Sunday, July 28, 2013

Who But God?

This morning I was sitting in church between my husband and my son and I was feeling abundantly blessed. I looked around and thought about how far God had brought us over the past year. It has been a miraculous journey. As my friend Lainie would say, “Who but God?”

Who but God could take a divorced mother of three living in Suburban Texas
On Food Stamps
Giving up on church

And take a single, never been married man living in small town Virginia (really small town)
Given up on his dream
Stuck in his job
Praying for a family

And bring them together.
Across the miles
Through all the crazy
Into each other’s lives…and make them a family.
God redeemed our sorrow with joy.

Gave us gladness in proportion to our former misery – Psalm 90:15

We will see the goodness of the Lord in the Land of the Living – Psalm 27:13

I am doing a new thing. Can you see it? I am making streams in the Desert – Isaiah 43:19

He lifted me out of the pit and put my feet upon the rock and gave me a firm place to stand and put a new song in my mouth – Psalm 40:2-3

God is rewriting our story.

A new family
Job for me with people I love
Gary following his dream – school and a job
Ministry – Working with the youth
Surrendering to His plan – Gary being baptized and tithing

Several years ago I began to pray for God’s blessing and God’s favor on my family. I had no idea what that would look like, I just knew that I NEEDED His blessing and His favor. That prayer has been a game changer. I can not begin to tell you all of the ways God has intervened, all of the ways He has provided. He has been so faithful.

I tell you, He can take whatever broken pieces you have and make something new.
He will redeem your sorrow for joy.
I tell you this so you will be encouraged and amazed by what God can do.
Not me
Not Gary
Not anything from this world…
God alone…I would have never imagined this journey, how could I?
Only God.
Believe it. Seriously.
You will find that you are blessed beyond measure.

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