Clearing the clutter

January 19, 2012 - Leave a Response

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Over the past couple of months I’ve been on a declutter drive. Not intentionally, but because my financial situation necessitated it. Selling off some of my stuff has not been easy but I believe in all of this God is teaching me to trust in Him and show me what I really need. He’s also teaching me that I have all that I really need. I was the classic collector and if I’m truly honest with myself I could have been a better steward with His money. I’ve never been greedy and I have shared what I had with others and blessed my local ministry but there were some excesses I could have done without.

When my financial situation necessitated that I sell off things to keep my head above the water I was surprised at the amount of things that I actually had for sale. The sad thing about it, is that I’ve never missed any of the items sold. Not once. Having to get to the point of financial ruin to realize that I could have done much better is a rude awakening, to say the least, yet I know that in spite of it all, my Father loves me and isn’t interested in suffering me to make a point. I know I won’t always be in a position of not being able to pay my bills or being stressed about being behind my mortgage or wondering where all my clients have gone. I’m not sure how He’s going to turn things around for me but I know that there is nothing that He can’t do. Don’t believe me? Check His Word.

For I know the plans I have for you,” says the LORD. “They are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope. – Jeremiah 29:11

I purpose to be a better steward when my situation turns. I’ve grown a lot and I have learned a lot and I’m grateful that in spite of all I’m going through, He’s still showing His tender love and mercy to me.

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Providence and unexpected blessings

January 18, 2012 - Leave a Response

Today something really neat happened. On my drive to the office this morning I passed a vendor selling corn and mused to myself how nice it would be to have corn for dinner. I went to work, faced the day and gave no thought again about¬† corn. There’s a farmer and his mother close to my office and I’ve become close to them in the past couple years. They are some lovely, wholesome and good natured folk I can’t help but admire. Once a week I’m sure to receive a basket full of fresh fruits, vegetables and ground provisions from them and they get rather upset at me suggesting to pay them. I gave up on trying to give them money after the third basket a couple years ago, but I’m sure to remember their birthdays and get them Christmas gifts. They are my friends and don’t expect things in return, but I also want to feel like I’m giving, too.

Being a vegan I appreciate getting those baskets because I love to eat fresh. Yesterday he brought me a beautiful bunch of figs that I was ever so grateful for so I wasn’t expecting him today. I already got my once a week basket. Imagine my surprise when locking up the office for the evening I see my friend sauntering up the driveway with a basket of corn!

Isn’t God wonderful? He blows me away in the little things He does like this. You may call it a coincidence but I chose to believe it was one of those moments of Him providing in advance. Never in my wildest dreams would I have thought that I’d be getting corn the same day I was musing on how much I wanted to have corn for dinner. Providence, indeed.

Let us not be weary in well doing

January 17, 2012 - Leave a Response

It has not been easy of late. The person who came up with the saying, ‘when it rains, it pours’, sure knew what he or she was saying. Since I became a Christian 5 years ago, I’ve had challenges but not like this. Finances have all but vanished and no income seems to be coming, I’ve lost all my clients, my marriage is shaky and my health is another story all together. Sometimes I just feel like giving up. ‘God, where are you?’. But each time I feel like I can’t make another day or take another step he does something so subtle, yet so powerful. He directs me to His word and there I find strength to keep pressing on and reassurance that He is still with me and rules and reigns in my affairs, contrary to how things seem. As I opened my devotion book today I came across this scripture and immediately I felt the tears well up in my eyes

Let us not be weary in well doing, for in due season we shall reap if we faint not. Galatians 6 vs. 9. 

Isn’t He amazing? I can’t help but love Him. What a timely word. It has lifted my spirits. Thank you, Lord. You’re my glory and the lifter of my head.