God, My Provider

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When I became a mother, I would pour all of my energy, time, and talents into my children. By the end of the day, I would be an empty vessel. What did I do when I was empty?

Philippians 4:19

My God will supply all your needs according to His riches in glory in Christ Jesus.

This verse has been so encouraging to me throughout my life, but I don’t think I grasped the FULL meaning of the verse until I had children.  The reason I say that is because before I had children I could easily get a lot of my needs met in different places of my life: work, in social settings with friends, my husband, Greg, and many other areas.  But, when I became a mother, I would pour all of my energy, time, and talents into my children and at the end of the day I would be an empty vessel.

What did I do when I was empty? Did I turn to God and ask him to fill me up with his love? Did I ask him to meet my needs and did I tell him what those needs were? NO! I looked to Greg, my husband, to meet my needs.  When Greg would walk through the door at night, I EXPECTED him to shower me with praises, give me lots of pats on the back telling me what a wonderful wife I was, and most importantly I wanted and needed Greg to take the children and rescue me if only for 30 minutes, so I could grab back some of my sanity that had been stripped away from me all day long in toddler world or worse yet, teenage world! But ladies, I had it all wrong. 

I had it all backwards. Greg was not designed to meet my needs, Greg could not meet my needs, only God can do that. Paul says to the Philippians and to us, “My God WILL supply ALL your NEEDS.”  Not some of them, but all of them.  Stop for a minute and let that wash all over you.  Let it soak into your soul.  What a wonderful thought that at the end of the day, MY God will supply all my needs.  God will supply my needs when my children are not behaving themselves.  God will supply my needs when Greg is not home, but traveling around the world and I feel so lonely and isolated. God is there to supply my needs. I love that thought.

I challenge you to trust God to meet your needs. I challenge you to tell God what your needs are, so you can start that conversation with Him. When I lived in Virginia and was far from my family and friends in Georgia, I had a need to have some friends. I remember praying and telling God how lonely I was and that I would love for Him to send me one friend. I kept praying this prayer for months, and I trusted that God would meet my need. Guess what? He did! He not only brought me one friend, but He blessed me with several dear friends that I still keep in touch with to this day. Greg could never have done that, no matter how good he is. But, God can. The other wonderful truth, ladies, is that God WANTS to meet your needs; He is waiting on you to tell Him what they are and for you to trust in Him. Take a step of faith today and start that conversation with God, it will change your life forever.

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