Friday, June 4, 2010

Again with the prayers, Tommy?!

Several months ago Tommy preached a sermon on Sunday morning at our church. I always get nervous for him when he preaches. I even sweat the whole time he is preaching but as usual The Lord spoke through him and brought a powerful message. The passage he focused on was the following:

Proverbs 30:8-9
8Keep falsehood and lies far from me;
give me neither poverty nor riches,
but give me only my daily bread.
9Otherwise, I may have too much and disown you
and say, ‘Who is the LORD?’
Or I may become poor and steal,
and so dishonor the name of my God.

He proceeded to share with the congregation that he had begun to pray this prayer for his family. I thought "Oh man! Without talking to me first?! Once again he had discussed things with The Lord that he hadn't "run by" me...haha!! As if he needed to ask me first.
Really I don't believe Tommy had to pray this prayer. It's as if The Lord had already chosen our family to live in "neither poverty nor riches". Sometimes it feels like poverty but it isn't. All I have to do to realize how blessed we are is go visit a neighbor, walk down the street by our church or meet someone new in Wal-mart. There are families all around us who are really struggling.
Sometimes our prayers aren't to inform The Lord of anything rather as we pray He changes you. As we pray he changes our hearts until we eventually find ourselves willing and experiencing the life He intended...which is the best place in the world to be.
This past Tuesday was pay day and Tommy and I found ourselves divvying out our paychecks to all the right places. Quickly we saw that there would be some areas we would be cutting it a little close. I didn't freak out but expressed my concern to Tommy and waited to see how The Lord was going to cover us. First, we received a large box from my friend full of juice boxes and wide variety of snacks....a HUGE help with two toddlers! Next, a lady we met last night gave us a $20 for Tommy to "take out your wife" just because she used to serve in youth ministry and knows the financial struggle that tends to go with youth ministry. Third, Tommy has a little video editing business which has recently been given some new jobs. He not only got a few jobs but unexpectedly got paid for those jobs today. Continuously The Lord brings our family above and beyond what we need to survive. He always has and I believe he always will GIVE US OUR DAILY BREAD.
Thank you Lord for giving us neither poverty nor riches.

Friday, May 28, 2010

That's the story of my life!

So I'm not sure about this blogging thing. I guess it's going to be like a diary that is expected to be read by others. A place to express my experiences. Share my life and record the work The Lord is doing in my community, my church, my job, my family and my own personal walk with God. I believe that's what is missing in our world today. People, even and especially Christians, don't share what is really going on in their life. We are ashamed to admit or reveal what happens in our lives because we are afraid of what others might think. But truly, if we were to lay down our pride and share our stories wouldn't people be inspired and supportive? Yes...I believe they would be. Of course, there is a balance. Your life shouldn't be completely out in the open. Some things are private, yes. However, with the right balance I believe we could change the world...or our own local world. Therefore, this blog will be about the stories of my life. The good, the bad, and the ugly...but especially the stories of God's incredible GRACE and MERCY in my life.
Most people would say that God doesn't work in their life or they have never seen it...maybe because they don't want him to...but I'm here to say that He is working even if we aren't noticing.
I'll post stories of God's work that I see here in my town. Many will be stories of how I see God revealing himself in my life as I serve as a stay at home mom. It may be boring to some but it's incredible to me. Thank you Lord for the opportunity.