God makes all things new!
“I CAN DO ALL THINGS THROUGH CHRIST WHO STRENGTHENS ME.”
Wait a minute! The title says, GOD IS THE PROVIDER! The series says, GOD MAKES ALL THINGS NEW! Shouldn’t the verse be something about good and perfect gifts coming from above, or maybe something about God will give you the desires of your heart?
NO, for this season and for this situation my favorite verse sustained me and kept my eyes on JESUS!
Philippians 4:13 came to me when I was in college! I was alone and scared and walking through the hardest steps in my young faith than I had every walked before!
My parents were getting divorced after twenty years of marriage! I was devastated. I felt as if my entire life was falling into broken pieces around my feet. I was numb from the inside out! My parents were Christians! How could this be happening! What were my sisters and I going to do? What would we become?
Would we be placed in “THAT” category, you know, the one that paints the words on your forehead, “I COME FROM A BROKEN HOME!”
I mean after all, wasn’t being a “Christian” supposed to guard and protect you from these things? My world was spinning out of control FAST! I had to do something to try and salvage it. I did the only thing I could think of. I ran to my grandparents and asked them if they could help me go to a Christian College. I needed support, encouragement and it was the only place I could think of to find it.
When I arrived at my college dorm room, I met the cutest little gal from Texas who was on fire for JESUS! For this gal, “everything was coming up roses!” She bubbled over with Jesus in the morning, at noon, and all day long!
One day she walked into our room and handed me a small plaque with the verse that would become my LIFE’S VERSE, Philippians 4:13.
“I can do all things through CHRIST who strengtheneth me.”
Yes, it was in the King James Version! That is how this gal rolled!
That plaque, with that verse of TRUTH, sits on my desk still today! It has traveled all around the United States with me, and all around the world with me!
No matter where God has taken me and called me to go, that plaque with that verse goes with me!
Every HOME God has placed Jim and I in, (very few of them have we owned), that verse hangs on a wall in!
If you asked my children what their Mom’s favorite verse is they would both answer immediately and without hesitation, PHILIPPINES 4:13.
It is my email address, it is my verse after my signature, IT IS MY LIFE PROMISE FROM GOD AND IT IS THE TRUTH THAT SUSTAINS ME!
I have walked through many other difficult trials and steps that have caused pain, suffering and struggle! But I have never again faced a circumstance where I felt hopeless!
I know God’s WORDS are TRUTH, AND I CAN DO ALL THINGS TROUGH JESUS CHRIST WHO GIVES ME STRENGTH!
So today, I am concluding a series on ‘GOD MAKING ALL THINGS NEW,’ and I am pleased to give HIM ALL THE GLORY FOR BEING THE GREAT PROVIDER!
I am thanking Him for providing Jim and I with a beautiful NEW home! But I am also; believe it or not, THANKING Him for taking us on a difficult, painful and LONG journey to get there!
I am in NO WAY pretending to be a “martyr” or “Super Christian.” I AM NOT EITHER ONE OF THOSE! Those closest to me will testify to that fact! They will tell you that through this LONG four and a half month journey to our new home, there were days of doubt, sadness, fear and longing. But they will also tell you that we clung to THE TRUTH of Christ Jesus being our strength and HE PROVIDED!
So, today as I sit here writing and listening to this very large dog next door barking non-stop for no apparent reason, I am not annoyed (ok, well maybe just a little)! Seriously, all I can think about is how happy I am to be sitting in my house listening to the dog barking next door!
YES! You heard me right! I am sitting in MY HOUSE! The house that God PROVIDED for Jim and I! The house that God knew would be perfect for Jim and I and our family and our new church family! The house that was intended for us from the beginning of our move. But, also the house that God would provide for us in His Timing, NOT our timing.
On Monday April 3, we were handed the keys to our new HOME!
With joy, gratitude and full, but tired hearts, we put that key in the front door lock and turned it! We stepped inside to the perfect home that God had for us! The work of moving in and making it our home, was not yet over. But the long wait, the trusting, the prayer, the cries for help and direction, were over! God had answered and WE WERE HOME!
Home is where Christ is the center!
GOD TRULY DOES MAKE ALL THINGS NEW MY FRIENDS!
TRUST HIM, BELIEVE IN HIM, HOLD TIGHT TO HIM, AND HE TRULY WILL MAKE ALL THINGS NEW!
The process is painful at times, but just as a rough, ugly piece of coal must be polished and turned into the diamond it was intended to be, IT IS WORTH IT!
With a full and humble heart I thank God for all of you and for the provision of our new home! May we only use it for His Glory!
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