The blog has been pretty quiet this past week.
The week began with a Joy Day! post. We welcomed 2013 with a prayer by The Reverend Billy Graham. I then hinted at my quietness when I invited you to join me in Ann Voskamp’s Joy Dare, the following day. So many times I wanted to write here, but just didn’t have the right words.
Today, I still don’t know that I have the right words. But, my mind is camped on this scripture verse…
God is our refuge and strength,
an ever-present help in trouble. Psalm 46:1
And then it is interesting to me that if we continue to read the chapter, near the end, we will read these words…
He says, “Be still, and know that I am God; Psalm 46:10a
You may recall, last February I started reading A Holy Experience, and One Thousand Gifts. At that time I started learning the importance of giving thanks…in all things. At first it was hard to do. Now, I want to do it for everything. There is something that takes place that I cannot explain when I give thanks for the difficulties in my life. No, it doesn’t right the wrongs. But, it rights my mind and my thinking and my physical and emotional response to those things I wish, weren’t.
This week we found ourselves in the company of the unemployed again. After the initial shock and disbelief I realized that I needed to make some choices. First was to give thanks. Second was to choose to trust God. Third, to spend time in prayer and in His word. The end result was a new job. Well. No. But, I’m not in a hand-wringing posture. I can say that I have the peace that passes understanding. I know it guards my heart and mind in Christ Jesus.
What’s really interesting though, is that through these simple, yet intentional, choices I have been strengthened. Strengthened to believe and pray great big crazy audacious prayers. I have already seen one big crazy answer and I fully expect to see many more.
How many times do we read the Bible and yet we don’t believe what we read? Today I have nothing to count on. And yet I have the ONE whom I can count on.
The first thing I usually do when bad things happen is to fly into damage control mode. I’m a fixer. Which is good and bad.
When I read past to the end of Psalm 46, I read “Be still, and know that I am God.” It doesn’t say rush around and take control of the situation does it? Nope.
How much sense does that make? This being still business. Really?
It doesn’t, but I did it.
And then after a few days, I asked some friends to pray. But, this time, I’m not going to get ahead of God. I learned that lesson. I’m trusting that He not only knew this was going to happen, He knows our limited resources, and he has already made a provision. More than anything, I’m grateful we know that He loves us, and will work all of this out for our good and His glory.
Sometimes I feel like I repeat the same things. Maybe you are even thinking that you have heard me say this before. What seems most important though is this: Do you believe it? Really?
Although this could be the most terrifying moment in time for us….I’m actually excited. God has placed within me a spirit of hope, of anticipation, beyond anything I have ever had before.
Yesterday as I was bringing up boxes from the basement to pack up Christmas decorations I had this overwhelming sense of joy. Joy is the outflow of God in us. Here we are in a state that has been our home for just 14 months with no job and no savings and I have joy. That is totally a God thing. Totally.
If you are a praying person, I invite you in to join me in asking God to provide a new job and everything that is necessary to receive it and move by the end of the month. I told you… I’m praying big crazy audacious prayers. It’s possible to pray this way because our God works supernaturally. He doesn’t wait to hear us pray to get to work on answering our requests. Time is nothing to Him…He is in the past the present and the future. He knows and is already at work on our behalf.
In the meantime, I know my part: Trust God. Wait on Him. And start packing.
I love and appreciate you and your support during this time…
P.S. Yes…the sky really was that blue when I took those photos.
Yes…it still is Joy Day! and we need to take the time to be grateful and count the good blessings and the crummy stuff of our week. Join me in counting just seven from the past week. Simply leave your list in the “Share your Thoughts” section below. I’ll start…
I’m grateful for:
- walking up that impossibly high hill and making it!
- a lovely New Year’s party with friends
- the highest number of views on the blog
- the loss of my husband’s job
- the “Yes” answer to a great big audacious prayer
- the peace that passes understanding
- gorgeous blue skies and a wonderful afternoon stroll
Now it’s your turn!!!
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