Last week we ended with referring to the Proverbs 31 woman remembering, “Strength and dignity are her clothing and she smiles at the future.” In another version it says, “Clothed in strength and dignity, with nothing to fear, she smiles when she thinks about the future.” And the New Living Translation says, “She is clothed with strength and dignity, and she laughs without fear of the future.” (Proverbs 31:25).
What I love to sit still and ponder is that our Source is endless. When we hear so much about how resources are running out, aren’t we able to smile about it because we know His resources never run out? No matter what we need, whether it’s love or comfort, or even when it’s monetary needs, He has an endless supply that He will happily give when it’s in our best interest.
That’s the point, isn’t it? When for some “odd” reason we find ourselves in short supply of what we really need—why do we believe He’s withholding from us what we “need”? All I know for certain is that whatever it is, it IS, it has to be, for our good, for our safety, for our protection—something and in some way that not giving it to us means a greater GOOD for us!
Just today I read a daily journal where someone mentioned still having financial struggles she was sure would clear up once she began tithing. Then I moved onto reading a praise report from one of our ministers who realized her busyness that left her exhausted, was what He had used to keep her from a lot of mess she could have been involved and entangled in. Once He revealed this to our minister, she said, she immediately lost the “weariness” she had felt, even though she was still just as busy.
Personally, I have had struggles understanding why He’d been withholding restoring my health. Yet, more and more, almost daily, I have to admit I am beginning understand and see how it’s meant for my good.
First of all, I see how much my life would be so much different, without so many blessings I’ve experienced due to my poor health. And, in a way that none of us would choose, due to my health, He’s giving me so many almost forgotten desires of my heart. For instance, if I were fully well, there’s no doubt I’d be going, going, going. Yet for the most part, I don’t go out much, and because by nature I’m a homebody, preferring to live quietly and not go out, this is really a lovely blessing.
Amazing too is His timing. When I personally (and our ministry) came under a recent attack, it was at the exact time when He chose to bless me with something I’d dreamed about for so many years! And had it not been for my poorer, but improving health, this longtime, unimaginable blessing would never have happened.
Another desire I’ve had for a very long time, which I can be less discreet about, is not having to travel as much. Without my good health, I’m not traveling (at least not internationally) and so here again is another desire of my heart. Yet, this particular blessing isn’t as much for me as much as it also *spills over to my daughter, Tara. Due to my health, she is whose traveling internationally for me and for our ministry.
I know without a doubt if I had traveled with Tara (or more accurately she with me), the dynamic would have been entirely different. Without me, she has become the spiritually strong younger wise woman that is catching the attention of so many. She has had so many rare and special opportunities to share about RMI and my 14 year restoration, which has resulted in the most precious of fruits, her 😉 Tara says, after she shares about the ministry, she then often is asked and has the opportunity to share her own testimony, that of never dating (never holding hands or even kissing). Something so rare these days— like finding a 10-carat diamond ring just as Proverbs says. And also that she chose not to study the ways of the world, but instead, studying His ways, through His Word. Many ridiculed, mocked and harassed her about this decision—but now they stand in awe at having been giving the reward of experiencing countries and people and life around the world!
Dear bride, what source do you fear is running out or has run out? Is it your health, or finances, or companionships? No matter what, if you take the time to sit with Him often enough, just to talk and listen, snuggle and cuddle, when the subject comes up, immediately your mind will flood with the answers. You’ll begin to realize that He does have an endless supply of everything, which He will happily give you when it’s in your best interest. Often after you wait. And though being without or not having quite enough has you concerned, the truth is, He is withholding whatever it is, to instead, give you and bring about many forgotten desires of your heart. It simply takes asking Him to show you. 🙂
Dear bride, “I thank God for every remembrance of you.”
*spills over. A marvelous spiritual principle is this: When you give, you aren’t the only one blessed. You will discover, as I do almost daily, that those who are close to you also are blessed, the “running over” is spilling over. The closest to you, the more they, too, become drenched with blessings. Luke 6:38 “Give, and it will be given to you. They will pour into your lap a good measure—pressed down, shaken together, and running over. For by your standard of measure it will be measured to you in return.”