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This is one of my best friends’ babies. In her hands is a custom order from someone who’s friend lost her son to suicide last week. A son who was this age once. A son who was fiercely loved and valued and squeezed tight. A son who will always be their baby. My heart cannot fathom the overwhelming grief. Our only hope? To lift our eyes to the One who is our help in every season and situation. Jesus, come quickly.
It seems the Lord is teaching me a deeper (more experiential) meaning of what Paul talks about when he describes servants of God as “sorrowful, yet always rejoicing” (2 Corinthians 6:10a). • You see, there is so much good happening. So much joy, provision, and depth of community. So many doors opening. So many opportunities to minister and be ministered to. So much love and humility and grace and kindness and care that it has made me—quite literally—cry into a plate of chicken and waffles from the mercy of it all. • These scattered beams can only be explained by the Lord, who is dropping joy bombs and grace explosions all around. • But it’s not all chicken and waffles. • (Link to blog post in profile ❤️)
“All in all, it was a never-to-be forgotten summer—one of those summers which comes seldom into any life, but leave a rich heritage of beautiful memories in their going—one of those summers which, in a fortunate combination of delightful weather, delightful friends, and delightful doings, come as near to perfection as anything can come in this world.” -L.M. Montgomery
“[It is] as if [David] had said, Separated from God I am nothing, and all that I attempt to do ends in nothing; but when I come to Him, I find an abundant supply of strength. It is highly necessary for us to consider what we are without God; for no man will cast himself wholly upon God, but he who feels himself in a fainting condition, and who despairs of the sufficiency of his own powers. We will seek nothing from God but what we are conscious of wanting in ourselves. ...the reason why God is represented as a portion is, because He alone is abundantly sufficient for us, and because in Him the perfection of our happiness consists.” -John Calvin, on Psalm 73:26

Follow me as I follow Jesus

God’s Wallet

The World’s Largest Wallet, measuring 10-feet high and 21-feet wide, set a Guinness World Record in December  2010 in Harvard Square, Mass.

While praying for God’s provision for a need in our church last night, Dave Weaver said,

“God, You have a bigger wallet than any of us.”

That one line in his passionate and heart-filled prayer has been swimming around in my brain ever since and is changing the way I view God.

It’s not like the fact of God’s big wallet is new, no, I’ve heard my whole life, “God owns the cattle on a thousand hills,” and the like. But this was different. It placed in my head an entirely different mental picture to ponder.

When Dave prayed that, it was as if I could see God up on His throne reaching in His back pocket and pulling out this ginormous, fat wallet and then distributing it to us, His kids, almost like an allowance.

Except, an allowance (in today’s society) is supposed to be based on doing your chores. When the dishes are done, the room is sparkling and trash is no longer decomposing and contaminating the trashcan, then the kids are given their allowance (at least that’s how it was for me, although my parent’s called it “commission”).

But God (the two best words in the entire world) doesn’t base His provision off our performance. God gives to us because His Son has already given the highest performance by sacrificing Himself on the cross and swallowing our curse. He provides for us out of His grace, not because we did our chores this week.

Sometimes God doesn’t provide like we want Him to or think He should, but the Bible promises that He will provide everything we need (Philippians 4:19). If we don’t have it today, we don’t need it today. 

And now I have a different picture of God providing for us in my head. Here we are, His grubby little kids approaching His throne asking for a house or roof, or car or paycheck, and God reaches around and finds the pocket in His big flowing white robe, pulls out His God-sized wallet and doles out the provision as He sees fit.

“If you then, who are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father who is in heaven give good things to those who ask Him!” -Matthew 7:11

God is our Father and He loves us more than our earthly fathers ever could. I encourage you to read Matthew 6:25-34 and seek Him not only as Father, but first among anything or anyone else.

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