For the birds . . .

I have just been through a cancer diagnosis and surgery.  I still have treatments to go.  And somehow, through it all, I have not worried about the outcome.

And then a tax bill for $1000 took the breath out of us.

It’s kind of laughable now.  I mean, we still have to figure out how we’re going to pay it, but when you look at it with a bit of perspective … it is laughable.

Cancer . . . no problem.

A measly $1000 bill . . . our life is crumbling.

Not really.  You see, God provides.  He provides in ways you never expect.  He provides what is most important.  And he provides exactly what we need.

So, I’m not worried.  I’m grateful.  Grateful for another way to watch God work in our lives.

Matthew 6

25“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 important than food, and the body more important than clothes? 26Look 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? 27Who of you by worrying can add a single hour to his life[b]?

28“And why do you worry about clothes? See how the lilies of the field grow. They do not labor or spin. 29Yet I tell you that not even Solomon in all his splendor was dressed like one of these. 30If 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, O you of little faith? 31So do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ 32For the pagans run after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them. 33But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. 34Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.

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4 thoughts on “For the birds . . .

  1. Jennifer, I had no idea all this was happening to you. I am glad the surgery went well. You are in my prayers. You have such a beautiful family, and you seem to know that they are the most important thing in the world. Blessings on you, friend!

  2. Jen – how awesome is this?!? My devotional for today: (check out the refrences)

    ANXIETY IS A RESULT OF envisioning the future without Me. So the best defense against worry is staying in communication with Me. When you turn your thoughts toward Me, you can think much more positively. Remember to listen, as well as to speak, making your thoughts a dialogue with Me.

    If you must consider upcoming events, follow these rules: 1) Do not linger in the future, because anxieties sprout up like mushrooms when you wander there. 2) Remember the promise of My continual Presence; include Me in any imagery that comes to mind. This mental discipline does not come easily, because you are accustomed to being god of your fantasies. However, the reality of My Presence with you, now and forevermore, outshines any fantasy you could ever imagine.

    Luke 12:22-26 Then Jesus said to his disciples: “Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat; or about your body, what you will wear. Life is more than food, an the body more than clothes. consider the ravens: They do not sow or reap, they have no storeroom or barn; yet God feeds them. And how much more valuable you are than birds! Who of you by worrying can add a single hour to his life? Since you cannot do this very little thing, why do you worry about the rest?”

    Ephesians 3:20-21 Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us, to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, for ever and ever! Amen.

  3. Jenn, I had no idea….. as I’ve read back on your older posts to see where it all started, I am just so amazed. You are awesome, amazing and beautiful. You write so eloquently and you are always so deep and insightful, always looking to God and keeping it all in perspective. I am praying for you, Gerron, Emma and Henley that you will all weather this tough, yet temporary, spot. God knew this before you were even born and He will see you through it with grace.
    I work with the families of kids with congenital heart defects…many times I find myself stressed out as mom working full time, living away from family/friends and then I think about what these families are going through and am put back in to perspective. No matter what, there is always something to be grateful for.
    Much love and many prayers.

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