Jesus did not let him, but said, “Go home to your own people and tell them how much the Lord has done for you, and how he has had mercy on you.”
I have never tried to keep a organized list of things that the Lord does for us throughout the year, but this year I am hopeful to keep a running list of how He blesses us in all kinds of ways. Oh, how I wish I had been better at this throughout our entire marriage. This is only the 9th of January and we have 5 major things written down. I know that it is important to share with others how God changes our lives. I want to be an encouragement and give testimony that God cares about all things in our lives and that He is actively seeking to show Himself faithful if we will allow Him by trusting fully.
Our family experiences God's provisions on a monthly basis. Just when we don't know how we'll be able to pay a bill or where the money will come from God works in big ways. I have said this often here and in our home, God is faithful. He has proven Himself time and time again to us, and somehow I still have moments of doubt and of fear. Big moments. I like the father of the child Jesus prayed for, I have to say, "Lord, I believe, help my unbelief."
Whether it's through a sell on Craigslist, an unexpected photo-shoot for me to earn money, a clearance or a lower bill than expected, God always comes through to provide for us. It doesn't mean we don't scrimp or we don't pinch pennies, because we sure do, but our needs are met. We go without alot of things but always have enough.
We are so very blessed with 5 children and humbled that God saw fit to give them all to us. He reminds me often that they are His children, we are His children and He always takes care of His children.
To be really honest, and I hesitate to say this because I don't want this to be about us at all, we tithe. Tithing isn't always easy, it's a big step of faith for Joe and I both. Tithing isn't about giving and suddenly becoming financially loaded, at least that has not been our story. It frustrates me when people promote the ideal that if you give back to God He will make you financially successful and you will have the best and be the best at everything. Perhaps He will reward us in big ways financially at some point, but His rewards are so much more than just finances.
For us we realize that all that we have is from God and already His. We want to show that we trust Him to provide for us by giving back to Him. By doing what His Word commands we know that we can fully rely and depend on Him to be true to His promises to provide for us.
We have to be careful because alot of the time we feel like we don't
have enough and it gets tiring never having extra money for things or
projects that we would like to see done. It is easy to become
discouraged and discontent in this world full of materialism. It is hard
not to get whisked away wanting something and feeling entitled to have
something "everyone" else has. It is always good for me to come back to
being thankful for what we do have and how God has abundantly blessed us in
immeasurable ways. Material possessions are not the real joys in life, they are not what satisfies.
Lately I am again reminded to live life one day at a time and not look ahead with fear. Our needs are met one day at a time and when we watch God provide and sustain us abundantly our spirits trust Him more and are encouraged to continue looking to Him for all that we need.
Without going into all the details, these are some of the things the Lord has done for us recently. We found out that Joe will not be taking a cut in pay caused from the tax increase. Joe sold some weight equipment some one gave to him, that money provided Joseph with brand new basketball shoes, plus extra cash for bills.
Be encouraged that God is faithful! He will be just as faithful to you as He is to us if we just trust Him and allow Him to prove Himself.