Today's post is kind of a follow-up to last Sunday. I had mentioned that during prayer times in the morning I pray specifically. And then being face-to-face with financial difficulties that didn't just come one at a time but all at once. (It kind of happens that way doesn't it?) I could have taken the fact that all of these things happened and that prayers weren't being answered, but God gave me a peace in it all. I really DID have to remind myself of His faithfulness throughout the years and give thanks in ALL things (which doesn't necessarily mean that it's an easy thing to do). Here is how the past week worked out:
*The broken garage door - which is an expensive thing to replace - was able to be fixed for a MUCH smaller amount of money. We're talking $1300 less!!!!! That definitely deserves a praise. : )
*The expensive car fix - one thing that I learned a long time ago from a Christian financial planner is to put money aside every paycheck for emergencies - so that was money we already had for such a time as this. : )
*The medical bill - this bill we received looked awful close to what I had already paid over a month ago. Sure enough, when we brought the recent bill to the attention of the clinic, it had already been paid and we had a zero balance!
So, all three of these things that I could have stressed over were taken care of. Coincidence? Oh, no. God knows our needs. He cares for us in the big stuff and in the little stuff.
Right now, our son and his wife are in Greece for their 1-year Anniversary. Do any of you know what is happening in Greece right now? We have been watching the news seeing if they are reporting on it - nothing. Greece is experiencing a hurricane! Over in that part of the world they call it a Medicane (Mediterranean hurricane). It's a rare occurrence and of course if would have to occur while they are there! They flew in yesterday while it was still pretty calm but now they are in the thick of it. So, again, I'm on my knees for their safety - and not just for their safety but all who live there. From what I read, three people are missing and now they're afraid of the mudslides. But I do have the peace that passes all understanding. He is our only child and we love his wife as a daughter. They both have a personal relationship with Jesus Christ their Savior. I know in my heart that they will be okay.
Please come to Jesus today. Our pastor said it so well in service this morning - there are people in this world who hear about Jesus and because they have hardened their hearts to the point of not, nor ever, believing in Christ as Lord and Savior, they will not believe (no matter what). And there are people who hear about Jesus and because their hearts are open to take in the truth about Jesus being Lord and Savior they will come to Jesus and be saved. It truly is a heart issue. Please soften your heart and invite Jesus in. Tell someone that you made that step and then find a Bible-teaching church to help you in your walk. Make SURE that the church you go to speaks the truth! And the only way to know that is if you pick up the Bible yourself and start reading. I want to make sure that I encourage you in this. Won't it be wonderful to meet each other and everyone who believes in Jesus in Heaven one day?!!!!!!!!! Amazing. : )