Shield of Faith
Deuteronomy 4:9 " Be careful, and watch yourselves closely so that you do not forget the things your eyes have seen or let them fade from your heart as long as you live. Teach them to your children and their children after them."
I remember when raising my children the chaos of Sunday mornings. Telling them, we are going to be late again for church. Trying to get three daughters out the door on time was close to impossible. There was the curling iron, makeup, oh, and the arguments along the way.
Breakfast was usually grabbing whatever you could on your way out the door. Finally, when we were are all in the car, silence would envelop us as we recovered from the chaos of being late.
Although it was tough at times to be faithful in our attendance, we managed each week to give the Lord our praise and worship.
Faith is the backbone of our family, something we lived and breathed. As parents, we tried to use life's ups and downs as opportunities to infuse God's love into their life.
When my oldest daughter was 16, we lost the lease on our chiropractic office. The owner decided to sell the building and gave us two weeks to vacate the premises. My husband dropped to his knees in tears and prayed to the Lord. We honestly did not know what to do or where to turn. It takes months to relocate an office, set up computers, notify patients.
We came home that fateful day distressed and knew we needed to let the kids know what was going on. We brought them all into our bedroom and told them the situation. We prayed as a family for God to intervene. Our faith sprung into action, and we were ready to fight the spiritual battle.
I contacted the owner of the building; I told him my husband was a good man, how his first reaction was to pray for you. He even asked God to bless you. His crusty exterior softened; he gave us six weeks to vacate the building, just enough time for us to gather ourselves together and form a plan.
Genesis 50:20 "You intended to harm me, but God intended it for good to accomplish what is now being done."
Had we not been forced to relocate, we would have kept the lease going on our office until we retired. There were many downsides to the office. It was far from our home; the area was starting to become run down. Not to mention leasing leaves you with zero equity in the end.
We ended up purchasing an office condo two miles from our home. It is a beautiful office, brand new construction, great location.
In the end, it was a blessing in disguise. God wanted all along to bless us.
We were pushed up against a wall with no way to turn, and the Lord opened a door.
I will never forget the good things the Lord has done in my life. I will sing his praises.
Our testimony of Christ is where we have been, where He has taken us, and we will not forget. We will tell our children's children.