Trusting God seems so much easier when we’re sitting on top of a heap of abundance. Losing our sense of security and our false sense of being in control breeds fear, doubt, and impatience.
I walked by faith with trembling and dropped to my knees when Alan lost his job, when my health took a nosedive, when our oldest son wandered away from the Lord. At the time, my shaky trust frustrated me. But as I look back, I see how the Lord used His Word and His people to deepen my faith as I leaned into Him.
I am so excited to hear your testimonies!
Please share your comments or your answers to the reflection questions in the comment section below.
- How has God helped you or a friend through a time of financial, physical, or emotional need?
The Lord has provided in so many ways over the years. But recently, I praised Him with grateful tears after He helped me with my financial, physical, and emotional needs.
After my doctor informed me that pain management “could be my life,” I grieved and considered the possibility of living with limited mobility. I called Jake and Amanda Guell at Tails for Life.
Though the cost for Callie’s service dog training would be an investment, my husband committed to making it happen . . . somehow. When my insurance denied my request for a procedure that would help me with pain management, I called Jake to cancel the training. He suggested I do a fundraiser. After prayer and discussion with my husband, I shared the story on my blog and on social media.
God’s people sponsored Callie’s training in four days!
Some people messaged me with stories about how the Lord moved in their hearts during prayer time. And when we were only $530.00 away from our goal, one woman messaged me and informed me that the Lord had nudged her to give $500.00 toward Callie’s training.
These amazing sponsors partnered in ministry with me, making it possible to Callie to serve with me at the Our Daily Bread chapel on August 7, 2019. We’re looking forward to sharing God’s truth and love to the ends of the earth . . . together . . . thanks to God’s faithfulness and the generous love of His beloved children. (You can watch the video of Callie and me sharing with the Our Daily Bread Ministry family during chapel on their Facebook page.)
And now, I have the privilege of helping Tails for Life raise funds to train a service dog for a child with autism!
If you want to make a difference in the life of a child in need of a service dog, you can join me in raising $5,000.00 for Tails for Life with a tax-deductible donation.
Please let Jake and Amanda you heard about the fundraiser on my blog . . . and be ready to praise the Lord as He provides above and beyond all we can even begin to imagine!
- How can sharing your testimony or hearing the testimonies of others increase the faith of those who are struggling with a lack of worldly security as they wait on God to provide?
As I interviewed people while writing Waiting for God, the Lord used their stories to strengthen my faith and refresh my spirit. As readers begin sharing how God is using Waiting for God to encourage them, the Lord is igniting a fire in me to share His truth and love with even more boldness and overflowing love for Him and His people.
- In what situation can you trust the Lord’s promised provision and protection this week?
Over the last couple of weeks, I’ve struggled with pain management and fatigue. Though dealing with chronic pain daily often exhausts me physically and emotionally, I am leaning into God and asking Him to help me trust Him. I know it sounds funny, but He’s even using this blog series to encourage me. As I read each chapter He helped me write and answer the end-of-chapter questions, God’s helping me walk through each day with Holy Vision. Hallelujah!
If you’re just joining the conversation and would like to share your thoughts on the previous chapters, I’ve posted the links below.
Chapter 1 – The Weight of Waiting
Chapter 2 – It’s Not All About Me
*** Thanks for joining me to discuss the Waiting for God end-of-chapter questions. Please remain focused on what God is doing in and through your life and refrain from sharing full names or personal information (yours or anyone else’s) so we can keep this blog family a safe place to share. All comments will be monitored and modified to maintain a loving and encouraging atmosphere that is glorifying to the Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. I look forward to growing with you.
So many times the Lord has provided providentially. Two of them, I’d like to share. The first was the time He used us to bless anonymously friends in need. We’d determined to give them 10% of an amount we were expecting to receive. 10% turned out to be a strange amount and some change. Rather than “round up,” we sent that amount by cashier’s check. Can you imagine how our faith grew when they excitedly shared with us how they received a check from an anonymous donor for the exact amount of a bill they hadn’t expected? The second time, the Lord had a friend give us an amount in cash which was the exact amount of on of our bills that was past due and on its way to collection. My husband hadn’t shared that with me. He was bearing the burden of worry himself and came to me with the bill, the check and a very relieved look on his face. Again, faith building.
Hallelujah! God used your stories to strengthen my faith, Marilyn. Thank You, Lord! I love being reminded of His sovereignty. I love that you shared one story that showed how you obeyed God’s leading and one story that shows what happens when someone else obeys the Lord’s nudging. Thanks for sharing your testimonies of God’s awesome provision. Hallelujah!