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I think back to when we first were married. We lived in a tiny studio apartment, which we upgraded to a one bedroom apartment. It was then we found out we were expecting, so we rented a house. When our oldest was born, I managed to make it back to work for two days. On the third day of getting ready for work, mascara running down my face and me a mess, my husband said, “You’re staying home. I don’t know how we are going to manage but I can’t see you this upset everyday.” I love him so much that he was able to do this for our family.
God provided for us. We went from having two cars to one. I learned to coupon and how to make meals, instead of going out to eat four or five times a week. My husband ended up making more money than when the two of us were working. The house we rented ended up not being a great neighborhood to live in, and by the grace of God, we were able to buy our first home in a good neighborhood. It was a three bedroom townhouse with a garage. It was here we learned that we were expecting our second child.
At times, money was very tight but we relied and had faith in God. We were given two healthy boys after two very difficult pregnancies. I was beyond thankful for everything God had given to us. After living in our house for five years, God placed a calling on both mine and my husband’s hearts. We realized it was time to sell our house and move to where we felt like God was leading us. This was not an easy feat and it took us about eighteen months to sell our house.
Again, God provided. We were able to sell our house and have just enough money to rent something while we built a brand new house. We moved twice in six months but in that time, found a church that felt like a second home. We were surrounded there by people who loved and accepted us immediately. After almost four years of having no second car, we were able to afford a second vehicle. Our sons now have a big backyard to play in and so many friends to play with. We also just got back from our first family vacation. Our last one was five years ago.
People would have thought we hit the lottery to afford such things but we knew it had all come from God. When we would run into something that was hard to go through, God was there with us to carry us through. The harder things got in our lives, the harder we prayed. We know who is leading our lives and we had faith.
1 Thessalonians 5: 16-18 “Always be joyful. Never stop praying. Be thankful in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you who belong to Christ Jesus.”
I love these verses. It reminds us to always be not only thankful, but also joyful no matter what is going on in our lives. You may be at a down point in your life, but have faith. You may not think God is hearing your prayers because He may not have answered the way you wanted him to, or it may seem He may not have answered them at all yet. I know what it is to wait months and years for an answer.
We serve a mighty God though. He sees things for us that we would never imagine or dream. He makes them a reality for us. If you are struggling with something, put your faith, hope and prayer into it. God has such a way of showing us what He wants from us in our lives, and I remain both joyful and thankful for that!
How has God worked in your life to turn struggles into something good?