Friday, May 5, 2017

Recognizing God In Our Lives!

This journey of ours into the traveling music ministry has been a large step of faith! Each step of the way we have had to trust our Heavenly Father to prepare the way and to provide in ways we have only hoped and dreamed possible. Every time we load up in the van to head out to church in Temple or to go to church somewhere else around here on Wednesdays, it is a faith walk. We seek God's face in every aspect of our journey. God is very real and we can see him in the little things working things out for our good and his glory!

 Example: we had traveled into Georgetown to shop for Zeke a new suit for his birthday; we found one at the Goodwill there and it looks sharp! Anyway, that was one answer to prayer because we found that suit right away the first store we hit! But before we got there I stopped in the library in Bertram to use the bathroom because they have nice ones there and a thrift store near by. When I opened the door to the library I noticed that it was the door to the library's cafe so I quickly closed that door and went around to the other door and Zeb went in the cafe to see if there was something there small that he could spend his hard earned money on. The man there was kind and asked if he wanted a sample of his pecan cake. He said yes he did but he had 6 other brothers and sisters. So the man said he would give them all samples and he started warming up some samples for all of the kids. The kids came in from the van and had their samples. A nice policeman came in also and the kids all saluted him.  He thought that was great and was enjoying the kids. Mr. Policeman told  them that he was once home schooled as well. When I came back from the restroom all of this was unfolding in front of me and I felt God was there working everything out.

I looked around for any indication that this man was a Christian and I saw a frame that said that there really is a God in Heaven! So I began thinking to myself that this man was so kind to give of his cake to all of us (yes he gave me a sample also I just couldn't resist pecans so yummy!) and we should repay him with a song. I asked him if we could sing a song for him. After the kids finished stuffing their face with cake sample and the hot chocolate that some of them bought, we got set and sang them the song Stand Still and Let God Move which was really great because I knew that God was doing some moving for us! I felt his presence in that little cafe. When we were done with the song the man there said that he thought we deserved more than just samples that we deserved a full sized cake.

Again I knew that God was fixing to move because on the way to the store I had prayed in my heart silently that God would provide a meal for us and I didn't know how he was going to do it.  All of the other meals that we had received were all related to churches and we weren't going to be at a church for lunch, we were going to shop. But I told God that I knew he knew the front from the back and that he could arrange anything if he so chose to. So he did, right there in that little cafe he showed my children what faith was all about. I thanked that man and told him that I had enough family alone in the area to give him customers for a long time and that I would try to send them his way! We got in to the van and told the kids how God had just answered a prayer in a wonderful way and that we got to eat dessert for lunch!  They were thrilled just as I was and knew that this was not just a little thing but a great big thing that God sent just for us! But now I have told you this story of God's moving and it was just a piece of how God moved in that day, there was so much God did that day it would take me a couple more pages to express it all.

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 We are not wealthy people so to follow God in this ministry is just a matter of watching God come through for us over and over again. We stand amazed and in awe of what a mighty God we serve! Whether its what church we are going to visit on a Wednesday or the faith to eat a good meal after or before we get there. We have a running prayer list and the z-kids are starting to see how God will answer your prayers and be especially close and dear to those who are serving him in and by faith. To us its like a little bit of heaven and a healing balm to our souls.

I pray that you will recognize God's presence in your life; He is at work right now in your life don't fail to see it! He loves you and wants to be near you. You have only to reach out to Him and make him the center of your life!


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