Monday, April 1, 2013

Joy in the Morning

There's really no easy way to write this one, and no, this is not an April Fool's joke. I wish it were:)  On Friday, Jeremy was laid off. Again. It's comes as a bit of a surprise with the timing. He thought he had at least until summer. He was finishing up some jobs now and he knew if they didn't get more work by summer he would be in trouble.  But not yet.

None of this is a surprise to God.  That we do know. Yes, we moved here for this job.  But we have gotten so much more.  We have dear friends that we love, a beloved church family, and we have had great family time together. God is always faithful to bless us beyond what we ask for or imagine.

This is one of those times where I am really thankful for modern technology. The internet, texting, calls. Immediately our dearest friends and family were praying for us and caring for us. The verses started coming in.  Some of my favorites...

  Psalm 34:1,4,8,17,19 "I will bless the Lord at all times: his praise shall continually be in my mouth. I sought the Lord, and he heard me, and delivered me from all my fears. O taste and see that the Lord is good: blessed is the man that trusteth in him. The righteous cry and the Lord heareth and delivereth them out of all their troubles. Many are the afflictions of the righteous: but the Lord delivereth him out of them all."

  Matthew 10:29-31 "Are not 2 sparrows sold for a farthing? and one of them shall not fall to the ground without your father. But the very hairs on your head are numbered.  Fear ye not therefore, ye are of more value than many sparrows."

  Psalm 73: 23-26 "Nevertheless I am continually with you; you have taken hold of my right hand. With your counsel you guide me, to glory. Whom have I in heaven but you and there is none upon earth that I desire besides you. My flesh and my heart fails; but God is the strength of my heart, and my portion forever."

  Just this past week as I was struggling with the possibility of his job loss (you know how us women just sometimes know these things), God was urging me to trust him for each day.  To be thankful for each day that He has a job.  Now I will be trusting Him to provide for each day, our daily bread.  Just as He always has, He will continue to be faithful.

  March 30th from Jesus Calling, my friend Julie gave to me, "I am taking care of you. Trust me at all times. Trust me in all circumstances. Trust me with all your heart. When you are weary and everything seems to be going wrong, you can still utter these four words: "I trust you, Jesus." "

  I am sure you are wondering if we will move back to Charlotte.  We have no idea.  We are looking everywhere.  We are trusting God to lead us where he wants us to go.  We bought a house here friends.  We've only been in it a year.  So the short answer is, we just don't know what God is going to do.

  Will you pray with us?  We can't thank you enough for that. There will be joy in the morning.