Monday, February 7, 2011

The Lord Provides

I've always known and believed that the Lord provides. He's done it countless times during this journey of King's Ranch, yet each time I am amazed to see His hand at work! He blows me away!

Recently several events came together to produce the "perfect storm for King's Ranch". We had been planning for months for Matthew and Fawn Bradley, our attachment therapists, to visit the Ranch. Fawn would be having major surgery and recovering at our home for three weeks, while they also would be doing therapy with our kids and training for our staff. As the time was arriving for their visit, our then house parents let us know that they would be leaving King's Ranch. Our house mom felt led by the Lord to return to school to become an attachment therapist herself, so that would require them to resign their position. That would mean that all the ranch kids would be at our house until the time new house parents were found. The clouds were looming. I began to realized that we would have 7 kids and 2 therapists at our home at the same time with 1 recovering from major surgery for three weeks. What's more, I would be mom, wife, house parent, relief house parent, nurse, teacher, cook, secretary and administrator of King's Ranch all at the same time. The perfect storm...

I was overcome by anxiety. I did not know how I would make it through! One night I went to my room crying, I got on my knees and all I could do was cry out to God, "Help me Lord! Please help me!" in sheer desperation... I didn't use fancy words. I couldn't muster them up. The Lord knew my heart and heard my simple and desperate plea! I was amazed to see Him go to work and provide through many precious friends! People brought food and fed us for three weeks, they volunteered as teachers and babysitters, they helped us do some household repairs, and we even had a temporary house parent for some of the time. Every need we had the Lord provided! He never ceases to amaze me by His grace!

Yesterday, we put the Bradley's back on a plane to North Carolina. Fawn's surgery was a success and the therapy and training they provided the ranch was invaluable! These last three weeks were not only manageable, but a true blessing! And as the Lord would have it, the training we received wouldn't have been near as successful had the ranch kids not been at our house some of that time. The Lord did amazing work in the hearts of many people during the Bradley's visit! Thank you Jesus that you always know what is best and you always provide just what we need! You are faithful!

"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, forever and ever. Amen" Ephesians 3:20

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