Believing in Provision

"And my God will supply all your needs according to His riches in glory in Christ Jesus." Phil 4:19 NASB


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My 2013 Word: GIVING

Well I have to say the Blessings just keep pouring out!!!

 I have 3 main blessings I would like to share with you that happened all within a few days of each other this week.

  1.  Friends of mine down State finalized their adoption of 3 beautiful little boys.
  2. My Cousin and her Husband received a referral for a beautiful little girl in China
  3. I found out that my brother has finally gotten work.

All I can say is Wow, Wow, Wow!!! I’m so excited for each and every one of them.

Something else I have been thinking about this year is my ‘word’ of the year.

We were challenged with this on a Sunday Morning. What word is God calling you to? I’ve been thinking about this and I wanted to make sure that I had God’s word for me and not my word for me.

I believe God’s  ‘word’ for me this year is Giving.  I really want to  Give God 110% in everything that I do and say, from training at work to having coffee and listening to a friend.

Now this doesn’t only mean the small stuff, but the bigger things too. I need to give of my Tithes each week. Daniel and I still struggle with this, especially if we don’t make it to church BEFORE the plate is passed around. I’m still convinced church starts earlier and earlier each week (Not really, but sure feels that way sometimes). We have in the past discovered that it’s best to figure out what funds are coming in for the week, and basing our tithe on the amount before we get paid so that we are trusting in the Lord to provide all of our needs.

Now this does bring me to the title of my Blog “Believing in Provision”

I had a friend challenge me with the title of my Blog. The hot topic was in regards to our adoption.  She asked did I really Believe that God was going to provide for our adoption even if it meant passing up a referral because we didn’t have the funds at that time. I had to really stop and think. Would I be able to pass up a referral if we didn’t have the money saved at that time? What if God asked me to wait longer for his timing??? Could I really wait any longer? Yup I struggled through that answer. I had to say I was really double checking my heart. After some time to consider I realized that God always has the best planned for us. He has always proven himself faithful. And He will make our family what He wants it to be. I have to trust the Lord with all of His Plans.

“Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make your paths straight.” Prov 3: 5&6 

So in my year of Giving I want to Give to God all of my heart & understanding so that He can make my path straight.

What’s Your Word?

Love

Krista

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Blessings of the week

There is so much going on in my  mind right now, that I really don’t know where to start with this Blog. I wanted to share how I like to rejoice in the little things that I’m blessed with in life.

Today I feel very blessed for a lot of reasons. Lately I have been thinking about all the negatives about adoption, it’s costly, there is a lot of paperwork, and it’s almost frustrating that it couldn’t be easier. Okay it is frustrating that there are so many children waiting for their forever family, and it seems like it takes FOREVER. But I really want to share how I’ve been blessed over the past week.

I had an amazing conversation with my best friend from high school over Skype. That’s one way that I have been blessed in the past week. This friend Shared Christ with me 13 years ago. Wow can it really be that long since I’ve been following Christ.  Daniel and I often ask ourselves why maybe we don’t share Jesus with the world. I mean it does tell us in the Bible to “Go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you.” Matthew 28:19 NIV. I often ask God for opportunities to share Jesus with others, but sometimes I wonder if I have not taken the ones given to me, then I start asking the what if’s, what if they have a question that I can’t answer? What if they don’t like me anymore ect. Knowing Jesus because some one stepped out in their faith is one reason I’m blessed.

I’ve also been blessed this week as I have felt this amazing presence of peace over all circumstances. I don’t know if it’s because I have a lot to look forward to this year, the idea of a whole new year beginning or if it’s just that peace knowing that I’m where God wants me at this time for his purpose.

I’ve been discovering a few of my spiritual gifts over the past little while and trying to foster them as much as I can. One of them and I’m not sure if it’s a spiritual gift or which one it would fall under but I seem to have this way with people that they will share with me the deepest things that are going on in their lives whether work related, things that frustrate them, or things that are going on with their relationships at home. I’ve discovered that having this ‘gift’ has increased my prayer list greatly. And I’ve also learned of things that break my heart for those who don’t know Jesus and the peace that they can have, now don’t get me wrong I don’t want to say that Jesus will take all hurts away and that one will become a new perfect person, as it’s not how it works. However Jesus can take a broken person and give them a Joy that only he can give. Through the tough times we can have Joy. Like it says in Isaiah 35 the whole chapter. But I would like to focus on the last verse 10b (NIV) “Gladness and joy will overtake them and sorrow and sighing will flee away.” Wow what a promise!

There are a couple of things that I will advocate for besides Adoption. One is Marriage I really feel deep down in my gut that God wants all marriages to succeed. And if both parties are willing to work together that relationships can be healed, no matter the stress that was placed on that Marriage. I’m a firm believer in Grace. God looked down on us and had Compassion and Grace for us. We are a sinful people and He chose to give the ultimate sacrifice for us. I think we can have Grace for our families. Over the past few weeks I have heard of such circumstances happening with people that I know and care about. It really breaks my heart. I probably find it most disheartening because I come from a broken home and understand from a Child’s perspective. All family members will be affected.

So back to how I’m Blessed. I have a husband who loves me for who I am, and who God will create me to be. I’m Blessed to have a husband that is my best friend, who I share everything with, who I don’t hide from, nor do I have any secrets. I am blessed to have a husband that I can communicate with, and if I don’t communicate with him I have a God who reminds me to do so.

Oh I did want to share one last thing that I have been blessed by this week. Starting earlier this week if you make a purchase in the Once Was Lost site for a purchase over $25.00 you will not only give funds to an adopting family in need but for every $25.00 purchase you will be providing food for a hungry child for 1 week.

I am so very blessed by many things.

How are you blessed?

Love Krista