Regardless of where God sends you…Go in Faith.
Regardless of what you pray for…Be Patient.
Regardless of what God gives you…Praise Him!
As I reflect on the journey which God has called myself and my two teenage daughters, I find myself in awe of what, where and when the Lord has been present in the hardships of our past years. I became a single mom after 20 years of marriage. I can’t say that it was the best decision, but I can say it was a growing season for me and the Lord. As the stressors of finding employment, housing and moving from state to state became challenging, I found peace in everything even when others without the Lord would have become distressed or defeated. I knew that this peace and strength was not of my own, but of Who was within me — the Holy Spirit. He was directing me in all my decisions. There were many times that I wanted to give up, but the Lord would remind me to keep persevering and walk in obedience.
The Lord was our Provider! His favor was always upon us! When one door would close another would open. I learned humility in the jobs that I would take; regardless of my “specialized education”. It is during those positions at various jobs that I would find Jesus working through me and around me. It wasn’t easy and it didn’t always happen at the timing that I wanted it to happen or the places He would ask us to go. I can assure you that I didn’t understand, but it just felt right in knowing “it was the right thing to do.”
My girls and I have always loved music —it’s as if it flows through our blood. It’s amazing that our Creator made us so uniquely different in the way He allows us to draw closer to Him. For myself, He shows up in the most powerful way through certain lyrics or music. It’s during those times that I hear him say, “I am here”, “Remember, I AM”, “I’ll never leave you”, “You are my Beloved”. One song that reminds me of God’s assurance to me, that He’s thinking of me, and that He’s got my back is Casting Crowns, “I’ll Praise You In This Storm”. Needless to say, I can turn on the radio and if there’s a song that was a “speaking moment” during my journey it will be a reminder of what my God did for me and my girls. He is not through with us and continues to grow us. Hallelujah! I’m excited for what the Lord has in store for us. Romans 15:13 ~ “May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in Him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.”
If God had shared at the beginning of our journey what, when and where we would be at this time in our lives, I can guarantee that I would not have seen the outcome thus far. I can only say that I did it in the unknown, with the Creator of the ALL Knowing — afraid, but not alone. If there is anyone who is facing any challenges in their life, surrender it all to our Lord and take His hand and be lead by His guiding. We may not want to go when He calls, but trust Him in all areas of your life. It’s in the quiet times that we hear His voice, waiting on God should be the honor we give Him. James 1:2-5 ~ “Consider it pure joy, my brothers, whenever you face trials of many testing of your faith develops perseverance. Perseverance must finish it’s work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything. If any of you lacks wisdom, he should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault and it will be given to him.”