INSPIRE Series: Hey! Remember that time God paid our bills? (by Heather Long)

Hey there Slocum Story friends!

Does God seem to have a theme when it comes to what he wants to teach you? He does for us, for sure!

Ready for it?

"Trust Me"

It's so simple, and SO hard!

I know He wants us to trust him in every area of our lives, but He seems to be focusing pretty heavily on financial provision lately. A little over a year ago, I heavily felt God's prompting for me to leave my part-time job in ministry. While I love the ministry I worked in (Special Needs ministry), there were some situations that were starting to make it very apparent that it was my time to step away. The only problem? We needed my income! We had just moved into a new rental home, and my income filled the gap between our bills and my husbands income. Nonetheless, through a lot of prayer it was obvious that the job had to go.

Now, this wasn't the first time God had asked us to trust him for provision. We have a long list of surprise money arriving in the mail just as a large bill came up, or a gift card showing up just when we needed it. This was, however, the first time that He was asking us to step into what appeared to be a season of depending on Him for provision.

I wish I could say that we stepped into it with excitement and enthusiasm, but that's just not true. Every month as we approached the end of "our" funds, way too far from the end of the month, I would panic. What if, what if, what if? I would find myself looking at part time jobs that in no way worked for our situation. Of course, none of these ever panned out. But you know what did happen?

God provided.

One month I had banner sales in my Etsy shop.

Another month I had a chance to share the story of this journey with some other women. One of those women, whom I had just met, felt led to give us a large sum of money. Exactly what we needed to get through the month.

Another month a friend of ours needed someone to care for her boys while she and their father were out of town on business.

Another month one of our car loan lenders called to "remind us" that we were allowed one interest only payment a year, and wouldn't December be a great month for that. (What bank does that??)

Just the other day we got some surprise "mail money".

In big ways and small ways, God provides.
25 “That is why I tell you not to worry about everyday life—whether you have enough food and drink, or enough clothes to wear. Isn’t life more than food, and your body more than clothing? 26 Look at the birds. They don’t plant or harvest or store food in barns, for your heavenly Father feeds them. And aren’t you far more valuable to him than they are? 27 Can all your worries add a single moment to your life?
28 “And why worry about your clothing? Look at the lilies of the field and how they grow. They don’t work or make their clothing, 29 yet Solomon in all his glory was not dressed as beautifully as they are.30 And if God cares so wonderfully for wildflowers that are here today and thrown into the fire tomorrow, he will certainly care for you. Why do you have so little faith?
31 “So don’t worry about these things, saying, ‘What will we eat? What will we drink? What will we wear?’ 32 These things dominate the thoughts of unbelievers, but your heavenly Father already knows all your needs. 33 Seek the Kingdom of God[a] above all else, and live righteously, and he will give you everything you need.
Matthew 6:25-34
What I have found to be amazing is how consistent God is. We hear that He is the same yesterday, today and tomorrow, but do we really comprehend that?

Just like he provided the Israelites with manna in the desert day to day, just as they needed, God has provided us with just what we need. No more, no less. Exactly when we need it.

Are you hearing God ask you to do something, but the numbers don't add up? Do it anyway.

He provides.

Thanks for having me!

Heather




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Wife. Mother. Homeschooler. Blog writer. Wanna-be photographer. Book reader. Coffee drinker. Mistake maker. Grace craver. Jesus lover. 

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