Wednesday, April 14, 2010

{trusting}


i know this is quite different from my typical posts, 
but when i  started this blog, i intended for it to be an honest and real space where i could not only share snippets of my life and provide inspiration (and whatever else it is i do on here), but also a space where i could share my struggles and bring glory to God.
and well, right now i feel like doing just those things.
so deal with it ;)

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over these first two years of our marriage
joel and i have had our share of financial struggles,
between me losing my job, twice, & struggling to find work, and Joel going to school full-time.
last summer we even had to move in with my parents 
because we simply couldn't afford to pay rent 
(you don't know how much i appreciate having our own space now)!

during all of these struggles, i always found it difficult to fully trust that God would take care of us, that he would provide in one way or another. instead, i would let worry plague me.
most recently, i have been worrying about what we are going to do less than a month from now, when Joel's full-time job turns into a part-time job (with lower pay).
joel has been amazing about trusting that God will work it out
because he always does, but me, well i've been feeling scared and doubtful.

this past weekend, a defining moment transpired, where God asked me to take a significant step of faith and finally trust our finances to him. i felt his reassurance that he would indeed provide and i finally let go of what i had considered up to that point to be "my" money,
and i trusted him with it.
i'm not going to lie - it was really scary. 
but it was so freeing at the same time.
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and it is simply amazing the blessings he's been pouring on us since then.
i truly feel his faithfulness.
in just these past few days, we have been given several free meals,
my Etsy sales have been on a serious upsurge, and i even won a gift certificate to a vintage shop on Etsy (this was very exciting to me as i have not been able to spend any money on fun things because of our tight budget. as a girl who loves to shop, it has not been easy in the slightest).


of all the blessings we've been experiencing, the most praise-worthy is what transpired today.
joel landed a job at the university that literally begins the week after his current one turns part time.

no joke. 

it came out of nowhere.
he was actually personally contacted about the job yesterday.
they interviewed him today and offered him the job on the spot.
apparently he was hand-picked for the position, and he is still baffled at why/how.
(although i am not.. i think he is more widely known/respected across campus than he thinks).

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anyway, it is clear that God was at work here.
this is truly a testimony that when you trust,
God is indeed faithful.
he may not work according to our own timing,
but i am slowly learning that 
his timing is best.


help me to trust you with not only my finances, but with all areas of my life, Lord.



12 comments:

Moriah said...

it always amazes me to see how God provides for us, especially when we feel like we are the darkest of times. thanks for the encouraging post! :)

- moriah


http://josiahsnest.com

Meg said...

wow, what a wonderful post! i'm so happy things are working out for you, and that you are able to let go and trust that God has plans for you even if you don't know what they are. The realities of adult life can be scary, and it's good to be able to trust in God's love in the face of uncertainty.
xoxo

Emily said...

Thank you for such an encouraging and honest post. I find it easy to say I am trusting because it is much harder to admit when I am not.

Thank you for sharing!

(And thanks for the wonderful reminder of what can happen when you just let everything go.)

Elizabeth said...

That last paragraph is lovely...your faith shines through :)

Maggie Whitley {Gussy} said...

ohh, Meg. this post gave me goosebumps! i'm so happy you're becoming more "free". worry is such a zest-sucker.

Jen said...

What a fabulous post!! I'm so happy for you! Not only because of all the good things that are happening in your life but because you believe that God is there for you and has your best interests in mind. Such inspiration!!

robyn michelle-lee said...

how so, so wonderful!
thank you for your comment on my blog!

Cole said...

This post was so encouraging to me. My husband and I are going through the same kind of situation and trusting Him in all areas-finances, marriage, health. It's nice to hear testimonies like this. lovely blog.

janis said...

hey there meg!
i just came across your blog & it is so lovely!

i really appreciate this post -- this is definitely an area i need to trust God in more as well...

thanks for sharing.

xo

jozen said...

i love this post.

thank you so much for your honesty and sharing your struggles with all of us.

praise the lord for showing us that He will always continue to look over us.

Olivia said...

thanks for sharing this girl. I feel like trusting in the Lord is a daily constant struggle for me. I can't ever seem to be "all in" . I always feel the need to control. It is always great to read/hear some encouragement of what the Lord can do with your life or situation or day of you truly let go and surrender it to Him.

Anna said...

Oh my goodness reading this was amazing. I am at a good, but not secure, point in my life and it is so easy to start worrying about the dreaded UNKNOWN future and lose faith. Thanks for sharing that God WILL have your back if you give him your trust!!!