Diane Bailey with wisdom on learning to trust

A knot tightened in my stomach as I sorted through the stack of notices demanding payment with money that did not come in that month. As a single mom, with little or no child support, money was always an issue. This month, in particular, was difficult.  My income consisted of a modest salary, but the main portion came from a productivity check.  That month, the office did not have the business that was standard, so no productivity check came.  This check was to pay the mortgage and health insurance for the month.

I knew that if I missed a payment, I would always be behind, and there would be endlessly added on late fees.  My fear was that I would never be able to catch up and would eventually lose the house.  I didn’t have enough money to make it through each month as it was.

I searched for anything that could be sold but, there was nothing.  The things I owned were worn and tattered, much like my life.  God’s Word promised that He could provide all my needs, but my question was this: would He?

After being betrayed by a husband, trust was an issue. How could I trust a spirit I had never seen, when flesh and blood made promises that were never kept? Whether God showed up or not, I was no longer able to control the outcome or provide God with any help in solving this problem of keeping my children and me in our home. Either He was God who could do miracles or He was not and all I could do was wait and see.

Walking to the mailbox, I lick my lip, swollen from biting back tears, and gathered bills shouting warnings of delinquency.  There in the stack was a letter from my mortgage company. Peeling back the opening, ready to surrender to their demands, a check fell out.

Two years earlier my former husband and I sold our family home in the divorce. The letter stated that the equity escrow was never returned to us.  Lifting the check from the ground, and turning it over, my mouth opened wide.  I could not believe the amount.  It was what I needed to cover the bills for the month.

Diane Bailey on trust for the consilium

He created it all, he owns it all, he makes it work even when we do not think we have all the elements for success.  He makes a way when there is no way.  He causes trenches of water in the desert without wind or rain.

Maybe your water in the desert is the need for healing of your body, or maybe it is the need for a prodigal to return home.  Maybe your need for water is for your spouse to be saved.

For the children of God, the water came during morning sacrifice, a time of worship.

As you wait for water in your desert try worshipping God. Your problem is easy for Him. He is not waiting for you to be perfect or to help Him, He is asking you to wait in faith.  You are loved. He is working for you. Wait in worship

God doesn’t need your help in these matters any more than He needs wind or rain to make valleys of the desert into trenches of water.  What He is asking you to do is to wait patiently on Him.  At the right time, He will do it.

Thus, says the Lord, make this valley full of trenches.”  For thus says the lord, you shall not see wind nor shall you see rain yet that valley shall be filled with water so that you shall drink both you and your cattle and your beasts. And this is but a slight thing in the sight of the Lord” 2Kings 3:16-18

Are you in need of water in your desert? What are you waiting on? How can we pray for you? Please leave your prayer requests in the comment.


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Diane W. Bailey is the founder of The Consilium – an online community of wisdom and purpose for women over 45 years of age. She is a published author. Her books include String of Pearls – From Tears to Treasure, and 30 Days To A Better Stepfamily. She is the host of The Consilium podcast and is creating her own line of precious metals bracelets. Diane lives in the Deep South with her husband Doc. Together they have created a stepfamily, each having two stepchildren and two birth children, and share three grandchildren, one black lab named Charlie and one long haired tabby cat named Lil Girl. Diane’s passion is to encourage women to be all God has created them to be by pressing past fear and daring to live life as an adventure. Some of her life adventures include traveling to Israel, speaking, entrepreneurship and backyard farming with Doc. She loves Gumbo, fried shrimp and seeing all sunsets across water.

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