Wednesday, April 8, 2009

Watching Out For Our Toes

Matthew 6:11
"Give us today our daily bread."

For our entire married lives together, we have felt like we've lived right on the edge of the cliff with our toes hanging over. It has made us completely dependent on God, for which we are thankful. Whether it's my numerous health issues or our finances, we've never felt "in the clear."

We don't know how it would feel, so we're not saying that we wish we could feel that way, but we certainly know what it's like to depend on God for sustenance. We've never felt more like that than we do now.

After years of working in the not-for-profit world, sometimes not by design, we're now relying on income from a new business. No one has to tell you that the economy has been tough, and we've struggled. But God constantly reminds us that He's got everything under control.

When we found out that Tammy was sick and was headed for some long-term time away from work and big-time medical expenses, we knew things would get tougher, both emotionally and financially. But through the generosity of many friends and family members, we have managed to stay afloat. Sometimes it's just when things appear darkest that a ray of light shows up. Whether it's anonymous gifts of cash, bags of groceries or the loan of a car, we have been blessed by God through you.

Today, I was talking to Julie on the phone. We were discussing the idea of living on the cliff. I told her that right now it seems like our toes are the only thing on the cliff. Yet, we know that God will provide for us. It's almost exciting to see what method or which person He will use next. As I was talking to her, I noticed an unopened envelope on the table. It didn't have an address on it, which meant that someone just put it in our mailbox. I opened it to find gift cards for a local grocery store totaling $250. I gasped and Julie asked what was wrong. I told her what I found, and she said, "Wow, God's really watching out for our toes!"

We thank you so much for everything you are doing for our family. We talk often about your prayers, and they still are the most important thing you can offer. But the gifts, whether anonymous or not, are appreciated greatly. You are a blessing. We can't thank everyone in person, and can't thank you at all for the anonymous gifts. But God knows how you've blessed us. Your reward awaits you in Heaven. ("Serve wholeheartedly, as if you were serving the Lord, not men, because you know that the Lord will reward everyone for whatever good he does..."--Ephesians 6:7-8)

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