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Does God Really Care About Our Needs and Provide?

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Hello friends!

Are you struggling this Christmas? Are you in a tough situation? Do you have some big needs right now? I want you to know that God is a great provider. You may not believe it because of what you’re going through, but listen to this story.

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A little over 2,000 years ago, three regal kings left their luxurious lifestyles in distant lands to search for a baby. They located him by following the beautiful light of a bright star. No GPS needed.

When they reached Joseph and Mary’s child, these wise men of the greatest wealth and power bowed down in front of him and showered him with treasures.

Then they left – returning home along a different path.

But there’s more. Their visit had another purpose.

“When they had gone, an angel of the Lord appeared to Joseph in a dream. “Get up,” he said, “take the child and his mother and escape to Egypt. Stay there until I tell you, for Herod is going to search for the child to kill him.” Matthew 2:13

In Egypt, the holy family would have:

  • No friends.
  • No extended family.
  • No support system.
  • No job.
  • They would be outsiders.

But God is a provider. He knew what was coming. He cared about their needs. Through the magi, he had already provided for the needs of his son . . . his family. Joseph and Mary had all the resources they needed – and more.

God still provides for the needs of those in his family today.

We have a very special keepsake in our home that reminds us of the ways God has provided for us through the years . . .

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An ugly wreath.

In the early years of our marriage, we were extremely poor. When Christmas rolled around, I really wanted a wreath for our home but we didn’t have the money to buy one (and we didn’t use credit cards). We dug around in the garage to see if we could find some things to make one.

A hula hoop and some cheap garland. Hmmmm.

Twisted the garland around the hula hoop. Yikes! Too skinny.

It needed some beefing up. Then we came across a swimming pool noodle and duct tape.

Taped the noodle inside the hula hoop, wrapped the garland around it, and stuck a bow on it. Voila! A wreath! (In the picture, I think you can see the blue of the noodle and hula hoop peeking through the greenery in the photo.)

Lots of years have passed. Times have changed. God has blessed us more than we deserve, but every year we hang that wreath. It’s a crystal clear reminder of where we’ve come from and all that God has done for us through the years.

I think that’s really important when it comes to our faith. To remember who we once were and what God has done in our lives. Keeps our heart in the right place.

Even though God doesn’t remove all the junk from your life, he always provides what you need most when you trust him in the pain.

  • He gives encouragement and guidance through prayer and his words in the Bible.
  • He gives strength to persevere and resist temptation.
  • He gives wisdom to make good decisions that keep you out of trouble.
  • He builds your faith.
  • He provides healing even in situations where you doubt it can ever happen.
  • He gives peace even when you don’t understand.
  • He gives his love.

God’s ultimate goal is to make you mature and complete in Christ . . . to give you his “self” – his nature –  so you’re more like his son.

 He’s our constant provider. He cares about our needs.

The most convincing evidence of this is his son, Jesus Christ, who was born to Joseph and Mary.

Jesus is God’s provision for our greatest need.

“But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.” Matthew 6:33

Thanks for being here. So appreciate you taking time out of your day to stop in. Come back anytime. I’ll leave the light on for you.

Lisa ~

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