When the Lord first moved our family to Dallas we lived on my husband’s military pension while he looked for the job that would launch his second career. We were so blessed to have the resources that permitted us to move, plant ourselves in a wonderful neighborhood close to family, and provide our kids with a private school that accommodates their different learning styles. Our needs were fully met, but we had to watch our pennies. We had to put little luxuries on hold, just for a season. Our discretionary abilities were on restriction. Life became smaller, and in some ways sweeter.
In my daily prayers for my husband, one of the things I would ask for was peace and confidence in his provision of our family. Looking for a job is hard on a man and I didn’t want to knowingly add stress to his burden to provide. So I prayed, and God helped me imperfectly live out my intensions. This season was hard for me. My friends who know me well could tell you why. I want stuff. I know, we all want stuff, but some of us are better at putting our desires on the back burner. I’m not so good at it. We had a new home and I’m one of those who loves to fuss – a little coat of paint, a few new light fixtures, maybe a rug here, maybe a lamp there. Curtailed, for a season. In prayer the Lord said, “this phase seems like a test for your husband but it is also a discipline for you, to prune away unnecessary desires that won’t satisfy you…can’t satisfy you.”Read More