Well, they say no news is good news….

Yesterday, I found myself over-worrying about our obligations… Rich and I talked and prayed about it… he was not feeling up to going to the morning meeting… but the sermon was over and over encouraging, as were several of the sisters in the congregation. By the time I got home, I realized I’d forgotten one major thing – to REMEMBER all that God has done and be thankful, knowing that the Lord does not change. If He led me here to begin with (which He did), then He is not going to change His mind because of a few hiccoughs in life…

In the evening, though he still wasn’t feeling 100%, Rich and I went together for the evening Bible Study. All of the songs and music were so encouraging. Many, songs I love and have not remembered or thought of in ages… the teaching, equally encouraging, on the integrity and reliability of God’s word…

So encouraged, we went home, and pulled out our tax forms to finish filing. Because he married me, and I had some income from Israel, we do not quality for normal tax breaks. We aren’t even sure if we will qualify for the US govt. economic stimulus package (which would be nice if we DO qualify)… and we have to pay taxes on an incredibly low income! But as I type this, I’m laughing… I remember Jesus saying, “pay to Ceaser what is Ceaser’s and to God what is God’s.” And do we remember Jesus telling Peter to go fishing, when Peter was so concerned about the temple tax (which the son’s should not have had to pay…)… and there in the mouth of the fish was enough for both Peter and Jesus.

I am 100% convinced that God is faithful to us. His word does not indicate that He wants His children to live in poverty or debt – but it does indicate that such situations can threaten and seem to be in our lives. What He does want is for us to rely on HIM and not on the WORLD for how He will care for us. At the end of the day, it seems like for me and many who belong to the Lord, after having done all we can in our power, the Lord does not want us to accomplish in our power – rather, to let go and watch HIM undertake for us… and to rest in the sure knowledge that He IS moving.

Paul said that he had learned to be content in plenty and in lack… But the purpose of being in lack, I think, is to help us see where our real source of supply comes from, and to keep us ever mindful, that whatever we have in this World, beyond our relationship with Him, is so very temporary. We are sifted so that we can discover what is really important to us. And if we pass the test, we grow in faith, looking to our heavenly Father for our every need.

Please pray for me that I will be wise in using all that the Lord provides, not wasteful, nor ungreatful, and that He will be glorified in every way as He does provide our needs… as I know He will do – in His good time.

Well, those are my thoughts as I sit at lunch at work today – and am so very greatful for a job where I can return home refreshed for a fruitful evening with my family…

The topic of this blog is “Spring is Here”… I started out to say one thing, and said another… so here is the one thing…

After church, we had the usualy family dinner and then sat together playing a word game. During a lull in the game, I “complained” that everyone was promising me beautiful flowers this spring – and where were they? A few minutes later, Rich’s oldest daughter went outside. No one thought anything of it.. probably a duck or chicken needed to be urged back into the back yard…

She came in and placed some lovely purple and orange crucuses in front of me! They are so pretty, found a mini-container and put them in the window. Later we went outside and looked at the front garden. The girls showed me where the roses will be, the buds of daffodils coming up… all in my own front yard… but I’d been so distracted by the cares of this life, I had not noticed them.

Thank you Lord, for the beauty of spring… the promise of life and ressurection, and for color, and all the amazing blessings you bring, that money will never buy…

In His grace…

Dvora…