This weekend has been a little rough to say the least! I have been reminded again and again that Jesus promised to provide exactly what we need at the time we need it. I have also been reminded that stress and worry DO NOT come from above - they are from the enemy and he will attempt to use them to distract us from our focus of rejoicing in the Lord always. Notice that I said "attempt", you see he cannot MAKE us be distracted or discouraged - those are things that WE allow to happen.
Since early Friday morning we have discovered that our Expedition needs a tire replaced, our Taurus is not working at all (more than likely a thermostat or water pump issue) and our son's hearing aid was chewed up by the dog. Any one of these alone would be enough to make me stress and freak out - having them all hit on one day, that was almost more than this mom could take! At first, I was mad and angry that the Lord would allow this to come right now. However, as the day progressed, I realized that I was not seeking my Lord at all - in fact I was having a pity party! So I made a concious decision to rejoice in my Lord and NOT be discouraged by circumstances and setbacks.
Obviously, this has not made any of these situations go away or disappear. In fact, none of them have been taken care of yet. What has happened is that my fear and discouragement has been replaced with confidence in my Savior's provision and rejoicing in the knowledge that I belong to the King of Kings!
I am continuing to pray and trust God to provide for each of these - He has already blessed us with a gift from some dear friends in ministry. I know that he will continue to take care of the rest because I know in whom I have believed and He is able!