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Big time! Let me tell you how. I just got a call from my daughter-in-law. She and my son are miserably sick (probably the yucky bug that’s on the prowl).

"Do you think we can come over so you can watch the baby?"

When my daughter asked that question, my heart just about jumped through my throat with delight. (That’s a symptom of a being first time grandmother). Of course I agreed.
And once I hung up the phone, my mind went to fast mode: re-arranging my plans for the day, mentally preparing food for them, getting all the herbal medications I have to give them. The songs I’d sing to my little bundle of joy. And I even called hubby to bring dinner home…anything they liked.

Crazy isn’t it? I run around like a you-know-what…in expectation of their visit. (FYI, I see them every week…so this isn’t a rare occurrence for us.)

But when I stopped for a moment, a spiritual slap caused me to jerk back. How did I miss it?

If me, human me, with a soul marred by sin, blind in many ways, flawed, insecure, and impaired in many areas is so insanely willing to give all within my power to care for my kids…how much more would the God of the universe, creator of life, the Alpha and the Omega, be willing to meet my needs?

That’s probably a "duh" for most of you, but for me, it had to be through a spiritual slap of my senses. That’s right. I’ve been too hardheaded to really, truly, totally, and absolutely be convinced that almighty God wanted to fill all my needs.

How often have you prayed, asked, and begged, but that sliver of doubt weaves through your thoughts. I have done that. "I surrender it to you, Lord," I’ve said with great zest, but did I really? Or did I take it back and stuff it into the worry box I hide in my heart?

The latter is true. Gulp. I confess.

But from now on, I’ll remember how fanatical I became with joy when preparing for my family’s care. I’ll keep that scene in the forefront of my heart and mind so I’ll never forget the important lesson: God delights in being my provider. In fact, He’s able and longing to be my ever-present help in trouble.

I pray you will be convinced in a more gentle way than I was. In Luke 11:11, He reminds us: "Which of you fathers, if your son asks for a fish, will give him a snake instead? Or if he asks for an egg, will give him a scorpion? If you then, though you are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father in heaven give the Holy Spirit to those who ask him?"

If you’re facing a need, a longing, or are experiencing a dark moment…have you asked Him?

Janet

p.s. I’m working on my free monthly newsletter with inspiration to brighten your day. If you’d like to receive it, just send a blank email to: splash_of_inspiration@getresponse.com

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