It’s Much Easier to Remember the Hard Stuff- Breathe-Ministry

It’s Much Easier to Remember the Hard Stuff

Sometimes it is very easy to forget the amazing blessings that come in ministry. It’s much easier to remember the hard stuff: pinching pennies, disgruntled people, hurt feelings, personal attacks, and loneliness. 

Early on in ministry

Early on in ministry, when we were as poor as church mice, I was determined to keep an ongoing list of how God provided for us. Although my list taking skills have dwindled over the years, it’s still something I love to remember and reminisce over. 

In Seminary

When my husband was in seminary, we had a brand new baby, and he was working three jobs in addition to full time school in order for us to survive! There were many times our cupboards were bare and our gas tank was empty and someone would randomly bring groceries or discreetly hand us cash. 

Early 2017

One such story happened in early 2017 when our van suddenly died! We knew we needed something fast and we didn’t have much money to spare. Out of the blue, dear friends blessed us with the gift of a van. Talk about being completely blown away by God’s love and provision through the generosity of this couple. I could go on and on with similar stories! 

Even though it’s much easier to remember the hard stuff, never ever doubt God’s provision even when it seems impossible! It may not play out exactly the way we think or expect it should be, but He always provides. And as we continue to be thankful for His provision to us, we can’t forget to also be generous to others. 

“Give, and you will receive. Your gift will return to you in full–pressed down, shaken together to make room for more, running over, and poured into your lap. The amount you give will determine the amount you get back.” ~ Luke 6:38

Stephanie

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