God Paid for My Schooling! I remember when I started to study (and pray) and refused to work full-time, because if I did, I wouldn’t have time for this intenstive training with God. He let me know at that time, “Where he guides, he Provides.”
I prayed about where to go to school, checked out a whole bunch of schools, and finally settled on Liberty Univerisity Online.
How I remember the day I signed up (I was so scared!). Here I was, in my 50’s, wondering how I would possibly pay the debt. I did get some grants, but in the end, I had 15,000 in Student Loans.
In spite of my faith, my flesh did scream, “What are you going to do, Laura?”
Just in the nick of time (as usual) God came through for me. I was one month away from having to make payments, and something unexpected happened. Something Good, Something wonderful! He paid my debt.
I have never known How God would provide, but I know he has always provided. He can use any ol’ thing he wants to use! Jobs, Rummage Sales, People who suddenly give us money out of the clear blue sky for no apparent reason. One time, my daughter gambled her last 5.00 in desperation, and God caused her to win enough to pay for her rent.
(Before you roll your eyes over this, remember that Elijah was fed by a Raven (a very unclean bird according to my bible.)
God will equip you for every great work (in Him). I don’t care if it’s your Job, Schooling, Whatever it is he wants you to do, He WILL equip you! You can count on it!
2 Corinthians 9:8 And God is able to make all grace abound toward you, that you, always having all sufficiency in all things, may have an abundance for every good work.http://www.biblegateway.com
I’ve watched him provide for my children with Backpacks, Clothing, anything you can name, God has provided it in various ways.. I’m talking about leading me to a 2.00 backpack when all I had was 2.00, or having someone give me a box of “stuff” and at the bottom of the stuff, was just what I needed for work, or for something else. It’s incredible! And all I had to do was trust him, and stand with him on the promises in his Word!
Yes, he does provide! Not only that, usually in abundance!
Praise his Holy Name! -Laura Grace
I can remember times when doing the right thing was like pulling teeth For me, literally. I hope this is not too candid, but I can remember times I screamed and hollered to the Lord I cannot take this anymore (screaming!!) and telling him how unfair it all was. I told him when I was tempted beyond what I could bear, I cried, yelled, begged, pleaded and said why why why don’t you do something about ________(so and so).
Injustice was a thing that drove me nearly insane, as my soul counted up the cost of doing the right things for years on end, while someone else did what they pleased (and seemed to have no consequence). I was doing it God’s way and I wanted his help. I need him to back me up or I could do it no longer. I finally came to a place I had to say okay, I”ll go without him (my spouse) “Please Father do not let me Go!”
You see, you really can’t do the counselling “co-dependent no more” thing and love your enemies and bless them at the same time.
Can you? I wish I could get across to some people out there (who have never experienced being married to an addict) that many are so slippery about not getting caught, covering their tracks, lying, getting away with stuff (and on and on it goes)
They aren’t BAD enough to get sentenced to treatment sometimes. I did the intervention thing, got him all mad at me, then he stayed one day and ran away from there. Telling people to do tough love ain’t that easy, unless you are willing to be like the good samaritan who paid the whole cost for someone’s healing. Why do I say that? Because: ALL THOSE PROGRAMS you heard about, often do not help. Women who try to get free often get beat up, silenced and they finally stop telling you what is going on. They fear for their lives. Capice?
How many of you out there have just wanted to give up? Be honest! If you’ve loved, forgiven, prayed, turned the other cheek so many times you lost count, isn’t there a time you finally say “Enough already?” Maybe just give up on that person and don’t tell anyone, because if you have to hear one more “love lecture” It will be the end of your rope! What’s the purpose of this message right now? It’s This:
LET THEM GO BEFORE YOU HATE THEM!
If you Shrink back from Jesus because your abuser makes you want to turn on God it’s TIME TO GO………….GET OUT OF THERE! Nothing is worth losing Jesus over.
The same applies to Jobs where you are being abused, when church people abuse you……..(and on and on it goes). Pray for God to help you as his GRACE will keep you where he intends you to be. Sometimes we are “no longer graced to be” in a certain situation. It’s time to go……….
If you have loved and forgiven, loved and forgiven, God gave you the grace to do that. You asked for strength, he gave it to you. If you can’t do it anymore even after prayer IT”S TIME TO LET GO! You matter too. God doesn’t want anyone “dragging your soul to hell” because they are bent on destruction.
Having Faith means not letting go of Jesus’ hands. Have faith to let go my friend, Have faith to press on…..Have Faith to see miracles, have Faith to believe the miracle might just be “YOU” surviving this…..”Have Faith” …..
How you accomplish that, is between you and God, my friend.
Laura Grace, author, Grace to the Rescue. A story of Deliverance. A story of Love. A story of Hope. A story of Redemption. And it’s all true:
I want to talk to you today about Liberty and Freedom.
When I think about freedom, I think about not being obligated to do what others “THINK” we should do! Even when my kids were little, if someone else had a bad idea, I told them, “You don’t have to do what they tell you to do.”
Nothing changes, just because we are grown-ups or even growing up, in the Lord. He is our Shepherd, Father, Counsellor, and friend, once we have given our lives to him. We can let him become all these things to us, or we can choose to listen to others (friends) who “claim” they have a handle on what WE ought to be doing!
Paul was warning us (by the Spirit of God) in Galatians, to stand fast, and not be put under the law, because if we are under the law, Christ died for nothing. It’s a pretty stern warning, and one to be heeded, as well. Think about this for a minute:
Even if your friends have a great idea (about what you should be doing) If it’s not what God (Your Father) told you to do, you are being disobedient to him. If you are disobedient to him, you will stunt what he is trying to do in your life. If you do that, you will not have as much victory as you could have had, if you listened to him (instead of them).
Now, I realize many do not understand what God’s will is for their lives, so they put themselves under a mentor, for a time. God gave us freedom to choose, and even the most baby (Christian) has the ability to say “what’s next Father?” Lead and Guide me, I trust in you!” One time (many years ago) I went to see the pastor, and could not get in (He was so busy). i was outside praying and the Lord spoke to my heart and said “I want you to come to me with this.” ……
If we trust in him we will not be put to shame. He promises this, in his very own word. 1 Peter, 2:6 “He who trusts in Him, will not be put to shame.” Stand fast in your Liberty! Determine to know God, and you will!
I testify! with Love prayers and blessings, Laura Grace