Tuesday, January 29, 2013

What The Past Can Teach Us About Our Future

One thing that has helped me before when I got stuck and didn't know how to move forward is to have faith that God works everything out in HIS time not mine.

And to remember that God started a good thing in me will complete it and won't say "uh, never mind."
Being confident of this, that he who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus. Phil 1:6
Sometimes it's hard to believe we were made for anything but surviving. Life becomes a series of events that are out of our control and we do what we can to get through each day.

I remember two years ago my husband made a job move to Iowa and I stayed behind with the kids to try and either sell or rent out the house; and to let them finish out the school year. Boy, did I underestimate how tough that was going to be or what the future had in store for us.

We had been worrying and praying over what we were going to do about our house if it didn't sell. We really didn't want to rent it out since we were going to be so far away from it, and didn't want the hassle of people living in it  that could possibly not take care of it.

One morning I awoke with the numbers 828 on my mind I could see them clearly in my dream, and I remembered reading a devo about how someone had gone jogging and a certain number kept coming into her head. So as soon as she got home she looked up the numbers in Psalms, the book of the Bible she happened to be in at the time. And the words, they spoke right to her about depending on God's strength which was something she had needed to finish her jog.

I'm not sure what led me to Romans to look up Chapter 8 verse 28
Romans 8:28 "And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him who have been called according to his purpose."
But when I did, I had the most overwhelming sense of peace and assurance. I knew that somehow, someway, everything was going to work out.

Little did I know that God was going to use a tornado to do that! On April 27, 2011 a tornado ripped through my side of town, picking up and turning right before it got to and could destroy my neighborhood.

Everything outside of my neighbor was gone.. (this is the same time those tornadoes ripped through Tuscaloosa, AL)

I had never in my life seen so much destruction.

God used that tornado though to rent out our home to a couple whose home had been destroyed the next street over. Out of destruction he brought deliverance, at least for us. This was our way of moving and being reunited together as a family in Iowa.

So, you see, I know that God sees me and you. He does answer prayers-not in the way we think it will happen or in the time we want.

But He always answers.

So, when fears try to creep in about doing/being enough. Or what in the world am I made for? I know God is seeing and hearing me. And in His time He will show me what He's been up to behind the scenes.

And all I have to do is keep showing up.

Now, it's your turn. What has the past taught you about your future?

Linking with my dream sisters and  Soli deo Gloria, Women Living Well

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  1. What an amazing testimony of God's leading and faithfulness. Thank you for this encouragement!

  2. I love that verse - it has really taught me that God is in control in whatever situation we are in, and we don't need to worry but just to trust Him. Today I read in my devotional that we don't need to worry, just hold His hand and He will give us the strength to help us through whatever comes :) Thanks for your post!

    1. That's right, take his hand and take it day by day. Thank you for stopping in !

  3. Wow...what an encouragement! God truly can work good through anything, even if it's not how we would have originally pictured. Thanks for sharing this piece of your heart today...your words are a blessing. :) And...I'm curious...where in Iowa do you live? I grew up in southwest Iowa...headed there in about a week and a half for a visit. :)

    1. Well, we moved again, we are in Texas now:) I swear we are like gypsy's, but hopefully this last move is it! We lived in East Iowa close to Cedar Falls. Stay warm on your trip, I hear it's pretty chilly there right now...kinda glad we moved before another winter :)


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