God always provides. I tell this to my Bible study ladies every single week. Sometimes, it’s hard to see. Often we ask, “God I could really use (fill in the blank). Could you open a way to allow me to have/do that?” When the response feels like, “You’re getting a double helping of NOT (fill in the blank),” it can be a tough reality to live. But even as a seasoned Christian, I’m still amazed at how He provides, even the seemingly small things.
For those who know me personally, you know I’m writing a book. To this girl who loves English and writing, who loves to teach and has to a lot to say, it’s a dream come true to finally follow my calling.
However, because of my writing style, I tend to edit as I go. This is a nightmare. Attempting to complete a full paragraph much less an entire chapter is a giant migraine because I get so focused on crafting that perfect sentence the first time around instead of letting the editing process take place down the line. Yes, I lean towards perfectionism.
On the other hand, give me a group of people to talk to, and I’ll talk your ear off, unedited. I love to share my story, and I tend to get so animated and excited that it just rolls off the tongue.
The topic of this painful process came up last Monday when I was speaking to a couple of my girlfriends at Bible study and again on Tuesday when I was on the phone with Emily. The advice given to me was simple: You need a dictation program!
Easy enough….except that dictation programs cost money, and this girl is headed to the “She Speaks” conference in just two weeks! So while I politely accepted their advice, and thought about what brilliant advice it was, I tucked it into the one-day-my-dream-will-come-true file.
NOW, here is where I get so excited because this dilemma gave me the opportunity to see my current Bible study in action. We’re doing a study on the names of Jesus by Kay Arthur, and God became Jehovah-jireh to me (The God Who Will Provide).
On Saturday, I popped onto my Facebook and posted about me attempting to write a chapter. A friend from high school who I haven’t seen or talked to in years, messaged me and asked me if I was using a dictation program or a Mac. (I have neither.) I told him I didn’t but that I was interested in knowing about dictation programs. He then offered to set me up with his software so that it would be easier for me to write! ARE YOU KIDDING ME?!?!
Listen…he had no idea about the conversation. None. When I got the message, all I could do was praise Jesus that He provides and provides as He sees the need. Could I write a book without dictation? Yes. Would it be much easier for this talker to do that with dictation software? Uhhh….YES!
Our God is ready to provide for you! All you need to do is ask. As He provides, praise Him for the answered prayer, whether it was the provision you desired or the provision He felt you needed.
How about it, community? Tell the people sitting on the Iron Porch today what you’re asking God to provide and how we can pray for you!