Wow! The Lord is so, so faithful to answer the prayers of His people! We all already knew this,but,here is some more encouragement in that glorious knowledge from our family to yours!
Last night, my husband and I were praying together about what God's will would be about me returning to work after a long season of staying at home serving my kids and my husband and my home and finally getting homeschooling running like a clock...well, usually.Lol.(Some background:we have hit a rocky patch financially, and it would be very beneficial to our debt accumulation if one of us either got a job, or a second job. My husbands hours are very funky, by this I mean never set, so it would be very hard for him to find a second job that could ever accomodate that.) My husband and I have been talking about me going back to third shift work at the county's Youth Shelter/Juvenille Hall like I used to do(I stopped working there on my due date day with Josh.) Seeking our Care Group leaders council was something I kind of had to cojole (force? would not be a good word,lol)my husband to do and he was glad that he did afterwards; his council was to pray and also to put the needs of our family high above our financial needs, trusting God to provide.And after that, from what my husband said,that he did not have any problem with me going back to work for a pre-approved set limit of time if we felt that I could handle that and homeschooling, that it would be a lot of work for me, but that God would give us grace to meet the challenge.
Last night as we prayed together, my husband laying with his eyes closed and me praying aloud (he prefers to pray silently, I prefer to pray aloud) my husband said that he was getting a vision, of a black net covering him and he couldn't get out of it~ and a not-so-kind voice was saying to him, "This is the net of the world." We prayed about it's meaning and I was led to start reading first from the book on our bedstand, Pursuing Holiness by Jerry Bridges(excellent book, btw.)This was what I felt led to read:
"Moreover, when God origionally created man, the reason, the emotions, and the will all worked in perfect harmony. Reason led the way in understanding the will og God, the will conscented to God's will, and the emotions delighted in doing it. But with the entrance of sin into a man's soul,these three faculties began to work at cross-purposes to one another and to God"...pg.125)
And, from page 127: "Knowing that Satan attacks us primarily through our desires, we should watch over them diligently and bring the word of God to bear on them constantly."
And finally, from page 139: " Obedience to the revealed word of God is often just as much a step of faith as claiming a promise from God."
Ladies, please join me in praying for my husband that these words, and the scriptures below that God took us through, will speak to his heart and that the words of God will be sharp like a sword cutting through bone and marrow, that God will continue to reveal Himself to Alan and that Alan will respond to that revealing, in faith and obedience. I believe these scriptures and the words from the book were God's revealed words to my husband as I asked Him for a word for him, and this is what all came rushing into my mind. I do believe that God answers prayers like that one faithfully, and that he gives us wisdom we do not understand but He does understand and He alone knows His will for my husbands life, and for my life. Please read on:
And then from the Bible: and Check Out what we read!: The Lord took us through The Psalms, beginning in...
Psalm 10:1 "Why, Oh Lord, do you stand far off? Why do you hide yourself in times of trouble?"(Okay...), then, Psalm 14:1"The fool says in his heart, There is No God... They are corrupt, they do abominable deeds, there is none who does good." Then, Psalm 16:1-2 " Preserve me, O God, for in you I take refuge. I say to the Lord, "You are my Lord;I have no good apart from You." The, Psalm 16:4-11: "The sorrows of those run after another God shall multiply;thier drink offerings of blood I will not pour out or their names take on My lips. The Lord is my chosen portion and cup(Thank You,Lord God, for saving us!!!); You hold my lot. The lines have fallen in pleasant places; indeed;I have a beautiful inheritance. I bless the Lord who gives me council;in the night also my heart instructs me. I have set the Lord always before me; because he is at my right hand, I shall not be shaken. Therefore, my heart is glad!and my whole being rejoices!, my flesh also dwells secure. For you will not abandon my soul to Sheol, or let your holy one see corruption. You make known to me the path of life; in Your presence there is fullness of joy!;at Your right hand are pleasures forevermore." And then, Psalm 18:1-2 " I love you, O Lord, my strength. The Lord is my rock and fortress and my deliverer, my God, my rock, in whom I take refuge, my shield, the horn of my slavation, my stronghold. I call upon the Lord, who is worthy to be praised, and I am saved from my enemies."
The, Psalm 18:31-50, only the first few verses are here."For who is God, but the Lord? And who is a rock, except our God-? The God who equipped me with all strength and made my way blameless. he made my feet like the feet of a deer and set me secure on the heights...." and I read on till verse 50. It was wonderful! I love this Psalm. I am going to post it on my blog soon, I think! And then we read THE final scripture, this is the one that blew our socks off!: Psalm 25:15....
"My eyes are ever toward the Lord, for He will pluck
my feet out of the net." !!!!!!!!!!
WOW! I prayed for a clear answer that neither of us could miss, and He provided it! Clear as day!!
My husband is leaning towards sending me back to work for a season, but the Lord is sovereign and I believe He WILL make His plan known. Whether I go back to work for 6 months or a year, or not, I know that all of these scriptures are TRUE and JUST and are FOR US. Thank You, God! You always answer prayer so faithfully! This is just one of the many, many reasons we have to thank you!