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so, i stopped at a red light. there are three vehicles in front of me. the two in front, side by side, have pvc (palm valley church) stickers. the one directly in front of me does not. i have one as well.

do you think God was trying to give him a hint? or….me?

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God – my relationship with…an understanding of a commitment. learning that when i ask, i have to accept the answer (yes, no, maybe so). when i say i will, i better be ready to do.

my husband – together discovering a “whole nudda level” of love. faith in one another.

children – over abundance of love. new found patience and understanding. lots of pure joy!

family / friends – comforting, uplifting, forgiving!…

the opportunities that i have “to do work son”; not my mine, but His.

actually, a couple of levels.

i spend x amount on groceries or i compromise tithe.  guess what happened…

i got everything on my list, everything was on sale, and i only spent .57 cents over my amount! 

sometimes its ok not to compromise!  especially in ways of faithfulness!

philippians 4:6 ” do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.”

i believe in, and pray strongly.  it is very important to me to be connected to God, focus my thoughts on him, and seek his guidance & wisdom, amongst other reasons.  sometimes the other reasons are for him to bail me out and give some relief.  for me, prayer is always with praise and thankfulness.  but there are times when i feel i can’t express my love and gratitude enough to him.

psalm 69:30 “i will praise God’s name in song and glorify him with thanksgiving.”

…especially when he surrounds me with family and friends that take care of me (us) in so many ways. now i just have to learn how to accept God’s provisions and gifts humbly, with grace and joy!

thank you friends.  thank you so much.

during the last year, my husband and i have endured some of life’s challenges, which included financial uncertainties.  things i didn’t think i/we would ever experience.  but it happened.  slowly, but once the ball starts rolling, it’s sometimes hard to stop. 

during this time, things had gotten really wobbly.  there were times when we were living day to day.  however, compromising my faith / relationship with God or my husband were not an option.  just as simple as that.  it’s a concious decision i make daily.  i took vows with my husband nearly 11 years ago, and they are stronger today than ever.  during hard times, relationships tend to go in 1 of 2 directions. you can drift apart, blame and resent. or you can look at the situtaion, agree it’s junk and grab onto each other tightly.  you draw strength from one another and go for the ride…and it’s a wild one!  

my relationship with God is no different!  if i love God, really love God, then i’m also making the daily decision to grab onto Him tightly!  what we are going through is tough sometimes, but it would be tougher without believing in a big God.  where would my hope come from?  what would i tell my children if i chose not to honor God but blame him instead?  “sorry honies, i believe in God, but i believe in myself more because i can fix_______.”  or “i used to believe in God, but not anymore because we are going through something he is not fixing the way i want it fixed.”  yeah, that’s not for me.  because i believe in an awesome God, who loves me, knows my heart and my next step, even before i do.  so if i call myself a christian, then i’m going to live it – in the good times and the bad. 

though this journey has not been an easy one, i am thankful for enduring it with God and my husband.  for i have experienced a strength in my relationships that are truely a higher level of love.

i have witnessed God’s provisions right before me!  and if you slowed down long enough, he’s all around.  everyday.