When we've been up on the mountain top, it's been easy to look around and just feel so blessed and trust Him because during that time, we are relieved of the many life pressures that assault us during the valley times. Not to say that life is necessarily easy during the mountain times, but it's just less stress/pressure. We've been through our share of valleys, though. Right now is a bit of a valley for us. Spiritually and emotionally, it's been one of the best times of my life....and I can say for Dan too. We have finally found a church home, we are making friends, our kids are growing and learning, and we are just happy where we are at. We're content.....At the same time, we're also going through a bit of a crunch, financially. With Dan trying to start up a new shop, it's been tight, and sometimes we have to get the bare bones at the grocery store. We are learning to budget more wisely, and we're doing ok; God is providing for us. But it feels like a bit of a valley right now, in the financial realm. Money does not make the person, I know, but it pays the bills....as we all know.:)
God totally slapped me on the hand this week, though. He honestly woke me up from what felt like a valley....and He turned my day into a mountain top.....I have to tell you this story because I'm just amazed at His provision and His love and His mercy to us, even when we are tempted to doubt....He's still there, even in the smallest of things. I went to make our grocery list and menu for the next week; it was my dreaded chore of the day. As I pulled up the grocery store ads online, I began planning out the menu, according to what was on sale, and at the same time I started to fill out the grocery list. As I realized things we were totally out of (our kitchen was depleted pretty badly), I started looking more closely at what was on sale, and just about everything on my list was in the ads....even diapers were on sale. I really couldn't believe it when I saw that milk was on sale. I just kept sifting through, and everything God knew we were out of, He was showing me His way of providing for our family......I think my mouth just dropped to the floor. When I was doubting, wondering how I could get what we needed, He gave me that slap on the hand and showed me Who He is....He is the Great Provider. He does care about even the little things in our lives.
It was just encouraging to realize that even when I doubt, no matter the circumstance, He is there....all I have to do is trust and lean into Him, instead of questioning and wondering. Trusting God through the tough times is what's going to build character in me, and it's what's going to build character in you. It's those refining fires during those valley times that will help us to grow.
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