Watch this video and find hope amidst such tragedy. She prayed and God answered. He always answers.
Isn’t God so cool? He works in such weird ways – but when we see the end result – it’s so cool! The coolest part is this; what we think is the end result might just be the beginning!
About 6 weeks ago I lost a job I held for nearly 7 years. At the time it just didn’t make sense. I was hurt because I felt like I had no value. I was scared because I had lost my income and our insurance coverage. When I called my husband, I expected him to sound disappointed in me. He didn’t. He just spoke softly and said we would talk when he got home. When he got home – he just hugged me. Blessing number 1 – being reminded what an amazing man God gave me to share my life with.
Then I called my parents. I expected disappointment from them too. There wasn’t any. Just words of encouragement and empathy. Blessing number 2 – being reminded what wonderful people raised me and how blessed I am that they are still in my life. The blessings just started snowballing.
Over the last 6 weeks I have applied for nearly 20 jobs. I have never had such a difficult time finding work. I have had several interviews, but for whatever reason, no offers. God has used this time to show me how prevalent He is in my life. I have had time to rest. I have had opportunities to earn little bits of income here and there. These little bits of income have been just what we needed. I have had time to start my blogs, which is something I have been wanting to do for a long time. The best part…..we have extra money. How does that happen? Our income is nearly $1000 less than it was, yet we have more than we need. I am happier than I have been in a long time, and my friends and family have made the same observation.
How DOES that happen? The better question is WHY? It’s because God promised us He would be faithful when we ask Him. All He asks of us is to be faithful in return. Admittedly, it’s not always easy being faithful. When you don’t know where your next house payment is coming from, yet you still place that tithe check in the plate on Sunday morning…it’s really hard. But He honors that. Time and time again I have seen it. I have received checks in the mail for insurance dividends that I didn’t know existed. I even was invited to participate in an interview on parenting and was paid $60 for that!
God is truly amazing. He has a sense of humor and can be a little weird. But hey so can I! I guess maybe I’m more like Him than I thought. My hope is to become more like Him everyday.
Friends – there is always ALWAYS a blessing to be found. Just believe it’s there and you will find it. Philippians 1:6 says this; Being confident of this, that he who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus.
Cling to that promise. He has so much more in store for us than we could ever imagine. He is God afterall. 🙂
I was having a conversation with a friend this morning about life. It’s challenges. It’s frustrations. As Christians especially, we so want to know that we know that we know that we are where God wants us to be. At times it is so overwhelming to think about. We want so badly to please Him.
When we are looking for God’s leading in our lives, so often we want to see the big picture. Not only do we want Him to reveal what we need to do at this very moment; we also think we need to know where that will lead us to. We want what we see when we buy a puzzle and dump all 500 pieces out on the table. We have a picture of the finished product. We know as we fit the pieces together, exactly what it is supposed to look like.
What if that puzzle turned out completely different from the picture we see? Not only different, but so much more beautiful! For one thing – it would be much harder to put together wouldn’t it? It would take more time and patience to make the pieces fit. We would probably get confused and very frustrated. We would probably need to take a few time outs from the project to clear our mind. But eventually we would come back to it. And eventually we would figure it out.
Life is the same way. We can have moments of clarity where we can put pieces together. But then when the pieces don’t fit, we want to give up. We can’t do that. We just need to walk away, relax, pray, breath, and press on. The end result will surely be far beyond any picture we could create in our simple minds.
Don’t try so hard to see it. Just keep moving ahead and aiming to please Him. As long as we are doing that, we are exactly where we need to be.