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A Coat -Tale
By Connie Faust
Monday, November 24, 2008

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I only asked for ONE coat, but I had a surprise answer, one I would never forget.

I knew I had to write a tale about coats when it happened; it was too extraordinary to not pass on.  Oh, I had prayed for "things" before, things like new school shoes that I would be able to afford.  That September, the girls and I had gone downtown and stopped at a store that I wouldn't ordinarily expect to stock shoes.  Lo and behold, they had wonderful quality shoes that looked like a well-known brand, one that was always beyond our budget.  When Cindy, Susan and I left that store, we left with two new pairs of beautiful school shoes for the grand total of $4.00.  No, shoes weren't priced as high as they are today, but they probably would have cost three times what I paid that day.  If God hadn't been answering my prayer.

And I remember when Susan had outgrown so many of her shirts, it was a desperate situation.  After I asked God (privately) for new shirts for Sue, a lady at our church gave us several bags full of girls' shirts, which happened to fit Susan-- not Cindy or Carol or Amy--they didn't have a need at that time.

So many ways, so many times, God met our needs.  One Sunday morning, Bill placed $20 in the offering plate at our church.  I was horrified when I saw him giving the only money we possessed.  He was laid off from his job at that time, and we were a family of seven!  But God had a real surprise for us.  Before we left the church that day, the Pastor handed Bill an envelope someone had asked him to give to us.  In the envelope was $200, exactly ten times the amount Bill had placed in the offering plate!

We were learning that God was with us in the hard times and would teach us more about His love as we trusted Him.  There are many more stories I could tell, but I want to get to the tale of the coats.

One year, as winter approached, it was obvious that Carol needed a new winter coat.  It was the same year that we faced some very troubling personal trials. We could have bought Carol a coat, but I decided to approach God about it, anyhow.  "Dear God," I prayed, "You know that we could buy her a coat, but coats cost a lot.  Would You consider sending her one instead, so we wouldn't have to buy it?"

A couple of days later, the father of Bill's niece's husband approached me and asked if we could use two coats his daughter didn't need anymore.  The funny thing was, his daughter lived with her mother, not with her dad.  It seemed strange that he was the one giving her clothing away.  As a matter of fact, he never gave clothes to any of our daughters before or after that.

One of those two coats was a "stadium coat," nice and warm, but too big for Carol.  The other one was  lighter, okay for fall, and she wore it for a while, but still would need a warmer coat for winter.

Shortly after this, a woman from the church who was a regular fashion plate asked if we could use some coats.  Of course we accepted, knowing anything from "Ellen" would be stylish.  One was a white leather coat and yes, it was very classy!

We had a young neighbor named "Julie" who lived in an old trailer up the road.  She had two little kids, and for awhile I used to babysit for her when she went to work.  She was not what you'd call well-to-do, so I was quite surprised when "Julie" gave me some coats. 

Then someone else gave us a coat, and someone else, and someone else.....I can't even remember where they all came from, but the coats kept coming until we had received thirteen coats!  Laughingly I prayed, "Okay, Lord, You can stop sending coats!  We get the message!"

How I thanked the Lord for showing our family how abundantly He loves us!  Our children needed to know that at that particular time more than ever before.  My husband and I needed to be reminded, too.  When we "cast our cares on Him," as the Bible tells us, we learn that He truly cares.  In the hardest times in our lives, God can draw us close to Him and comfort us through His word and His very personal care for each one of us.

When I first recorded the story of the thirteen coats, my family was still going through turmoil.  I wrote then, "My family has not been totally restored to this day, but God is still in charge.  The God of the thirteen coats, the God who answers prayer abundantly, is still working in each heart, and He has taught me to trust Him no matter how long it takes."

Can you understand now why I cherish this little COAT TALE?






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Reviewed by John Coppolella 1/31/2009
I too have held on to God's coat tail, whenever times have been tough. This story HAS to be true, because I keep hearing it repeated over and over, with only the names changed to protect the innocent!

Despite all of the suffering in the world, this proves once again that there really is a loving god who answers his children's needs, when they ask him for the right reasons.

Thanks, Connie
Reviewed by Connie Faust 11/25/2008
I believe that Fern (below) was responsible for the $200 when she was visiting from VA, although to this day she does not admit it. She is one of the great blessings in my life. My brother Pat, Fern's husband, died at age 29, leaving Fern and two young children, Tammy and Patrick. She has remained a beloved sister through all these years, and a cherished friend and sister to my other siblings, two of whom live in VA.

"Thank you, Fern" is a poem about another time she was a secret angel to the Faust family.
Reviewed by Fern Mast 11/24/2008
Hi Connie
I must tell you that you had me crying when I got to the line about the God of the 13 coats. How true! He answers prayer. I remember the events you spoke of but what a nice reminder of how God blessed you and your family. Thanks for sharing it. Fern
Reviewed by 000 000 11/24/2008
God has a sense of humor! Touching story and Thanks, CarolHawks
Reviewed by Bonnie May 11/24/2008
Most definately I can and what a joy and inspiration it was to read the Coat-Tale...So touching, funny, inspiring, lesson learning, trusting..l.I could go on...for they were all in this fantastic write and more. Love and hugs, Bonnie
Reviewed by Cryssa C 11/24/2008
We all need those gentle reminders from time to time... Sometimes those little reminders are all that keeps us moving through life.
Stories like these also show me that the Lord has a sense of humor... hee, hee... I am grateful for that too. Thanks for sharing this wonderful story.

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