Wednesday, April 15, 2009

He Sustained Us!

During the years that I led you in the desert, your clothes did
not wear out, nor did the sandals on your feet.
Deuteronomy 29:5
Over the last couple of weeks I've thrown out 6 of Jason's dress shirts, three pairs of his pants, three pair of my shoes, four pairs of my jeans, 2 pairs of the kids tennis shoes, countless pairs of their pants with holes in the knees, and even my trusty old Honda Accord. Last night as Jason and I were at the store buying essential items, like socks and pants for him, (it's been seriously sad the last couple of days what he's worn to work!) it hit me. Everything has been wearing out in the last month or so. Clothes, shoes, cars, and more that I have washed and worn for years with no signs of wear are all suddenly wasting away together. God spoke to me in that moment and it was such a moment of peace and joy. It's been a difficult season we've just emerged from. We committed to the Lord that we would pay off our consumer debt so that He could begin using us and our money for His glory. During that time as we were chunking everything we could against that balance, we asked Him to sustain our things so that we wouldn't spend money replacing them. AND HE DID! Now that He's delivered us into this promised land, our things are beginning to wear. Like the Israelites we are transitioning from collecting our Manna easily from the ground each morning, to harvesting and working our fields for food. We are dusting off the desert sand and replacing the things we've worn thin with obedience. Money isn't any easier, it's still tight, because we're now chunking it towards the adoption, and replacing all this stuff, like cars, and homes, and clothes. But it's a joyful time, covered in His provision.
Jason and I began to feel a small burden to give the kids one last "Party of Five" celebration before their lives are interrupted with the transition months of the adoption, and so we prayed about it and God in His grace and mercy showed us a trip we could take with a smokin hot deal to boot! We're looking forward to taking the kids on a Disney Cruise in September. We'll cruise for a few days and spend two days at Disney World. It will be a blessed time all about the three of them. I can already see God changing and preparing their hearts for the arrival of their new siblings. Last night Brooklyn prayed for God to teach her how to be unselfish when her siblings arrive, and to understand in her heart the extra attention they will need for awhile. She's so precious. I'm so thrilled they have a Heavenly Daddy who loves them and made a way for them to have a little party all in their honor before the craziness starts. God desires to lavish us with good things, and when we're obedient to His will for our resources, splurging on a vacation is even guilt free!