"For I know the plans I have for you," declares the Lord, "plans to prosper you and not harm you, plans to give you hope and a future."
October 30th just came and went, that was the day I returned to work last year after my maternity leave with Solon. Education was not my passion as it had been before and Scott and I began praying about what God had for our family. Working toward leadership, had been an answer to prayer before I had Solon and I had every confidence that if millions of other moms could have both a career and a family that I certainly could too however that was just not the case for me much to my own surprise. (it is a different decision for every family I know - God has different plans for us all!)
Over the last year, God placed so many things in our life that made it all but obvious what we should do. I could not be happier. I am embarrassed to say that part of my prayer life included asking God's help in such areas as falling in love with our modest home, loving the oak word work, be satisfied with my own clothes in my closet, not being jealous of others with more material items, finding joy in bargain shopping and living within a very tight budget. God is SO good. I reviewed the following verse over and over and over again in prayer as we reviewed our spending vs. budget.
Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with Thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.
I am continually amazed about how God has replenished my earnings. We got a check in the mail from my dentist with a refund, I have taken on a student for tutoring, and our investments are kicking into our savings. We continue to have our bumps along the way with those one time expenditures you cannot plan for but I am so THANKFUL that we, for the 1st time, followed God in blind faith and he is blessing us greater than I have ever known. I am able to serve my family, my friends, my church and my community and service feeds the soul more than I have ever known. Scott and I are so encouraged! Just thought we would share and hope it lifts up someone else praying that God would make evident the plan he has for them, sometimes it takes time and continued prayer, but he is faithful!