About Me

My name is Meredith, and I am the mother of two awesome boys; the wife of a fantastic husband; the band director for 100 students in grades 5 - 12 in a small community in Maine; and a follower of Christ. This blog is a place for me to reflect on what the Lord is teaching me.

Friday, April 15, 2011

Blogging Through the Gospels: Matthew 13: 36 - 58

I am so blessed that I took on the challenge of Blogging Through the Gospels with Amy from Mom's Toolbox.

Matthew 13 : 36 - 58


Matthew 13: 53 - 57

53  When Jesus had finished these parables, he moved on from there.  54  Coming to his hometown, he began teaching the people in their synagogue and they were amazed.  "Where did this man get this widsom and these miraculous powers?" they asked. 55  "Isn't this the carpenter's son?  Isn't his mother's name Mary, and aren't his brothers James, Joseph, Simon and Judas?  56 Aren't all his sisters with us?  Where then did this man get all these things?"  57  And they took offense at him.

But Jesus said to them, "A prophet is not without honor except in his own town and in his own home."


This is just another reminder that what He is called my husband and I to do ( ---  plant a church in the community where I teach --- ) is NOT going to be easy.  He has established me firmly in the community where I teach.  The band program is flourishing.  The numbers keep going up, each and every year, even while enrollments are going down.

We lived there two times.  Both times we left, it was because our leases had not been renewed, because as a teacher and a....  person who struggled to find and keep a job, we were not making enough for our expenses.  Our witness with a few people - two former landlords, to be precise-  has been harmed.  Not many other people knew the reasons we had to leave, or the issues surrounding the moves off of the peninsula, though everyone understood that the cost of living in that area is much higher than where we are currently living.

While neither of us grew up in the community where I teach, we feel connected, and deeply involved.
So while the Scripture does not apply completely to our situation, it resonates so deeply in my heart, that I know that He is gently warning and reminding me that no matter what happens, HE is in control.

So, even though we have no idea where we are going to live yet, I am trusting my God.
Even though we have no clue yet what our expenses are going to be, I am trusting my God will provide.
We want nothing more than to be there already -- but the price of childcare is more than double (more like triple... NOT joking) what we are currently paying.  Next school year, our oldest starts Kindergarten, so we will be paying for childcare for only one kiddo.  Even then, with only ONE child in daycare, it will be double what we are currently paying.   My trusting God when I start doing the math isn't strong enough to stop my throat from closing up and keep my heart from skipping a beat.

But- He IS in control.
And He is who He says He is.

And we are praying.
And we are trusting.


Heavenly Father,
I need the reminders that you ARE calling us to do this crazy thing.  All I need to do is remember that you use the FOOLISH things of the world, to believe that it might really be true!  Thank you for the constant companionship that you offer. Help me to take you up on it, so that my faith in you, and my trusting you, would be vibrant and healthy.
Lord you are amazing, and I am unworthy.
Thank you for all you have done, are doing, and will do.


Beth Zimmerman said...

Praying for you! Especially because ... even if I haven't been there in 20+ years ... Maine is home! And I agree ... this journey is a total blessing!

The Farmer Files said...

So very honest to share where you have been and where you are going. Every time we move I like to think back to Abraham. Those seven promises he made sounded so crazy in Genesis, but God was faithful. It probably sounds wild all that He will have to do in order for your church plant, but it is for him to do, huh?

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