• Thanksgiving

    Happy November! As we enter this season of Thanksgiving I am personally overwhelmed with gratitude. While living a life in ministry, I have experience the joys of abundance with people and the heartbreak of need. As this subject in spoken about, the first thing that probably comes to mind is money. Needs consist of much more than money. This can be the area that stands out most because it has such an outward effect. It is an area of need that stays on your mind because it presents itself all day, every day. Think for a moment about other things that a person’s life may lack. What about love from a spouse? What about a need for direction in parenting your child? Maybe your need is for true friendship.

    I can look at this subject and understand it deeper now that I have experienced need in so many areas. Did God stop taking care of me in these seasons? Was I doing something wrong and being punished? Absolutely not! People ask these questions when needs arise.

    Need is not the worst thing in the world. In fact, it was through my need that I grew closer in my relationship to the Lord. Paul says it best in Philippians 4:11-13.

    “11Not that I was ever in need, for I have learned how to be content with whatever I have. 12 I know how to live on almost nothing or with everything. I have learned the secret of living in every situation, whether it is with a full stomach or empty, with plenty or little. 13 For I can do everything through Christ, who gives me strength.

    The prosperity gospel that says, “If you believe, you will be without need” doesn’t hold up. Paul clearly states that he learned to live with everything and nothing. Does God want you to be rich? Maybe? Does He want you to have needs? I think so. It is when we feel we don’t have needs that we become self sufficient. Self-sufficiency is the enemy. When a person stops looking to the Creator and starts looking at themselves it becomes dangerous. Our dependency on Christ is everything.

    I would not trade my time of desperate need for anything. During the season God taught me to lean on Him and trust Him when nothing made sense. Something in me was broken and rebuilt. A person’s perspective changes after walking through seasons of need. I remember a time when pulling up to a gas station would put a knot in my stomach. I would have to balance a checkbook to make sure I had enough to put $20 in. Although life seemed excruciating at the time it was a learning tool for me. Today as I pull in to fill my gas tank to FULL without anxiety, I say a prayer of Thanksgiving. A prayer of thankfulness for God providing for my needs and for lessons and perspectives I learned in my time of need.

    The key is to take your eyes off of your need and fix them on the provider. Jesus came to bring life and life abundantly. Abundant life is not a life of no needs but a life fulfilled. How can we truly appreciate what we have if we have never been without? This principle is true in all areas. Maybe you need friends today, maybe money or maybe you need peace in your home. The question is, How do we learn in these seasons of need? What actions do we take when life becomes overwhelming and true needs arise?

    Phil 4:6 Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank him for all he has done. 7 Then you will experience God’s peace, which exceeds anything we can understand. His peace will guard your hearts and minds as you live in Christ Jesus.

    The peace of God will guard you when you can’t see a solution to your season of need. I am living this principle now. I couldn’t imagine how things in my life could turn around. Pray and watch the God of peace transform your situation. It can happen and it will happen if you allow God to do it. Be grateful and thankful in whatever season you are walking in today. I pray that you will be filled with peace today:)

    with love,

    Ashley