Thursday, August 20, 2009

Trusting God

"Trust God." "He knows your needs and will provide." "Read Psalm such and such..." "Read and claim his promises." I have said these words to many friends going through financial difficulties over the years. Some even in the last few months. I have told them that God will provide when it is in His timing. I have even told them I will be praying for you and I do. For the first time in my life I am now the one hearing those words aimed at me. For the first time in my Christ-following life, I am having to rely on God more than ever.
This week my husband and I received word that we had bounced checks and creditors calling for this months payment and there is little we can do about it. Neither of us have a job right now. What little money we do have is used to buy food, and only what we absolutely need.
Prayers and bible verses are great when you aren't in the "we are about to lose everything" mode. They don't buy food, pay bills, or put gas in the car. I sent emails to friends who let us know that they were about to lose their job filled with trust God and we are praying for you. And for them a job came through before they faced financial disaster. Thanks to twitter I have many people I have never met face to face praying for David & I. Pray that God will provide a job for us. Family and friends are praying and repeating the words that I said to them many times.
Now that we are facing financial difficulties, I feel my spirit facing difficulties to remaining faithful. I want to yell "Psalm such & such or any other verse won't buy bread." I find myself bargaining with God and yet another day goes by without a job. One dear friend said on twitter "If only we could get good news tomorrow and not have to sweat out the weekend." I replied back "Amen. David & I are learning to rely on God more that we ever have." Then another dear friend replied "And with 'that' tweet God gets the glory."
This is also teaching me that when you are facing financial difficulties or any other problems it is ok to say "I'll pray for you" and make sure you do, but what the person also needs is something more concrete. Asking them "what can I do for you" does not help sometimes because they may not know what it is they really need or may be too embarrassed to ask. So far in this storm I have learned that not only do I need to pray for that person but I need to ask God what He wants me to do FOR that person. God reminded me that so far we have not had to pay for food on some days because great friends have taken us out to dinner or through the bible studies we are involved in.
When we had the means to help a friend out, all I did was say "I'll pray for you" and I did. I now realize that more is needed besides a prayer or an encouraging word. So one lesson learned and will be glad when I can put it into practice. What's next.............................
To be continued as God continues to teach me through this storm................................................

Monday, August 10, 2009

Book Review: The Noticer by Andy Andrews

"Sometimes all a person needs is a little perspective" is a great subtitle for this amazing easy to read book. Andy Andrews has a great gift of perspective as he tells the story of the people of Orange Beach, AL in all different stages of life. A man named Jones has come to town that has this gift of perception. Jones deals with 5 different types of people; the wayward, the lost lovers, the worrier, the lustful youth, the workaholic, and the useless. Jones gives these people a new perspective on their lives. As the stories unfold you find yourself related to each of these people in some way. At some point in life you can remember a time that you were like one of these people. Even as a fictional story you find practical advice on how to get a new perspective on your own life and how to notice those around you in a different light.
Andy Andrews took this book to a new level by also starting the Noticer Project, a web site where you can put your story of the 5 people that have been the most influential in your life. This project will also help to get you started in putting Andy Andrew's book into practice.
I highly recommend this book. It'll change the way you look at yourself and others forever.