I am continually blown away by God’s hand in my life. Most recently it has been in the continuous way He provides for our every need. Every month bills begin to accumulate, at the beginning I have no idea how I will pay them but by the months end the funds are there. My daily needs and desires are fulfilled also, continuously. A good example is food, we do not visit the local grocery store as much (that is a bit of a luxury) we make things stretch, beans, rice, soups and I bake more with what I have. One does not have to go grocery shopping as much with the right ingredients. I have to say I was getting bored with what we had and we were getting low too. I had been telling God how I wanted whole wheat flour because I wanted to be able to bake a little healthier. A day later He provided a banana box full of non perishable items and it had two bags of whole wheat flour! Wow talk about action. Not to long after that He provided two more boxes of food and now my freezer and pantry are full. Yes siry full of things I would not normally buy myself but isn’t that the beauty of it? Our heavenly father knows how to spice things up. Another example is clothes. Since having the baby I had been moaning to God how non of my clothes fit and it was driving me crazy. One day I said to Him “Lord you said be fruitful and multiply and I did so what about me? don’t I deserve something in return, I mean after all I just had a baby, what more proof do you need of being fruitful?” God is so loving and generous and not long after He provided not one but three large bags full of women’s clothes my size for me to go through and pick out what I wanted. And not only did they fit but they were cute and chick. He did not do that because I deserve that but because He is gracious and so loving a king. Recently I decided I wanted a treadmill, with 4 small children and a husband who works all hours I am not able to get out to walk or run for exercise. You know what? He gave me one. The verse in Matthew comes to mind where God asks ” why do you so worry?” (seriously, why do we?) look at the birds of the air for they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns; yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not of more value than they?” So what is wrong with me? I do that all the time, start to worry about things when I have no business to. In verse 27 he says “Which of you by worrying can add one cubit to his stature? ” that makes me laugh. In 28, 29 and 30 He continues on with clothing “So why do you worry about clothing? Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow: they neither toil nor spin; and yet I say to you that even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these. Now if God so clothes the grass of the field, which today is, and tomorrow is thrown into the oven, will He not much more clothe you, O you of little faith.” yes me of little faith, sorry Lord. The only thing God says to do here is in 33 “But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things will be added unto you.” My job is to seek God and He will take care of the rest. So ” do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will take care of itself.” I personally like how verse 34 ends “Sufficient for the day is its own trouble.” Ahh yes so true, humane nature so gets in the way. I think of my 2 month old, she’ll fuss and I’ll pick her and say “what’s the matter, Why so fussy? I am right here” and that is what the Lord says to me. He is right here by my side.
Psalms 37:8b “DO NOT FRET- it only causes harm. It is a great word for our health. I thought that was a good verse for all those worries in the world. I do admit though I can be a bit of a worrier about certain things. My mom says that I was a hypochondriac growing up. I was freaked in my teen years that I was going to get cancer and die. I have to laugh about that now. As an adult my biggest worries are my kids. I want to be a good parent, to train them in the way they should go like the Bible says and keep them safe from harm. I think things were easier before I had kids, way less stress and yet my life is richer with them. Wouldn’t change anything.
Almost six years ago we arrived here on this island. My in laws bought an old abandoned hotel.
First we started a church that taught through the Bible verse by verse.
We just started meeting
Second we wanted to host teams that would come down and do ministry on the island.
We wanted to be a safe place for them to stay while doing what God called them to do.
Thanks to God’s guidance many homes now have clean drinking water. Another ministry has since taken over that aspect of ours giving us more time to focus on the church and hotel.
The church is our main ministry.
Ephesians 4:12 For the equipping of the saints for the work of ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ
We were looking at Disney World, at all inclusive resorts and spa’s, at hotels with nice pools, food, luxurious rooms, no picking up after ourselves, to sit back, relax, bliss full nights of sleep, just us and our loved ones, laughing, chatting. We are dreaming. It is nice to dream. Makes me think of heaven.
Lets go to Disney World.
My oldest daughter C.T. since turning five has moved up to the older kids class in church. In this class they are challenged weekly to memorize Bible verses. If they learn their verse they get a reward. All the kids look forward to it and work hard at memorizing. Since C.T. is so young I have to work with her, which means I learn all the verses also. These past weeks we have been learning Psalms 23, we are on verse 5 at present. A few days back I was having a discouraging morning and it was during my devotions I read how one of the most valuable ways to meditate on Scripture was through memorization. The author wrote that when she meets people who are battling discouragement or depression she asks if they are memorizing scripture. Yes I have been memorizing Scripture but was not meditating on it. That was a word from God for me. Right away I went over Psalms 23 and have to say I was comforted and encouraged. I notice the closer I get to my Lord the more and more I am rewarded with His ever so loving and yes, still small voice
I have realized how unthankful I am and the importance of being thankful. There are so many verses in the Bible that talk about giving thanks to God, I wont go through them all because we would be here for quite a while. Two verses that stood out to me are Ephesians 5:4 “Neither filthiness, nor foolish talking, nor coarse jesting, which are not fitting, but rather giving of thanks”. So if I don’t have anything nice to say I should be giving thanks instead. In 1 Thessalonians 5:18 it says ” In everything give thanks; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you”. God’s will for my life today is giving thanks in everything. Somethings I have started doing when negativity hits me and all I want to do is complain, I’ll start going through all the things God has done for me and thank him for them. Once I start doing it my attitude begins to change. One of my favorite songs is a popular song by Matt Redman called “Blessed be your name” you may have heard of it. It talks about how in times of plentiful, or in the desert place, when all things are going well or in times of suffering we should be saying blessed be your name. I want to be that person who can thank God in any time or state of life. Even at the death of a loved one. I want to be a beautiful example to my children of a thankful heart, but most importantly I want to be a usable vessel to God. Every day is a day for thanks giving no matter what.