“The LORD has kept me from having children. Go, sleep with my maidservant; perhaps I can build a family through her” (Gen 16:2).
No one is better at convincing me I should do something than me. I could get it in my head that this is the direction I need to go and there would be very little that could convince me NOT to do something once I had made up my mind. That led to me buy things I did not need to impress people I did not know with money I did not have. The result was a debt that I am just climbing out of 16 years later.
2 Cor 5:7 For we live by faith, not by sight.
This morning, as I was waking, I had a conversation with the Lord. While my discussions with the Almighty are generally an on going affair, over the last few days it has intensified given the current state we find ourselves in…a constant sifting and shifting.
“You did not choose me, but I chose you and appointed you to go and bear fruit – fruit that will last” (John 15:16).
Yesterday two things of significance happened. I was chatting with a friend on line about his feed when out of the blue he asked me if I wanted to purchase a piece of equipment he had bought over the winter. We settled on a price and he will ship it out this week.
When you operate a business based on Christ center principles, sometimes you will loose because you are unwilling to bend how you do business. As our year progresses, we are finding more and more people are interested in their own agenda with little regard for anyone other than themselves.
2017 continues to be one of the oddest years since I returned to the Fathers house in 2001. For the last few years we have worked with the same group of promoters adding a new group on occasion. This year that has changed, partly because we have better availability than in the past, but mostly because we have stopped working with a couple of different series which opened up our schedule to other opportunities.
Yesterday I told a friend of mine, who is going through a difficult time in his business, that it’s always darkest and coldest before the dawn. During my many years in the military, as both a mechanic and then as a flight engineer, I often worked the night shift or flew early morning training missions. It always amazed me how cold and dark it was right before the sun came up over the hills at the base we were stationed at in Oklahoma.
“But blessed is the man who trusts in the Lord, whose confidence is in Him.” – Jeremiah 17:7
The one thing I struggle with, more than any, is wanting to help our Father help us through difficult times. When money gets tight or resources are low, I start to scout for work or consider a loan to help bridge the gap. Such has been the case this year with the ever moving target of our work and finances.