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Is God #enough?

12 Dec

This is my second blog post on our current Proverbs 31 Online Bible study of Renee Swope’s book “A Confident Heart”. Writing does not come easy to me so for me to write a blog I need to be inspired from the depths of my very spirit. I haven’t felt this kind of inspiration with this study so I have taken a back seat and let others write and I have been so blessed reading the blogs of my OBS sisters. I don’t want you to think that because I haven’t written a blog that I haven’t gotten anything from our study, quite the contrary, I have grown so much in this and the last study, “What Happens When Women Say Yes to God” that sometimes I don’t recognize the woman I’ve become-in a good way. My daily walk is transforming right before my eyes. With this topic, though,  I could not keep my hands off the keyboard-my spirit is telling me you HAVE to share so here goes.

Is God #Enough? Absolutely, without a doubt, 100%

YES! YES! YES!

In case I didn’t make that clear YES! YES! YES! You might want to ask “How in the world can you be so sure and secure in knowing that God is #enough? Well, I am going to share one thing that happened a while ago and three things that happened yesterday that have absolutely reminded me of how God is #enough!

I am disabled and unable to work-my husband works two jobs so we can make ends meet and some weeks it’s a big stretch for those ends to meet. Late last year or early this year, I can’t quite remember  when,  God placed it on my heart to step out in faith and make a monthly pledge in support of Proverbs 31 ministries-not much-just $10 a  month but honestly, that $10 was a lot for us to commit to on a monthly basis but I did it because I felt God was calling me to do so. Within days of making that pledge we were blessed financially in ways that only God could have orchestrated. I didn’t make the pledge to be blessed but to be a blessing to P31 because they have blessed me so much in my walk. I’ve grown as a Christian woman more in the last   year then in any since I accepted Jesus in 1991. God honors obedience and when we heed to His nudging on our hearts it blesses God and He blesses us-You can not out give God. I have to tell you, there are some pay periods where we get to the next paycheck and there is $10 or less in our account but our bills always seem to get paid-it’s just REALLY close.

So fast forward to yesterday-In Melissa’s OBS blog she asked us to post in the comment section our God is #enough statements. I did and this is what I posted:

Even though my daughter has not spoken to me since Aug 09, she has moved without giving me her address or phone number God is #enough to fill my heart with joy: Jehovah Shalom-The Lord is my peace
Even though our finances are a mess and we live paycheck to paycheck God is #enough: Jehovah Jireh-my provider.
Even though I am disabled and live with chronic illness and pain God is #enough: Jehovah Rapha The Lord who Heals me.
Even though I fall short in my walk daily God loves me unconditionally and is #enough: El Roi: The God Who Sees me.
Even though I grew up with a father that was troubled, was abusive and not a good example-God is #enough: Abba: My papa!
Thank you for this exercise Melissa after listing these I feel peace because God is #enough:Jehovah Rohi: The Lord is my Shepherd

When I hit post and shared my God is #enough statements I suddenly felt such a peace-I knew in  my heart God was and is #enough for me. One of  my biggest struggles  is with our finances. It’s one of the strongholds that, previously, the evil one would hold against me but no more. I have been feeling a tug on my heart to double my pledge to Proverbs 31 for a few weeks. Yesterday I got Tracie Miles Blog Post about why she does what she does at P31 (http://traciemiles.com/why-i-do-what-i-do/)-it was a call to consider financially supporting P31 so even more women could be touched by everything they do. I felt compelled to comment that I felt a call to double my monthly pledge and to share why so others might be inspired to do so. I made it public so now I was 100% committed to doing it. So that is the second thing that happened yesterday-first I was blessed by peace and a real knowing that God is #enough by posting my God is #enough statements and secondly publicly declaring my committment to double my pledge.

The third thing that happened blew me away! As I stated earlier, my  husband works two jobs because I am disabled and salaries here in AR are some of the lowest in the country. He loves his part-time job at a wildlife refuge for lions, tigers, bears and other assorted furry creatures so  much that if we could afford it, he would work for free. Last night they had their annual Christmas party and they blessed my husband with a Christmas bonus….much, much,much more than the extra $10.00 that I pledged to add to my pledge to P31. I said it before and I am going to say it again. YOU CAN NOT OUT GIVE GOD! When you feel God calling you to step out in faith to bless P31  or your neighbor or a stranger you see at the store please don’t listen to that nay saying voice that says “I can’t do that” and listen to the Holy Spirit inside you that says “Do this-I’ve got your back-I am #enough!”. Whether financial blessings come your way or not the feeling you get from being obedient to God is worth it and guess what you WILL be blessed.

Thank you for taking the time to read this I pray you have a very blessed Christmas and an even more blessed 2014!