My husband and I talked about having children from even the early conversations during our dating years. A quick six months after our wedding day we felt led by the Lord to trust him with the timing of what would be our firstborn-- despite our safe “two-year plan.”
At the time, I had a full-time office job, and we weren’t completely sure how things would pan out, as my income seemed imperative to meet the bills. Needless to say it came as quite a shock when I was let go from my position just two short months later.
I had always wanted to be a stay-at-home mom, but this wasn’t exactly how we foresaw that happening. The ministry I had been working for part-time income increased my hours and pay, but it still totaled less than half of what I had been making at my full-time position.
We reconsidered the timing of children, but before we could change our minds the Lord brought about our first blessing.
My excitement was, admittedly, clouded by nervousness.
My faith-filled exclamations contrasted my worry-filled heart.
We were already scraping by, and now we were adding another mouth to feed. Let’s be honest— we had 9 months before there would be another mouth to feed, but in the meantime there was a mile-long list of items we needed before he arrived!
I remember sitting at my desk, 20 weeks pregnant, in what would soon be the nursery, and wondering how it would ever come together. Diapers, clothes, crib sheets and much bigger (and more expensive) items were all needed.
Overwhelmed (and extremely hormonal)-- I bawled: “God, I don’t know how all of this is going to work out, but I trust your timing. Help me to trust your provision also.”
Provide, He did. Just when I began to think we’d would have a sleeping “baby boy” in a dresser drawer, generosity poured in from everywhere. We were given a dresser, a rocking chair, a crib, a changing table, and bags upon bags of hand-me-down clothes. Our registry list was completely fulfilled, our faith swelled. With a couple of weeks to spare, the Lord had provided even more than we could have even asked for or imagined.
This was just the beginning of our faith journey. For the past 7 years I’ve had the incredible opportunity to work from home-- fulfilling my dream of being a stay-at-home mom. There have been so many months where the budget didn’t add up, and meeting even the most basic needs seemed impossible, but God has never once failed to provide our every need.
The same God who takes care of us is the same God who used ravens to feed Elijah (1 Kings 17:6).
He’s same God who sent down manna to the Israelites for 40 years, despite their complaining (Exodus 16).
He’s the same God who provided the lamb in the thicket (Genesis 22:13-14), and who fed 5,000 with five loaves of bread and a couple of fish (John 6:1-14).
Does your faith feel small today? Does worry have a grip on your heart? Re-fix your eyes on the truth that God is not only our Savior, but our trustworthy Provider. Take a moment to dwell on accounts of God’s provision in His Word-- and the times He has been faithful in your own life.
Not matter what impossibilities you are facing today, put your hope in the Lord instead of your own abilities. Our faithful Father will never fail to provide for us where He guides us.
Whatever your need today— food, diapers, money to pay a bill, a car repair or even a house— the Bible says that God, “already knows.” And when we seek Him and trust His loving care He will give us everything we need (Matthew 6:31-33).
Friend, our God is so good and ever so faithful. Rest in His promise of provision today.
Word of the Day:
“And this same God who takes care of me will supply all your needs from His glorious riches, which have been given to us in Christ Jesus.” Ephesians 4:19
God, My mind is clouded with worry. Thank you for the truth that you already know all of my needs. But more than that-- thank you that You are my faithful Provider who WILL meet my needs. Bring to my remembrance every account of your provision in my life, and let my faith swell. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.