Today I am celebrating one full year without a working vehicle, because one year ago today the inspection/registration ran out on my car, and I refused to have it pass inspection by illegal means, still knowing I could not afford to have it repaired enough to pass legally. That same car still sits in my driveway, still starts up and moves about the property just fine — but still needs work done to get it to pass inspection and be “legal” here in Texas. People have been over to look at it, but no one has bought it. My husband and I are amazed at how very few of our items for sale have actually been purchased, all of which we have had to let go at obscenely low prices. I don’t know if times are really THAT hard, or if people’s hearts are just THAT cold, taking advantage of our need. Regardless, I know that you will provide for us, Lord God, in your perfect timing and in your perfect way. I still trust you completely. And today I am rejoicing, celebrating an entire year without depending on a car — a full year of walking to the grocery store and carrying back everything we need! What an awesome, if tiny, testament to your sustaining power, Lord! Truly there are many ways you have graciously prepared me for the nomadic, homeless life that seems to be inevitably coming for us SOON! Thank you for faithfully preparing me in so many ways, my Shepherd. 😀
Romans 12:2-8 ERV
Don’t change yourselves to be like the people of this world, but let God change you inside with a new way of thinking. Then you will be able to understand and accept what God wants for you. You will be able to know what is good and pleasing to him and what is perfect.
God has given me a special gift, and that is why I have something to say to each one of you. Don’t think that you are better than you really are. You must see yourself just as you are. Decide what you are by the faith God has given each of us.
Each one of us has one body, and that body has many parts. These parts don’t all do the same thing.
In the same way, we are many people, but in Christ we are all one body. We are the parts of that body, and each part belongs to all the others.
We all have different gifts. Each gift came because of the grace God gave us. Whoever has the gift of prophecy should use that gift in a way that fits the kind of faith they have.
Whoever has the gift of serving should serve. Whoever has the gift of teaching should teach.
Whoever has the gift of comforting others should do that. Whoever has the gift of giving to help others should give generously. Whoever has the gift of leading should work hard at it. Whoever has the gift of showing kindness to others should do it gladly.
Lord, it is truly difficult to see myself clearly, as I’m sure it must be for everyone. We humans have such narrow vision! One moment, I feel like I have much to offer your people, through the miraculous faith that you have given me. Another moment, it seems to me that my faith is worthless, because it does not feed my family. One moment I might feel like I am your kicking post, unloved by you as seemingly evidenced by the amazing amount of abuse, torture, and shame I have had to endure. Thankfully, I live most of my moments in peace, with an assurance that I am loved by you and guided by you, for I constantly look to you for my sustenance and direction. While it seems a small thing and unworthy of any reward, yet I believe your Word that it guarantees me your protection and provision. Thank you, my awesome eternal Husband! 😀