Welcome to the “Be Fully Persuaded” series! Today I’m sharing how God has provided for us in amazing ways at Christmas. I hope you are encouraged to stand strong in your faith and that God will make Romans 4:20-21 a reality for all of us as we focus on Him and His Word:
Yet he did not waver through unbelief regarding the promise of God, but was strengthened in his faith and gave glory to God, being fully persuaded that God had power to do what he had promised.
Romans 4:20-21 (NIV)
Like many of you, I’m waiting for a miracle. Although I have seen God’s provision time and again, I have spent this week wavering. It’s not a fun place to be. As I prayed about what to share this week to encourage your faith—and mine!—I remembered all the times God has provided for us at Christmas. It has buoyed me and given me hope. I pray that it does the same for you.
- One year DH was unemployed, and we had no gifts for the kids. Out of the blue, I got a call offering me a chance to come and “shop” among donated items. Included were some of the things the girls wanted for Christmas.
- Another year we were having a rough time, and a neighbor (who knew nothing about our situation) came over with a black trash bag full of gifts for the kids. They specified that the gifts were to be from us, not them. We wrapped them, put them under the tree, and told the girls that God had provided them.
- One Saturday morning in December, we woke up and found a wicker laundry basket on our carport. There was no indication where it came from, but in it were various gifts and an envelope with money that helped pay bills and buy a few extras for Christmas!
- One Christmas I longed to fix a traditional Christmas dinner, but it wasn’t in the grocery budget. I didn’t even pray about it because I was thankful to have food in the freezer and was already planning how to fix something “special” from what we already had on hand. A few nights before Christmas, someone came to our house and delivered a basket full of all the fixin’s for a traditional Christmas dinner and a couple of small gifts for the kids! My husband was outside when the man arrived, and when he asked who had blessed us with the gift, he just said he was a “secret Santa.”
These are just a few of the experiences we have had at Christmas. God has been so very good to us, and I know He is already at work on our behalf on the things that concern us now. He’s doing the same for you!
How have you seen God at work in your Christmas celebrations?
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