Be Fully Persuaded: Needed Encouragement

Welcome to the “Be Fully Persuaded” series! Today I’m sharing how God provided encouragement for me on a day that I desperately needed it. I pray that 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)

 Needed Encouragement

As I’ve mentioned in other posts in this series, we have been through some hard times in the past several years. (Honestly, we’re still going through some difficult times.) I’m not one to ask God for signs that He is or isn’t going to do something, but one day I was so discouraged and felt so hopeless that reading and meditating on Scripture verses promising God’s provision for our every need wasn’t comforting to me. That’s when I did something I rarely do.

I asked God to send me some encouragement, some small deposit on the promise that He was going to help us pay our bills and would meet the needs of my family. Honestly, I expected to get a small rebate—maybe five dollars—that I had sent in and forgotten about. The mail came and went, and there was nothing. I sighed and prayed again. I thanked God that He is faithful and is true to His Word and told Him that I didn’t need a physical reminder of all that and that I would just keep doing what I had been doing: praying, praising, and staying focused on the Word.

That night I had to leave the house for a meeting. I sat through the meeting and was preparing to leave when someone walked up to me, pressed a piece of paper into my hand, and said, “I feel like God told me to give this to you.” I thanked the person, glanced down as I stuffed it into my pocket, and realized that it was money. I breathed a prayer of thanks to God for the small reminder of His care for me, gathered my things, got the kids rounded up, and went out to the car.

When we got to the car, I was curious, so I pulled the bill out of my pocket, expecting to see five or ten dollars, twenty at the most. What I saw in the dim light was not what I expected. What I saw was a hundred dollars!

I was convicted then, like I have been so many times since, that I often sell God short. He loves me more than I can imagine and is willing and able to bless me beyond my wildest imagination. I ask for what I think I need, and He blesses me with much more—and it’s what I truly need.

How has God answered your prayers beyond what you dreamed possible? Are you still waiting for those answers? If so, leave a comment or send me an email. I would love to pray for and with you!

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5 Responses to Be Fully Persuaded: Needed Encouragement

  1. Rebecca says:

    LOve the way our Father keeps showing off for you! He loves you…..and I love you, too!!!

  2. Carol Anne says:

    Oh, in the mean years from ’91-’95, I cannot remember how many times I clung to God’s word about faithful provision even after we lost our home to Chptr 13 and were living in an uncomfortable situation with relatives. I kept telling myself, God wastes NOTHING in his economy, and he can redeem these earthly losses in a day if/when/how it suits his plans. You have to walk this path to understand the longing in your heart that day. I am so thankful for the encouragement and for the other person’s willing obedience. What a wonderful picture of giving without questions or expectations placed upon you. I am praying, praying, praying that the Lord will bless you as you encourage others even as you go through another time of challenge in your life. Blessings upon blessings for your faithfulness even in trial.

  3. I love seeing God show Himself like that! He blesses us in so many ways! We lived with my parents for a while when my hubby was unemployed and as soon as he got a job we moved back out. Right after we moved out, we had all the new deposits and all of the old debts and we worried a little about getting back on our feet. As my husband and I were talking about it and I was telling him that God was going to take care of us and he was doubting me, there was a knock at the door. It was someone from our church Care Group with an envelope – they had taken up a collection for us! To help us “get back on our feet.” !! I closed the door and looked at my husband and there was no doubting that God had JUST provided the way I was telling my husband that he would. It was almost like God was indeed “showing off” to make a believer out of my husband. = )
    Side note: As we’re in the middle of getting our home situation taken care of right now, my husband has said the words “God’s going to take care of it.” Yes, He will!

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