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One Thing

“Faith is the daring of the soul to go further than it can see.”—William Newton Clarke

In this post, I alluded to the fact that my family recently experienced a huge answer to our prayers.

My husband’s job was cut in February 2009. I know now why God instructs us to live only one day at a time. If He had told us that it would be 29 months until my husband was offered another full time job in his field, hope and joy would have fled, leaving only despair and despondency.

To us, it would have looked like an absolutely impossible mountain to climb when we compared our meager resources to such a lengthy amount of time.

However…we have a God who specializes in the impossible..and He was about to teach us an unforgettable lesson…one that would change us forever.

I will be writing future posts about the myriad of lessons we learned during this difficult (yet oddly joyful) season,  but for today, I just wanted to focus one one truth…

Your God is—and always will be—faithful to you.

If we are faithless, He remains faithful…(2 Timothy 2:13).

The word faithful in the original language is pistos and it means: “one who is worthy of trust.”

You cannot judge God’s faithfulness to you by your circumstances.

You cannot judge God’s faithfulness to you by your feelings.

You  trust that God is faithful because His Word says that is what He is!

Wherever you are today and whatever your situation is, choose to believe the wondrous truth that God is being faithful to you.

I promise that you will never believe that in vain. He always comes through… rarely in ways that we expect…but ultimately in ways that will delight and thrill our souls.

During this extremely rough season, I listened to Steven Curtis Chapman’s song “Faithful” from his album “Beauty Will Rise”  over and over again. Read the lyrics and be  blessed:

I am broken, I am bleeding, I am scared and I’m confused
But You are faithful; Yes, You are faithful
I am weary, unbelieving, Lord please help my unbelief!
Cause You are faithful, yes, You are faithful

I will proclaim it to the world; I will declare it to my heart
And sing it when the sun is shining…I will scream it in the dark

You are faithful, You are faithful!
When You give, when You take away
Even then, still Your Name is Faithful
Yes, You are faithful
And with everything inside of me, I am choosing to believe
You are faithful

I am waiting for the rescue that I know is sure to come
Cause You are faithful; yes, You are faithful
I’ve dropped anchor in Your promises and I am holding on
Cause You are faithful; yes, You are faithful

So faithful…

Though I cannot have the answers I am wanting to demand
I’ll remember You are God and everything is in Your hand
In Your hands You hold the sun, the moon, the stars up in the sky
For the sake of love, You hung Your own Son on the cross to die

You are faithful, yes, You are faithful
When You give and when You take away
Even then, great is Your faithfulness!
Great is Your faithfulness!

You’re faithful…so faithful…”

Be honest with Him. Tell Him how much it hurts and how bad it looks to you. Then find some verses that speak specifically about the fact of God’s faithfulness to you and hang onto them with all the strength you possess.

Then (and this is the hard part, but the payoff is enormous)…wait and watch what He does.

You will be amazed.


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A Promise Kept

“Your son has won an award. There will be an awards ceremony at the school on Thursday at 9:15 and you are invited to attend.”

That was the phone message that I received from my son’s high school last week. There was no hint of what kind of award he had won, but that didn’t matter…Doug and I would be there.

Once we arrived at the school, we found our friends Steve and Risa, who explained the drill. At the end of every semester there is an awards ceremony. Each teacher selects a few students who have excelled in some way and honors them with an engraved medal.

Several parents arrived early, cameras in hand. Eventually, the entire student body arrived, pouring into the auditorium with animated, energetic chatter.

The principal welcomed all of us before introducing the first teacher. In a group this size, I expected that each teacher would say a few words, then call out the names of the students and that would be that. I could not have been more wrong…and happily so.

For the next two hours, I watched as teacher after teacher took the podium and often struggled with tears as they spoke in a heartfelt manner of the students they were honoring.

These are people who truly care…they have chosen to be on the front lines in order to invest in the lives of these young people; to develop their budding intellects, to encourage their dreams, and celebrate the young adults they are becoming.

One teacher could not even continue her speech about a graduating senior. Overcome, she motioned to another teacher to take over for her and read her prepared statement. Another asked if the mom of one of her students was in the audience. When the woman timidly raised her hand, the teacher ran over to give her a hug, thanking her for raising such a wonderful son.

The applause as each deserving student came forward to accept their award was heartfelt and enthusiastic.

As our son walked up to the stage to receive two medals for academic excellence from his teachers, I was filled with two things: pride for his accomplishment…and most importantly, gratitude and awe for my great and faithful God.

So many years ago, when He was making it quite clear that we were to homeschool our children, I was flat out petrified. Finally, one morning, after staring at the mountain of unavoidable evidence of God’s will, I begged Him…with tears in my eyes…to show me something from His Word that would absolutely clarify that this was His will. I knew that I would need that eternal Word to cling to as time went by and things got hard.

As always, He was faithful to answer that prayer. He is a loving Father who delights to give wisdom to His children when they ask. (James 1:5).

In my devotional reading that day were these beautiful words from the book of Isaiah: “Your children will be taught by the Lord and great will be your children’s peace.” (Isaiah 54:13).

I was right…there were definitely days when I had to go back and re-read that verse over and over again. I had to trust Him for the big picture when the days were rough and the enemy screamed into my ear that I was failing at this.

Finally, the day came last November when Josh quietly approached us and told us that he would like to go to high school full time. He was ready.

We sought the Lord and He said, “Yes.”

Everything came full circle for me that moment in the auditorium. Yes, I was proud of my son because he has worked very hard. But the most of all, my heart was full of praise to my beautiful God who lovingly guided me through those years and has greatly blessed my (sometimes shaky) obedience.

And just as I trusted Him for that season, so I will trust Him for this new one as I await His plan for this next adventure in my journey with Him.

He is faithful. Always.


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