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When God Gives You Just Enough

  • When God Gives You Just Enough

    By God & Leslie

    June 8, 2016

    Numbers 11:9

    And when the dew fell upon the camp in the night, the manna fell upon it.

    1 Kings 17:4-6

    And it shall be, that thou shalt drink of the brook; and I have commanded the ravens to feed thee there.

    So he went and did according unto the word of the Lord: for he went and dwelt by the brook Cherith, that is before Jordan.

    And the ravens brought him bread and flesh in the morning, and bread and flesh in the evening; and he drank of the brook.

    Bless the Lord, Oh my soul and all that is within me Bless His holy name! He has done great things Bless His holy name!

    When you trust the Lord with your provision, you have no idea how, when and where he will provide that provision. All through out the Bible, God says he will supply. But He does not say, in what from that will be nor does he say the when of things, just that in His time, you will be supplied. Rather vague, but when God says in His time, He has to set things up on your account. When you pray and ask God for something, you have no idea who or what circumstance has to come to pass before your prayer can bring you the answer you seek.

    The last 14years of my journey have been anything but easy. Losing a child, a marriage dissolved. Starting over in the working world after being a stay at home mom for 23 years were all things I had to overcome. There was still a son to raise with no father. There have been things I have had to learn to live without, go without, do without and wait for areas to be filled in my life as God molded me and shaped me.. But God has been faithful and has walked the path before me. He has been by my bed side as I have wept in the darkness. He has placed his arms around me and held me tight. He has put His hand on my pain when I lay in my bed overcome with the ache inside my body. He has made ways when there seemed to be no visual way.

    My journey has been that of those of God's people in the wilderness. No roots, moving from campsite to campsite. Taking up their tents and moving them as they needed fresh springs of water for there herds, or fresh grasses for their animals to eat. When you move around like this it is hard to make friendships, lasting friendships. It is a hard place when family is spread out over the states. There is a separation, and a dependence on God to be all that is lacking in your life. There is a desperation in you that clings on to God as never before when your in a place of suffering, adversity, loneliness.

    God says “You Have Not, Because You Ask Not”. “Ask and you shall receive”. It has been said, be careful what you ask for. Pray without ceasing. Be persistent with your prayers. Suffering produces total dependence on God. Suffering produces a prayer life focused on God. All things work together for good Romans 8:28.

    My walk, your walk, is about our relationship with an unseen God. It all started with Abraham when God chose him to be the leader of a new people. Think for a moment about the relationships in your life. Those with your family, your children, your spouse. What kind of relationship do you have with them? How well do you know

    them? How much time to give to those relationships? What do you sacrifice for the relationship you have with those in your life?

    God wants a relationship with you, but it will cost you something. You will have to give him your heart, your love, your time, and you will have to trust Him with the decisions you have to make along this journey. Your life, if you have given it to God, is not about you, it is about Him, and how He worked through you to show Himself to others so that they too might believe.

    Psalms 27:13 I would have lost heart, unless I had believed that I would see the goodness of the Lord in the land of the living.

    When Moses brought the children of Israel out of Egypt, they complained greatly. Although they were under the Pharaohs thumb, although they made bricks without straw, although there workload was intense, these people reflected on the variety of foods they ate in Egypt. They had more than plenty, but in the wilderness, there was great lack. This time was a time of testing of hearts. A time of weeding out. Who will stand with God and for God. God heard their moaning and groaning, and rained down Manna from heaven. A substance that they could gather and make bread out of it. Bread, the substance of life. But, GOD gave them just enough for one days ration. They had to depend on God to provide this “Daily Bread”. They were given this for 40 years. Now think about that for a moment. How would you do on a ration of bread for all your meals a day for 40 years?

    I have seen over and over during this time the hand of God on my situation. He sent just enough to meet the needs we had. Not more, not less, but just enough. Just enough to feed us with, sometimes only spending $10.00 on food, but it was just enough to get to the next point, just enough for a few more days. Just enough to do laundry for another week, just enough to keep gas in the car, just enough to buy prescriptions with.

    When I gave up something to free up another area, God provided another way for me to see.

    I live in an apartment complex that on the side of building says “Christ Is The Answer”. I do not see that from my apartment window. I can only see it and reflect on it when I go out and come back in. When the foundations of this building were laid in 1967, the founders built this on the foundation of their faith. If it were not so, then why put Christ Is The Answer” on the side of building that was completed in 1969. God has placed me in a complex where I can be reminded that HE has all the answers that I need, all I have to do is trust and believe. I assure you, there are many here that do not reflect the life of Christ. All you need to do is listen to the conversations and watch the actions of others, yet, a message still rings forth from the side of this building for all who want to embrace the fact that “Christ Is The Answer”. The street that this complex is on is a very busy street, God's message rings loudly as each driver passes by. As each homeowner walks out their front door and looks across the street, they are faced with a touch of God, if they so choose to embrace it. Just enough of this sign on the side of this building to remind those that God still is on the throne and that they are loved.

    God has used many people to bring us what we needed over the course of these last 10 months. He has fed us with many ravens. Some have sent money, some gift cards, some physically brought over food supplies, some toiletries. Some have taken the time to take me out to dinner and paid for my meal. Many have prayed consistently for this family. We are constantly before the Lord because of others intercession on our behalf.

    There are many out there who are in worse shape than we are. We have had some devastating floods in our West Virginia area. Lives have been lost, homes, and businesses have been swept away. How will they recover? If they have no home and no job, how will they make it? Who will take care of them as they are exposed to flood waters that carry with them deadly bacteria and debris? Do they have God at their core?

    Others are randomly shot down, children are abducted, abused and murdered. Babies are abandoned in dumpsters. Animals are tormented and left to die. There is no thought to life these days. How it must make God weep over these situations.

    Yet for those who believe, He will send what they need when they need it. He will rescue them in His time.

    Philippians 4:6

    Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God.

    Supplication

     

    the action of asking or begging for something earnestly or humbly.

    "he fell to his knees in supplication"

     

    1 Thessalonians 5:17

    Pray without ceasing.

     

    Perseverance means you don't quit, you don't stop, you don't give up. You keep going. Perseverance means you keep at it, whatever it takes. (Charles F. Stanley).

     

    God continually proves that He is with us, if we will but stop, look, and listen. He consistently reminds us He will provide if we will cling to his promises. The walk we have with the Lord is not for the faint of heart. You will cry many tears, you will have losses, you will be separated from those you love. But if you will stay close to the Lord He will show you, lead you, be there for you.

     

    In the movie, Indiana Jones (Harrison Ford) and the Holy Grail, towards the end is quite a revelation. We watched this, this past week. He has to have a right heart. Indiana is the only one that can make it though the death traps that await him. The Germans want the holy cup, they will do what ever it takes, but many die trying to get at it. Indiana’s father, (Sean Connery) lies on the ground with a bullet in his chest. Indiana has to get through. He goes forward only on what his father has found out as he puts one foot in front of the other. The camera turns to his father as he mutters the way, and Indiana is saying the same thing as he walks between these two stone lions. He makes it through, then comes to an opening in the stone wall, there is a large space between where he stands and where he needs to go. If he falls he falls to his death, yet, he has to get to the other side, the life of his father is at stake. He reads his dads diary again. Indiana has to have faith, he has to take a step out into the nothingness that is before him. He puts his hand on his chest, takes a deep breath, and puts one foot straight out and lets himself take that step. Before his eyes, appears the path. The path takes him to the next opening in the cave where the Holy Grail is. But before he enters in, Indiana takes some sand, which looks like glitter, and blows it on the path he was just on so that he can see it to make his escape. (I am sure most of you have seen this movie you know the rest of the details)

     

    Did you catch that line? Indiana had to have faith, he had to take a step out into the nothingness that was before him.That is exactly where I am at! As my last unemployment check came in on June 29th, with no job in waiting, I have to trust what God says will come to pass. Now with my income at zero, I have to take that step out into the nothingness that is before me and trust the Lord to make the way when I do not see the way.

     

    In a devotional early in this month from Small Straws, it said this:

     

    You are very, very close to coming through the recent time of transition. Because you have not lost heart or given up, I will bless you with extraordinary grace to begin a new with fresh focus, hope, and strength, says the Lord. Prepare to move forward.

     

    And the scripture that went with it was this;

     

    Psalms 27:13 I would have lost heart, unless I had believed that I would see the goodness of the Lord in the land of the living.

     

    But in looking at the second part of this scripture, in Psalm 27:14 it says;

     

    Wait on the Lord; Be of good courage, and He shall strengthen your heart; wait, I say on the Lord!

     

    Daily I cling to these scriptures. Daily I pray with out ceasing. Daily I bring my tears before the Lord.

     

    If you have read your bible through, you will find much hardship, much bloodshed, much disbelief, yet much belief. Their lives, if you read closely, resemble ours in many ways. God met His childrens needs then, and He has every intention of meeting His childrens needs in the here and now and He will give you just enough of what you need to keep on His path.

     

    Wait on the Lord; Be of good courage, and He shall strengthen your heart; wait, I say on the Lord!

     

    El Shaddai

    http://www.myredeemerlives.com/namesofgod/el-shaddai.html

     


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David and Dianna Wyles
David and Dianna Wyles

I love Indiana Jones! Good words sister! Thanks for the food for thought <3 Praying daily with you for God's timing to be near and open doors of opportunity to be yours. God bless

July 8, 2016
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Leslie McLea
Leslie McLea

THank you Kindly

July 28, 2016
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Sylvia Todd
Sylvia Todd

Thank you for the inspiring word, Leslie, we love Indy :)! Praying for God's provision for you and Asher!

July 28, 2016
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Leslie McLea
Leslie McLea

Thank you Kindly

July 28, 2016