The Widow at Zarephath

1 Kings 17:7-16:

This widow could have been selfish.  But she wasn’t.  She believed Elijah and trusted the Lord. It can be hard to trust Jesus.  It is where I am in my life right now learning to trust Jesus in everything.  I find myself unemployed, unable to find a job. I keep praying, looking and applying.  Yet I come up empty. I feel as if I need to make money to contribute to the household; yet God is saying don’t worry just do what I tell you to do.

During this period of unemployment, my family is healing. We were broken for so long.  There are a few little hick-ups. But the damage was done over years.

For the most part, I have been listening and doing what God has been telling me to do.  At first it was all about me, and my family.

A few years back, we crashed and at first I did nothing different. I worked and left all the other stuff to get done however it was squeezed in. This was how we crashed in the first place.

I thought if I just tried harder, I would be successful. We would have enough money to fix things in our house, our marriage, our family. Then I got sick real sick. It took the doctors months to figure out why.  By the time they were done, I was a mess, the housework; the chores were so far behind.  The bills were paid because I sat down and paid them at the first of the month. Groceries were grabbed and meals were often premade.

I had surgery and thought okay let’s just try that old formula, even though I could hear God saying no.  Guess what? You guessed it I got sick three times last year.

Today, I am finally using God’s formula. Things are not where I would like them to be.  But they are improving.  Do I think that someday I will have a regular job?  I don’t know. I just know that I have to trust God; he will lead me along the right path.

This widow could have been selfish.  But she wasn’t.  She believed Elijah and trusted the Lord. It can be hard to trust Jesus.  It is where I am in my life right now learning to trust Jesus in everything.  I find myself unemployed, unable to find a job. I keep praying, looking and applying.  Yet I come up empty. I feel as if I need to make money to contribute to the household; yet God is saying don’t worry just do what I tell you to do.

During this period of unemployment, my family is healing. We were broken for so long.  There are a few little hick-ups. But the damage was done over years.

For the most part, I have been listening and doing what God has been telling me to do.  At first it was all about me, and my family.

A few years back, we crashed and at first I did nothing different. I worked and left all the other stuff to get done however it was squeezed in. This was how we crashed in the first place.

I thought if I just tried harder, I would be successful. We would have enough money to fix things in our house, our marriage, our family. Then I got sick real sick. It took the doctors months to figure out why.  By the time they were done, I was a mess, the housework; the chores were so far behind.  The bills were paid because I sat down and paid them at the first of the month. Groceries were grabbed and meals were often out of a box or the drive through.

I had surgery and thought okay let’s just try that old formula, even though I could hear God saying no.  Guess what? You guessed it I got sick three times last year.

Today, I am finally using God’s formula. Things are not where I would like them to be.  But they are improving.  Do I think that someday I will have a regular job?  I don’t know. I just know that I have to trust God; he will lead me along the right path.

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