It is my great pleasure to introduce you to one of our newest writers Debbie Walker. I have known Debbie and her family for many years. It has been a blessing to watch Debbie and her family grow in the Lord and step out in faith to fulfill the calling He has placed upon their lives. Please make her welcome to Women Encouraging Women.
I grew up in a non-Christian family but attended VBS each summer. As a high school athlete, I was invited to attend a Christian sports camp and it was there that I accepted Jesus as my Savior. Ned and I met while I was in high school and we were married in 1992 and have been blessed with three amazing children. We moved from Indiana to Vero Beach, FL in 1993 to work at a Christian kid’s camp. It was while there that we became connected with Central Assembly and enjoyed being very active members there until God called us into full time missions with Youth With A Mission.
For the past ten years, we have served in YWAM and currently live and serve in inner city Richmond, Virginia.
God’s Timing Is Always Perfect!
I was recently sharing with a friend about what has been going on in our lives the past few months and how discouraged I have been. I told her that for the past 10 years we have been serving as full-time missionaries and God has provided. However, the past two months June and July, God had not provided, not even for the rent.
I then went on to explain that He had “finally” provided around mid-July and we were able to pay the rent. I said, “Luckily, we had mushrooms growing from our ceiling, so that was enough of a reason according to the state that we live in to not pay the rent on time.”
When I said that, it hit me. God had provided…just not in the timing or the way that I had wanted or hoped for. He provided the rent but He also provided the mushrooms.
God does provide and He is not bound to the “normal” parameters of provision that we see or think about. I didn’t want to have to wait and I didn’t want to have to go through the ordeal of moving furniture and having a huge piece of my ceiling torn out and replaced. I didn’t want the construction dust and people in my house. But it is not about what I want.
Life is always about glorifying God and about what He wants to teach us. I don’t know all of what God was teaching me during this process but I do know some things.
During any trial, we must stay confident in God’s promises. He will provide and He will take care of us. It will always be in His way and in His timing but He will do it!
We must stay encouraged and looking to God. I had to lean into God’s Word and I also had to seek out people who would encourage me. Somedays, I had to go to a friend to give me an encouraging word because I was just so discouraged.
And, we must also stay true to what God has asked us to do even when it gets tough. Remember the last thing that God has told you to do and stay faithful to that word and His direction.
These are just a few of the things that God taught me during this time. I just need to trust and obey Him regardless of what seems to be going on around me.
Phil. 4:19 “And my God will supply every need of yours according to His riches in glory in Christ Jesus.”