Will God Give You What You Need?
I had been going and going for days. Come last Wednesday evening the thought of teaching dozens of energetic kids at church almost made me ill. My prayer was a groan –a desperate plea for the energy to “be on” one more time and with gusto. When those sweet monkeys finally piled into my circus, it was fantastic. God’s word came alive in me, and I left with more energy than which I had arrived.
My son-in-law’s Crohn’s disease fills me with an overwhelming sorrow. People in their twenties should be healthy. My kids shouldn’t have to suffer. What does the future look like for them? The pain of this feels crushing to me at times, so I called out to God through my tears and said, Show me how to do this kind of suffering. Teach me about joy in the middle of this. He put the letters of Brother Lawrence in front of me, in The Practice of the Presence of God. Letters about how to enjoy God and love God and know God in the middle of physical suffering.
This summer our renters had to leave the house because it filled with gas. Thank the Lord no one was hurt! But it meant a new hot water heater and piping out of the house. Cha-ching. Cha-ching. God just brought unexpected payment for something our way –enough to cover the rest of the repairs.
It was a wonderful invitation I received last year, to speak at a women’s retreat for a local church. But when I said yes months ago, I wasn’t imagining how tired I would be after painting a house and then starting school this year. It didn’t feel like I had much left of me to give for a whole weekend. But when I got there, they put me up in my own cabin with my own bathroom, and I had all of Saturday afternoon to refresh on my own. Plus the women were so warm and kind that my soul was filled, and I came home feeling rested inside.
At the end of last school year, the Lord said to me, “You have anger issues.” So I finished school and then became the student. He spent all summer talking to me about my quick temper and teaching me how to overcome this. This included my conversation with a good friend, in which I said, “Admitting you have a problem is the first step, right?” To which she replied, “You do realize there are 11 other steps after that?”
I sat outside of the principal’s office last week, wondering what to do with a student I was concerned about. The principal was delayed, so I sat there and prayed for wisdom and grace. Finally, I had to leave. On the way back to my room, I crossed paths with the student of interest. We had the most amazing talk that ended in beautiful resolution.
In the middle of an assignment with my freshmen yesterday, I realized they weren’t getting it. Hands were going up faster than I could respond. It felt disaster-ish. Oh, Lord, I prayed. Then came an idea: “Let’s do this together,” I said. So I talked them through it, giving them the answers. It allowed me to show them what to do and for everyone to get a perfect score on a hard, new concept.
So this has been my last few months, where God has proven himself to be actively involved in every nook and cranny of my life. He is alive. He cares about us. He has endless resources that he instructs us to access 24/7, for the glory of his name. What about you? How is God taking care of your needs?
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You are such an encouragement!! I’m thankful to have found you here on the world wide web 🙂 How I wish we could meet in real life so I could soak up your wisdom and encouragement! Many things going on in life, but God is always faithful!!
You’re so kind! Yes, the downside of internet connection is the inability to get together and share a cup of coffee. Thanks for taking the time to write a kind word, though. It means a lot to me.
I am very sorry to hear about your son in law. I had no idea what it was, so I looked it up. It sounds very painful. I hope he will be able to get it under control and whatever medication he has to take, his body would work well with it. Sometimes there are side effects with medicine and I wouldn’t want that for him.
Thank you for caring! It’s a hard road.
Thank you again, Christy. He has been willing and able to meet all my needs when I cry out to Him. It is often from the point of reaching the end of my resources that I do. David Wilkerson said years ago, “ I have questioned God sometimes when prayers have gone unanswered. But ANSWERED PRAYER (my emphasis) is still harder to believe.” Isn’t that the truth!
So true. I’ll never stop being amazed at the care of the Lord for all of the details in our lives.
Wow, this was really encouraging! I just quit my 9-to-5 and launched my own photography business. It has been nothing short of an adventure, but I’m finding that I’m not relying on God how I should. My prayer life has suffered because I feel like unless I’m on all day, I’ll miss something. I have a branding mini-session coming up and so far, only 1 person out for 4 booked. My bank account is going to charge off this month due to the high overdraft…and I know how bad that hurts credit, so I’m hoping for a miracle. However, since I don’t have a stable income (yet), I can’t book my venue until at least 2 people sign up… with October 12th coming around the corner, it looks pretty tight. That last thing I want to do is cancel the session until further notice… but I did tell myself, “even if He doesn’t” I will still worship Him. So, this was very encouraging. Thank you for being transparent.
So brave starting your own business! I pray the Lord will provide for all of your needs and give you wisdom and encouragement as you move forward.
Thank you, so much, always, for sharing how God is working in your life. It encourages me – gives me courage! – and I wonder, how do you remember these things? Does God bring them to your mind as you sit down to write your blog post for the day? Or had you written them down as they happened, as memorials that you could look back on and remember?
I prayed and asked the Lord to give me words!
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