When she writes about topics like “why babysitting should be in your budget” and her husband’s “unique view of a Proverbs 31 wife” I knew Ayanna was a writer I could connect with. Her candor about having financial peace in your home will motivate you to break chains in areas of your life using God as your guide. That sounds sort of trite but her encouragement is true and when you read her words you can immediately tell she is lead by the Holy Spirit. And that is someone I want to read over and over. I’ll let her words here today show you what I mean.
Since I was a little girl, I always wanted to be a mom. Having a career, getting married, and having children were things that I always aspired to do. Growing up with a mother that worked and seeing how important it was to be able to provide for your family, made having a career being just as important as being a wife and a mother. So with that image of motherhood at the forefront of my mind, I set goals accordingly. I went to college, became a pharmacist, married my college sweetheart, and then we started a family. Yet once I finally became a mother, the image of what motherhood should look like for me began to change and God’s calling on my life as a mother started becoming clearer. So after my twin daughters were born, I went from being a working pharmacist to stay at home mom. This was a transition from trusting on myself and my husband to provide, to trusting God to provide.
God Will Provide
I knew being home full-time was something in my heart that I wanted to do and believed that God was calling to do this as well. So instead of focusing on what I was losing in the form of income, I began to learn what I was gaining through trusting God’s provision.
And my God will meet all your needs
according to the riches of his glory in Christ Jesus.
Trusting God to provide is one thing, but trusting for Him to provide according to His ways is not the same thing. My husband’s job has primarily been the means in which God has provided for our family. Yet through his career, we have moved across the country about every 2 years. Would I have rather have stayed put and tried to convince my husband to get another job? YES! However, trusting God to provide means also trusting in the way in which He provides. Moving around has not been easy, but through it all God has provided beyond our wildest dreams because we trusted Him to do so. We have grown and see so many things we would not have if we tried to do things our way.
Trusting God Is Not Always Easy
Another thing I’ve learned while trusting God to provide is that it is not always easy. Have I ever been anxious and worried about how He was going to make a way when I could not see one? YES, especially during layoffs at my husband’s company. We had recently moved again and still trying to get acclimated to a new city. Yet although not easy, I choose to continue to trust God to provide.
Therefore do not be anxious, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ For the Gentiles seek after all these things,
and your heavenly Father knows that you need them all.
Being worried and anxious will not get us anywhere, and will only lead to becoming more worried and anxious. Trusting God to provide means trusting Him when you see a way and when you do not. Believing that regardless of the things going on around you, you know that God sees you, knows your needs and will provide for them.
Yet I would not be being honest if I did not admit that even knowing God will provide and knowing that I should not be anxious, there are times when the weight of it all just gets too much. It is in those times that I do the only thing I know to do, PRAY!
Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find;
knock and the door will be opened to you.
Learning to trust God also means going to Him and asking Him specifically for the provision. There is nothing too big or too small for God. If He could make the moon and the stars, I’m sure whatever we are asking for is not too much. Praying to God to seek His guidance, His covering, and His provision is never too much.
From the moment you discover you are going to be a mother, you are forever changed. The lessons I have learned from motherhood so far are numerous, some big and some small. Yet, learning to trust God to provide has been one of the biggest because it has not only helped to shape me as a mother, but also as a daughter of the one true King!
Ayanna is a stay at home wife and mom of 3 little divas-in-training, two of which are identical twins. She is saved by grace, and believes her faith and belief in Jesus keeps her grounded and gives her strength. She loves to use her life and lessons learned to inspire and encourage you to live fun, joyful and abundant lives that shine like Stars. You can find more from her over at her blog 21 Flavors of Splendor, and connect with her on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and Pinterest.