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Joel 2:19-27 (NIV)
19 The LORD will reply to them:
"I am sending you grain, new wine and oil,
enough to satisfy you fully;
never again will I make you
an object of scorn to the nations.

20 "I will drive the northern army far from you,
pushing it into a parched and barren land,
with its front columns going into the eastern sea
and those in the rear into the western sea.
And its stench will go up;
its smell will rise."
Surely he has done great things.

21 Be not afraid, O land;
be glad and rejoice.
Surely the LORD has done great things.

22 Be not afraid, O wild animals,
for the open pastures are becoming green.
The trees are bearing their fruit;
the fig tree and the vine yield their riches.

23 Be glad, O people of Zion,
rejoice in the LORD your God,
for he has given you
the autumn rains in righteousness.
He sends you abundant showers,
both autumn and spring rains, as before.

24 The threshing floors will be filled with grain;
the vats will overflow with new wine and oil.

25 "I will repay you for the years the locusts have eaten—
the great locust and the young locust,
the other locusts and the locust swarm —
my great army that I sent among you.

26 You will have plenty to eat, until you are full,
and you will praise the name of the LORD your God,
who has worked wonders for you;
never again will my people be shamed.

27 Then you will know that I am in Israel,
that I am the LORD your God,
and that there is no other;
never again will my people be shamed.

Since this is the journal of my life, it exists to document what God is doing and speaking in my life. I definitely wanted to document the events of the past couple of days for myself and register my praise to God for His faithfulness.

Last Wednesday (11.15), Jayme and I received the proverbial "check in the mail." Let me give some of the back story. When we moved back to CA in '99, we had sold our house in TN and the only money we had was what we made on the sale. We used that money to invest in the launch of New Horizons, believing that God would give it back one day. Over the 7 years of the church, we acquired a lot of personal debt, occasionally using our credit cards to pay bills (yeah, I know better). God has been faithful thought this time, but the financial pressure we've been under has been heavy.

In August '04, the above passage was a part of our daily reading. At that time, we felt that this was a "word" for us - a promise from God about our circumstances. God would repay what has been taken and would remove from us the shame we felt not only from our financial situation, but even from the lack of "success" of our church plant. This passage became something we held in our hearts, not anticipating how or when God would bring this to pass.

2006 has been a personal year of milestones; Jayme and I both turned 40 and we have enjoyed 14 years of marriage. Yet all these significant moments went uncelebrated. It was weird; on the birthdays we were busy with church responsibilities and even on our anniversary we had a couple we were doing was marriage counseling session for. Subconsciously, we didn't celebrate them because, to be honest, we felt a little awkward about were we found ourselves at this stage of life. Yet on our anniversary (11.7), we felt God speak to us each that this year was a year of the "double-portion" and new beginnings. Little did we know that just a week later, we would experience the first taste of it.

Upon coming home following Bible study, Jayme checked the mail box. In that day's mail was a letter from a friend. Included in this letter was a check. We were floored! Without creating speculation about whom the check was from or revealing the amount, let me express it this way; after tithing and paying off all our debt, we are left with an amount that would be 2X the amount we came to CA with 7 years ago.

We are in awe. There really aren't any words to describe how we feel. Grateful, thankful, peaceful, humbled - these words come close, but still fall short. We have been dependant upon God's faithfulness all these years. Each day He has proven Himself over and over. This is just another example of it. And God is faithful to His word. He has restored and repaid. He has removed our shame. Surely the LORD has done great things.

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