Wednesday, December 24, 2014

God Meets Our Needs Again & Again

Cast your burden on the Lord, and He will sustain you...   Psalm 55:22

A couple of days before Paige was diagnosed--when she was really, really sick--I dropped everything at work to stay home and take care of her.  It'll only be a couple of days, we thought.  She'll be back to herself in no time.  Little did we know that over eleven months later I would still be home with her.  Of course, there was nowhere else to be--caring for this precious girl through phase upon phase of intense chemotherapy was the top priority.  Outside our little bubble, though, life went on.  Our income was immediately cut in half, but bills were not--they would soon take on a life of their own.  Instinct said it was time to crumble in worry and fear, but God said it was time to stand on faith and trust Him.  We placed our daughter in His mighty hands, yet over the course of this journey, God has shown us time and again that He is holding on to us as well.    

It's more than a little mind-boggling to pause and reflect on just how many times--and in how many ways--God has met our needs this year.  In fact, He continues to do so.  He meets our family's physical needs through the process of healing our girl--and in keeping the rest of us healthy.  He meets our emotional needs by providing peace and calm assurance through the many storms we have encountered along the way.  Storms that could have knocked us to our knees, yet here we stand.  He meets our financial needs by sustaining us through months when money was quite honestly the last thing on our minds.  In fact, our kiddos now have a nice stack of gifts under the tree--all thanks to some amazing people placed on our path at just the right time.  After the year they've experienced, it makes my heart incredibly joyful to know Paige and Jeremy will have a wonderful Christmas morning.

You gain a whole new perspective when your life is turned upside-down, but I've come to really treasure this new point of view.  I try my hardest to live out the verse God spoke to me over eleven months ago--to be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, and always faithful in prayer.  In the meantime, God, who is always faithful, continues His work in our lives.  Our trust, our hope, our everything--is in Him.

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