January 14, 2008

Savoring the Weekend

Many, O LORD my God,
are the wonders you have done.
The things you planned for us
no one can recount to you;
were I to speak and tell of them,
they would be too many to declare.
~Psalm 40:5

It's been quite a while since I posted in this category...so I thought I'd give it a whirl.

What a delicious weekend it was! I found myself with almost an entire Saturday to myself! I piddled with cleaning, went out to do a show for my part-time job, got Chinese take-out, and devoured this book. I adore a good read.

Yesterday morning, I made sure I had time to watch this anointed preacher. Boy, can he ever "get his Jesus on"! We went to Sunday School, then I took CJ & a friend of hers to see this game. We had a fantastic time, EXCEPT the drive home was a little treacherous because I was faced with the three things I hate most about driving: traffic, nighttime, and rain. I literally prayed my way through it, and was so grateful that God kept a hedge of protection around our vehicle.

After I got CJ to bed, I had time to watch this before R got home. (He says I assumed he wouldn't watch...but I know I was right).

All in all, it was close to a perfect weekend. But God didn't stop there. He gave me an on-time Word this morning (Psalm 40, 1 Thess. 5, and Romans 12:12). Oh, how I needed to hear it!

R is soon departing for a mission trip to Gulfport, and I've been more than a little concerned about the financial aspect of it. The cost of the trip, and making sure R's tools are in good working order, the unpaid vacation, and a few unexpected bills have made me a little nervous. God reminded me this morning to be patient with Him. As I fell on my knees in praise, I was overcome by how good He is. I knew I could praise Him no matter what my circumstances look like, and that's exactly what I did. Can I just tell you that by lunchtime, He delivered...and I was absolutely the most blown away I have ever been by Him.

I'm not preaching a Name It, Claim It theology. To be honest, He and I didn't discuss the trip this morning. I have never specifically asked Him to provide the resources. I knew, without a doubt, that He called R to go and I figured that if He called, He would walk us through it. That's where I was wrong. I was seeking guidance, not deliverance.

You see, I was expecting Him to guide us through. I've been thinking hard to see just how we could make it work, and I was asking Him to help me find the answer. But I realize that if He had done this any other way, I might have been tempted to think I'd been smart enough to figure it out on my own. Self-confidence is folly that I'm quite prone to indulge in. I'm glad He gave me no choice but to bless His Name on this one!

God is so good...


Janelle said...


I am referring your blog to a friend of mine. I think she will enjoy reading your journey with Christ as much as I do. You really are a breath of fresh air.

Thank you for always sharing from your heart in a way that makes others feel so comfortable.

Keep it up, sister!

Glad you had a wonderful weekend.

Tiffany said...

Thank you for the scripture this morning, I needed it too! (SMILES!) Blessings to you!

Alana said...

Yay for a blissful weekend! Thanks for sharing that. I am in a similar position right now so I appreciate your testimony on this!

Vicki Courtney said...

awesome blog, melissa! thanks for stopping by and I would love to meet you at an event someday!

Deidre said...

I LOVE Nicholas Sparks and that book was my particular favorite. I buy his books the day they come out and read them in a day. Love them!

You are so sweet. Thank you for sharing your walk with the Lord with me :)

Chris @ Come to the Table said...

What a wonderful gift of time you were given. I am not jealous..really I am not. :)

"self-confidence is folly" oh, how I need to keep that before me right now.