Abundant Grace

Abundant Grace

Our family has gone through more than three years of literally being fed from the hand of God. When my husband’s “normal job with a reliable income” was no more, we began to seek the Lord for his guidance and provision for our family of 7. It has not been easy. There have been many dark days. However, I can tell you this; He is a good, good Father.

            I’ve heard a thousand stories of what they think your like

            But I’ve heard the tender whisper of love in the dead of night

            You tell me that your pleased and that I’m never alone 

            You’re a good, good Father

            It’s who you are, it’s who you are, it’s who you are

            And I’m loved by you

            It’s who I am, it’s who I am, it’s who I am

When they asked me at Faith Acres what kind of patio table I would dream of having, I kind of thought they were crazy. I mean, of all the basic necessities that our family needs, a patio table was not on the list! However, despite the difficult financial season, God had provided a spacious home for our family with a back porch that sat empty. He has always placed in my heart a desire for hospitality and the simple act of having my own family sitting around a table together is very important to me.

I told them I would love to have something big enough to fit my family and room for others. But, that’s a tall order! Patio tables that size cost thousands dollars! Besides, we didn’t need it!

            I’ve seen many searching for answers far and wide

            But I know we’re all searching for answers only You provide

            Because You know just what we need before we say a word

            You’re a good, good Father

            It’s who you are, it’s who you are, it’s who you are

            And I’m loved by you

            It’s who I am, it’s who I am, it’s who I am

            You are perfect in all of your ways

            You are perfect in all of your ways

            You are perfect in all of your ways to us

I missed a call on April 8th, 2016. In the voicemail message they said, “YOUR TABLE CAME IN!” Of course I was shocked! It had been almost a year since the conversation about the table. And if I’m honest, I never really believed that God was going to just give us a patio set! When there are people starving all over the world, why does He care about a patio table?

            Love so undeniable I can hardly speak

            Peace so Unexplainable I can hardly think

            As you call me deeper still

            As you call me deeper still

            As you call me deeper still

            Into love

As we unwrapped the table and chairs, I was overwhelmed with the goodness of the Lord. Not because He gave us “stuff” but because He lavished His kindness on us! The patio set not only fits the space perfectly, but it is one that I would have picked out myself! One that I would have seen in the store and only imagined having!

God has used a patio set to grow my faith! Because it’s excess. It’s more than I needed. It’s more than I could have even asked for. It’s lavish kindness. It’s abundant grace!

In the times of excess, and the times of want… He is a good, good Father.

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