November 2019

“And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.”
Matthew 28:20

“The Lord your God is with you wherever you go.”
Joshua 1:9

“Fear not, for I am with you; be not dismayed, for I am your God; I will strengthen you, I will help you, I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.”
Isaiah 41:10

I am with you, I am with you, I am with you.

A promise that our unchanging God made and has fulfilled time and time again.

This is the promise that entered my head as I was praying about taking a risk this last month – due to unfortunate circumstances, I felt like I had no other choice but to let go my last source of income. A week before the baby was due, just after making a huge repair on my car. But these circumstances (which I will refrain from going into detail lest it turn into slander or gossip) were worsening, and both my physical and spiritual health were suffering.

I was talking with trusted, godly friends on the matter. They said it was time to let go and it was not only justified, but right. I felt worried because I hadn’t taken an appropriate amount of time (by my standards) to pray about it. But as soon as I began praying, the Holy Spirit brought to remembrance the character of our God – One who is faithful, and faithful to be with us.

He promises this.

And that is a presence that transcends circumstance. So, if my decision, made with wise counsel and prayer, resulted in greater flourishing or financial destitution, God would be there. He has already gone ahead and both ordained and foreseen the outcome.

Paul’s famous verse talks about this, and is one of the most misapplied verses in Scripture:

I can do all things through him who strengthens me.

Philippians 4:13

Many Christians today take this to mean that we can claim all things as ours, do all things we want, and expect the best results, because we have Jesus. This seems glorious to some, but by doing that, they miss out on a richer, greater glory that Paul wanted to communicate. Look at the verse in context:

Not that I am speaking of being in need, for I have learned in whatever situation I am to be content. I know how to be brought low, and I know how to abound. In any and every circumstance, I have learned the secret of facing plenty and hunger, abundance and need. I can do all things through him who strengthens me.

Philippians 4:11-13

Paul here describes every circumstance – abundance, need; hunger, a full plate; destitution, flourishing. What is the benefit of Christ? An unwavering, strong joy and contentment. God with us – God with me – means that in a fallen world where all these terrible seasons can happen, God remains, and God does not let it go to waste. God’s salvation of my soul stands and companionship to my heart remains. His glory wavers not. Praise be to God!

Updates

As some of you know, the baby has arrived! I will let the mother share all those photos and details herself. But join me in praising God for a quick labor, a healthy baby, and all the joy this child has already brought to the home.

I am the happiest, proudest auntie in the world. 🙂

We have had a wonderful month so far in Haven work. We had a movie night watching “American Gospel” – a rich film presenting the false gospel that has become prominent in America, and presenting the rich glory of Christ. My hope and prayer is that those in attendance were convicted and drawn closer to the Lord, and I hope to have more showings in the months ahead.

Because of this season without work, I have been able to help the mother and child in their growth and have grown myself. I am so thankful for God-fearing women who God has brought to us to help in this as well. It’s wonderful to see His perfect timing and work through them.

I am overjoyed to finally be able to make time for planning “family devotions” and outings, intentionally being in the word myself, and caring for others who come into the home for even just a night. Whether this season lasts or not, I am so thankful that I at least am getting a taste right now of all that the Haven could be.

Requests

Obviously, please pray for provision in God’s timing for me and by extension the Haven. I have been self-sustained for the entirety of its existence, and am now working to potentially partner with a church for support so that I can continue to dedicate my time to the work here. Please pray for the church, that God’s will be done, and pray that the steps needed before they are able to take me on come to fruition quickly.

Join me in praise that I have gained a client, extending my timeline for getting that support!

Please pray for our new mom: for spiritual growth, for development in the rhythm of this new life of momhood, for strength and energy.

And to paste from the last post:

Specifically for the women here, I have updated the list of needs which you can find here.

I am also intending to invest more time into my personal blog on theology and a thriving life here. As encouraged by many friends, I am going to begin to allow people to support me through Patreon. You can find that here. Hopefully, this will be another means by which I can finally be home more and pouring into the women here.

Thank you all. I am so humbled by the love I have received from so many in this time.

In Christ,
Emily

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