Today I am blessed to share with you an encouraging guest post today, from my new blogging friend, Kim. When I put out a call for guest posts, Kim bravely stepped forward to share her heart here and I am so thankful she did. I pray you are encouraged in your faith by her words.
My journey began when my husband took a God led leap of faith & quit his job of 17 years back in September of 2010 to start his own company. Since then we have been on quite the journey as we have been yanked from the security of a stable paycheck to stretching our faith & trust as we wait on God to be our COMPLETE & TOTAL provider.
Yes, God does provide all our needs, but as we’re finding out, He provides how He sees fit & in HIS time & not ours. Honestly, most times He comes through just when we’re about ready to go into desperation mode. We constantly remind ourselves that though God’s timing is seldom early, it is NEVER late.
Never late! We just have to trust that when the time is right, He’ll act.
Same thing with God’s will…we sometimes seem to think that WE know what’s best for us & then we try to convince God that our way is better than His. Seriously, how many times have we said, “Um, No God, I’m not going to trust you with this, even though you hold the future in your hands. I’d rather do this my way.” Oh Praise God for His loving kindness & patience! Could you imagine YOUR child(ren) telling you, “Thanks, but no thanks, I know what’s best for me.” So quick to judge our kid(s), yet so slow to judge ourselves.That’s where I’m at right now; being the child God wants me to be. Remembering that as my Father He LOVES me, CARES for me & TRULY knows what’s best for me.
Now all this goodness doesn’t mean that our paths will always be straight & filled with flowers & sunshine. But, God is so good! He even forewarns us to expect trails. 1 Peter 4:12 tell us, Beloved, do not be surprised at the fiery trial when it comes upon you to test you, as though something strange were happening to you. 1 Peter 5:10 reminds us, And after you have suffered a little while, the God of all grace, who has called you to his eternal glory in Christ, will himself restore, confirm, strengthen, and establish you.
Notice it says after you HAVE suffered. We will suffer, yet as we continue reading, Christ will HIMSELF restore, confirm, strengthen & establish us. HE WILL & that’s what we must grasp when in the midst of a trail. Notice also the verse says A LITTLE WHILE. I know the trial I’m on feels like we’re stuck with no way out, but this verse reminds me that we’re only stuck for a little while. Then God WILL take all our pain & make something good out of it. Romans 8:28 assures us saying, know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose.
And lastly, James 1:2-4 Consider it pure joy, my brothers, whenever you face trials of many kinds,3 because you know that the testing of your faith develops perseverance. 4 Perseverance must finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything. Not lacking anything….that’s what I want!
So instead of looking at my current trial as a curse, I’m going to try & look at it as a blessing! Will you?
Hello Everyone! My name is Kim B. & I just so happened to have started my own blog on May 10th called Canaan Bound Brigade. I am a new follower of Always Alleluia & just LOVE her blog!! Kris has inspired me & encouraged me on the journey I am currently on. When Kris put out a call for some guest posts, I jumped at the chance to be officially connected to her blog. I hope I inspired you just a teeny bit as much as Kris has inspired me.