Saturday, November 6, 2010

Focus

Yesterday was a day of searching.  As I sat down to try and work out some figures and budget the could be's, should be's and maybe's for our upcoming move and study, doubt began to encroach.  Will the funds made from our home be enough to cover the course costs, are we able to access Centrelink benefits to help us out, with the cost of the courses rising would Don still be able to complete both his engineering and flight components?  So many questions.  As I began to delve into a world of numbers and unanswered questions things began to look a little more grim.  As the course costs have risen quite considerably, I broke the news to Don that we may not be able to do both streams, but I was tormented in my spirit because we know in our hearts he is meant to do both. 

Wait a minute where do torment, insecurity, doubt and unbelief come from?  Yeah you know where!  Not from God hey!

So as Don wrapped his arms about me and prayed, we gave it all back to God and prayed that his grace would be enough and that he look after it all, it is too hard for us.  How do you plan for a course of action when you don't know how long you're going to be there, how much money you're going to need, where you're going to live and whether your house will sell in time to make it all work anyhow?  Do you really want  Don to do both courses Lord, we are unsure?

As we let it all go and rested back in the arms of Jesus, I quickly checked email before heading out the door and saw that we had received an email from the engineer manager at ACMA, the place where Don is to study.  In this email he went on to tell us that although MAF does encourage it's members only to do one or the other, both would be a great asset on the field and is something that may be used more in the future.  He encouraged us by telling Don how much they would love to have his skill at work down there while he studies and gave a brief course of direction for completing the course because of Don's previous experience.

You have to understand that this email was a gift from God.

God answered our concerns as we voiced then to him, even before we voiced them.  We know now without a doubt that Don must do both the engineering and flight components and we just have to trust that he will provided the funds needed for us to do it. 

I'm so glad that he holds the big picture in his hands, I would make such a mess of things if I painted the picture just by looking at the piece I hold in my hands.  It is so easy to get distracted by all of the things laying before us if I focus on them too much.  I know that things like working out the finances have to be done, but they must not overcome me.  When it all becomes too much I have to remember to back off and send it heavenwards. 


So don't worry about these things, saying, 'What will we eat?  What will we drink?  What will we wear?'  These things dominate the thoughts of unbelievers, but your heavenly Father already knows all your needs.  Seek the Kingdom of God above all else, and live righteously, and he will give you everything that you need. 
"So don't worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will bring it's own worries.  Today's trouble is enough for today.
(Matthew 6 : 31-34)

8 comments:

Belle said...

Cool Bananas! Its funny the way God works. Your bible verse you put up in Matt 6 was perfect for me today too!! God is using you guys already! I think I've sent this quote to you before but I love it : 'Do not pray for easy lives. Pray to be stronger men. Do not pray for tasks equal to your powers. Pray for powers equal to your task.'

Nicole said...

Praise God Belle! Even through our weakness he is glorified. Absolutley love the quote. I am going to put it on a plaque somewhere I think.

Love Nicole

Ian and Danni said...

You know that bible verse is also perfect for me today and I was about to write that when I saw the comment above!

What exciting God filled adventures you have ahead of you.....

Nicole said...

Too cool Danni, isn't God's word awesome in that it speaks to so many at the one instant. Too awesome for words.

Deedeo said...

What a Mighty God we serve!!! Nicole & Don, He has made a way for you and He will keep making that way, although you will get tossed around by the enemy, He is there before you and hold you firm to His promise.
It is a sad how that 'Modern Money & Possessions' can hinder us in areas of Christian life. It holds us down and hinders. Years ago when God spoke, there was little to leave behind and no financial accounting was done, yet to make sure the heart was accountable to God and carried out accordingly to His will. This is a lesson for all of us, as we do accumulate "Things" that take up time and space that we will take our focus from God and His plan in our life.

Nicole said...

Too true J. We do accumulate far too much and we have learned in recent years to live without much less. It is wonderful to have so many wonderful gadgets to help us day in day out but when you move around so frequently as we seem too, it is not at all practical to have them all. Unfortunatley though we still seem to have to have money to live day to day, especially with a family, and God knows that too. So we will just trust in Him to provide what we need when we need it and try not to think too far ahead. Thankyou for your encouragement.

Stephanie Williams said...

I'm so excited to hear God calling you guys in this new direction. I'll be following along and praying with you as you watch Him guide and direct your steps!
May your faith double daily and your trust multiply exponentially moment by moment. Press in deep! It's gonna be great! ~ SW

Nicole said...

Hi Stephanie,
Thanks for popping by. May God bless you for your prayers and encouragement. It is all very exciting! I am so encouraged by the work you are doing for Jesus. The love you show the women you help, is unbelieveable, as a huge gift to them. Let us all give him the glory!

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