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Wednesday, October 1, 2008

The God Who Provides

Kristian has been in Dutch Harbor, Alaska for a week and a half now. I really miss him. I’m so proud of him. He has been working 12-14 hour days, 7 days per week in the cold on a fishing boat. He is battling a cold right now too. He hasn’t complained. He still has three weeks to go. While it is so hard to be apart, this has been a huge blessing from God. We have had some very unexpected financial blows in the last few months. Just when we did not know what we were going to do, God in his kindness provided this extra work for Kristian. Kristian told me today that everyday while he drives to his worksite, he passes a boat named “Jehovah Jireh”--the God who provides. And it fills him with gratitude and praise.

Dear Heavenly Father, Thank you for your provision. Thank you that even as you bring challenging and difficult seasons into our lives, you use these times to show your surpassing faithfulness and goodness to us. Thank you that even if we were to lose everything--even our lives--it would be worth it because nothing compares to being in relationship with you! Thank you for your love! Thank you that you are completely sovereign and all things are in your control. Please be with Kristian as he is in Alaska. Please guide him, protect him, and bless him up there. Please encourage him. Please use this time to open his eyes more and more to your beauty and love. Please draw him deeper into dependence in you and love for you. Please make him a blessing and light to everyone he encounters up there. Please keep him healthy and strong, and bless the work of his hands—may his heart and actions honor you in all he does. Please make me faithful in working hard here at home out of love for you and him. Help me to be diligent, hard-working, productive and effective, and may my motive always be love. May our lives bless others and glorify you! We love you. In Jesus’ Sweet Name, Amen

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