What uncommon things do we want to become common?
our children having mutual love and respect for each other.our teenage children having love, honor, respect and obedience for their parents.
us continually becoming better friends and lovers.
our family totally trusting God in all things and putting our faith in Him to fulfill his promises.
Wednesday, November 23, 2011
God wants partners
Last weekend Chelsa & I were in Arlington to sell our stone crosses (like the one pictured at left) at a Peddler Show in the convention center. Usually when we sell crosses we pray that we will enjoy meeting & talking to some new customers and that we have a good show. This time we decided to pray that God would show us someone whom we could encourage, maybe even another vendor. We don't get a chance to talk with customers very long but we thought God might be leading us to another vendor because there would be plenty of time to have good, deep conversations over the 3 days.
After we set up our booth I was thinking about what we prayed for, wondering to whom God might want us to witness. When I looked up my eyes immediately went to the booth across from us. It was filled with paintings and there was a man sitting in the back of the booth reading a book. I thought, "Is it him? Is he the one with whom I'm supposed to talk?" "What am I going to say?" Instead of quenching the Spirit like I do so often, I got up and went to talk to him. After a few minutes of talking I found out his wife was the artist and he was just watching the booth until she got there. I went back to our booth thinking, "That must not have been who I was supposed to talk to." To make a long story short, Chelsa and his wife, Windy Kai, really hit it off and had some good meaningful conversations. Chelsa shared our story and really encouraged Windy. We were blessed as well. I wish I would follow the Spirit's lead more often.
On Sunday morning we went to church at Pleasant Ridge Church of Christ with the Monroe's. Their son Brandon goes to the same church we do in Abilene. The sermon was on David and Goliath and the whole time I was thinking how the Bible is filled with story after story of God trying to find people who trust in Him to partner with Him. To know that He is faithful in fulfilling His promises to His people. That's the only thing that set David apart from all of the other Israelites. They were afraid of Goliath and David wasn't. David knew that God would fight for Him when no one else would. It sure is joyful and fulfilling when we partner with God and let Him show His power in restoring and empowering people.