Last year for us, was a year of transition. We discovered new things, got rid of some old things. Made some friends, lost some friends.
Had a close call fire on our block of the Bookstore, but then had a house fire a month later, losing almost everything. Had water leaks at the old place, now have them at the new place. Sort of a test of fire and water maybe? In any case, the common thread that kept us together was our Father!
We have been behind on bills, almost had utilities shut off, but somehow, someway, God has provided us with finances AND infinite knowledge.
The bookstore was founded on Hebrews 11:1 “and faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen” The Father has most definitely kept HIS hand on our lives, and our ministry.
We made changes last year on many levels, and God has given us different paths to go on that we thought we would never travel.
Besides dealing with financial battles, spiritual battles, I have been dealing with one of the mind, and my wife of the body.
Always turning a corner and something there to knock us on our butts. But I need to constantly remind myself that the Father told us that we would NEVER be comfortable….. But HE is faithful and just, and will not give us more than we can bear. The temptation to be complacent is there, but the strength to overcome prevails. “ First Corinthians 10:13 in the NKJV reads, “No temptation has overtaken you except such as is common to man; but God is faithful, who will not allow you to be tempted beyond what you are able, but with the temptation will also make the way of escape, that you may be able to bear it.” This Scripture teaches us a powerful principle. If we belong to Him, God will not allow any difficulty to come into our lives that we are not capable of bearing.”
There are few in the fields harvesting the crops, and the Father has put alot on our plates…but the glory of it is, that through the mistakes that we’ve made. The horrible fires, the loss, the gains, the ups and downs… spiritual and physical…God is STILL God, and He is assuring us that we will always be provided for…
The store has finally been anointed. The negative pulls out of there. The things that are of the Father now prevail once again in our lives…
This year……….. more God, less dormancy.. This year…… less talk, more action. This year….. more love, less frustration with those that strive to bring us down.
This year, the Father comes before everything. (Not that He didn’t before, but our complacency and feet dragging on things that He gave us to do, got very much in the way of focusing on what HE required)
Our commitment, as well as every other Christian should be getting and staying ready for Christ Jesus to return for His bride…spotless, without blemish. Ephesians 5:27 To be excited about His coming, and not ashamed of what we are…