Walking by Faith in the “Real World”

This morning as I was paying for Joel’s school books for the last time I was in awe how God has provided everything we have needed over these past almost 4 years. I have walked by faith trusting God for everything for a decade when we were missionaries. Living on Ships, or living in a warehouse, or living with a friend of ours. God provided for the ministry as well as our personal needs. But when God told us to leave the mission field for Joel to go to school and me to write books and be a Mom, we still had to walk by faith. The Lord told us not to get a full time job or even part time job outside of school or being a Mom. That meant we had to trust God for our electrical bill, gas, internet bill, phone bill, and food ever single month. Support from others for Joel and I decreased which we already knew, I mean come on we weren’t missionaries any more. But we still had to trust that if God told us to only go to school and stay at home then He would supply everything we needed.
Over the past four years God has provided two incredible houses, free of charge, for us to live in. Two cars to drive, both free of charge when given to us. God has always had our fridge and cupboards full, gas in our vehicle, and bills paid on time. If that wasn’t a stretch to walk by faith in, God also paid for all of Joel’s tuition and we are not in debt. And for the most part we pretty much only had a 100 dollars in our bank account most of the time. God would bring in almost the exact amount of finances for the need we had on hand each and every time. Even today as I paid Joel’s school books for the last time I found out we had money from a gift card we got a year ago on amazon and then someone had given Joel a gift card for amazon this Christmas so because of those two gift cards we only had to pay $12 for all of Joel’s books. I was in awe that once again God provided everything we need to get Joel his supplies for school. I have seen God do this when we needed gas in our car, where we didn’t have enough and yet within a day the Lord would send money for fuel. I have seen this with our bills where a bill was due in a week and we didn’t have enough but with in a day or so money would come in and we had just enough to pay it.
Time and time again over these past 4 years God has been showing me how He is truly faithful no matter if we were missionaries or lived in the “real world”. The Lord has been revealing to me that he has kept our finances at just enough to prove that He is the one and only one that knows our needs and takes care of them whether it is putting us on someones heart or a guy telling Joel he has some projects that need done and will pay him or whatever avenue the Lord chose to bring in money.
God gave me this verse from Deuteronomy 8 where he was about to lead the Israelites into the Promised Land but wanted to remind them what He did in the wilderness: Remember how the Lord your God led you through the wilderness for these forty years, humbling you and testing you to prove your character, and to find out whether or not you would obey his commands. 3 Yes, he humbled you by letting you go hungry and then feeding you with manna, a food previously unknown to you and your ancestors. He did it to teach you that people do not live by bread alone; rather, we live by every word that comes from the mouth of the Lord. 4 For all these forty years your clothes didn’t wear out, and your feet didn’t blister or swell. 5 Think about it: Just as a parent disciplines a child, the Lord your God disciplines you for your own good.
I share this to encourage you that God is a faithful, loving, kind, gracious, providing God. If you rely on Him He will provide all you need whether a job, healing, finances, food, bills paid, relationships stored, deliverance and more. That God is not limited and He loves you so much that He wants to be your everything!

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