I have been in what you might call a valley for a while now. Yet, God's blessings seem to be coming on a regular basis. Being out of work the past three years, adjusting to physical limitations, and struggling to move forward have enabled both myself and my husband to grow spiritually in ways I would not have thought possible. I have learned to literally depend on God for my provision, and it has been more freeing than I can explain. I used to be concerned about finances and money, or the lack of having enough, on a regular basis. Although I loved God I was often preoccupied with "the cares of this world". While it is true that my life is simpler now, the freedom I experience from giving my needs over to God totally, has given me a deep happiness that reaches to my core. Stepping up in faith has not been an overnight process for me, but when we put more trust in God the rewards are amazing! Despite the trials the past three years have brought, I find myself happier, and fuller of joy than ever. I don't have to worry, because God can handle it, and you know what? He does a better job than I ever did! I have so much more time now to worship God in praise and song, to minister to or encourage a friend, to take care of my family. Do I sometimes forget that God can handle it? Yes, but thanks be to God, when I catch myself, I confess it, and pray about it.
Today my husband came home for lunch and told me his boss gave him permission to change and extend his lunch hour at work so he can start attending Sunday Service. This was a huge answer to prayer, and we had been praying about this for nearly two years. My God is awesome! I am beginning to wonder if we are still in the valley cause lately it sure seems like we are on top of the mountain!
Philippians 4: 4-7.
4"Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice! 5 Let your gentleness be evident to all. The Lord is near. 6 Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.
7 And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus."