Tag : provision
Tag : provision
I am continually reminded that we cannot do this life alone. God created us for community.
Before I could start work on a Doctor of Ministry at the King’s University, I had to complete some graduate course bridgework this year. I looked around and saw students far younger than me and thought, I’ve already done this. I don’t want to interfere with their experience. I will just go to class, complete the required courses and move on.
But what I realized is that God knew I could not do this without the support of friends.
Early on in the first semester, one of my professors asked if any of us students would be willing to pray for him. That’s what I love to do, so I raised my hand. Another classmate, Judith, said she would pray with me for him, so we got together to lift our professor up and that was the forging of a new friendship. She then suggested that another classmate, Alexis, join us so she did.
Technically, I am old enough to be these two women’s mother, but that has not been the type of relationship we three have experienced. We are purely friends with no age gap. We have texted each other words of encouragement. We have prayed for each other, and have studied together. When things got tough toward the end of this semester, they allowed me to vent, and I don’t know if I could have made it without them. Last night we worshipped together, and were in tears when we received prophetic words at a school event. And on Monday, we have a plan for celebrating the end of the semester, complete with lunch and a pedicure.
God knew what I needed, and on the surface, we really look like an unlikely trio, but it’s clear the LORD put the right personalities together.
Who has the LORD provided in your life to help you through whatever you are facing?
We might think we are self-sufficient, but our loving heavenly Father knows we need friends who we can encourage, and who encourage us on the journey. As I move onto the next phase of this school experience, I said to Judith and Alexis, “I hope we’ll be able to keep this friendship alive next year even though we don’t have classes together.” Something tells me we will.
“For with God, nothing will be impossible” (Luke 1:37, NKJV).
What impossible situation has God brought you through?
This Wednesday on our Pearls of Promise POP Chat on Zoom, I will be sharing why “Nothing is impossible with God.” In my preparation I have been reflecting a lot about the “impossible” scenarios in my life. I’m in one now. Can I really finish a doctoral program at my age? But what I found after my last school experience (seminary) is that the LORD does not call you to anything where He does not give you supernatural assistance. 1 Corinthians 4:20 says “For the kingdom of God is not just a lot of talk, it is living by God’s power” (1 Corinthians 4:20, NLT).
I can think of countless situations where God overrode the “impossible” stamp. What about you?
Going to college. Growing up without a father and a emotionally challenged mom, I had no money for college but a benevolent aunt paid for my first year.
Landing a job as a sportscaster in the 80’s. There weren’t many opportunities for women back then, but the LORD opened up jobs over a nineteen year career.
Marrying the right husband. Growing up gawky with glasses, marriage was a dream of mine that seemed impossible but the LORD provided Jeff, who has supported me in all of my “impossible” dreams.
Saving our second child. Bret was born a month premature, blew a lung as he fought to breathe, but now he’s twenty-four, a strapping 6’5” and owns his own business.
Financial downturns. We have had them, but we are tithers and God always restored us after some spiritual refining.
Writing books. I really thought I’d only produce a few, but after writing, or being a part of ten books and a Bible study, it seems God overrode what appeared impossible to me.
Then there were the near-death experiences over the years: getting hit by a car in middle school, crashing in a helicopter as a television news intern in my early twenties, and then there was the the shot heard round the world after a someone’s golf drive found my head, just above the temple. The doctor said if the ball had connected with my skull two inches lower, it would have been a different story. Impossible to escape? Only the LORD protected me from those mishaps.
So as I close with these thoughts: I hope you are thinking about the impossible scenarios that God has brought you through as well, and that before you take another breath you will thank Him for His save. I also hope you will also consider joining us this Wednesday night on POP Chat at 6:30 p.m. CST. We’ll have a time of discussion where you can share your stories. The details are below.
I’d love for you to sign up for this Wednesday’s POP Chat, the LORD has provided me with a fabulous message about “Why Nothing is Impossible with God.” Join us for a time of Worship, Teaching and Discussion with the entire Pearls of Promise Team. Wednesday, April 28th at 6:30 p.m. CST. Our worship leader this month is Singer/Songwriter Renee Rollins. Here’s the link to join us.