Give Thanks To The Lord
“Oh, give thanks to the Lord, for He is good!” Psalm 107:1
Last night I set my alarm for an hour later than usual. I was going to get some extra rest on this Saturday morning. But just like clockwork, I heard our dogs. They were awake and hungry and needing to go outside.
It was still dark and so quiet both inside and outside of our house. A mild 66 degrees outside, the weather was perfect for taking a snack, sitting on the back porch and talking to God. Where Faith lives is 13 hours ahead of us. She is likely getting ready for bed on Saturday evening there. The temperature in her province right now is 60 degrees.
There have been a few days recently that I have been tempted to go into panic mode because of all of the money that we have left to raise for her adoption. (And I plan to write a post soon spelling out for everyone what all the adoption process involves and where all of that money goes!) Then someone asked me what my prayer has been concerning this. I simply said, “Just that we will have the money that we need when we need it.” Aha! Hasn’t that been the case? He is doing just that!
One of the grants that we applied for through Sacred Selections originally wasn’t sure if they would be in a position to help us monetarily. But just this week we had a payment of $4,847.50 due to Lifeline. I received an email from Sacred Selections saying that they could cover this one for us!
“Then they cried out to the Lord in their trouble, and He delivered them out of their distress.” verse 6
My sister and other family members in TN decided that they wanted to help. So they have organized their own fundraiser, smoking barbecue meat and taking lunch orders from local businesses to sell plates and raise money for Faith’s homecoming! The pieces are also falling together for us to have a 5K race that we are calling “Get Fit for Faith.” I am very excited about this one and think it will be a lot of fun!
“He commands and raises the stormy wind…He calms the storm, so that its waves are still.” verses 25, 29
I get so aggravated with myself for defaulting back into worry so often, but He is always there, waiting patiently for me to remember all of the ways He has provided in the past and to know that [He] is the same yesterday, today and forever. Hebrews 13:8
Psalm 107 ends by saying: “Whoever is wise will observe these things, and they will understand the loving kindness of the Lord.”
The lyrics of this song have uplifted me as well this week. Maybe they will be a reminder for you, too:
“All I know is I’m not home yet
This is not where I belong
Take this world and give me Jesus
This is not where I belong.”