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Car rides, guitars and lessons in humility

The other night we were heading out to have dinner with some new friends. In the car, we engaged in our first real conversation with each other the whole day – as you do when you are working and have 4 little munchkins taking up most of the attention. Before we knew it, our superficial conversation turned in to an argument as we breached the conversation of finance. ARGH! The story of most arguments. Our blow up was about the massive needs we have and how they are stacking up higher and higher right before our eyes. Naturally, we both have different responses to this subject and it was still unresolved by the time we made it to the house.

Leaving the conversation behind us, we had a great time getting to know this couple better. The guys talked about guitars as both men are musicians. We talked about ministry, marriage, and family. They were a breath of fresh air to us as we tried forgetting all the drama of our argument.

As we getting up to leave, the men headed off into the other room. Us girls stayed in the



dining room and I shared about some things God was teaching us about humility. I shared about our lack of a computer and when Luke is finished working at the church, we’ll lose the laptop we have  as it’s the church’s. I told her as we have talked about getting computers we wanted a Mac but are still a little ways off from it. Through our lessons of humility, I joked that questions like “would we be happy if we got a Dell”… would that be enough? ;)

The boys walked back in the room and Luke had a case in his hand. He had just got given an electric guitar!! A really nice one, hardly used! He was thrilled! He also said, “They’re also giving us a desktop computer if we want it!”. My friend chimed in with, “it’s a Dell.” :)

I just laughed at God's sense of humor. We had just argued about finances and yet our eyes were not fixed on our provider.

As we talked in the car on the way home, our conversation had a completely different tone from the last car ride. Our eyes were opened and we reflected on God’s goodness.

We were given a  COMPUTER which we desperately needed and it reminded us of how God will always make sure to give us what we need and not always what we want. I still find that so funny about the Dell… Love it!  ;)

The GUITAR was a reminder that sometimes when we are wanting something, if we don't focus on it, he surprises us with something far better than what we were expecting.

As we left our friends house they also offered us a lamp if we wanted it. The LAMP which we actually really needed for our office reminded us of how God knows what we need, down to the tiniest detail. And he goes out of his way to provide for these things just so we feel loved.

“Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothes? Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they? Can any one of you by worrying add a single hour to your life? 
“And why do you worry about clothes? See how the flowers of the field grow. They do not labor or spin. Yet I tell you that not even Solomon in all his splendor was dressed like one of these. 30 If that is how God clothes the grass of the field, which is here today and tomorrow is thrown into the fire, will he not much more clothe you—you of little faith? So do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ For the pagans run after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them. But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.
 Matthew 6:25-34

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