Monday, January 5, 2009

Lesson in Faith

As you may know, we have a grandson who was born to our middle child when she was just 16. The father of our grandson chose to not be a part of the pregnancy, then reappeared just before the birth of Jalen. He was around a few weeks after that, then dropped all contact. Amazingly enough, a couple of months after hearing nothing at all, our daughter was served papers which stated she was being sued for joint custody.

We have never had any situations in the past requiring a lawyer, and had no idea who would be a good lawyer for a case such as this one. My sister had been talking to someone she worked with who had been through a similar situation and recommended her lawyer to us, so I called and got the appointment made. It was for 2 weeks out. On the day of the appointment, just as we were getting ready to leave, we got a call from that lawyer's office saying we could not keep that appointment because the dad of our grandson had already made contact with them and had paid the retainer fee so we would have to find another lawyer.

I remember feeling just overwhelmed with devastation.My sister's friend had said this lawyer was good at getting his clients everything they wanted and that is just what we wanted. I actually started crying on the phone and was telling her this was all new to us and we just didn't know who we needed to find for a lawyer and that this one had been recommended to us, and I was just at a loss as to how to find someone else that would be good. And then, in a whispery voice, the receptionist of that law office said to me, "Mom to mom, call ______ office". I said thank you and hung up and called the office she recommended.

They were able to get us in the very next day and we paid the retainer fee and got the process started. During the next several months, we were stunned at all the good feedback we started hearing about this lawyer. One person told us that the DFS workers all know this lawyer well and know that when he is put on a case the saying from the opposing side is always, "Well, we have lost this case." Then we heard from someone else that he is the most expensive lawyer in our area but he gets the job done.

Slowly, but surely, I started to realize that God had shut the door in our face to the other lawyer for a reason - he had someone better for us - and he used the opposing lawyer's receptionist to point us in the way God wanted us to go. Isn't that just amazing?! And isn't that so like the God we serve?

If we can just learn to trust that God truly is in control and that no matter how bleak the picture may be, He has a plan for us and we just need to rest in that and follow Him.

Next Monday, I will share more of what God has done in this situation and another story that will hopefully build your faith!


Saturday, January 3, 2009

Already Behind

Well, the new year is here and I am already behind. But that's okay - it will get better.

Just after I published my last post on here, I got the news from my husband that he was losing his job. Somehow that news didn't rock my world as much as I thought it would. Maybe I was in shock, but then I realized that what was holding me steady in the face of such news was my faith.

Many times we wonder, "How much faith do I really have"? My husband has taught that faith is one of those things we measure by what we have been through before. Whatever we go through and come out on the other side of successfully we can say, "I have that much faith".

In the Word we read that faith comes by hearing and I know that my faith has been encouraged many times by the stories I have read of people such as George Mueller and others who have faced great obstacles, but their faith held them steady and God met their needs. As I thought on that, I realized that I too had stories to share of my faith that could possibly encourage others who were struggling with their faith walk and in doing so I could remind myself of all God had seen us through in the past and encourage myself as we face this new challenge of finding Tom another job.

So, starting on Monday, I will begin sharing stories from our lives of situations that looked bleak, but in hindsight we could see God at work, meeting our needs.

And about our current situation, well we are encouraged by our faith and how God has met our needs in the past so for the most part we are at peace as we search for a new job. Tom has been putting in applications with various companies and with much prayer we feel like we are starting to see a direction God may be leading, but we are still waiting on Him to open the door. We know God has a plan and we are excited to see where He will lead us next!