I remember very clearly taking this picture. After filling up my bird feeders one morning, I turned to walk back into the house only to be surprised by this beautiful rainbow spanning the whole sky. It was so close! I ran inside to get my camara and was able to take this picture of the end of the rainbow in my neighbors field. It was one of those times in my life where I was struggling with some difficult circumstances and my faith wasn't what it is now. That morning strengthened my faith. I had been calling on God, feeling very alone, and after finishing my devotions, I decided to refill the bird feeders. To turn around and see this beautiful rainbow, well I was brought to tears and felt such a warmth of security at that moment. It was like God was saying, I'm right here. You are not alone.
This week has been a lot like that. My faith is much stronger than it used to be, but God never promised us an easy life. Financially things are very tight, prices seem to keep going up and the news isn't very bright. We know that the path our family has chosen is the right path, it isn't easy, but it is very rewarding. God reassures us in subtle ways from time to time that we are in His will. Yesterday we received an abundant amount of blessings, which makes me laugh with joy at God's timing since it is the week of Thanksgiving.
Our daughter has been needing two specific pieces of curriculum; an additional worktext for her reading curriculum which costs $25.00 and a $5.00 workbook in geography. The $5.00 workbook costs an extra $6.50 for shipping. I couldn't bring myself to purchase them last week when I saw the costs. Yesterday we were in town and happened to have enough time to drop by a used Christian book store. I might stop in there about once each year, it's not a place that we constantly frequent. We just happened to be driving by with extra time and it dawned on me to maybe take a look around. They had the exact reading worktext she needed for only $10.50 and they also had the exact geography workbook she needed for $1.50 no shipping! Now if you think that is just coincidence, you don't know my God.
With Christmas coming, we are looking at doing several creative craft projects for our family. Lots of what we decided to do requires assorted glassware. I thought we would stop by the local hobby store to see what the costs might be to complete our projects. Also, we were planning to order several half gallon canning jars for food storage online. Not only did the hobby store have the glassware for the projects, but they had the food storage glass jars too and it was all 50% off! Now if you think that is coincidence, you really don't know my God!
These are the whispers from God to me, that tells me, He's with me, He knows what we're facing and He cares. It is Him telling me that He is right there beside me, encouraging me and then watching me delight in His surprises and blessings. By faith we walk each step of the way........