Monday, January 5, 2009

Immeasurably More Than We Ask or Imagine

It's almost time.

In a little less than a month, my sister will arrive, this time for furlough Stateside Assignment. She'll be here for 4 months, until the end of May.

A dilemma has been where she will live. Churches don't have missionary houses like they used to; the one she stayed in the last 2 times she was on S.A. is booked. Our church has designated a portion of their missions budget to help pay for housing for her.

But have you tried to rent an apartment for 4 months lately? Most won't do a lease for less than 6 months. The few that will rent on a month-to-month basis triple the rent. Understandable since many folks abuse rental property. But not practical for a missionary who is paid according to the economy of the third-world country in which she serves.

So today, I called two apartment locators. The first one told me I was delusional explained what I just told you in the above paragraph about leases and rates.

The second one was interested and knew someone who had gone on a mission trip, and said he would check around and call me back in one hour.

He told me much of the same story.

Except he said there was one apartment complex.

With one apartment available beginning the end of this month. For which they would do a 4-month lease. For less than $700/month. And waive the deposit and application fees, which amounted to about $400.

I zipped right over. Turns out the woman at the complex is a Christian. Recently heard a missionary from China speak at her church. Less than 2 hours after my initial call to the apartment locator, I signed a lease.

And the complex? Gated. Secure. And barely two miles from our house, and the same complex where my girl's viola teacher lives.

And my God will meet all your needs according to His glorious riches in Christ Jesus. Philippians 4:19

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. Ephesians 3:20-21


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Deven said...

Praise the Lord!

sara said...

That is so cool!!! And so much fun to see Him work that way!!!

How wonderful for you to get that time with your sister! Where is she a missionary?

bp said...

Praise God for his timing!

Cathy Davis said...

Amen and Amen and again I say Amen!

I love to hear of God working in someone's life like this!!

(Love the verse - it's on my list to memorize!)

Chatty Kelly said...

What an AWESOME praise! God is good - all the time!

Patrice said...

What an awesome God we serve!! That is wonderful news!!

Christina said...

That is great news. We serve an awesome God.

Mel said...

God is amazing without a doubt.

Shirley said...

That is very cool, indeed! I love these kind of stories :) Praise Him!

Robin Lambright said...

I love it when God show off! He is so good to provide exactly what we need and even more that we need at times.

I know your sister will enjoy her time stateside now that the burden of where she will live has been handle by God.

She is very luck to have a sister who is taking care of the details for her.


2nd Cup of Coffee said...

That is amazing.

Xandra@Heart-of-Service said...

These are my favorite kinds of stories about God's providence. He is always faithful to provide...

I guess you need to get the Scrabble board down and dust it off!


Mary said...

Praise God! His goodness is amazing!

Erica said...

Your post gave me goosebumps. I love it when God works like that!

Natalie said...

God is ALWAYS faithful to the ones who serve Him. I am constantly humbled by His works. I loved this post today, Linda!

Beverlydru said...

What a mighty God we serve! Thanks for being a faith-builder.

A Stone Gatherer said...

YEAH WOOT WOOT and WOW God!!! That is so cool!