“Seek the kingdom of God above all else, and He will give you everything you need.” Luke 12:31
Hi Friends! I have missed keeping in touch with you all. This new position at work has had me across the state! It’s been very exciting to meet so many new people and to see some of the other facilities we manage. The one major downside has been not being able to spend time with you. The travel will be minimal at this point and although I have thoroughly enjoyed seeing what I’ve seen and meeting who I’ve met…nothing compares to sharing my love of God with YOU.
It’s been just about a month since I’ve shared with you. Since then, I have been to just about every corner of New York State. I’ve had the blessing of being able to see Canada from across the St. Lawrence River and witnessing a stunning sunset. This past weekend my husband and I decided to take a long weekend and went to Niagara Falls. I’ve never been there and we had a blast! I’ve also begun a class one evening a week at church on finances. It’s through Dave Ramsey- ‘Financial Peace University’. If you’re not great at paying your bills and/or saving money…check it out. You can take it on-line or find a local place that is teaching the class. It’s worth the time and the little bit of money.
This is one of the areas that I have to say the scripture above is being worked in me right now. I’ve worried about finances for a while now…and to be honest I’m the biggest issue. Although I’m not proud of that, I will own up to it. No excuses. I’ve made some stupid choices. But today is a new day and here we are. For the first time in a long time I feel like there is HOPE. HOPE that when my husband retires in a few years, we’ll be OK. God has our back. And He has yours too.
Another area that I’m struggling in is which church I belong to. I’ve been attending two for a while now. I’ve been attending one for years and I’ve been very active there. Although I’ve stepped away from some of the areas I was active in, I continue to work in the Women’s Ministry. Outside of attending the Wednesday night Bible studies, I’m not active at the new church. I feel like I need to make a choice but I don’t know what choice to make. To be honest, the major struggle is the Women’s Ministry. I truly feel like I’m meant to continue it but I’m not sure if I’m meant to continue at that church.
It’s such an emotional and spiritual struggle for me. That is why I am so very grateful for God’s Word. I am leaning on Him and I came across this scripture that I wrote on an index card a while ago…’God blesses those who patiently endure testing and temptation. Afterward they will receive the crown of life that God promised to those who love him.’ James 1:12 When you really look at what the words of this scripture mean, it’s eye opening.
Endure-to stay under (behind), to undergo, bear (trials), have fortitude, persevere
Temptation-a putting to proof (by experiment), experience (of evil), solicitation, adversity
Crown-a chapter (as a badge of royalty, a symbol of honor)
God doesn’t want to just bless us my friend. He wants to bless us ABUNDANTLY! 2 Corinthians 9:8 states; ‘And God is able to bless you abundantly, so that in all things at all times, having all that you need, you will abound in every good work.’ God is an amazing Father. I don’t know about you, but I need this. I need to know, to remember that God is faithful. That we don’t go through struggles and trials for nothing. I’m hanging on to the ‘you will abound in every good work.’ We WILL abound- we will be in excess, we will excel, we will be the better, we will have enough and to spare, we will remain (over and above).
Praise to you Jesus! We will still be standing at the end of our struggles. We may feel like we’ve been through a war but we will still be there, where God wants us and He will work through us and for us!
I may be struggling and I may be worrying about this decision but I know that God knows the end from the beginning of this situation. If I continue in His Word and I remain open to hearing from Him in prayer and meditation, He WILL guide me through this. He will guide you too friend. No matter how difficult your situation. No matter who is responsible for the situation for occurring….He’s got YOU. Reach out to Him.
I want to thank you all so very much for sticking around, even though I’ve been off the radar for a while. I would deeply appreciate prayer that God guides me in managing my time a bit better.
Lots of love to you all.
In the precious name of Jesus.
*pic is from my trip to Ogdensburg NY. Sunset over the St. Lawrence River.