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Family Journal

Provision through panic

Guest | Saturday, January 12, 2013

On occasion, we’re thrilled to host guest bloggers who can offer insight into issues so many of us face each day, whether it’s family or finances, school or stress, heartache or happiness. Today we check in with Becky Gillis as she and her husband, Matt, take on a challenging new financial situation.


It’s a new year. We survived. God provided.

I love everything about September…back-to-school sales, crisp air, the kaleidoscope of colors on the trees and, most of all, school. I have loved the first day of school for 35 years, first as a student and now as a teacher. This year, however, I was filled with unspeakable panic as school approached.

My husband, Matt, was quitting his full time job to become a full time nursing student. The reality of going from two incomes down to one meant no back-to-school shopping (one of my all-time favorite things!), saying no to football games because we didn’t have the entrance fee (much to the dismay of my 8th grade daughter’s highly anticipated social life), and anxiety about our three girls’ fall birthdays. I can smile now as I look back and realize how God had all of our needs already taken care of—and a few wants too. Here, from the pages of our family journal, is a glimpse back at God’s provision through my panic:

 

 

I leave you with a note from one of my devotions from the week of Christmas: When we have a larger perspective, we realize that most of our problems are really not significant in the long run—for example, we’ll never remember ten years from now how much it cost to pay the late fee on this month’s mortgage payment. If our problems are more life-consuming and painful (those things like divorce, sick children, cancer), we have all the more reason to recognize that God and his purposes are bigger. (Pastor Chris Hodges’ new book, Fresh Air)

Looking forward to God’s provision in 2013!

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