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God’s Provisions, Even In The Little Things

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We all go through seasons in our lives.

Seasons of sunshine, rain, snow storms, change of colors. We can even go through seasons of drought.  When I think of drought, I think of when we are financially broke. Not just having a little bit of money–flat broke with nothing in the bank.

I’ve been there a few times. It’s not fun! My husband’s job doesn’t have a consistent salary each pay period. He works on what is called “flat rate” which is dependent upon jobs that he completes. It’s really hard to plan a budget when you don’t know what his paycheck will look like, and my salary just pays rent.

During the droughts, I tend to read a lot of books that provide tips and advice to get through the tough times. I’ve read some pretty great books that have helped me change my way of thinking.

One book I recently had the opportunity to read before it is put up on the bookstore shelves is More Than Just Making It by Erin Odom from thehumbledhomemaker.com. This book will go on sale September 5, but you can preorder your copy here at morethanjustmakingit.com and receive some great bonuses (see below).

 

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Erin shares her personal story about a time in her family’s life that was a drought. She shares some tips and advice as well, but her writing doesn’t give the feel of a “know-it-all.” Her style of writing makes reading this book easy and refreshing because she’s writing from the deepest part of her heart. She writes as if she’s only writing to you. What made this book so much more personal to me was that her story sounded much like mine back in 2010 which was when the droughts began for my family.

 

Long story short, we lost our house to foreclosure, had to go back to renting, and my husband lost his job. I was working part-time then, so needless to say, we were struggling big time!

 

Now you might be wondering why I chose the title I did about provisions when all I’ve been talking about are droughts.

Dictionary.com lists multiple definitions of the word provisions.

I like the fourth one:  something provided; a measure or other means for meeting a need.

 

As you’ll read in Erin’s book, God’s provisions are for our needs, not our wants. She talks about a time when God provided shampoo.

“If we had never gone through a season of want, I don’t know if I would see something as minor as shampoo as the LORD’s provision.”(p. 138)

 

Have you ever thought about shampoo as being a provision? I hadn’t, but it got me to think about the times when God provided for my family during our droughts. He used multiple ways to give us what we needed including a “secret angel” who left money in a gift box hanging on our door knob.

 

Erin says,

“We can practice spiritual discipline of gratitude as we wash our children’s hair . . . . For gratitude stills discontentment.”

 

It’s important that we take the time to ponder all the ways God has provided, including the smallest of ways possible. We also need to ponder times He has provided in all seasons of life because it allows us to experience gratitude and contentment.

I’ve dog-eared a lot of pages in Erin’s book, especially the pages that refer to God’s provisions. I want to share some insights I gained from this book with you about God’s provisions.

 

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I thought this was something I really needed to remember. I do believe I recognize times God intervenes in my life, but I never thought about it as giving God credit. He deserves all the credit because He is the reason for our provisions. I think a lot of times, people think it was karma or a coincidence, but in reality, it was our Creator.

 

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“If we are not careful, pride can take root in our lives, and we can begin to operate out of the false belief that success is the result of our own merits.” (pg. 137)

 

” God doesn’t promise us a life of health, wealth, and prosperity, but He does promise to provide exactly what we need when we need it.” (pg. 234)

 

That last quote is something that I think people tend to wrestle with. Many people believe that when they have God in their lives, everything is peaches and cream, but that simply is not true. John 16:33 New Living Translation (NLT) says,

I have told you all this so that you may have peace in me. Here on earth you will have many trials and sorrows. But take heart, because I have overcome the world.”

 

So, when you hit a season of drought, remember that

God provides everything

we need just when we need it, even down to the shampoo for our children’s hair.

 

Don’t forget to preorder Erin’s book here before it goes on the bookstore shelves and all the great bonuses as well.

Camp Christmas Bundle

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It’s coming! It’s coming very soon! Christmas. Are you ready? I’ve created a bundle to help you plan a camp over Christmas break with your family. This bundle will be available soon.

There are To-Do Lists, Checklists, Planners, a Calendar, and Ideas to create a Christmas Camp your family will love!

You have everything you need in the Camp Christmas Bundle to start a fun and new tradition for your family at Christmas.

Here’s what you’ll find in the 19 pages included in the bundle to help you plan your camp:

December 2017 Calendar
Blank Calendar
Camp Planner and To Do Sheets
Checklists
12 Gift Tags
Care Package Ideas
Craft Ideas
Activity Ideas
Music Ideas

 

 

Sign up on the waitlist to be contacted for when the bundle is available to purchase.

Just $4.95 for the downloadable bundle.

Coming Wednesday!

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Hey there!

Raising kids is awesome. They can make you laugh. They can make you melt with their cuteness. They can inspire you with their kindness.

But raising kids is also really hard.

Between temper tantrums, the constant noise and mess, teaching them all the life skills they’ll need as adults, and continually wondering whether we’re screwing it all up… well, it can actually be one of the hardest things we’ve ever done.

If you’ve ever had conflicting feelings about parenting, I have something for you:
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  • Find healthy ways to release your frustration
  • Eliminate the “gimmes” and teach them to serve others
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The combined value of the resources in the bundle is over $1,270, but you get EVERYTHING for 98% off! It’s available Wed, Aug. 9th.

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If you want to put more joy back into your parenting, the Parenting Super Bundle is here to do help you do just that.

Worried you won’t know where to start with all the resources in the bundle? Don’t be! Inside the bundle, you’ll find a handy Getting Started Guide so you can find just the right tools for the things you’re dealing with today.

Book Club Study: Fervent

Join me and others as we learn how to fervently pray through our daily battles with the enemy.

Book Club Study Information:

You can sign up here: 

Where: Facebook group (the old 4 The Love of My Heart Group page here). If you are not a member, please request to join.

When: Starts July 1 and ends August 11.

Why: Spiritual Warfare Training—faith strengthened through fervent prayer.

How: Each Sat., I will post the upcoming week’s assignment and workbook pages. There will be two assignments: One due on Monday, and one due on Thurs. Then on Mondays and Thursdays, I will post a question or two from the workbook you will have received on Saturday with the assignment in PDF form. Please feel free to share your thoughts and questions in the group.

This will be at your own pace. The due dates are just to keep the study going, so you can join anytime during that time and take your time as you need.​​

Materials: Fervent book (see link below), workbook you’ll receive on July 1, Bible.

Let me know if you have any questions.

Can’t wait to get started! See you July 1st!​
Michelle

P.S. Let other ladies who might be interested know about this study and have them join.​​

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