Ravens, brooks & widows. These were three ways God provided for the needs that Elijah had. After reading about these resources this morning, it struck me about how creatively God works to meet & resolve the needs in our lives.
Let’s be wise stewards with the resources that we have while appreciating that God has some very creative & interesting ways to meet the needs that exceed our current provisions. And above all, let’s continue to remain grateful because God is always faithful!
“My God will supply all of your needs according to His riches in glory,” – Philippians 4:19. I’ve prayed this verse far more times than I could ever count, asking God to provide time, wisdom, strength, money, direction, anointing, etc. Usually, when I’ve prayed this verse, I have some specific things that I want from God, to match up to the needs that I’m experiencing at that time. What never ceases to amaze me, however, is how God meets my needs and answers my requests – often in ways that I didn’t consider. Here are some examples that might encourage you about the creative ways that God is our Provider:
money: I’ve had God divinely supply money, provide an unexpected resource, or decrease a bill / expense.
time: there are innumerable times when I’m overbooked & trying to figure out how to get everything done, when an appointment I’ve booked will cancel or get rescheduled
energy: somehow when I run out of energy, the Holy Spirit finds ways to help me with strength on the inside to go the extra mile and to push through the tired or drained.
Let’s be sure that we let the Holy Spirit be our provision, however the Holy Spirit would chose to provide 🙂
I have no craft sense, whatsoever, anywhere in me. I can’t cross-stitch, crochet, color, knit, draw, paint, sculpt, tie dye, . . . . . . and I can barely sew on a button & do a hem. I’m not crafty & visiting Hobby Lobby makes me twitch with nervous ticks.
Despite all these deficiencies, I am nonetheless, a result of Divine knitting and weaving as it says in Ps 139:13. This is important for each of us to ingest for lots of reasons:
when we try to look / act like someone else, this is inherently destructive to the unique & divine design given to each one of us
your knitting / weaving together that God has done with you is perhaps one of God’s greatest expressions of love to you – you’re not a clone nor automaton
don’t unravel or unweave the beauty of who you are by running yourself down – remember that the enemy of your soul is also called the accuser of the brethren, so be mindful of who you agree with about your life 🙂
your divine DNA is organized for unique purposes, expressions, celebrations and successes
Whether you’re the knitting type or not, you are wonderfully, fearfully & lovingly made in the image of your Creator 🙂
“I’m bored!” My kids are on Summer Break & I’d like to avoid the “I’m Bored Syndrome” that can occassionally creep into the Summer days. I definitely remember these seasons as a kid, so I’d jet outside & do lots of different things like bike riding for a few hours, learn new tricks on our trampoline, continue exploring the canal behind our house and find varieties of mischief. As an adult, I get bored sometimes with the mundane & hanker for some adventure.
If you find yourself “bored” even though you might be busy, here are some ideas to make the boredom evaporate:
prayer: there are so many adventures in prayer, that I always seem to be learning & discovering new things, probably because God is so infinitely creative
exercise: taking a walk, going swimming, bike riding, gardening, enjoy a walk with a friend
look up and imagine: ever remember laying on the grass in the Summer & imagining the clouds to be dragons or horses, frogs, castles, birds, . . . . I used to make up stories to go with the clouds, like my own fictional narrative & very entertaining
memorize some Bible verses & maybe even a chapter: occupy your mind with the ultimately creative and engaging Word of God 🙂
try some new recipes – Summer is always a blast to try new cooking stuff: grilling, fresh combinations of various veggies & fruits
I like Saturday mornings for lots of reasons, one of which is getting to “enjoy” my kids’ cooking efforts, kind of and sometimes. Presently, we have some company staying with us & one of my kids mentioned that he makes some really killer waffles. Our friend staying with us really likes crispy waffles and voila, a plan was “cooked up.” The execution of the plan this morning was “sketchy”. Let’s just say that we almost ruined the waffle iron, the kitchen now needs some deep cleaning attention and there were some nice overtones of cinnamon and nutmeg. Thankfully our friend who is staying with us slept in and we’ve already organized a Plan B: no waffles, but crepes area nice alternative.
When life hands you lemons, being thankful can be the sugar you need to make lemonade ,)
Loving well can have lots of different expressions: taking someone for coffee, doing grocery shopping for a person, spending time listening, sharing about your thoughts / feelings, having someone over for dinner, giving therapeutic formula for starving babies, giving someone a kind word, staying positive and optimistic in a difficult season, giving a hug or a pat on the shoulder, encouraging someone about their talents or efforts, paying a bill for someone who’s struggling, . . . . .
I think there are a BOATLOAD of ways to love well and when we make it a priority, I think that we can all love well because of how we are so well loved by our heavenly Father 🙂
Do you have some more helpful suggestions of how we can love well? Please share!! 🙂
Watching my kids grow is simply fascinating – full of delight, awe, pleasant surprises & very astounding. Here are some recent developments:
David – wants to buy a box of girlscout cookies & keep them for awhile & then re-sell them for more than he bought them for. He COMPLETELY came up w this scheme on his own. Furthermore, he also has the plan to sell part of the ABC juice (apples, beets & carrots – uber healthy) that we make to mimi (grandma) twice a month to make money. This entrepeuner thing just surfaced recently. Needless to say, I’m speechless bc i didn’t even consider thinking this way until at least high school & probably more like post college. (pawns in chess are ponds)
Isabell: the long hair is pretty much lost on me, given that i’ve enjoyed short hair & its simplicity for close to 2 decades. She is growing her hair to cut if off & donate it to locks of love for kids w cancer. Furthermore, its really cool to watch her confidence grow as she overcomes various insecurities to achieve goals that she has set for her self – selling girlscout cookies has been the recent platform for this personal growth. I see her thinking, growing & living in the present w great contentment.
Benji: everything he does has some wiggle (except now as I’m watching him play Reece in chess – take it back, he just went to the bathroom). Anyways, he’s wonderfully generous & relational, with eyes full of life, creativity & happiness. And today, we got to ski w Benji & he was simply fantastic. I love that he watches his older brother to grow, learn & play. I’m glad he’s a kind person because a mean person with his intelligence would be scarey.