March 11, 2009

My 1st Court Date

Update at end of post....

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I know I've been away for a couple of weeks but life has just really been...well, life! I did start a post earlier in the week but when I looked back over it, the post did not qualify for BYKOTA! So, I'm back for the moment with an embarrassing memory.

Those of you that have followed my blog for a while may remember our financial struggles during last summer. God has been faithful and somehow provision has come...even when we don't see it. We are still behind on several bills but there is beginning to be some light at the end of this tunnel and with God's grace, we will make it through.

Well, one of the consequences of running out of money was that the inspection on my mini-van expired in August - the same month that Miss PD's Mom lost her job thereby causing me to lose my job. The same week that I began babysitting her again in November, I was pulled over by a constable who couldn't help but notice my expired inspection sticker as he drove past me.

Now, the hard part is that this is only like the 3rd time I have been stopped by a policeman in the 22 yrs I have been driving! The first time was for going just a bit over the speed limit (5 mph) and that was in the first five years of having my license. The second was about 7 yrs ago on my way to school, when a policeman pulled me over for not fully coming to a stop at the 4-way stop in our neighborhood.

Those first two times, I was quickly on my way with a warning to slow down and a warning to make sure I completely stopped.

The third time, though, was not the charm....this time he issued me a ticket! Since we've not had the money just lying around to pay the darned thing, a court date was set for today...this morning at 8:30 CST. We are praying that we will be able to at least start a payment plan, if not get the price of the ticket lowered.

So, if you are reading this on Wednesday morn, would you please say a prayer for me and for the judge. I want it to be fair, I really do but my first ticket in 22 yrs of driving???

I know that one day, this memory will probably make us laugh...but it is not right now! My stomach is an absolute bundle of nerves, and that is okay because even Jesus had a moment of fear as He prayed in the Garden of Gethsemane and He cares about my fears, too.

"Lord, not my will but Yours be done"

Praise God from whom all blessings flow....

God's girl, Pamela

God is so good...ALL THE TIME!!! As I said, this was my first court date and come to find it was only a pre-trial hearing. I didn't even have to mumble 3 words to the DA because I laid the inspection receipt, dated the same day of the ticket, on the table in front of him. I was only charged 1/10 of what the fine would have been if I had so desperately wanted to avoid this date that I went ahead and paid the ticket!!! 10% - as in a tithe!!!! Ain't our God so good???? He knows our financial situation so well that He stretched our faith - and nerves! - and took care of 90% of the ticket!!!
I know this is the same that any other person would go through but it just feels so good to give the glory back to my Savior because He orchestrated every move to this point. Someone in my family has learned a lesson in humility, someone has learned a lesson in submitting to a husband (a-hemm!!!) and we have both learned to lean on God even more!!!!
God is SO good, thank Him for the blessings of life!!!

15 comments:

Lynnette Kraft said...

Pamela,
It'll be okay. God will give you strength to get through this morning - but I will certainly pray. We've all been 'there' in some fashion. I'll be back to hear how it all went.

Becca said...

Oh no! I hope that you are able to get the ticket lowered, if not dropped. I will check back in later for an update as to how in went. Good luck!

Paula said...

Prayers for you and I am sure this will be a funny memory one day...

CornFedMama said...

What a wonderful (albeit scary) way for God to use you today! Nothing in this post (or our lives) is coincidence! :) i was praying, and now am rejoicing with you for the outcome. God is good. All the time. Even in a court of law. :)

Kat Marr said...

I love seeing how God works...He has His hand on big to little things. Thank you for sharing to joy of how God provides.

Kelly @ The Beauty of Sufficient Grace said...

Praying God's provision for you and your family...

Lucy said...

So glad it worked out okay for you!!

Becca said...

That is absolutely wonderful.

Linda said...

Hey Pam, (God's Girl)
I am reading this at 6:30 PM so I didn't get it in time to pray, but I am thrilled that it came out so well and you only had to pay 1/10 of the fine. God is so Awesome!

It showed your faith when you asked for prayer! Looks like God took good care of you.

Your sister in Jesus!
Linda

Laura Hoekstra-Bettig said...

Glad to hear everything worked out for you today! I'm late on my walk - after dinner, even! Thanks for your visit to my "house" today. See you next week!

Julie said...

Glad to hear that most of the fine was dropped! Praise the Lord!

Sally-Ann said...

So glad that everything worked out!! I have been pulled over for the same thing. Every other time I have been pulled over for...I admit it...speeding (not very fast though!) My cute Australian accent has gotten me off the hook. Not for tag expiration however..sigh.
Once again, so glad that everything worked out. We all need to have faith!

Kristin said...

LOVE that it worked out that way! God is wonderful and the way he works is so amazing, all the time!!

Abigail Kraft said...

Praise the Lord! He is awesome, isn't He? :) Thanks for sharing the day with us!

In His arms,
--Abigail

Mindy May said...

Good luck with your court date. I enjoyed my visit to your blog. Thank yo for stopping by mine.