Lent is giving up something with a desire to draw closer to the Lord!
2012 will end blessed for my family!
After months of big trials and ups and downs the Lord like always provided and comforted! Since August we have been trying to refinance our home, it finally closed in mid December! Why did it take so long you might ask?! Well that’s a long story, but basically our previous lender made a horrible mistake in our paper work a few years ago and was unwilling to take the blame, therefore they would not subordinate! We had an amazing man and his wife who fought so hard for us so that we could get away from this company that was everything we didn’t want to be apart of! The dishonesty was staggering. Everything is going great now, we have a new leader!! But, the last few months have been HARD! We sought the Lord daily during this trial and he 100% of the time comforted us and provided! I think about these verses in James 1
“2 Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds, 3 because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance. 4 Let perseverance finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything. 5 If any of you lacks wisdom, you should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to you. 6 But when you ask, you must believe and not doubt, because the one who doubts is like a wave of the sea, blown and tossed by the wind. 7 That person should not expect to receive anything from the Lord. 8 Such a person is double-minded and unstable in all they do.”
Wow verse 5-6 are hard! Believing without doubt when you have no idea what you are going to do is REALLY REALLY hard! The Lord was challenging me with this daily! I felt like I have been saying ” ok ok God I get it” a lot lately! 🙂 I don’t want to be like a wave of the sea being tossed about…who would? I want to know that my father has it totally under control! During this time of ups and downs my husband heard a favorite pastor of ours Pastor Chuck Smith say these words “God is NEVER early and He is NEVER late, God is ALWAYS right on time.” WOW! That is so very true!
I rearly share anything about our personal finances, however I want to share an amazing thing God did!
Knowing that pay day wasn’t for another week and that we had NO resources…we were a tad on edge…ok A LOT on edge! We kept our focus on the Lord knowing that He would provide…even though we couldn’t see how. We were down to a few things in the fridge and few this in the freezer! Friends, I don’t know how but God provided! With those few things I was able to prepare 5 healthy dinners and 5 healthy lunches!!! Enough to make us all full! The dinners were some of the best we have had in months, absolutely delicious! I think anyone would have looked at what we had and said “no way can you feed your family on this!” but I did!! I almost can’t believe it! In the bible Jesus fed 5000 with the bread and fish…that was totally miraculous!! Jesus is still working those kind of miraculous things today all around us!
It was abundantly clear to us know matter what…God will provide in the most likely ways and the most unlikely ways! God had it all under control!
When facing trails fix your eyes on the Lord! He will not over look his son or daughter!
Today was pay day! We were able to fill our fridge and pantry! We were spending the afternoon cleaning (because we finally had cleaning supplies) when I came upon this verse on a sticky note:
“Those who wait on the Lord shall renew their strength, they shall mount up with wings like eagles”
When I read this I cried! I almost couldn’t believe how the Lord showed this to us today! Just a reminder that trail or not…the Lord is ready and waiting to be a Father!
Smiles & Blessings on this lovely New Year’s Eve! Wishing you all many blessing in 2013!