Faith is a funny thing. If you really practice it, it grows. God has been teaching us about faith and it's correlation with provision. Our Father definitely takes care of His kids. When we hear His voice and actually do what He says, provision follows.
You may be asking what do you mean by provision? God promises us that He will supply all our needs again and again. As a side note, I think this promise has way more potential when you're not thinking "money" or material things. However, for this post, I am talking about the basic necessities: food, clothing, shelter, etc. Am I saying God is going to bless us so much that we're millionaires? Well, He definitely can, but that's not usually the case.
We have started to see God's provision in unlikely ways. In my last post, I (Josh) told the story of us praying for an RV and it being delivered to our driveway. Here are a few shorter stories of what God has been doing in our lives this summer:
A family inquired about our van months ago. For those of you who don't know, we drive a 10-passenger Ford Transit that we love. We've seen God move vehicles around for His purposes before and He's doing it again. This family was looking for a larger van because they are going to do foster care and possibly adoption. Our last van went to a family that had adopted four kids and it's awesome to see God provide in these cases.
I didn't want to be without a vehicle, but Mary and I prayed and talked about it, and we decided to sell the van the week after Labor Day. We know that we are not leaving until September 30th, but we just feel at peace about the decision to sell it early, and the family really needs the vehicle. The same week we made the decision and told the family, we found out that the RV that we will be using for the next 6 months will be in our driveway the day after Labor Day-- along with the awesome family that is letting us use it!!
Here's another couple short ones: 1. We tell our lead pastor we're resigning and our last Sunday will be September 30th--- Someone gives us $500 not even knowing we're leaving! 2. Someone pays for our groceries at the grocery store, and gives us an extra $25! 3. Another person I haven't seen in at least 10 years just happens to be in the Sunday service in which we tell the church we are being sent out-- and he hands me $70. 4. Mary works at The Ember, the church's coffee shop we started, and she gets a $20 tip. Another family gave us $150 when they heard about what we're doing. God is so good!.....
(Mary here!) We are so beyond excited to see how God is going to come through for our family. When I tell people that we are going to be moving into an RV and traveling around sharing the love of Jesus, they often inquire about money. Makes sense; we can't live for very long in this country without thinking about money. But, I really, really believe that God is wanting to show up and show off in this area of our lives. He has so clearly asked us to step out into the great unknown and trust Him. However, He has not so clearly told us what to do. Right now we know where we are supposed to be in Oct and then in Feb---there are 4 MONTHS in between that we do not yet know where we will be or what exactly we will be doing. But, that's the exciting part!
We have been longing to be close to our Father God and be lead by Holy Spirit. Now, God is saying it's time to really dive into this thing. It's almost like a mother bird knowing when her chicks are ready to fly and pushing them out of the nest. They don't know anything about what will happen, but their mother knows that there is a way for them to fly. So, she pushes them out.
Here we are; being sent out to do what God has put in front of us to do. He will ALWAYS provide and He has been showing us this over and over and over again this summer. We want to fly wherever Jesus leads us.
We're a family of six living full-time in a skoolie (aka a school bus converted into an RV). We are inviting you to join us as we live life to its fullest and empower others to do the same. Welcome to the family!