"TEST ME IN THIS" is what I heard somewhere deep down inside myself. I immediately knew it was God. And I knew what He was telling me. Crazy! His voice came from no where as I was watering the plants. Of course I was probably praying as lately my prayers have been non-stop. Praying without ceasing seems to be pretty easy for me these days.
Some of you may know that our family is going through somewhat of a crisis. I have a hard time calling it a crisis because I feel God all over it. I really can't get into details because it encompasses so much. But part of the issue is financial. This spring has proved to be a difficult one, with Brads time being cut back at work. But I praise God he has work! Every spring it gets tight financially, but this spring is unlike anything we have seen since he has worked at the refinery.
We've been praying to become debt free...hard to do when it's difficult to pay the mortgage! But still God tells us to Trust in HIM. At the same time our finances appear to be shrinking, the Holy Spirit has directed both Brad and Brad Jr. to go to Honduras on a 10 day mission trip to the people there(New Blog under construction-Mission Honduras!). As soon as the commitment was made, the money dried up! TESTING TIME!
Our first impulse is to withhold from Him to pay the mortgage. After all, God wants us to pay our bills, right? Forgive us Lord for being so stupid. Really there is no other way to explain it! Our first commitment is to Him! Clearly He is telling us..."Bring the whole tithe into the storehouse, that there may be food in my house. Test me in this,...and see if I will not throw open the floodgates of heaven and pour out so much blessing that you will not have room enough for it."...More coming....