Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Knee Jerk/ Bigger Picture

Dear Ones:

Can I just tell you that faith is hard. Maybe it is easier for some but I really struggle sometimes.
I spent a good chunk of yesterday wrestling in my mind and in tears. My husband had to go to court yesterday for a traffic ticket and when he came home and told me about his court fees I just lost it. Everything that had been boiling underneath erupted. Last week our computer hard drive crashed and this has been a expensive frustrating process in itself. My van sounds like a screeching bird as I drive down the road because apparently it needs some break work that is just going to have to wait. We are having a flood of case workers, casa workers, & lawyers visiting us with the upcoming court date and are constantly reminded that the girls we love as ours are not ours.

We have been surrendering our finances to the Lord and boy is our commitment being tested. I know we have critics out there who will say don't have six kids then. If that is your opinion I ask that you keep it between you and God.

I guess my biggest frustration right now is my knee jerk reaction. I want to be a woman of faith. I want to believe God. Sadly, I often feel like when the rubber meets the road I fall flat on my face and I get offended at His ways. Then I feel guilty and it is very easy to let the enemy demoralize me. I genuinely do not want my circumstances to rule over me, so this is the battle I am fighting.

Every morning for devotions this year I am reading stories of faith with my boys. It is number one on my A list of what I want for our family. To be unshakable in our faith. The story this morning was about a man with 6 kids during the Depression. He was a carpenter and was serving the Lord building crates to ship supplies to an orphanage in China. He realized after a day of service that his brand new glasses were missing. After a fruitless search he realized they were nailed shut in one of the crates and on their way to China. At this he became frustrated, telling God how unfair it was and reminding God of his faithful giving of time and money.
It came to be several months later that the orphanage director came to visit them at their church and while speaking he gave thanks to the church for what they had sent especially for the glasses. You see communist had swept through the orphanage and destroyed everything including his glasses, and there was no way to replace them. He was unable to see and also plagued with headaches. He had been in much prayer about this. Then the crates arrived and he saw the glasses. When he put them on it was as if they had been custom made for him. The ordinary carpenter realized then that the Master Carpenter had used him in an extraordinary way.

I loved this story because even though this man had wrestled with God he still got to see God's glory. That was encouraging to me. Once again I had to repent for my unbelief. Please pray for me Dear Ones. I long for my defeats to be infrequent visitations, not my victories. There is a bigger picture and I don't want to miss out.



  1. We are going through the same thing right now. We have finally {after 7 years of living up here} found a church. In the weekend we decided to join this church and become members we got the stomach bug and ALMOST stayed home. But then I realized that I would be giving the enemy a foot hold. We went to church anyway. Then we decided to faithfully tithe to this church...our dishwasher dies, the transmission on the suburban needs to be replaced and our stove isn't working properly...can you say FAITH!?!?!? I knew immediately that it was an attack and I WILL NOT give him the satisfaction!!! Be strong, my friend. HE IS WITH YOU!!!
    Trust Him!

  2. Thank you so much for sharing your experience with me. You understand exactly where we are at. I appreciate you taking the time to comment and share. Such a comfort.

  3. Oh, sweet friend, I UNDERSTAND how you are feeling because I have felt the same way many times. I know what it it like to WANT to believe God but to come to the realization that I actually do not. God has been teaching me many things lately, and has brought me to a place where I can honestly say that I believe and trust Him. It is not easy, and the path is not short. He had to bring me to this place, and He will bring you to your place as well. I will be praying for you as you continue on this journey with Him. The good part is that we can all see your heart and your desire to follow Him, no matter what the cost.


  4. Thank you CC, I so appreciate your encouragement and your prayers.

  5. I know you understand. Thanks for stopping by.

  6. First off- I love the new background!

    Secondly- Your faith is stronger than just about anybody I know. You follow strong and hard after Him, what more could He ask for?

  7. You must not have been here for a while. Glad you like it. Thank you on both counts :)

  8. I love you dear friend and I am having the same kind of week...I have more needs than cash and more worries than prayers. I keep reading my prayer journal to find encouragement and moments that I have shared with the Lord throughout the last few months. I came across Romans 15:13 which brought me so much peace and kind of pulled me out of my funk.

    "May the God of all hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the holy spirit."


  9. I love you too Kaye, we will just keep one another in prayer...so thankful for a loving, understanding prayer partner


"As for me and my family, we will serve the Lord."

Joshua 24:15

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