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I don’t like flying…

The morning when God told me to go visit my Mom by myself for a few months I was blindsided. It was the end of June 2015. I remember in my quiet time that the Lord spoke very clearly to my heart. I was planning on seeing my Mom with my husband in September as she was turning 80 and we were having a party for her and my Son who was turning 30. We already had the tickets booked to go.

My response to the Lord was, “Yes, Lord, I’m going in September, it’s only a few months away.” The Holy Spirit clearly spoke up saying, “I want “you” to book another flight, get on the international flight from Mexico to PA by yourself and visit your Mom! I’m here with you, you will be okay, I will walk with you but you are to go NOW.” The voice wasn’t audible or anything, but I knew in my spirit that I better follow through with what God was saying.

I’ve never flown by myself…

Tucked into Hebrews 11:6 in the first part of the verse it says, and without faith it is impossible to please God! God isn’t pleased if we aren’t trusting Him.

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Putting our two feet forward and stepping into the unknown with our Jesus, that’s faith, and it pleases Him!”

If I can be honest, I don’t always hear the Lord speak to me like that. Or maybe I do and dismiss it for my own plan. It was very clear that morning. I knew what I had to do. I cleared my schedule right away.

A few days later my husband kissed me goodbye and I was off into the skies by myself. It’s amazing when we step into His plan that a peace just floods our hearts. Everything went smoothly as the Lord said. My fears and doubts melted away!

For God is working in you, giving you the desire and the power to do what pleases him. Philippians 2:13

If you are His child then when He calls you to do something He gives you the desire and the power to follow through no matter how hard it feels to you. This is what pleases Him. We all have fears and doubts that can surround our thoughts an hearts. Your fear and doubts look different than mine but they can be so real.

Our Jesus says, “Take my hand, I’ll lead the way into the unknown, you can always trust in my plan because I love you. I work all things for good and this will bring me glory.”

Ten days into my visit with my Mom His will began to unfold and the unknown was revealed. To shorten the story, my Mom ended up having a deep vein blood clot. The day she had her episode no one was home, I was the only one there to assist her. I don’t like to ever assume things but if I wasn’t there with her I don’t know how the story would have ended. Only God knows…

For the next three months I was able to care for my Mom, be at her side, assist with her therapy and speak about how faithful our God is. I would have missed all of that had I not listened to the Lord. Sure, I could have gotten a ticket after the news but it wouldn’t have been the same or shown the Lord’s glory. God wanted me to be obedient — to step out and to share with others what He was telling me to do. It didn’t make sense to others, but then it did! God was revealed to them.

God speaks to us all differently. My encounter may look different than yours. But He does speak to his children today. He is there to instruct us, teach us and to counsel us. He does all of this with His loving eye on us guiding us into the unknown. We have to be willing to listen

I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go; I will counsel you with my loving eye on you. Psalm 32:8

God can display His glory any way He chooses. He likes to use His children in the process. We have to get to a place that we follow the Lord’s will and not our own. We can talk ourselves out of anything and come up with all the excuses we want. I could have talked my way out of going to see my Mom early.

Begin today to trust in the Lords plans. Your fears and doubts will fade when you take a leap of faith and trust in His beautiful plan. It won’t always be easy or comfortable and at times it may be unpleasant but there are treasures to be found only when we step out in Faith. He’s waiting for you to surrender to His will…

What do you need to surrender to the Lord today? Is He calling you to something?

Father, I pray for my friends and myself to have a faith so trusting that nothing will stop us from following your will. We know that pleases you. Help us not to shrink back in fear and doubts or listen to lies from the enemy. We know that you have your loving eye on us and everything you have for us is good and perfect. We want a strong faith, one that doesn’t waiver. Thank you for teaching and instructing us. Help us to be still and listen and then we can hear from you!        In Jesus name, Amen

I’M BACK IN THIS SPACE

I have been gone for quite awhile, eight months to be exact. So much has transpired during that time; it  might be hard to catch up.

But God clearly said, I want you back in your space to write and to share.

I’m being obedient…

One of the things that God is showing me is that we all have a story. We all have a voice. We all have something to share with others. Satan can rear his ugly head sometimes and whisper other things. But who are we going to believe.

I’m choosing to believe my Jesus…

Life can take you by surprise sometimes. Our plans can take twists and turns. We can be blindsided. When that happens we have to hold on to the hand of Jesus a little tighter. We have to purpose in our hearts and believe that God is working the twists and turns for good.

He does you know…

These past eight months God has done some amazing things. I have learned so much walking and trusting Him. I think that is why He allows these “Surprises” sometimes. For His glory and our good.

I don’t have a plan but He does. My Jesus knows what my space will look like. What He wants me to share, I will wholeheartedly. I look forward to connecting again with all of you. I have missed the interaction.

A verse I am praying right now is: “My heart is steadfast O God, My heart is steadfast; I will sing and make music” Psalm 57:7

How important it is to remember that my heart is enduring patiently O GOD! In good times, in silent times, in tough times and in uncertain times.

I will sing and make music…

I’ve been absent in this place for a few weeks now. God has moved us into our new home and we have been working ever since. Then sickness came…

I don’t need to talk about all that, but I do need to give praise to God for all the wonderful things He is doing in our lives. I know God is up to something wonderful! I’m just really trusting in that. It is amazing that His blessings always out number our hardships. I just love how God takes care of all the little details and cares for us each and everyday.

We had so many wonderful dear friends help assist us over the last several weeks. I appreciate them and I know that blessings are going to flow their way! I have boxes yet to unload and pictures to hang but it will get done before long. This time I took the expectations off myself and I’m just enjoying going through all the things that God has blessed us with.

With that being said, I will be away for a little from the blog. I hope to return by the first part of August and jump into writing and sharing my heart with all of you.

Have a beautiful Summer, Tammy

Trust in the Lord with all your heart!

Today is our 26th wedding anniversary. All odds were against us from the very beginning but God had other plans. Plans for good and plans for redemption. I share my story here in this space to encourage and give hope to those who feel like giving up. I almost did! God captured my heart.

My name is Tammy Provins and you can read a short chronicle about me and my family here.

This week my husband Scott and I are moving into our fourth rental home in five years. We are missionaries here in the beautiful city of San Miguel Mexico. I almost opted out to share this week because of the move but God slowed me down enough to write a few words and share with you all in this community. I look forward to getting to know each of you in this space.

Here are a few things you may want to know about me that aren’t written here, on my blog —

*Today, we have been in Mexico five years! Hard to believe. Yes, my husband and I crossed the border into Mexico on our anniversary with our belongings five years ago. When we received the call from God to come minister here, I knew without a doubt this was it. Even though it wasn’t easy to leave, we have seen the hand of God move. I couldn’t imagine my life anywhere else.

God hears our prayers! My husband and I prayed specifically for God to  use our lives exactly where he wanted us when Scott lost his job six years ago. Through fasting, prayer and faith, God led us to San Miguel. To learn more about our ministry you can visit our website

Here are a few tidbits about me:

*I love to work with paper, any kind. I love to scrapbook and create things. I’m looking forward to our move into our new home because I will have my own space to do some of these things. I’m thrilled!

*I love the beach — I love water — rivers, lakes, ponds or here in Mexico we have heated hot springs or grutas. So relaxing, so beautiful.

*I’m quiet and reserved sometimes. I’m learning through His grace to share more of me with others. I know, not the usual personality of a Pastor wife, but God is always stretching and molding, pulling and guiding. It hurts but feel so right. Trusting in His plan is my hearts desire.

*I don’t consider myself a writer but God prompted me to start this blog two years ago to share my story with others. I obeyed even when I didn’t understand. I have met some beautiful ladies throughout, and I’m so blessed.

I’m looking forward to getting to know each of you, your stories and your love for Jesus here at #TheLoft I want each of you to know that I am always available.

Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight. Do not be wise in your own eyes; fear the Lord and shun evil. Proverbs 3:5-7

In His Grace, Tammy

 

Yet God has made everything beautiful for its own time. Ecclesiastes 3:11

The NET bible version says, God has made everything fit beautifully in its appropriate time.

What season of life are you in? Do you know God is making it beautiful for it’s own time. He is making it fit beautifully together. I love that because when we go through the tough times we can be assured that God is working and fitting things together. Or, when we go through times of questioning and doubt, God is working. Even the joyous times in our lives He is fitting and working everything together.  That’s the beautiful part, God is always at work around us, ALWAYS!

In Ecclesiastes 3:1-8, Solomon writes about “A time to” – For everything there is a season, a time for every activity under heaven.

Your season may not be joyous right now, or it may be. You may be in a season of loneliness or depression or in a season of contentment and joy. You may be wondering many things about school or college, or, you may be a young mother up to the full in diapers and laundry wondering when you will get a break. Some of you may have an empty nest and your world is silent sometimes. You may be in a season of grieving or a season of dancing. Your family may be far from you or close. Whatever the season, and there are many more not mentioned, God’s beauty is coming from it.

I have a friend who lost a child a few years ago. She went through hard seasons of questioning God. Hard seasons of pain and grief. Hard seasons of not being able to trust. Hard seasons of wanting to be with her child. Hard, hard, hard days, nights, months and years! Many of you out there have gone through this same pain in your own lives. Today, it is a little easier for her and I say a little easier. She is finding glimmers of hope and peace again in the midst of loss. Does she miss her child, YES! Does she wish it could be different, YES! But God is reaching down to her and walking with her, loving her, and showing her beauty in in the darkness. Little glimmers of beauty! Only God can make beauty in darkness. Only God can make beauty from pain. Only God can make beauty from ashes!

To all who mourn in Israel, he will give a crown of beauty for ashes, a joyous blessing instead of mourning, festive praise instead of despair. In their righteousness, they will be like great oaks that the LORD has planted for his own glory. Isaiah 61:3

Seasons, they come and they go…I was talking with a young Mom recently and she has her hands full with a toddler. All of her days are devoted to her young child and there isn’t much of a break for this young Mom. As much as she loves her child, some days are hard, some days she struggles to want to be a Mom. Sometimes she wants to do her own thing and run away. I remember raising my own children and some seasons we hard. I assured this young Mom to enjoy the moments, to enjoy the hard, to enjoy the tantrums because one day they will be grown and gone. That may sound crazy to you Moms who are in the thick of things but please enjoy the hard! Embrace the hard. You will never get this season back, you will never get a rerun or a do over.

There were times when I didn’t think I was going to make it through those tough seasons as a Mom. I didn’t see the beauty in those tough times, I guess I  wasn’t looking for it either, but what if I had. What if we started looking for the beautiful moments in the tough times; they are there, God is there, He was working, He is always working. Would it have changed things; would it change things? I think so!! Looking for the beautiful. Embracing the hard. Praising Him in the tough seasons.

From the rising of the sun to the place where it sets, the name of the Lord    is to be praised. Psalm 113:3

You make known to me the path of life; in your presence there is fullness of joy; at your right hand are pleasures forevermore. Psalm 16:11

Both of my children are grown adults in their twenties now, but there are times I wish I could go back and get a do over in those overwhelming, tough times. I would do it differently. I would embrace the hard much better. That’s my encouragement to you young Moms today, embrace the hard. Love the hard. It doesn’t necessarily have to be the small stages, even you Moms with teenagers, embrace the hard, love the hard. 

For our present troubles are small and won’t last very long. Yet they produce for us a glory that vastly outweighs them and will last forever! So we don’t look at the troubles we can see now; rather, we fix our gaze on things that cannot be seen. For the things we see now will soon be gone, but the things we cannot see will last forever. 2 Corinthians 4:17 (NLT)

Are you willing to give your season to God and let Him bring beauty from it? The truth is, He will anyway,  but when we hand things over to our loving Father we offer Him our surrender, we offer Him our trust. The two go hand and hand – surrender and trust. We must be willing to say, “Father, I surrender my season to you. I trust that you will make all things work together for my good (Romans 8:28). Even though I don’t see how this will end, I know you do, and that makes all the difference.” Sounds easy… but the truth is this is where we sometimes have a hard time because we want the pain and suffering to end. But maybe this is where the beautiful is, under the darkness.

Will you find joy and beauty in your season? Rest in His love, rest in His peace, rest in His beautiful care.

Father, Help us to see the beautiful You are making. We know that You walk with us even though we don’t feel You at times, You are there! We want to surrender and trust our seasons to you; our hearts want to follow you even in the darkness but we need your loving guidance. Thank you for the beautiful that you send to us each and every day. Open our eyes to your beauty, to your love and care. I surrender my season to you and trust that you will work everything for good. I praise you for how your going to beautify my season. In Jesus name, Amen!

 

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