Trust God from the bottom of your heart; don't try to figure out everything on your own. Listen for God's voice in everything you do, everywhere you go; God is the one who will keep you on track.
What places do you expect to experience God? Maybe it's church, or nature, or the graveside of a loved one, or in our very selves. As we begin a new school year, what if we looked for God at school or work or morning carpool? Does God show up during your first period class that begins at the break of dawn, or in that early morning wake up from your child, or even in the long first meeting of the day?
It's important to expect God to show up in all kinds of places. What are some unexpected places where you can look for God this week?
This past week, I saw God at work in a found $5 bill and was reminded of a long term connection with our church and two teenage children that we sponsor through Compassion International.
I was walking our dog by myself in our neighborhood. I went along one of the usual streets and noticed $5 in the road. I looked to see if it was near a house and it wasn't. I picked it up and put it in my pocket and then thought about what to do.
As often as possible, Will has a dollar or some coins to put into an offering envelope to give during our Children's Worship offering. Each week we talk about where the money will go, and most regular attendees can tell you. The offering helps support Simba Mumo and Itzel de Jesus Romero our two Compassion International children that we sponsor.
Our children and families at JCPC have been supporting Simba and Itzel for at least a decade. They are now in high school and continue to have a connection with church, school, and an extended faith community because of the generosity of our children and families.