It was in a truly unusual way, when as a young couple, the Lord called me and my husband to live a life of faith.
My Dad was a Pastor, but as well being a Pastor he had his own business for the sole purpose of being able to bless God’s work. My life was one of seeing my dad give to ministers and missionaries alike.
When I met my husband-to-be and my dad knew that my father-in-law-to-be was a poorly paid Pastor and had been unable to pay his national health stamps for many many years, my dad paid them right up to date for him. My dad also paid for my husband’s Bible College fees at the Bible College of Wales, Swansea.
So coming from a ‘giving’ family, I cringed at the thought of ‘living by faith’ and being on the receiving end. I felt it would be like being a beggar’ or a scrounger.
Our call to live a life by faith had come about due to a dramatic call to take the Gospel to Gypsies living in the remote mountain caves of Almeria, Spain, during the reign of General Franco. But at the time our denomination was experiencing financial restraints so were unable to back us. So we thought we’d passed a test and had proved to God, that had it been possible we would have gone. But God started to speak to my husband and myself individually through Hebrews 11 and that we should still obey the call and to go in faith.
On the long journey to Spain we didn’t know if Gypsies in caves would really exist!! But the call via a dream was so inexplicable we’d sold all in UK and went trusting the Lord in a donated tiny dilapidated caravan with our two young sons.
But my attitude to living by faith needed to change, and the Lord graciously started to show me that if living by faith was being a beggar or a scrounger, then some of His servants were too! Elijah even asked a widow to make him a cake first from her last bit of food, and he had to quench his thirst from a brook, and was also fed by birds – ravens of all things! Jesus asked for help too – from a woman, which in those days was seen as degrading; and two sisters often fed Him. Jesus was also supported financially by many women.
I came to the realisation that living by faith was not being lazy, or a beggar… it was merely a lifestyle of trusting God. A life of walking by faith every day come what may – ravens or brooks.
To this very day, we’ve never known what a normal regular income feels like, and I still have to fight off thoughts of how it must be to live like that.
Everyone’s faith journey is different. If you are walking with the Lord day by day, and getting through your trials come what may, then that is faith, “without faith it is impossible to please Him“
God knows the test each of us needs and I thank God that my trials have been what they have been – and not hospital ones!
For many years, I have kept journals from the age of 12 years. and have been asked over many years to have them published. But being a shy and private person have always declined. But one day in 2009 I felt prompted by a Scripture in 2 Corinthians 1:4 that my life story could be of help to others in their own walk with the Lord, “God, who comforts us in trial so that we will be able to be of comfort to others” – so I released contents of my journals for my first book Lost in Faith.
I write books on trials of faith as I’ve had plenty of practise but also because my burden is for anyone going through a trial. Any of my books will be of some help to you in your own journey of faith with the Lord.
God Bless you.
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