” Did she understand? Did she laugh? Cry? As much fun as it would have been to see, we know that Jesus saw– and really that’s all that matter. I pray those seeds do grow and produce incredible fruit. Thanks for stopping by, Joan.

  8. Cheryl Monen

    What an awesome, inspirational story!! Praise God. Your WONDERFUL mother-in-law sent me your link. I’m excited to follow your journey. Love you guys, Cheryl

    • So, SO excited to have you on board, Cheryl!! My Mother-In-Love IS pretty stinkin’ incredible. Thank you for the comment… and don’t be shy about telling your friends too! The more the merrier (and the more glory for Jesus!) Love ya!

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  10. YOU ROCK!!!!
    LOVE IT!!!!

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