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I Saw My Life In His Hands | Life Chat

I had another post planned, one that I have already put off two weeks in a row because a new idea came up. This is one reason why I try to write as much on the spot I can with new ideas.

But what just happened to me only about a minute ago gave me such assurance that I want to share it with you. I hope it speaks to you, if not as much as it did to me, just a little bit.

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It’s been no secret since last year things have not been stable for my husband and me in regards to finances. A blessing is home life is more stable. When he got out of the military, we did find a place to move into in July. But with him starting class, and I, a housewife, who does not make any money, our budget has been tight.

God has allowed me the opportunity to learn how to manage a tight budget. The problems come when other expenses arise, and when our housing allowance is cut because he is not taking a class for most of the month, etc. Last year, we still had quite a bit of money saved from the last paychecks to help with rent as we adjusted.

But, and I knew this summer would be harder, we do not have that security. We still have savings that will help for a little bit, but the rest is very up in the air.

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We take so much of our want for granted that we lose focus on the things we need. When I was in a more secure footing, I didn’t think $3 was expensive, but I do now. I wouldn’t think $10 on garden stuff would be splurging, and I do now. Which is why I’m thankful my husband encouraged me to try planting some small seeds this summer. I didn’t think I would be able to because of our budget.

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And yet, just today, I was reminded of the blessings we do have..

There are a number of things that, sure from the outside, so many of us take for granted, especially, if you’re like me, and are focused on the worry and the uncertainty. I believe that God will help grow these fruits, his schooling, my writing, and I do believe He will help prepare the way for my husband’s future job and the company he will work for.

It’s just right now it’s rocky. The wind is blowing and branches are swaying.

I’ve been working on writing outside more, in my PJ bottoms and long sleeved, “I wish you were coffee,” t-shirt nonetheless, I’m sure my neighbors may judge, but hey I’m outside and I’m comfortable. Today, just before I was going to work on the post I later delayed…I was fascinated by a little bird, about the size of a sparrow.

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She was fluttering between the roofs of apartment buildings and the tree that faces me. I thought about how Christ promises us that God takes care of the birds and how much will He take care of us. This small bird sitting on a thin branch and the wind is rustling the leaves. Branches are going up and down, up and down, and she hops sometimes to the next thin branch, or she just stays put and enjoys the ride.

As I’m watching this, I reminded myself, “That’s what it means to be in the hand of God. We are His branches. We can sway, but we won’t break. We do not have to be afraid because He has us. Just like that little bird right now.” I looked from the branch, and my eyes followed the larger, sturdier branch holding that one, and looked all the way down to the trunk of the tree, where large roots held everything in place.

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Tears fill my eyes, as I say, “That’s God.” 

Our roots. 

God is teaching me in the murky waters and storms of worry and uncertainty. We see a month or the next year and maybe agonize about the future in its whole.

But the Lord, He has reminded me, as a Potter, He is focused on RIGHT now. Sure, He has plans for the future, but He knows the only way He is going to get that result is to work with what He has right now. That’s refinement.

If we do not live in these moments right now, we will look back and see needless worry and sleepless nights we have wondering what God was going to do. I’m not saying He is going to make me wealthy, I do not believe in that. I believe He can help stabilize our finances and provide for my family so we can do more for His kingdom.

I believe, even right now, there are things I can do, should do, and will do to help give glory to Him and encourage His people. Writing is one of them.

(NIV) Matthew 6:26, Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they?

Do you see God’s assurance despite uncertainty? 

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Month Scripture (NIV) Job 2:10, “Shall we accept good from God, and not trouble?”

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40 thoughts on “I Saw My Life In His Hands | Life Chat

  1. I just have to keep reminding myself that God is in control, and he has my life situations all worked out for his purposes and for his glory. Yes, it definitely comes down to us trusting him, believing he will take care of us, and us putting our lives and our futures into his hands. So, thank you for this encouragement, T.R.

    Oh, BTW, my husband Rick has cataract surgery tomorrow morning. We have to be there at 6:30 a.m. so we have to leave at 5:30 a.m. so I have to be up at 4:30 a.m. He will drive there, but I have to drive back, and by then it should be rush hour traffic. I don’t drive much at all, and I am not familiar with these roads here. I do have my map all laid out, since I don’t want to drive the interstate, so I am praying for God’s peace to be upon me as I drive my husband back home. Please keep Rick in your prayers for his surgery, too, if you don’t mind. Thanks so much! Sue

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      1. I am glad, too! 🙂 And, thank you so much for your prayers. All went well with the surgery and with me driving Rick back home. We have to go to the doc’s office in a few minutes here to check to see that everything still looks good. He has to use eye drops for about a month. And, the next several days he is supposed to take it easy.

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  2. Thanks giving, I believe, is one of our greatest weapons. And I guess that’s why the devil makes us settle for complaining.
    Thanks for sharing.
    In the absence of love button, I create one @Linda. ❤

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  3. It’s tough right now not having a job due to my disability. But God has provided in every area! Like for instance, I was really worried my car wouldn’t pass inspection today (I seem to have the worst luck with inspections every year and if it failed I wouldn’t know where or how I would get the money to repair it) but PRAISE GOD it passed! I was praying hard.
    God is good. All the time!
    He knows exactly what we need!
    Thanks for sharing this! Like Linda said above, I wish there was a love button!

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  4. What a beautiful reminder and God moment you had! He is a good Father and knows exactly what we need. My husband and I are in similar situations as you( hubby is working full time and in grad school and I’m the homemaker with our 3 kiddos). It’s tough but at the same time we have this Peace because we know we have what we need. Bless you all. You will continue to be in my prayers 🙏🏾💕

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