Good morning, friend! I am so glad you are here with me today. We have been busy packing for a move that we weren’t sure was happening or not, for the past few weeks, really months -and God has answered our prayers in a bigger way than we ever could have expected. But before I write about that, which I will share another day, I want to take time to reflect.
After our first home-buying plan fell through, Matt lost his job and we were in one of those seasons that felt like a forever of unknown. That was in April/May.June and July have been long stretches, but we have grown spiritually.
Here are past posts in order, with all those details if you want to catch up or get a feel for my heart during those uber, rough times. It still aches a little to see the photos from the other house, but now I see why the door closed. Then, I couldn’t. I chose to write about Hope for the first #TeaAndWord linkup because I needed Hope. I was clinging to Him.
- The House We Thought Was “The One”
- Hanging Out in the Hallway
- How to not be Discouraged
- When Circumstances Beg You to Lose It
- When Your Faith Goes to the Gym
- The Storm Inside of Me
- Having Hope in the Unknown
- Is Your Hope Certain?
- This is When Matt Lost His Job
Since then, I have been taking my sweet time packing more, cleaning, organizing and trying to trust God with the future.
I say trying because some days it felt like that was my reality. I felt like David pouring my heart out, the good -the bad – the ugly, and then always coming back to the conclusion that my Father was right there with me, with us.
Always remembering all the times He made a way where there seemed to be no way. Always remembering His faithfulness of how He came through right at the exact time we needed saving. Always remembering His provision and His mighty hand at work in the middle of the mess, but sometimes not seeing it until after.
All of this reminds me, I just heard a preacher man say, “Don’t tell your story too soon.” Otherwise we may not recognize God’s hand was working all along in the middle of that chaos, sometimes chaos we even brought upon ourselves. Go here to watch the sermon, What About The Worm? He talks about how Jonah’s “problems” where really his provision and how important times of reflection are.
I am not sure what we bring on ourselves, what is a test, or what is the enemy at times – sometimes it is revealed me to me, other times it is not. But, I can be sure that no matter what, God has us in the palm of His hand and no one can snatch us out of it.
John 10:28-30 The Voice
28″ I give them a life that is unceasing, and death will not have the last word. Nothing or no one can steal them from My hand. 29 My Father has given the flock to Me, and He is superior to all beings and things. No one is powerful enough to snatch the flock from My Father’s hand. 30 The Father and I are one.”
I want to fill you in on what God has been doing and how I have glimpsed His goodness in what I thought was despair. I couldn’t see then, how any problem could have equalized provision, but now I see.
God works in ways that are higher than ours. He exists outside of time. He is already in tomorrow – able to meet my needs now and later. It is the same for you, friend.
Trust. His plan is always far grander than our own. He took our test and is making a testimony.
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