Tuesday, July 8, 2008

Great Trials - Strong Faith

I am always amazed at how God is so faithful to provide for every need. Daddy Reg hasn't had a permanent steady job for 4 months now. (Click here for the last time I blogged about this.) God has given him a temporary part time position. It isn't much but we are still thankful for anything. I can only guess that God is allowing us to go through this season to teach us more than we could ever be taught when things are going better. We are learning a whole new level of relying and trusting God for everything. Our faith is growing and I am learning how to be anxious for nothing.
"The only way to learn strong faith is to endure great trials."
• George Mueller •

We have been given so much food that I haven't actually gone grocery shopping for months. When we do go, it is for minor things like produce. We have been given milk when we need it more than once. Out of the blue, people who don't know us, gives food to a friend for us, who brings it over. It is absolutely amazing.
A couple of weeks ago, we needed eggs. We hadn't had eggs for a week and I finally decided we needed to just buy some. We were going to go after dinner, but then changed our minds and decided to go in the morning. Not even 20 minutes after that decision was made, a friend who lives a half hour away 1 town over, came by with 4 1/2 dozen eggs! Wow, I am so thankful and blessed by God's timing. (Do the math and when I finally decided to buy eggs in the morning, they were already on their way here.)
"Relying on God has to begin all over again every day
as if nothing yet had been done."
• C.S. Lewis •

Today, we got our utility bill, it was a negative balance! When we were done managing apartments, we had to pay a huge deposit to have utilities put in our name because we hadn't had them in our name for 8 years. They said after we pay on time for so many months, we would get it back. And, that time was now. When we need it the most. Our utilities are paid this month and next month and if we conserve most of the month after that. God knows ahead of time when we will need the money and for what.
"Faith never knows where it is being led,
but it loves and knows the One who is leading."
• Oswald Chambers •
I have no idea what God has in store for us in the future. I have no idea why he is allowing us to go through such a long time of "famine." What I do know is that he is so faithful to take care of us in every circumstance. Our job isn't to know why. Our job isn't to complain. Our job is to lean in closer to the one who loves us enough to carry us through the fire. Our job is to be recklessly abandon to Him no matter what the cost. Our job is to rejoice in Him always, to pray always, and to give thanks continually in all things. I am so thankful that our needs are being met. And I am praying that God will continue to show us what he wants us to do next.

Rejoice evermore. Pray without ceasing. In every thing give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you.
1 Thessalonians 5:16-18




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2 comments:

  1. You hadn't gotten a chance to tell me about the utility bill. God is SO GOOD. That is God's providence for sure. Always faithful to the faithful. So cool. Love you friend.

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  2. Thank you so much for sharing this! What a wonderful testimony of God's faithfulness to care for His children. My faith is made stronger just reading about what He is doing in your life.

    Blessings,
    Nancy

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