As I woke up I peered through the tired slits of my eyes. First thing I saw? My painting of fields of poppies, reminding me of all who have given their lives for our country. I thank God for them. I drift in & out. Roll over, and try to open them again. Next thing I saw? Our Declaration of Independence. I thank God for our freedom, especially my own because the next thing I see when my feet hit the floor is a picture on my nightstand of a girl in Cambodia that I met. She was trafficked. I walk into the living room, regretting having set my alarm on my day off. I sink into my over-sized chair that I so eloquently refer to as "the fat man's chair" (LOL).
My coffee mug from Germany warms my hands and throat, and as I stare at the beautiful village on it, I'm reminded of Jews, Nazis, and now ISIS. Russia and Ukraine. A reminder to keep praying for the kingdom of evil to be brought down and captives set free. A reminder of the reason I pray.
Having woke up with this thankful mentality, I decided to take note of all God has recently done in my life. It's quite a lot and I want to scream it all over that HE is the best provider ever! I literally have a list of things to save for, some needs & some wants. My wants obv always get pushed to the bottom and needs take over my attention and paycheck. However, I've also been learning to pray bigger because I just.......am. So I prayed for a car, my transmission is failing and I just can't see putting a few grand into that car. This news came as a blow, "I will have to get a part time job on top of my full time. I will have to re-budget, see where I can make cuts." Feeling stressed, I prayed. One of my friends was given a car before......which never happens but why can't I pray for one then?
So I did and HE PROVIDED!! The next day my dad called offering to GIVE me a car! SUCH A BLESSING! Among this huge blessing of transportation, my landlords offered to let me borrow their car if need be until I can get another one. (Who DOES that?) In the last 2 months I also received free tickets to see Elton John with 2 friends, free hockey game tickets, free aviators (which have been on my list over 6 months), and free upgraded coffees a few times at Starbucks. Then today my dad calls me and says he has a free computer to give me. HOLY. SMOKES. THAT WAS ON MY LIST TOO! I haven't told ANYONE my list and one by one God is knocking them off. God has been blowing me out of the water! His faithfulness is extreme and unfailing. Even when I forget these things, He continues to remind me. I am learning to pray BIG. So when you're doubting His efficiency in your life, or His presence, pray. Pray BIG. because it really does work.
I pray not to miss even a small drop of honey, the sweet provision He has for me, I'll take every. single. drop.
So He laid it on my heart and mind to start record of these amazing hurls over obstacles, blessings unexpected, and all the drops of milk and honey I find as treasure in my daily life because one day.....quite often actually, when things aren't peachy keen, when everything is stressful and my bills are more than my income.....I need this to be reminded of His faithfulness.
I encourage you to start your own Milk and Honey book. Philippians 4:19 "And My God will meet ALL your needs according to HIS riches in Christ Jesus." So I say this....if Jesus is Royalty and He is pulling from the big ol' pot of blessing God has, you can bank on the truth that it is a promising, never ending, bottomless reservoir of blessings. All you have to do is open your hands and your heart.
May I look back and be amazed