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Thursday, December 12, 2013

I'm Grateful That It's Working for My Good - 12/12/13

Romans 8:24-32
“For we were saved in this hope, but hope that is seen is not hope; for why does one still hope for what he sees? But if we hope for what we do not see, we eagerly wait for it with perseverance. Likewise, the Spirit also helps us in our weaknesses. For we do not know what we should pray for as we ought, but the Spirit Himself makes intercession for us with groanings which cannot be uttered. Now He who searches the hearts knows what the mind of the Spirit is, because He makes intercession for the saints according to the will of God. And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose. For whom He foreknew, He also predestined to be conformed to the image of His Son, that He might be the firstborn among many brethren. Moreover whom He predestined, these He also called; whom He called, these He also justified; and whom He justified, these He also glorified. What then shall we say to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us? He who did not spare His own Son, but delivered Him up for us all, how shall He not with Him also freely give us all things? “

There are so many discussion points in this text. I should probably just stay in this text and keep posting about it until I get done with it. This post, however, is focused on verse 28 – the fact that ALL things work together for my good and God’s glory! As per usual, I have written different paragraphs out of order, and then tried to pull them together in a layout that makes sense...

Tithing has been something I’ve been trying unsuccessfully to do for a while now, but I couldn’t afford to. Even taking the money out first would result in a major bill bouncing, so it really wasn’t working. But a couple of months ago, maybe October, Pastor preached about tithing and how important it is. And how, the most important part is to give and give consistently. She also acknowledged that not everyone can give 10% yet, but you should at least start with 1% and work your way up. I have to say that I’ve been doing that and I think I’ve finally got the hang of it. I’m not at 10% yet though. *pulls out paystubs, does math, checks numbers* Ok, apparently, I’ve been giving around 1 ½ % of my gross paycheck. I thought it was 2% but I never look at my paystubs LOL. I’ve also started giving 10% of my data entry stipend.

I am most likely going to give up my most major bill, that burdensome friend of mine - my car Silverfox. I say most likely, because things are still up in the air and there’s nothing I can do about it. I’ve truly given it to God because I’m tired of worrying about it. I was over 60 days behind on my car note, which made me eligible for an assistance program, but now that I’m over 90 days, I might not be eligible. So, who knows what they’re going to do? Then, regardless of that situation, my car is sitting in timeout for 3 months as a penalty for going without insurance for more than 30 days last December/January. I tried to appeal it, but all it did was delay it. So I’m car-less right through here.

I’m just amazed at God’s love for me and how He is truly taking care of me. On this business trip to Central PA, I’m so grateful to be in sitting in a hotel room that I didn’t have to pay for out of my pocket and that I was able to use a car from the county fleet to get here!  When I get back to Pittsburgh, I’ll feel the full effect of being carless, but everything will be okay. Buses are all around me. There are quite a few places in Allegheny County that are poor in transit. Yet, I’m grateful that I live, work, and worship in places that don’t have that problem. I can get just about anywhere I need to go. I now have a job where a car is not necessarily required. And for times when I do need one, I will be able to rent a car.  There is a small issue that is called the mountain/valley in which my apartment is located and to get to the bus, I have to climb it. It’s pretty steep, but even in that, God is looking out for me. Forced exercise is a good thing and will help me transition back into purposefully working out!

All that to say, I’m grateful to God for all He has done and all He continues to do. I have faith that everything will be okay!  

Here’s four five songs that I love and lean on in times like this:

Brooklyn Tabernacle Choir – More Than Enough

“Jehovah Jireh, my provider, you are more than enough for me…”

Kirk Franklin – He Will Supply

“Though your vessel be empty, He will supply…”

Richard Smallwood – It’s Working (Romans 8:28)

“It’s working, It’s working, it’s working, it’s working, I know!...”

Hezekiah Walker  - Grateful

“Flowing from my heart are the issues of my heart and gratefulness…”

Walter Hawkins – Be Grateful

“Be grateful. Because there’s someone else that’s worse off than you… “

Thanks for all of the encouragement everyone!

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