Trials to strengthen

Oh my word!  How the time has gone by so fast!!

We’ve already been back over a week.  Think we finally got things readjusted and reset for life.

Had the “37 week final preparations” meeting with our midwife.  Now it all seems… real… and close… and real close!  Only 4 weeks, give or take a week, and new babe will make his or her arrival. This is our 4th homebirth (plus 1 homebirth transfer), but this time “not ready” has taken on a whole new meaning!  Slightly more then just the usual “need to pull out the baby clothes tote” 😛

It has been decided that we will birth at the midwife’s house, which poses different issues – like remembering everything we may need or want!  We were hoping to at least have running water of some kind, there was something magical about birthing on our new land, surrounded by nature, but that isn’t the most logical choice at the moment.  So off we will go.

“So what about heat??”

This has been the #1 question asked from friends and family this week.  After months of 100+ degree weather, one cold front was able to push through…  allowing more and more to come through, one after another.  Which has cooled us to a mere 70’s and 80’s during the day and 50’s at night.  Crazy how fast the swing occurred!!

Naturally, everyone wants to know our plans for heating the place.  And I have to giggle.  Usually to their dismay, sometimes their disapproving looks.  Because truth is – I don’t know how we will heat the house.  And sometimes it starts making me worry, and I fret for a while – goodness we don’t even have insulation to hold the heat in!  And we are about to have a new baby.  Then I remember.

No temptation has overtaken you that is not common to man. God is faithful, and he will not let you be tempted beyond your ability, but with the temptation he will also provide the way of escape, that you may be able to endure it. – 1 Corinthians 10:13

The Lord has brought us this far.

Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. – Philippians 4:6-7

He has never let us down.

Every need we have had He has provided.  Usually in a “are you KIDDING me?!” or “Wow! That was close!” way.  The one phrase that has ran through my head through this adventure – For HIS Glory – He has this.  He has the plan.  Nothing has surprised Him.  He is using every trial we endure for HIS Glory – in the trial and in the reward – to strengthen us and to be a better testimony to others.

Even now, facing the fact that my husband is out of work again, He is with us.  I wont lie, it is hard.  Our faith is being tested again, for what seems to be the 100th time since we started this adventure.  He has been self employed in this debt based industry for 13 years.  It has consumed all of our adult life, he has build a solid reputation.  It is hard to walk away from – what do you turn to when its all you know?

Admittedly, we knew it was coming, it has been in decline since the economic downfall started.  It would get tight, he would do something else for a while to help pull through, and the business would pull him back in.  Things would be good for a while and the valley would start again.  The peaks are fewer and the valleys are wider – feast or famine.  It has finally hit a point that it is no longer profitable to continue.  We cant keep going in the hole hoping to get ahead.  So like tens of millions of other Americans, he has joined in the job search – and like millions being self employed, there is no “unemployment insurance” to pad the transition.

Count it all joy, my brothers, when you meet trials of various kinds, for you know that the testing of your faith produces steadfastness. And let steadfastness have its full effect, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing. If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask God, who gives generously to all without reproach, and it will be given him. But let him ask in faith, with no doubting, for the one who doubts is like a wave of the sea that is driven and tossed by the wind. … – James 1:2-8

The Lord is good.  We will persevere, we will sing His Praises, we will gain wisdom, we will prosper – all for His Glory!

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