God's got this? Yep, He sure does. Over and over again...He's got this!
Michael has about a month off of seminary right now. Half of December and half of January. When he's not in school, there is a certain amount of money from his GI Bill that we don't get. $600 to be exact. That's $600 we need to survive. Just today we were talking about ways to cut WAY back for the next month until school starts back up. Any and every way to make a dent in the $600 we won't be getting! We are getting good at "not worrying"...well, not as much as we used to. There is still a certain amount of worry that comes; we are human, after all! But we are learning to live in expectation of how God will handle our basic needs!
My dear friend, Lea, has been asking me for about a week if I had received a Christmas card from Thrive, our home church in North Dakota. I hadn't received it before we ended up leaving for a family holiday trip, but I received it today! BOY, did I receive it today!!! Certain cards and letters need to come with warning labels on them so I can have a kleenex handy!
I opened the most amazing card in the world full of goodies. Oasis, the most generous ladies group from Thrive, had a craft and bake sale before Christmas...and they did that FOR US! Humbled; that's us right now. They sent us a check for $332.00 AND a Target gift card for $260. I'll let you sit here and do the math in your head real quick. If you're not a math major, I'll help you out...$592. I stood in the presence of Almighty God with tears streaming down my face at the generosity of my sisters in Christ who love and pray for my family. I knew they missed us and I know they love us, but WOW! Again, I'm wow'ed! And blown away. Side-note: This is in addition to a $50 gift card that someone sent us anonymously before Christmas with a note that God has not forgotten my family. Tear flow!!
I share the card with Michael who cried with me. In walks Evan wanting to know what's wrong. Nothing is wrong, dear one. But listen to this story of Jehovah Jireh, our Great Provider! "Cool" is his response as the biggest smile crosses his face. Then Alex walks in and my heart is bursting to share this with her. I start with telling her of our lack of $600 we won't be getting in January. Her face contorts with worry...she takes the weight of the world on her shoulders. But then I show her how God has provided from our faithful servant friends in North Dakota. Then I ask her, "Why do we even worry? "Why do we worry about tomorrow?"
I was reading a book today and God gave me this verse to chew on in Jeremiah 33:3 'Call to Me and I will answer you, and I will tell you great and mighty things, which you do not know.' God must have wanted me to reflect on that knowing I was going to be getting a cool piece of mail today! He's so sneaky like that! His timing is PERFECT. His ways are PERFECT. Following Him is the PERFECT way to live...albeit challenging, it's perfect. He has done GREAT THINGS! I just have to shout it in all caps! :)
I have sat all night basking in His presence. Doing nothing, but thanking Him for the things (good and "not so good") that have happened in 2013. It's all for His glory. Thank you my dear friends for your hearts of love for the Corsar Fam 4. You will never know the "sermon fodder" you are giving Michael as he launches into ministry. You will never realize the depths of your simple acts of giving and how they are impacting my children. You will never know how they heal my broken heart when I start missing my friends! I thank God every time I think of you. Tonight....I'm thanking Him extra hard.