As much I would like for life to be smooth sailing and full of blessings I know that is not to be. You see, life is intended to be a blessing and a challenge. There are many times when I am in the challenging mode I want to cry out and say "why, why, why?" Honestly, I know the answer. It is necessary for us to cling to Him and to live out our lives in faith and hope.
If life is always perfect can you live out 1 Thessalonians 5:18? It says "in everything give thanks." As hard as it might be that means in the good, bad and even the seasons of ugly. I have also been thinking about Philippians 4:13. "I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me." It doesn't say I can do all things myself, but through Christ. It can be easy to drift from clinging to Him in seasons of blessings.
My panic is starting to settle down and my prayers are changing from, well honestly, from begging to submission. Our immediate concern at the moment is our septic. There will be a septic inspection on Monday. Our prayer is that instead of replacement it can be repaired. We are praying that it can all be done for $5000 or less. Even though that is what we feel we need to have happen, due to financial reasons, we are placing our hope and faith in the Lord. I couldn't fall asleep last night and I spent quite a bit of time in prayer. I felt at peace when I fell asleep and I still do this morning. God is faithful and there are many times I have seen Him meet our needs when I didn't think it was possible. I am trusting Him that no matter what the outcome is that He will meet our needs and see us through.
Time and prayer has helped me to see that God is using the trials and tribulations to grow my faith. Philippians 4:7 tells of a peace, "which passeth all understanding." I am feeling that peace and I am grateful.
Thank you all again for your prayers and support!