Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Who Will Provide for You?

Who Is God?
Jehovah Jireh—The Lord Will Provide

And God is able to make all grace abound to you, so that in all things at all times, having all that you need, you will abound in every good work. 2 Corinthians 9:8

With Thanksgiving just around the corner, here's one life-changing way God provided for me that I am exceedingly thankful for…

19 years ago, I moved back to my hometown. At the time, I really wanted to get to know God—Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. I had been praying to this God on some level all my life. I knew about Him, but I didn’t know Him. I wanted that personal connection I saw others had.

My prayer was that I would meet another mom who was like me. Someone who would be willing to talk with me and walk with me on a journey of faith. I wanted to learn more about the Bible, God’s Word, as I hadn’t really grown up with the Bible stories some people seemed to know. I hadn’t gone to Sunday School or Vacation Bible School. Some scriptures were familiar to me. I had heard them all of my life in church. But now I wanted to go deeper.

Within a couple of years, I found that friend who was willing to join me on the journey. First, I met Cindy at the bus stop. She was friendly and reached out to me immediately. We chatted as I sent my firstborn, just four years old, off on that September morning on the big rumbling yellow school bus all the way across town. I felt a little spark throughout that year, wondering, “Could she be the one?” Then when I saw Cindy at my first Vacation Bible School, bible in hand, I thought again, “Maybe Cindy is the friend I’ve been praying and looking for.”

Within a month, we were stationed back at our school bus stop. We had both heard a radio show on Focus on the Family (www.FocusOnTheFamily.com). A woman named Fern Nichols was speaking about her desire to join another mom to pray for her sons as they entered middle school. With all the temptation that they would face, she wanted to protect and support her kids with the power of prayer, believing that “Wherever two or more are gathered, there am I in their midst.” (Matthew 18:20) As God so often does, He answered that prayer of Fern’s exceedingly and abundantly beyond what Fern had imagined. Now she was on national radio sharing her ministry, Moms In Touch International (www.MomsInTouch.org). Fern’s little group of moms had spread to groups gathering to pray for their kids and schools all over the country. Soon this national movement would even go global.

Cindy and I had both heard the radio broadcast and shared our excitement. We were eager to start praying for our kids and their schools as soon as possible. We started our little Moms In Touch (MITI) group. And our group eventually grew to many, with over 10 groups meeting for an hour a week in homes across our town.

Little did I know that Moms In Touch would be God’s provision for getting to know Him better. Through MITI, I’ve grown in faith, in my personal relationship with God, my understanding and knowledge of the Bible, and my fellowship with many women who have become some of my dearest friends.

For 19 years now I have met weekly during the school year to pray for my kids and schools in Moms In Touch groups. We begin our time together Praising God for who He is, not what He has done for us. We choose a name, character, or attribute of God, i.e., God is Good, God is Faithful, God is Able, etc. This has been the key to getting to know God better.

So this week, as we meet in our Moms In Touch group, we’re praising God for being Our Provider, or Jehovah Jireh—The One Who Provides. This is “from the root word, ‘to see,’ God would foresee our need of redemption. The name tells us God is willing and able to meet every need of His people.” We’ll share the scriptures that speak of God as Provider and praise Him in prayer. (Genesis 22:8, 13-14, Acts 14:17, Romans 8:32, 2 Corinthians 9:8, Philippians 4:19, and 1 Timothy 6:17) *

As I think about Thanksgiving Day, I am thankful to God for many, many blessings. I am thankful that I met Cindy at the bus stop so long ago. I am thankful for the ministry of Moms In Touch, which has taught me so much about Who God is. He is my Provider.

What’s Your Story?
What are you most thankful for in celebration of Thanksgiving on Thursday? How has God provided for you? Do you have a favorite attribute or characteristic of God? How has He shown you Who He Is?

* If you want to know more, visit www.MomsInTouch.org. You will find plenty of helpful information, including whether or not there’s a group in your area praying for your child’s school. The information and scriptures about God as The Lord Who Provides is found in the Moms In Touch International Leader’s Guide and Personal Prayer Time Notebook, Praise Helps, Page 3.3. Lots of other Attributes of God can be found at http://www.momsintouch.org/leaders-corner/prayer-sheets. And if you’d like to ask me about Moms In Touch, please do!

1 comment:

  1. I just passed this on to some of MIT mom friends. I am so thankful for our weekly meetings, the relationship building and the answered prayers over the years.


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