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Saturday, August 18, 2012

I'm looking for good words

This past week, I have experienced God's provision even when I didn't know I needed it. Lately, I'm struck by His goodness and care for me in the smallest of ways. While reading Proverbs 12 and catching up on SheReadsTruth study, I was also hit by verse 25 which cautions against anxiety.

A few examples of God's good word for me throughout the week:

>>> I've mentioned before my husband is beginning a pastoral internship next week. Last Sunday in church, a guest pastor was visiting while ours was on vacation. My husband was presiding, so we chatted with the guest pastor and learned he has a connection in an area we hope to relocate to once my husband is finished with seminary. I shouldn't have been surprised, but it was just the kind of encouragement my anxious heart longed for. I keep thinking about the prospect of relocation and even though it's likely two years away, I get burdened thinking of all that has to fall into place for us to be able to move and before I know it I'm quite anxious!

>>> During that same church service, I was struck by the new faces present. I was so encouraged seeing so many go up for communion and realized we may run out of juice/wine. I thought about how amazingly faithful God is. Our church only started meeting in September of 2011 and we are having to make changes like provide more food during the hospitality hour and print more bulletins to accommodate the growing congregation.

>>> While walking down the hall at work, a colleague stopped me to tell me she heard I go to Grace. She told me she and her fiance will be living nearby and plan to attend once they are married in October. Perhaps she'll be a new friend to have lunch with at work.

All of these instances cause me to question my unbelieving, doubtful tendencies. When will I learn God's in control and as much I try to scheme, my plans really aren't what matters? As was mentioned in the Proverbs 12 outline, I need to ask myself: Am I looking for a good word from the Lord rather than choosing to live in anxiety? I want to look for the Lord's good words in the days ahead.

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  1. Very cool Beth, I am excited to see where God takes you guys!

  2. love this post, beth. i'm continuing to pray for y'all - i know He is going to do amazing things through you!

  3. I totally get this anxiety but I'm the opposite... we're here and everything is changing around us- friends leaving and moving.
    But on the same note, I am such a good planner of my life, but I know I need to release. It's a daily struggle.


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