Teaching Our Children About God’s Provision

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The Bible exhorts us to tell our children about the things that God has done. One example is in Joshua after the Israelites crossed over the Jordan River into the Promised Land.

And he spake unto the children of Israel, saying, When your children shall ask their fathers in time to come, saying, What [mean] these stones? Then ye shall let your children know, saying, Israel came over this Jordan on dry land.

Joshua 4:21-22

Why did God do this?

Because He wants us to remember that He takes care of us.

The last two weeks have been a very vivid reminder to me, that God does indeed take care of us.

Two weeks ago my husband was very seriously considering taking a part-time job delivering newspapers. I was not at all excited about the prospect, but there seemed no other way to meet the needs of our family. (I could go into a discussion of needs versus wants here. There are certainly things that we consider needs that aren’t technically needed for our survival. And the needs that my husband was concerned about were things that we don’t need now, but will definitely need in the future that we haven’t been able to save for. Cars for example.) He is a planner and he recognized that we needed more income to provide for these upcoming needs.

Like I said, I was not at all happy with the prospect. The combination of having to work 365 days per year and having to leave at 2 am didn’t seem like a good idea. He agreed, but he didn’t see another way. He was planning to ride along on the route to check it out, but the driver never called him back.

The next day an old friend called him and told him about a position that had just opened up where he teaches. (My husband is a chemistry teacher.) The position was for a coordinator position of one the academies at a technology magnet school. It is a 12 month position instead of a 10 month one. He decided to apply.

To make a very long story short, he got the job!

It’s going to be a lot of work for him teaching classes he’s never taught. It will mean no more summers off. He also has to go to a training class for 2 weeks. But we are so thankful that God supplied our family’s need in such a tangible way. It’s another chapter in the story of how God has worked in our family that we can review with our children.

Do you talk about God’s provision with your children? Do you keep a journal of the things God has done? I would like a more concrete way of recording events like this.

This post is a part of The Christian Home Issue 26, posted weekly at The Legacy of Home.

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3 thoughts on “Teaching Our Children About God’s Provision”

  1. That is wonderful news, Kristen! Congratulations to your husband on his new position! Talking about/remembering His provisions is so important, yet so easy to neglect.

  2. Thanks for sharing that praise. I am always inspired at how big God is when He takes care of us down to the smallest detail. Thanks for sharing. Stopping by from Legacy of Home

  3. Isn’t it amazing how God provides at just the right time?! Thanks for the reminder to share with our children about His provision. And thanks for stopping by my blog and sharing your encouragement today.

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