The importance of trusting God

by Lisa on August 8, 2010

Below is an excerpt from the letter I sent our new pastor. He was asking church members to share their stories of faith with him. Ultimately, we were asked to share our story with the church congregation. Today is the morning we are telling this story….

Proverbs 3:5-6 (New International Version)

5 Trust in the LORD with all your heart
and lean not on your own understanding;

6 in all your ways acknowledge him,
and he will make your paths straight.

Just as the article in Reader’s Digest suggested, we had a 2 year period of job uncertainty. (FYI, we were featured in an article in the May 2010 issue of Reader’s Digest.)  The article, however, did not discuss how we were relying on God during this time to meet our needs and lead us through it all.   Two years ago, Chris left a good job (in many people’s eyes) for a time of uncertainty.  We knew the Lord was leading him to resign his position.  He was working in a hostile work environment, working under an ungodly man who expected Chris to push aside his morals and ethics.  There was a true feeling of oppression in that work environment.  Chris was miserable.  After much prayer, he resigned.  This led us on a path of 2 years of what some would consider hardship and difficulties.  However, we knew, through it all, God was in control and that we were doing what He was leading us to do.  We continued to trust in God to provide for us and to lead Chris to a new job.  We had peace throughout knowing Chris was making the right decision.

Whenever we started to think the savings was depleted and times could really get tough – a check arrived, a temporary consulting job would become available, an opportunity for me to work some hours and earn some extra money would present itself.  We NEVER did without.  We were NEVER at risk of losing our home, going hungry. Not at all.

Eventually he was led to, what seemed to be, a great full time position.  The job was 2 hours from our home.  He started living in Dallas, while we remained in Tyler, TX.  We put our house on the market and THAT WEEK the real estate market CRASHED.  So, he worked in Dallas, we stayed in Tyler, praying for God to sell our home.  Nothing happened with our home.  During this time, our marriage became extremely strained.  It was the stress of Chris living in Dallas, away from the family.  We weren’t attending church together, regularly.  Satan was starting to attack.  Also, during this time, I had a cancer scare – and thankfully the biopsy came back benign. We knew something had to change.  We began praying that God do whatever it took for us to be together again, as a family.  We needed to be together, as a family, able to work on our marriage and attend church together.    Well, we thought that would mean our house would sell and we would move, as a family, to Dallas. NO, that meant Chris was laid off, unexpectedly.  We found ourselves back together, in Tyler, but Chris out of work.  It was an answer to our prayers. Those closest to us understood, God was continuing to take care of us.  We were now back together and waiting for God to lead Chris to the next opportunity.  What should have been an extremely stressful time, was not.  We had a peace and continued to trust in the Lord for whatever would happen next.

We told everyone our mantra was “We are trusting and waiting on the Lord.”  And that is what we were doing.  Chris was actively seeking out job opportunities.  He was hired for a great consulting job that lasted for two months, providing income.  Then, just as that job was coming to an end, a job in Chicago became available.  We were grateful for the job, knowing God was leading Chris in this direction.  However, what do we do?  Eventually, we felt God leading Chris to move Grace and I with him to the Chicago area, even though we knew the job in Chicago would probably be temporary.  God provided us with a small rent house- we had just enough money to live in Illinois and keep the house in Texas.

Three months later, we found the Chicago job was ending.   We packed to head back to Texas – again- not knowing what would happen next.  The day we drove back to Texas, Chris had an interview in Saint Louis.   By the time we left Saint Louis, we knew he was getting the job of a lifetime and again, felt beyond blessed and grateful that such a loving God was caring for us.  As we drove back to Texas, knowing we would be closing our house, leaving all our family in Texas, leaving our beloved church home and church family, preparing to sell it and move permanently to Saint Louis, we were overcome with thanks.  We were humbled – why would God be so good to us?  We are so unworthy.  We felt so blessed that through the past 2 years, He had continued to provide for us, care for us, strengthen us.  We were overwhelmed.  My dad just laughed.  When I called him, from the road, to say, “Hey, we are on our way back to Texas and, by the way, Chris got the job in Saint Louis!”  My dad laughed with joy over, once again, the work he was seeing God do in our lives.  He later told me his faith had be strengthened by watching how God had care for us through the two year process.

So, we put our house on the market – 3 days later we had a contract on our home for the EXACT amount we hoped to make on the sale.  YES, God was continuing to show us  He was in control and we were in His will.  Then He led Chris to bring us to our current church.  We visited NO OTHER churches.  Chris had a strong feeling we were to visit this one church, first.  Well, that was it.  We know we have found our new church family –  the final confirmation of God’s leading us to our knew home.
When Chris first resigned his job, over 2 years ago, my mother gave us a plaque. It is a quote from Martin Luther King, Jr.  It went along with our verse, trusting in the Lord, leaning on God, acknowledging Him, and having faith he will direct our path.  The quote is ,

” Faith is taking the first step even when you don’t see the whole staircase.”

We had no idea where our steps would lead when Chris followed God’s will and resigned his job.  We had faith God would lead us and direct us; He would provide for us as long as we put our faith and trust in Him and put Him first in our home, and our marriage.

{ 15 comments… read them below or add one }

Vera Yoder August 8, 2010 at 12:35 pm

That is AWESOME!!! Isn’t God just SO good to us!! He will always keep His promises, if we only trust Him and follow His leading! Thank you for sharing!

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Carolyn Mom August 8, 2010 at 3:17 pm

God is faithful when we believe what He says He will do and when we are obedient. Nothing is impossibe with God. This is a wonderful story and we are so proud of all three of you.

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Lisa August 8, 2010 at 5:17 pm

Thanks mom!

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Brook August 8, 2010 at 6:45 pm

What a wonderful recounting of your faith in God to provide and His faithfulness exhibited in and through you. Thank you so much for sharing!

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Ruth Hill August 8, 2010 at 8:28 pm

I want to thank you for sharing this. I left Dallas with my daughter last summer. I left a good-paying job, and I came back home to live my parents. I was interviewed for 6 jobs, and I got none of them. And I am so glad. Because I am much happier doing what I am doing than I would have been in any of those jobs. Nothing permanent now, but God has blessed. I know God wanted us here, and as hard as it has been, we are right where God wants us. Thanks!

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renee August 8, 2010 at 8:43 pm

Amazing Testimony.
God bless

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Sharon August 8, 2010 at 10:27 pm

What a TESTIMONY! Amen, God is SO GOOD… (I bet people were crying in church today, huh? I know I would have been!)

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Beth August 9, 2010 at 7:10 pm

Thanks for sharing this testimony, Lisa. You are a great role model. Thanks too for sponsoring TMTT. Have a great week!
Beth

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Lisa August 9, 2010 at 8:49 pm

Thank you Beth. Those are sweet words. I sure don’t feel like a role model. I am just so humbled with what God has done for my family and want to tell others about it.

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Inspired2cook August 10, 2010 at 11:09 am

We have been on a similar journey (without the cross-country moves). It’s been a difficult 5 years but we are confident of God’s hand in our lives as my husband & I continue to trust in His leading. We have remained steady to tithing to our church and supporting several kids through Africa New Life Ministries even though my husband’s income has been reduced by about half of what he used to make. Also, we are in the midst of finishing a cd project of our original music that we have dedicated to God and, therefore, will be giving any and all money it makes to ministries we are connected with. Since doing this, we have encountered our share of spiritual attack. You should see the list of financial hits we’ve taken in the last 6 months or so since dedicating this music project totally to God’s kingdom…it’s almost funny. We are truly in a battle right now, but confident that God will give us what we need to get through it. There’s a lot more to our story but, in a nutshell, we’ve seen God’s covering over our family.

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Lisa August 10, 2010 at 1:54 pm

Thank you for sharing your journey. I know it is so hard. I pray your music project will be a success and God glorified through it all. Stay strong. He is with you. What a testimony you have. Thank you, again, for sharing.

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John August 10, 2010 at 8:48 pm

Lisa,
I am humbled and honored to have been able to watch you and Chris over the last several years. What dear friends and coworkers in the church! I am currently preaching through Philippians on Sunday mornings. While the apostle Paul and I don’t have much in common, we do share a similar sentiment. He expressed it in Philippians 1:3 and 7, and I could never express any better how I feel about your family: “Every time I think of you, I give thanks to my God. . . So it is right that I should feel as I do about all of you, for you have a special place in my heart.”

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Lisa August 10, 2010 at 10:40 pm

Wow, John. Thank you for such awesome words. You know we love you and the family, too!

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Wonde August 12, 2012 at 10:02 am

God bless you for sharing the miracle that God did in your life. I am also in great trouble by now and I have learnt from you to trust in God.

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mr. kimeo cranny April 30, 2013 at 5:17 pm

your story has really increased my faith/trust in our LORD/SAVIOR JESUS THE CHRIST. thank you. may the LORD CONTINUE TO LEAD/GUIDE IN ALL TRUTH.

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