Wednesday, January 16, 2013

unexpected blessing from unexpected places

I am a little tired these days.  Tired but so thankful.  Tired because well, it has been a long haul, and we are still finishing up loose ends.  Or should I say Alvin is.  After all - he is the one doing that kind of work.  We really want the loose ends to be done by January 31st, but time will tell.  There is always more on the go than meets the eye.  lol

Thing is, even in the midst of the loose ends  and in the midst of being a little bit tired - God continues to assure us of HIS hand in all this.  He continues to send people along our way that are blessing us - unexpected blessings - from unexpected places!!  My mouth has dropped open several times lately!

For instance, we (the ministry) got a check sent for the ministry on Friday.  When I opened the mail and saw that, I was so blessed by this couples support of Women Refreshed at the Well.  And then, I went to church on Sunday and was greeted by another friend, who gave me a white envelope which I stuck in my purse.   When I remembered to take it out and look - I was once again totally blessed with another significant donation (same amount as the first one) which again totally knocked my socks off (so to speak!) as again God said - Trust me on this!

Today I came home and Alvin gave me a parcel from Amazon.  I thought it was a book that was on back order, but it was not what I thought.  I looked at these books and thought, "hmmm don't remember ordering these BUT I remember talking to someone about this author" and I checked the slip in the box and saw they were lovingly bought and gifted to our ministry! Again ... God, it was like I just could feel His smile!

Not only that, but we have received emails, and phone calls, and drop in visits (out of the blue, people passing by) asking when we are open for business.  All of this while I continue to shake in my boots! (remember that post?)

God has been speaking to me through verses that I am choosing to memorize.  Actually all of Psalm 139 is on my agenda to memorize in 2013.   But so far, it is the first 4 verses for this month that I am working on.  Yes, it does get much harder as one ages!! lol

Lord, you have searched me
    and you know me.
You know when I sit and when I rise;
    you perceive my thoughts from afar.
You discern my going out and my lying down;
    you are familiar with all my ways.
Before a word is on my tongue
    you know it completely, O Lord.

Psalm 139: 1-4 NIV 

I think these verses are timely - because they are just a great reminder once again, that God knows it all.  He knows all of my thoughts regarding this adventure he has us on.  He knows that sometimes I shake in my boots.  He knows about the ministry and the details ... and he knows about each person who will walk through our doors to find rest, renewal, refreshment and retreat!!  HE KNOWS.

Hope these verses can bring some assurance into your life today too!!  And while we are in the middle of finishing up jobs, and writing guidelines, and furnishing and all of that - it brings great strength to know He is truly in control!

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