Friday, June 6, 2008

God Provided a Ram

And so He did! He provided the ram for Abraham just at that moment when Abraham had his son Issac on the altar, ready to be sacrificed. Imagine the anguish. Imagine the suffering. Abraham trusted God and obeyed Him. Some trip up that mountain that must have been huh?

Well, my trip wasn't anything like that, but still we have been challenged to trust and obey. Ironically when I got saved at 7 years old I responded to an altar call after we sung the Hymn "Trust and Obey".

As you may or may not know, my husband has been unemployed for 6 months. He more than likely only had a few more weeks of unemployment left. He has been faithful to seek and post his resume for jobs since the week he was laid off. He has had a few interviews, some second interviews and really not much more than that. Being unemployed seems to be a growing epidemic here in the Edgewater, New Symrna Beach area.

We have been in prayer and we have been faithful to keep our vows to God about our finances. I am here to tell you today that He is faithful! He has been faithful the entire time. There is no way in the world, by the world's standards, we would have been able to survive financially these past 6 months on his little bit of unemployment. God has poured out His blessings, time and time again. I have said it before we have truly experienced the 5 loaves and 2 fish miracle. Jesus set out to speak to 5000 men and their families and told the disciples to go and gather some food for the masses. The disciples came back with 5 loaves of bread and 2 fish. Not much food to feed 5 people let alone 5000. Jesus ask for simple obedience and He blessed the food and told his disciples to feed the 5000 plus people that where there. End of story, there were several baskets of bread and fish left over. He did a miracle that day and He has done a miracle (the same miracle) in my household these past few months.

Not only that, but then, in the final hour, my husband gets a phone call for a second interview with a local newspaper and he lands the job. In that final hour - God provided a Ram. Not only does he land the job, but it happens to meet every single detail that we have prayed. I'm talking, down to the dot! This is God!

I remember way back when my friend Tracy prayed for a house and she prayed very specifically, today she still lives in that house! The house that she and God designed! That is exactly what happened with this interview.

I love to pray specifically! God is all about the details! My prayer is now, Lord, help me to keep trusting and obeying no matter what. This circumstance may be resolved now, but there is another one tomorrow, that is guaranteed. I feel like my faith has been refined and I have been refined by the fire! Thank you Lord. Thank you for providing the ram, thank you for allowing me to walk through the fire and come out refined. Thank you for keeping me from bowing down to the idols of fear, doubt, unbelief, and discouragement. If it were not for your presence I would not have made it through unscathed.

1000 Gifts continued from previous post:

21. Answered prayer.

22. Provision from Jehovah Jireh.

23. Friends who believed with us and who are celebrating with us as well.

24. Longer days and shorter nights.

25. Hours and hours of pool time

26. Brendan's understanding to answered prayer "Mom, does Daddy's job fit him?" "Yes it really does Brendan", "WOW that is exactly what I prayed that God would give Dad a job that would fit him!!"

27. Simple faith, simple obedience.

28. Opportunities to play hide and seek (and not be found for 20 minutes - I'm good)

29. Bible study on Friday nights with the Bradley Family!

30. The smell of jasmine outside my bedroom window. Hmmmmm.


Amanda said...

My walk was stregthened by witnessing this journey and watching not only you but your husband sustain such Rock solid faith. Praise be to Jesus and His work in us.
Love, ya

Amanda said...

My walk was stregthened by witnessing this journey and watching not only you but your husband sustain such Rock solid faith. Praise be to Jesus and His work in us.
Love, ya