"I am guiding you in the way of wisdom, and I am leading you on the right path." proverbs 4:11

The Lord, a Provider and Deliverer.

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Published on October 22nd, 2013 @ 11:34:00 pm , using 298 words, 912 views

What to do when i dont have words of my own?  how about i let David speak today:

A Psalm of David when he feigned madness before Abimelech, who drove him away and he departed.

I will bless the Lord at all times;
His praise shall continually be in my mouth.
My soul will make its boast in the Lord;
The humble will hear it and rejoice.
O magnify the Lord with me,
And let us exalt His name together.

I sought the Lord, and He answered me,
And delivered me from all my fears.
They looked to Him and were radiant,
And their faces will never be ashamed.
This poor man cried, and the Lord heard him
And saved him out of all his troubles.
The angel of the Lord encamps around those who fear Him,
And rescues them.

O taste and see that the Lord is good;
How blessed is the man who takes refuge in Him!
O fear the Lord, you His saints;
For to those who fear Him there is no want.
The young lions do lack and suffer hunger;
But they who seek the Lord shall not be in want of any good thing.

Come, you children, listen to me;
I will teach you the fear of the Lord.
Who is the man who desires life
And loves length of days that he may see good?
Keep your tongue from evil
And your lips from speaking deceit.
Depart from evil and do good;
Seek peace and pursue it.

The eyes of the Lord are toward the righteous
And His ears are open to their cry.
The face of the Lord is against evildoers,
To cut off the memory of them from the earth.

The righteous cry, and the Lord hears
And delivers them out of all their troubles.
The Lord is near to the brokenhearted
And saves those who are crushed in spirit.

Many are the afflictions of the righteous,
But the Lord delivers him out of them all.
He keeps all his bones,
Not one of them is broken.
Evil shall slay the wicked,
And those who hate the righteous will be condemned.

The Lord redeems the soul of His servants,
And none of those who take refuge in Him will be condemned.

Psalm 34

things provided: wisdom

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Published on October 21st, 2013 @ 11:41:00 pm , using 149 words, 438 views

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. James 1:5

 For this reason I too, having heard of the faith in the Lord Jesus which exists among you and your love for all the saints, do not cease giving thanks for you, while making mention of you in my prayers; that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give to you a spirit of wisdom and of revelation in the knowledge of Him.  I pray that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened, so that you will know what is the hope of His calling, what are the riches of the glory of His inheritance in the saints,  and what is the surpassing greatness of His power toward us who believe. These are in accordance with the working of the strength of His might which He brought about in Christ, when He raised Him from the dead and seated Him at His right hand in the heavenly places, Ephesians 1:15-20

31 days on provision: a prayer

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Published on October 20th, 2013 @ 03:29:00 pm , using 85 words, 328 views

pondering this:

 

 

Jesus said to them, ?It is not those who are healthy who need a physician, but those who are sick; I did not come to call the righteous, but sinners.?   God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.

May you go forth this week grasping the Gospel to the depths of your being.

every. single. day.  

The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit, be with you all.

things provided: kept strong

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Published on October 19th, 2013 @ 08:43:00 pm , using 96 words, 233 views

 

I always thank my God for you and for the gracious gifts he has given you, now that you belong to Christ Jesus..... you have every spiritual gift you need as you eagerly wait for the return of our Lord Jesus Christ.

 He will keep you strong to the end

so that you will be free from all blame on the day when our Lord Jesus Christ returns. God will do this, for he is faithful to do what he says, and he has invited you into partnership with his Son, Jesus Christ our Lord  1 corinthians 1:4-9

things provided: His Presence....constant and faithfull

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Published on October 18th, 2013 @ 11:02:00 pm , using 948 words, 254 views

 

 

a new baby was on the way.  she didn?t know if it would be a boy or a girl.  she pondered the name Sarah if it was a girl.  the name seemed fitting.  they were embarking on a journey that was to another place.  building with their own hands a cabin in the mountains.  living on the land in a temporary structure while building.  following hard after a life without debt and doing it the best that they could.

the baby was born....a boy, Daniel.  He came as the third.  Hannah and Ezekiel and Daniel.  this family now complete. ready (so they all thought)  for the adventures ahead.

the plans forged on.  the time in the current rented space drawing to a close and the temporary housing on their land moving forward.
and then the winds came.
the foundation tumbled and the temporary roof blew off.  they attempted to repair, but the winds returned with hurricane force and brought the walls down.
and so they bent their knees and sang of the goodness of the God who controlled the wind and the waves and sought His comfort and direction.
there was still a mortgage to pay on the land and what was available for rent was small.  They trudged out and searched in 2 cities for a place to go.

where He led baffled and confused. 

this one? this is where we will live?  it?s the smallest.  it?s far from the mountains, right in the middle of town.
         yes this one.
and He provided joy there.
and He provided help for the needs of the child with SPD.
then the landlord raised the rent. again and again.  and the little white house was now too expensive.  and there wasn?t anywhere else, so they looked for a place to buy.
it seemed hopeless.  they went to another city where the prices were lower and sought out a 3 bedroom.  the oldest was getting older.  shouldn?t a girl have her own room?

where He led baffled and confused.

this one?  it?s small and old and there is sooooo much work to make it even livable? and still only 2 bedrooms. the kids will still have to share?
yes here.
so they worked (are still working) to make the house a home.

and then it was time to send the oldest to school.
and they bent the knee and prayed to the God who controlled the winds and the waves and who chose the exact times and places for man to live. 

where He led baffled and confused.

this school?  it?s public.  74% receive free lunch. Title 1.  right down the street.  
so off she went.  and the first half of the year her mouth was stuck open most of the time with what she saw.  that's what her teacher said at their first conference.  but slowly they fell in love with that school.  and whenever they began to fear they'd somehow heard wrong, the Great Shepherd of the sheep would comfort and confirm with His very word. 
 

and then it was time for a new church.
and they bent the knee and prayed to the God who loves to meet them where they are and knew just where they would be at home.

where He led caused their soul to breath deep and rejoice. 

and they would walk each week to worship their present and faithful God.  oh how they loved those walks.

 and then at that church there were ministries.

and where He led baffled and caused them to be wonderstruck

 they met families who were homeless and got to love on them for a week at a time.
and then they would see those families at that school.

and then relationships would form.
and then they would invite the family into their home.
that small, old, run-down home.

where the floors were painted plywood and 3 crammed into the same room and what?s for lunch is peanut butter and jelly again.
and those families could feel welcome there.
and so they would come back.
when they needed to talk. or a ride to church. or a place for their children.  or a ride to rehab.

that baby is now a 3rd grader at that neighborhood public school.
the family follwing hard after a life with no debt is still in debt with 2 mortgages.
the three children and their St. Bernard all share one room-the oldest now 13 

time and time and time again, where He has led baffles and leaves them struck with the wonder of it all.

  

this is my story.

much of the time i despise and complain about it.
and i am sorry for that.

He provided.  He saw before.  He chose the exact times and places for man to live
        so that:
men would seek Him and find Him and know Him.

it?s not so much a story about the homeless seeking and finding Him and knowing Him. i can?t even say if they have done that.
       it?s a story about me.
being driven to my knees.
       every. single. day.
and finding Him faithful.
       every. single. day.

it?s about looking back on where i am at (a turning 40 thing??) and seeing His hand all along the way.

when driven time and time again to my knees.
       driven because like Abe Lincoln, there was no place else to go.


never once did we ever walk alone

you are faithful God you are faithful.

And [the Lord] answered [Moses]; ?Set your mind at rest, My presence will go with you after all.? (exodus 33:14 complete jewish bible)


 

this is part of a 31 day series on Provision.  To see the first post in the series click here.  To read the entire series click here and read backwards (the first post is listed last, the latest post is listed first-i don't know how to change that. thank you for grace.)


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