Don’t Stop Believin’

May blog

I definitely would like to start this blog by saying, GOD IS GOOD! 🙂 Isn’t it SO great to be reminded of that unexpectedly sometimes?! I personally know how easy it is to let life just get away from you. Our day-to-day routines can lead us into an almost mechanical existence. And when times get tough, sometimes we’ll try to figure things out with our human thought process and forget to have a little faith. Even when we know the Lord declares “His thoughts are not like our thoughts, neither are our ways His ways.” (Isaiah 55:8)
Well friends, a short while ago I stopped working to stay home with my 3 year old daughter. After much thought and prayer, my husband and I decided it made sense for me to care for her at this juncture in our lives. And let me tell you, I absolutely enjoy the new found relationship I’ve started with my sweet girl. It’s been a longing in my heart for some time now and I feel truly blessed for this opportunity. Of course, on the flip side, my family is now on a super tight budget. With only one income we all have to make sacrifices. For some reason, I also unconsciously put a budget on my faith. Things I had been praying and asking God for really just got put on the back burner. I felt like there was no possible way these things could happen now because we are so limited financially.
Recently a friend revealed a vision to me concerning my family. It caught me completely off guard. As I kept a splendid poker face, the following thought totally crept across my mind, “What? ARE YOU SURE? Us??” I later discussed this incident with my husband and I kept feeling God say, “I’m still here.” It hit me right then that I had, in a sense, given up on some dreams. I was quickly reminded how God does not work within our limitations. The thing is… I KNOW this! I have personal experience with the miraculous hand of God in impossible situations. I have witnessed the work of God in my life in profound ways. Yet I easily decided that God couldn’t help me right now because I needed more resources first. I’m in awe of how God was still working on our behalf, even when my faith may have been running a little low. I was ready to accept that good things weren’t available to my family at this time. What a terrible lie to allow in my heart! The Word says, “Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, in everything give thanks; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.” (1 Thessalonians 5:16-18) Basically, DO NOT STOP BELIEVING! Don’t quit praying. Don’t quit trying. Just don’t quit. I again must confess that I know this to be true but life is tricky and our minds can be so convincing otherwise. Remain confident in your path. Proverbs 3:5-6: states, “Trust in the LORD with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight.”
I sit here today and I don’t have answers to all the prayers I’ve sent up to God but I am content with knowing He is, without question, listening. And even when I can’t see the road ahead, I know beyond a shadow of a doubt that God is there and his promises are perfect. I feel a weight lifted off my shoulders in the knowledge that El Shaddai is my Father and He watches over and loves His children deeply. We should continue fighting the good fight. Enjoy the time we have and rest assured that everything is in the best possible hands. Thank you Jesus for your incessant wisdom!

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