As I can I want to offer a fresh word of encouragement sharing from my experience how our Father God meets us in the middle of loving and living out our faith to draw others to freedom. The road to freedom can seem long and hard not unlike the experiences of those living as refugees from war torn nations, those walking out of years of abuse and pain in broken relationships, those facing the reality check that comes with unplanned pregnancy, and the great journey to healing from trauma. I fully believe we are offered so much more than we ever experience as Christ followers. We settle for a life in bondage to the elemental nature of this world and continue to live as Hagar when in fact we are daughters of Sarah.

Galatians 4:31
31 So, brothers [and sisters], we are children not of the slave woman, but of the free woman.

 

Psalm 25:1-4  (CJB)

25 (0) By David:

(1) I lift my inner being to you, Adonai;
I trust you, my God.
Don’t let me be disgraced,
don’t let my enemies gloat over me.
No one waiting for you will be disgraced;
disgrace awaits those who break faith for no reason.

Make me know your ways, Adonai,
teach me your paths.

 

My eyes have been open to the Lord's provision in a new and intimate way.  It says in Psalm 24:14 that "Adonai relates intimately with those who fear him; he makes them know his covenant." He has been faithful to do just that in this season of surreal change affecting individuals and communities globally.  He intimately meets and opens our eyes as we lift our eyes to Him.  He has been working so clearly in this season of uncertainty that in the moments when I rest in Him I can see Him at work. I see the gifts He is drawing out of our children and how vital they are to the work of the ministry, I see the passions and positions they have taken in our home that have been augmented as we have had to intentionally press in as a family to find a rhythm to continue to allow others in, adjust to new daily living patterns and remain a united team.  I see them join with us in new ways as together we have been seeking His will and His path for our family, our ministry and our community.  I see Him working in those joined with us in this work and making new avenues for ministry and connecters.  I see Him working in those stepping in to meet needs not only for the work here but in the community, church body and larger community.  I see Him working to open the eyes of those here in forced rest, in this place of refuge where the limits imposed have given no choice but to face self, to face the heart, to face harsh realities.  In this season I have seen fruit surface from things once dead and see and hear His call to trust, to obey, to follow and not join in the disobedient response of fighting to have things the way they were when He is calling us to what they could be.  He is calling to us and opening new paths of creativity, productivity and community.  He is faithfully and gently leading us in paths of righteousness and making our treasuries full [Proverbs 8:19-21] and opening the way for new life, new hope and new provision.

 

May you have open eyes to the provision of the Lord!  May you know that He is good and fair!  May you be lead to do what is right and how to live His way!

 Adonai is good, and he is fair;
this is why he teaches sinners the way [to live],
leads the humble to do what is right
and teaches the humble [to live] his way.
10 All Adonai’s paths are grace and truth
to those who keep his covenant and instructions.
11 For the sake of your name, Adonai,
forgive my wickedness, great though it is.

12 Who is the person who fears Adonai?
He will teach him the way to choose.
13 He will remain prosperous,
and his descendants will inherit the land.

Psalm 25: 8-13