Monday, June 14, 2010

Family Church in the Camper

"Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives; he who seeks finds; and to him who knocks, the door will be opened. "Which of you, if his son asks for bread, will give him a stone? Or if he asks for a fish, will give him a snake? If you, then though you are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father in heaven give good gifts to those who ask him! So in everything do to others what you would have them do to you, for this sums up the Law and the Prophets." Matthew 7:7-12

As a family we had church in our camper on Sunday morning. We were getting away and spending time focusing on each other since we had to spend the week without Daddy. We decided that we would have family church.

Over the last week we have all been spending a lot of time praying for our future. We have been praying that our house will sell. We have been praying that we can buy the house we want. We have been praying that God will work out everything so that we can be together as a family settled into our own home quickly.

This morning I read the girls this scripture from Matthew. We talked about how we have to trust God and the plans He has for our family. My middle daughter said, "I have been just thinking in my head that our house needs to sell, but God wants me to ask Him, I can't just think it."

"For I know the plans I have for you," declares the Lord, "plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. Then you will call upon me and come and pray to me, and I will listen to you. You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart." Jeremiah 29:11-13

We talked about putting all of our hope in the Lord. He will provide for us according to His plan. The thing we have to remember is that His plan might not be exactly like our plan.

Madelyn wanted us to explain to her what it means when we say that God will provide. I turned back to Matthew, this time to chapter 6.

"Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more important than food, and the body more important than clothes? Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they? Who of you by worrying can add a single hour to his life?. . . Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own."
Matthew 6:25-27 & 34

I told the girls that all week I have been thinking about these words and praying, telling God that I am leaving it all in his hands and I am not going to worry about it. But, every day I am worrying about it.

My oldest daughter said, "I am not worried about it at all because I know our house is going to sell." I told her that is why the Bible tells us to have faith like a child. They believe with all of their hearts that God is listening and He will take care of everything, so why do I doubt that He will take care of my family.

As I was finding these scriptures, I flipped to Psalm 37:4, "Delight yourself in the Lord and he will give you the desires of your heart." My eyes fell onto another verse in Psalm 37 and it spoke to me loud and clear, "Be still before the Lord and wait patiently for him;"

I am trying hard to let go of my worry and trust in the Lord. It hasn't been easy. I am having a lot of conversations with Him. Last night when I was talking to my mom about all of the stress of the move my daughter said to me, "Mom, remember what you told us the Bible says, have faith like a child and trust in Him."

So I am focusing on God as my provider and put all of my hope and trust in Him.


Collette@Jesuslovesmums said...

Your demonstration of faith to your kids is amazing and such an example to them! I worry constantly about my kids at school at the moment and am struggling with that. There is always something it seems but scripture keeps us right and on the correct road. How awesome of you to have family church as well!
Love Collette xxx

kellyjae said...

"God wants me to ask Him, not just think it" - this is SO true!! How often do I need to be reminded of this!

It is really neat to see how God is using this in your lives to teach the girls things that they will probably go back to over and over again in their lives. They will be able to share stories of God's faithfulness to your family with their families someday.

I just know that this will be a time is your lives that your faith and love for the Lord will grow even stronger!! I can already see it!

Praise God!!

Anonymous said...

You are a wonderful example to your girls. I pray all goes well for you but regardless of houses selling or whatever the strength of your family will be enough. I admire your faith and patience so much xxx