Thursday, January 30, 2014

Fasting and Testing

Sean and I recently went through an extended time of prayer and fasting to seek God's guidance for Kenya. This period was the longest either of us had ever fasted before. From past experience I was kind of expecting that God was going to speak to us either during the fast or directly after, if not both. But I'm learning that God doesn't always do what we expect Him to! During our fast, a friend of mine shared how she had done an 8 day fast and instead of seeing breakthrough, she actually ended up in a really intense situation.

Well, guess what? That is what ended up being the case with us as well. A week into the fast, something happened that basically pulled the proverbial rug right out from underneath our feet. I can't share the situation, but I can tell you that we endured a week of feeling as if our world had been turned upside down. In the flesh, we were confused~but knowing that God is not the author of confusion we submitted ourselves to His will and sought Him fervently for resolution to our dilemma. In the process, I felt as if I was dying. This was actually a direct answer to my recent prayers that God would help me to completely die to my self so that He might live through me.

We pray these things, friends, and we really have no idea what we are asking for! He will answer, but it will be in ways we never imagined. After a fiery trial of 7 days we received an answer of peace from our Father, and oh what sweet relief! He is so faithful. I can honestly say that I am thankful for this experience and that I trust He knows just what we need. We are learning that as much as we think we have surrendered all, there are still things that need to go on that altar of sacrifice. He is teaching us that we must find in HIM ALONE our all in all. Father truly knows best!

But may the God of all grace, who called us to His eternal glory by Christ Jesus, after you have suffered a while, perfect, establish, strengthen, and settle you. 1 Peter 5:10

Monday, January 13, 2014

Where God guides, He provides! Faith building testimony..

Have a listen and be blessed! Sean and I have been going through Torben's Pioneer School and it is life changing. Check out his teaching videos at the Pioneer School page on Facebook. We highly recommend them! Our desire has always been to live like we were in the book of Acts. It can be done, but we have to go back to doing things the way the disciples did~which is the way Jesus taught them to live!

Tuesday, January 7, 2014

Another guy I love~George Mueller

I've lost count of how many books I've read about George. He's my hero. This godly man cared for over 10,000 orphans in his lifetime. George was a man of incredible faith whose #1 goal in life was to glorify God by trusting in Him for EVERY NEED. He vowed never to ask anyone for money. When faced with a financial need, he would say, "How the means are to come, I know not; but I know that God is almighty, that the hearts of all are in His hands, and that, if He pleaseth to influence persons, they will send help." And he would pray and wait until the need was met. It is estimated that the equivalent of around $150 million dollars in today's currency passed through George Mueller's hands during the 19th century.

This is how we want to live our lives as a family. God has taught us a lot over the past 14 years. We've discovered that if we seek His kingdom and righteousness first, we will have all we need (Matthew 6:33). We've learned to owe no man anything but love (Romans 13:8) We've learned that if we give, it will be given to us abundantly (Luke 6:38). He is a loving Father who supplies all our needs (Philippians 4:19) and He WILL provide (Genesis 22:14). We have so many testimonies of His provision for us when we trusted and obeyed Him!