My family is in the midst of waiting. It was a message from God, “Wait and see.” So we wait. Not knowing what will happen but trusting in the One who is our provider and protector. I know that God has good things in store. It was promised in a word that was spoken over my husband. It is promised in His Word:
“For this reason I say to you, do not be worried about your life, as to what you will eat or what you will drink; nor for your body, as to what you will put on. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothing? Look at the birds of the air, that they do not sow, nor reap nor gather into barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not worth much more than they? And who of you by being worried can add a single hour to his life? And why are you worried about clothing? Observe how the lilies of the field grow; they do not toil nor do they spin, yet I say to you that not even Solomon in all his glory clothed himself like one of these. But if God so clothes the grass of the field, which is alive today and tomorrow is thrown into the furnace, will He not much more clothe you? You of little faith! Do not worry then, saying, ‘What will we eat?’ or ‘What will we drink?’ or ‘What will we wear for clothing?’ For the Gentiles eagerly seek all these things; for your heavenly Father knows that you need all these things. But seek first His kingdom and His righteousness, and all these things will be added to you. “So do not worry about tomorrow; for tomorrow will care for itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own. (Matthew 6:25-34 NASB)
What is all of this about? Why are we waiting on The Lord? Our business of ten years is closing down. I could go into all the details of government corruption and scandals, but I won’t. I won’t because there is a bigger picture. It’s a picture of God doing a mighty work in our family and preparing the path of a new journey. It’s a preparation, no a birthing of something new and wonderful in our lives.
We’ve asked people to pray for our family as we begin this new journey…a journey that will glorify God’s Kingdom. “To where?” You may ask. That is the excitement of it all. You see The Lord has covered both Russell and myself with a peace that passes all understanding. He has planted this seed of excitement for the next part of the journey.
People have asked my husband how he can be so calm in the midst of the storm. I tell you truth when I say as long as we keep our eyes fixed on Jesus, there is a calmness that comes over the both of us. When our human nature takes us off of our target, that is when we worry.
A dear friend reminded me this past weekend not to be a worrier but to be a warrior!! So we claim the truths of God in our lives. We walk by faith and not by sight. Many can not understand this. But we do. We have walked this path before. We have seen God provide when their was absolutely NOTHING. God has said don’t spend. We will be obedient. He will provide.
For our children, we speak truths with great excitement and faith. They are excited. It’s a new journey. We are reading about great missionaries from the past. Listening to God’s great works in their lives. They are learning about sacrifices and seeing God’s blessings in the midst of it all! They are witnessing God’s compassion on their lives! They are experiencing walking in faith as God provides for them.
The Lord has been good to us over the years. We have lived in abundance and have been faithful during that time of abundance. Just as Joseph helped the Egyptians through the time of plenty and stored up for the time of lean, The Lord has prepared us. God will continue to watch over our household.
Part of the word that Russell received was that God had to “move us to use us.” What type of move does He mean? We will have to wait and see. It’s really rather exciting to think that God has spoken so much over our family. The key for us is not to try to figure it out. We need not to jump ahead of God. We will require much wisdom and discernment during this time.
I know what many of you are thinking, “You family is so big, aren’t you worried?” NO! Our desire during this time is to completely trust in The Lord. Be encouragers to us at this time. Pray for clear direction. Do not come to us and encourage a “woe is me” mentality. It is during the storms in life that we raise our banners high!! This is a time to remind us of the greatness that God is! The greatness of God from the past, the present, and the future! God moves mountains! He created all that is. He is all powerful. Why would I not trust in that? Diving into the Word excites me beyond anything!
So now, we wait. We wait until God tells us it’s time to act. We go through the labor pains of birthing something totally new in our lives. Join us and pray for our family as we wait on The Lord! God is leading this dance and even though we don’t always hear the music, we keep on following His lead!
Consider it all joy, my brethren, when you encounter various trials, knowing that the testing of your faith produces endurance. And let endurance have its perfect result, so that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing. But if any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask of God, who gives to all generously and without reproach, and it will be given to him. But he must ask in faith without any doubting, for the one who doubts is like the surf of the sea, driven and tossed by the wind. For that man ought not to expect that he will receive anything from the Lord, being a double-minded man, unstable in all his ways. (James 1:2-8 NASB)