Day 219:Every Step Abundant (August 7)

Yesterday we talked about the waiting, and today I want to talk about the receiving.

This morning, as I lay awake in bed, my mind began to race with many tasks that need to be completed and many financial obligations that have arrived now that we are moving into our new home in McAlester.  (Did I mention that yet?  God moved in our home situation and opened doors for us to take early possession of the home we are going to buy once our PA house sells.  We have negotiated price, etc, and now will live in it on a rental basis until closing on the PA home.)  So, now that we are moving in this direction, many things must happen and our financial obligation is increasing for a season.  But the fact still remains, God is providing.  The question is, how will I receive?

It would be easy to fret about the “what ifs” right now, instead of focusing on the fact that God is moving in miraculous ways to provide not just a home for us, but THE home.  Our family is so beyond excited to be moving into it this weekend.  We have loved our time with my parents, but every single one of us longs for normalcy.  The kids long for their boxed up items and their own rooms and space.  They long to start finding their place in OK, and with school start very soon, this is perfect and crucial timing.

How ungrateful would it be for me to worry now?

As I lay in bed, running through the list of financial things and the daunting task of switching all our lives to a new state, I felt God stop me.  He lifted my face in His hands and looked me square in the eyes, reminding me that if He was providing this home in this timing, then He will also provide for every single detail needed to make it happen.

He will sell our PA home, that is certain, and I don’t gain anything from worrying about it.  In fact, I only lose that way.  I lose peace of mind and confidence.  The only way to gain in that waiting process is to focus on His abundance in the past and praise Him for always taking care of us.

I don’t gain anything from fretting and worrying about all the moving details either.  In fact, I can rob our family of the joy of the blessing if all they see from me now if stress.  No, I must rein in my own emotions and purposefully set out to present an attitude of gratitude to my children.  They are watching and learning from how I do this. I know I won’t walk it out perfectly, but that’s not the point.  They mostly need to just see that I try.  They need to see that it’s all a choice.  We choose joy.  It’s not something that just happens to us.  It’s a choice, every day.

I challenge you to walk in abundance during seasons of transition, you will never regret it.

And my God will meet all your needs according to the riches of His glory in Christ Jesus.  To our God and Father be glory forever and ever.  Amen.  Philippians 4:19-20

Now to Him Who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to His power that is at work within us, to Him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, forever and ever!  Amen.  Ephesians 3:20-21