I thought I’d post a quick, “here’s how we’re doing” post.
So, how are we? I’m pretty sure that we’re fine. We have food and clothes and shelter and we’re not in any danger of losing those things so that qualifies as fine I think. Although I suppose I really could say that we’re great. Our faith is high, we believe that God has something better for us, and I see His blessings around us everyday.
I was driving to the gym yesterday and while I was driving I was thinking and praying. I had the opportunity to do this because the girls weren’t in the car with me. If you have girls then you understand the nonstop talking that comes with them. Although a really talkative boy is possible too- I’m married to Travis and he talks a lot more than most men I think. Anyway, I think I prayed about being tired and how this year has been one long exhausting thing after another and I can’t really see the end in sight. Then I heard the question, “Are you the worse for wear?”. Hmmm. I had to think about that for a minute. Am I? Am I worse off for all that we’ve experienced this year? I quickly realized that the answer was no. No, I’m not worse off for all that we’ve experienced. I’m not depressed. I’m not sad. My marriage is better than it’s ever been. Our finances are better than they’ve ever been. And I can honestly say that I’m happier than I’ve ever been. I trust God more now than I ever have.
I know that under these circumstances depression is normal. Stress is normal- and I have felt moments of stress. Anxiety is normal- and I’ve had moments of anxiety. But I’m not looking for normal. God has given us a gift of faith that isn’t normal. It’s supernatural.
Here’s the definition of supernatural-”(of a manifestation or event) attributed to some force beyond scientific understanding or the laws of nature.”
According to the laws of nature I should be afraid. But I’m not and it’s not because I’m so full of faith in myself, God has given Travis and I a gift of faith that we wouldn’t normally have on our own.
1 Corinthians 12:8-11 says,
To one there is given through the Spirit a message of wisdom, to another a message of knowledge by means of the same Spirit,to another faith by the same Spirit, to another gifts of healing by that one Spirit, to another miraculous powers, to another prophecy, to another distinguishing between spirits, to another speaking in different kinds of tongues, and to still another the interpretation of tongues. All these are the work of one and the same Spirit, and he distributes them to each one, just as he determines.
I grew up in a denomination that had such an emphasis on one particular gift of the Spirit that I didn’t know that these other things were gifts. I didn’t understand supernatural faith. I can say that I have a much better understanding of it now.
So if you’re asking the question, “What’s ahead for the Buttons?” I suppose that I can’t sit here and list everything that’s going to happen because I don’t know that but I believe that whatever God’s plan is for us it’s good. I believe that God has something better for us than we could have imagined two weeks ago. I guess you’ll just have to stay tuned.
I’m praying for all of my readers today for a gift of faith in whatever impossible circumstances you find yourself in.