We heard a sermon on Sunday using the verses in Luke and Matthew about fathers giving good gifts to their children.
Or if he asks for a fish, will give him a snake? 11 If you, then, though you are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father in heaven give good gifts to those who ask him
Or if he asks for an egg, will give him a scorpion? 13 If you then, though you are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father in heaven give the Holy Spirit to those who ask him!
Now… the premise of the sermon was that God is our Father… more than that… he is our Daddy. He is more than a Father, he is a very approachable, very loving, very involved Daddy. He wants to give good gifts to his children. “Every good and perfect gift comes from the Father.” We were posed the question… do you believe that this is so.. that you can go before God with anything and he will hear you? We were reminded that there is no such thing as unanswered prayers… the answers are yes, no or wait. We were told to be persistent… like a child before their parents.
I started thinking about how we need a car. If you don’t know, Brian’s van is broken. The repairs would cost more than the car is worth. So.. for the time being, we are a one car family… because Brian’s work schedule is not consistent each week, scheduling things is very tedious. The kids and I are home most days… this makes it hard to make friends or connect to the homeschool community here in Hendersonville. I started praying, asking God to provide a car.
Towards the end of the sermon, the gentleman began to preach (as I’ve heard with these verses before) that we should be asking for those gifts that are eternal. That we shouldn’t be so concerned about material items (he even mentioned cars), but should focus on things that are lasting. I felt guilty for asking for a car. But here’s the thing…
I talked with Brian when we got home and he brought up the point that Jesus used examples of physical, material things when talking to the people. He talked about fish and bread and eggs… things that are material and not lasting. I know that God wants us to be sanctified. I know that I should pray for the fruits of the Spirit. But the fact of the matter is, we could really use a car. I should be able to go before God and express that need. He might say yes (oh please say yes)… he might say no… for now, it seems to be wait. But I am not going to feel guilty for praying about this need in our family… no matter how fleeting a car may be.
So anyway… those are just some thoughts.
In light of that… We are ever thankful
66. we found out the new baby is a girl!
67. food on our table
68. friends who have been coming to visit lately
69. internet at home (that is provided by Brian’s work)
70. one working car
71. healthy children
72. imaginative children
73. the promise that God is not done with me
74. the promise that God will never leave or forsake me
75. my sewing machine
76. pinterest… yeah… i’m hooked…but finding good ideas!
77. nap time
What are you thankful for today?