When it’s all been said and done pt.2

Continued from Part One

Our time here has been one disappointing closed door after another, including but not limited to being unemployed, fractured family dynamics, and fruitless attempts to get back home where we both can work and try to get back on our feet.

BUT, it’s also been an exciting faith walk (not to be confused with the cake walk), of total dependence on God.  On numerous occasions, we’ve watched Him provide money when we were down to our last dollar, food when the cupboard was all but bare, and sweet streams of refreshing and comfort when we were tempted to believe God had forgotten us.

We’ve been on the receiving end of harsh, judgmental attitudes of misguided, self-righteous individuals; as well as sincere Christian charity from God’s people who take Matthew 25 seriously.   We have found God’s love and provision in places that many self-proclaimed christians (with a little “c” on purpose) would be embarrassed to frequent.  We have been humbled and tried in the furnace of adversity, and we are in the process of learning to love as He loves and forgive those that have wronged us, leaving our offenses in the hands of the One who has the right to repay, the One who defends and delivers His own.

We are now at what feels like the tail end of our stay here.  Our household items are all being stored until we have the funds to move us all back to the U.S.  We are receiving word after word encouraging us to look up, and see our deliverance; to believe without seeing that our victory has already been given to us, and to thank and praise God for the work He’s done.  Reminders of His love and faithfulness come numerous times in the day, and as my mind continues to meditate on the lyrics of this song, I know, deep down, it’s been worth every step.  Worth every heartache.  It’s been growth, and it’s been for Him and His glory.

Lord, your mercy is so great, that you look beyond our weakness,and find purest gold in miry clay, making sinners into saints.  I will always sing your praise!  Here on earth, and ever after, for you’ve shown me heaven’s my true home, when it’s all been said and done, You’re my life when life is done.

…Did I do my best to live for truth, did I live my life for You?

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6 comments on “When it’s all been said and done pt.2

  1. It is all for His glory isn’t it Lyn? We do not say that during the storms most of the time, but when we look back, how we are able to witness to others regarding God’s love for us. That is what He wants. Thanks for sharing. God Bless, SR

    • Learning to say as Mary did “be it unto me according to your word”. Hard stuff, but ultimately the only right response “yes, Lord. You know best, I’m here to serve You”.

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  3. I know what you mean…I think many folks have gone through that part of life when they’ve reached a time of little to eat in their homes. The sis and I had reached that point with absolutely nothing to eat for ONE day. This was when we were in high school. For several days prior to that day, we ate one loaf of bread with nothing to put on the slices. But we were just relieved to at least have that loaf of bread to eat. Can’t remember if we were able to buy one loaf per day or if it was every other day or so. Then a friend of our parents came to our home and brought us a box of groceries. We really praised God for remembering us and that we only went one day without any food at all. And that He had provided for us a place to live because we had almost gotten booted out by our apartment manager. It’s tough times like those that make us look back on God’s provisions and to be so grateful for, no?

    p.s. How is your work search coming along with you and your husband now, Lyn? I had been praying for you about that and was hoping to read a post about either of you being able to find work someday. It’s so tough to move out and find afford to live on your own, though, huh? Well, it sure does bring family closer, these tough times.

    p.p.s. Thanks for letting me know about separating bananas. I didn’t even think of that! Great idea and I’m gonna do that the next time a buy a buncha bananas. :oD

    • OH sf. I can’t imagine how frightening that must have been for you and your sister…it’s hard enough as an adult with practiced coping skills, how discouraging it would be for young women. What a beautiful testimony of His care and provision for you…I am so happy to share in it with you, thanks so much for sharing it with me!

      I have fallen very behind in my blogging…sometimes it’s lack of ideas, and other times, just lack of motivation, lol. I will use your idea as a motivation to get one done, I so should have updated before now!

      Enjoy your bananas!
      Lyn

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