when the odds are forever in your favor

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I left my job yesterday to prepare for the call that God has placed on my life.

While I do have some income coming in, all the little incidentals like food and heat, lights, and clothing are no longer guaranteed.

But I am really OK with not knowing how these many many things will be provided for. Why?

Because the job is not my source, God is!

I know that with God in control of my life, the odds are forever in my favor.

God has led me to step out in faith and to trust Him to take care of me and my family.

Because first God spoke to my heart about trusting Him, then I stepped out and I allowed God space in my life to do the work to step-by-step to built up my faith,I am able now able to step into the future that He has called me to.

This world is not our home. 

We are here for such a short while. We need to be less about comfort and more about doing the Fathers business.

If the enemy knows that he can control us through our money, then he will make sure we spend  a life focused on self, and never fulfill the calling that God has placed on our lives.

If we can just switch our thinking from trusting in our bank account to trusting in God, then nothing will be able to shake us.

How are your odds looking?

How trusting God caused my world to come crashing in

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This the update to my “A Christmas Miracle” blog post. For those that did not read it…basically God led me to have nothing prepared for Christmas for my family.

And to spend my money on other (needed) things and to trust Him to make it right.

Because I have four children (who are not so little anymore but still live at home), and because those children are used to getting spoiled at Christmas (even when I cannot afford it), this caused me great anxiety.

Every time I thought of how (potentially) my last Christmas with my children all under one roof would be an empty one, I began to feel like my world was crashing in around me.

But Faith

Yet I kept coming back to faith…simple, uncomplicated faith!

How could I trust Jesus to “save” me when I refused to trust Him to feed me. How could I trust him for all eternity when I could not trust him for one Christmas?

On my own I was shaky so I had to get back to solid ground.

I got out my Bible and read about how

The Scripture says, No man who believes in Him

[who adheres to, relies on, and trusts in Him]

will [ever] be put to shame or be disappointed.

(Romans 10:11 Amplified version).

I thought of all the people watching how all this “trusting God” business is going to play out… I realized that trusting God for Christmas is just a trial run for England and the rest of my future.

So I just allowed Him  the space He needed to show His goodness.

Any boy did He ever!

The Result

In the interest of brevity (something I am told is important in a blog post, and is something I am not very good at) I will just say that not only did God provide for every need we had (food, drink, etc) but He also took the focus off of the things and put it on our time together (not to mention Him).

As a result I spent two solid days hanging out with my family and talking and laughing…

We also went bowling…yes bowling. We are not big bowlers but we went on Christmas eve…at God’s leading…so much fun! And so many beautiful moments…like when I watched one child help another…so cool.

The Topper

And to top it off, God made sure there was a present for each of us under the tree…they were beyond awesome…mine made me cry because it is something I have wanted for a very long time.

There was a defining moment when we watched something on tv and one of the main characters said something like “people don’t often realize when they are living them, that one day these will be the moments that they wish they could re-live .”

Then it hit me

What gift God gave to me.

The Gift

The gift of foresight. How being able to drink in every second and really live in the moment with my beloved family.

In the hustle and bustle of Christmas, and daily living,  so many great moments often go unnoticed.  This gift of clarity has been a wake up call to me. I pray that I steward this gift well.

One Last Thing

He showed me that just as a bowling pins scatter, they are always made straight and set upright in the end…just like those who trust in Him.

Is your world crashing in around you? Trust in Gods good plan for your life and you will not be put to shame.

 

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God Loves Us! Here is How We Can Tell

   ““For God loved the world so much that he gave his one and only Son, so that everyone who believes in him will not perish but have eternal life. God sent his Son into the world not to judge the world, but to save the world through him. “There is no judgment against anyone who believes in him. But anyone who does not believe in him has already been judged for not believing in God’s one and only Son. And the judgment is based on this fact: God’s light came into the world, but people loved the darkness more than the light, for their actions were evil. All who do evil hate the light and refuse to go near it for fear their sins will be exposed. But those who do what is right come to the light so others can see that they are doing what God wants.”” (John 3:16–21, NLT)  

A pile of bills, A choice, and A path made straight.

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It doesn’t matter what is going on in the world, those who trust in God do not have to be led by their circumstances.

Because those who trust in God are people who learn to look by faith and not by sight.

For example, as I was getting prepared to start back up in school after the summer break, I started running short of money.

I knew that God did not want me to quit school, so I prayed and felt that he told me to stand firm.

When I looked with my natural eyes at my bills that started to pile up, I was tempted to freak out, and get a job (probably minimum wage) that would almost pay the bills, if I was lucky.

I knew that I could not put in the forty-plus hours a week that my university required of me and keep a job too, so I asked God in prayer if He wanted me to drop out and He strongly answered no.

Those who trust in the Lord are like Mount Zion, which cannot be moved, but abides forever. ~ Psalm 125:1

About a week later when taking my morning prayer walk, I kept hearing the word grant over and over, so I got a clue, and found out about a grant that my college had.

I applied and was accepted in an hour. It is enough extra money to keep me going for a while.

And that is how God works. He wants us to not act out of our circumstances but out of our trust in Him.

 


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