Monday, March 24, 2008

God is Enough

At times I feel like I'm in the wilderness... A period of prolonged difficulty... Discouraged... Perhaps that's what David felt when he wrote the 63rd Psalm.

O God, you are my God, earnestly I seek you;
My soul thirsts for you, my body longs for you,
in a dry and weary land where there is no water.
I have seen you in the sanctuary
and beheld your power and your glory.
Because your love is better than life, my lips will glorify you.
I will praise you as long as I live,
and in your name I will lift up my hands.
My soul will be satisfied as with the richest of foods;
with singing lips my mouth will praise you.
On my bed I remember you;
I think of you through the watches of the night.
Because you are my help, I sing in the shadow of your wings.
My soul clings to you; your right hand upholds me.

As we continue to seek God's direction, we found out last week that this house has been sold. We need to move out by April 16th. We sincerely praise God for his provision to our landlords - they were so gracious to let us move in here when we needed housing. And as it provides me with moments of anxiety, I will not despair. We've lived here with the knowledge that we might have to move at any time.

Having no income and no firm job possibilities, we are a bit overwhelmed, but not without hope. We know God has the answers. None of this takes HIM by surprise. We are seeking God's direction... knees to the ground... acknowledging His sovereignty and loving faithfulness.

Already his wonderful children, have made offers for us to move in with them if we need to. Our pantry and freezer are both filled with food provided by others. We drove out of town this past Sunday to provide Easter worship music at a church about 40 miles up the road... but not in our car... dear friends insisted we drive their car and use their gas. Blessing upon blessing. And it has opened my eyes to look for ways we can turn around and bless others. This is how The Body should function.

My heart is overwhelmed with what the Lord has done for us. There are many things we don't have right now. But there is so much we DO have in Christ. I ask Him constantly to let me focus on HIM and not on the overwhelming circumstances.

Laughter through tears has always been one of my favorite feelings - a good cry, and then something breaks through and makes you laugh! I love that! The psalm above says, "Because you are my help, I sing in the shadow of your wings. My soul clings to you; your right hand upholds me." My most recent favorite things is doing just that... In the midst of transition, uncertainty and need, my soul is able to sing in the shadow of His wings. Sometimes it's only a whispered song and sometimes the song swells my whole being... but I'm always sheltered by Him and secure in His presence.

Saturday, March 15, 2008

With God nothing is impossible!

That verse from Matthew is this week's BSF memory verse for the boys. How appropriate! We have reached the end of our severence package and the future is still unclear. With God nothing is impossible. "Thanks for the reminder, Lord!"

Last weekend I was invited to go to a prayer conference with a friend. It was practical and worshipful. Just what I needed to remind me of our great God who is worthy of our time and worship just because of Who He is. The fact that He does so much for us is truly a blessing. But even if we have to go without or have to struggle a bit, HE is still worthy of our worship. "Thank you for the time spent in Your presence, Lord!"

I had an interview this week and was their first choice, but after a long conversation, they didn't hire me because of our 'tentative' situation - we may need to move out of state soon. So I didn't get the job - but it's nice to know that I can still interview well and my resume is apparently not so shabby after being out of the secretarial 'work force' for about twelve years. So I was encouraged even though I didn't get the job. "Thanks for the encouragement, Lord!"

A dear friend called today to check up on how we're doing. She's two thousand miles away, but I felt the hug right through the telephone line! "Thanks for Jan's care, Lord!"

She also sent us a check earlier this month as she felt the Lord prompting her. A friend in Holland told Chris that he will help us monthly either to cover our medical insurance payment or to help with bills - which ever we need the most. "Thanks for providing this help, Lord!"

As we talked today at lunch, we had to plan our cash to cover gas or groceries for this upcoming week. I'm getting good at being creative with food... and the boys are patient. The phone rang and Chris was asked to run the sound for a funeral at our old church this week. The funeral home will pay him.... grocery money! "You are faithful to provide for every need, Lord!"

It's the encouragement I needed. God is good and NOTHING is impossible for him!

Friday, March 7, 2008

In God's Waiting Room

Still waiting.... and still trusting.

While we wait, we continue to lift up others who are also waiting.
Please say a prayer for:
A homeschool mom of four dealing with sickness after sickness in the home;
A grown daughter grieving the death of her father;
A grandmother with a broken arm who cares for two grandchildren daily;
A family seeking a church home;
A man with diabetes recently dealing with an amputation;
A man seeking employment.

Thank you. God is already at work! He loves to answer us!
So be patient in your waiting.