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Dawn & Dave with the San Diego Harbor in the background
Dawn & Dave – The San Diego Harbor in the background

On Sunday when I was leaving church at Aisquith Presbyterian, just outside of Baltimore, a friend of mine discreetly handed me a crumpled ten-dollar bill. I stuck it in my pocket, and didn’t pull it out until later, because my friend acted like he didn’t want everyone to know about it.
When I got to a place where I could pull it out, and look at it, I saw that it wasn’t a large amount. Yet I felt like the Holy Spirit spoke to me and ministered to me through that gift. He reminded me that He loves me and my family, and that He’s going to take care of us.
You see we’ve got a lot on our plate right now. I’m traveling on the east coast, involved in ministry with World Team this week, and working on fund development on the weekends. Our house is under contract. Sunday morning I received the inspection report before I went to church.
The inspection report was on the discouraging side. It seemed like the buyers were asking for the moon. I had a hard time not thinking about it during the service. It’s hard not to fear that the deal is going to fall through. We are hopeful, looking to the Lord, but we don’t know what’s going to happen.
There are some challenging things going on in our family too. The move has stirred up all kinds of dust. On top of this we are working hard to get the rest of our financial support raised before we move.
In times like this it’s easy to get our eyes off the Lord, and focus on what appears to be a mountain of difficulties. I needed something. I needed the Lord to sweep in and minister to my hurting heart. That’s just what He did!
I don’t know what’s going to happen with our house. I’m hoping and believing that the sale will go through, but we do have some obstacles to overcome. We don’t know how the buyer will respond to our offer.
We do know God loves us, and He cares for our every need. He is more concerned about our family and our ministry on the border than we could ever be.
Psalm 56:3,4 is a great source of comfort in times of need.

“When I am afraid, I put my trust in you. In God, whose word I praise , in God I trust; I shall not be afraid. What can flesh do to me?”

Thank the Lord for His enduring love and His faithfulness.
Pray for the Lord’s wisdom and direction as we negotiate with the buyers. We will most likely give them a response later today to the things they’ve asked us to do as a result of the inspection.
Ask the Lord for His provision as we seek the raise up the final funds we need to be fully funded, and freed up to focus on the ministry on the border. If you would like to partner with us financially, you can give online . Just click on the donate button below: 
In His Grip, Dave
P.S. For updates on Petra Anderson go here…


  • By Larry Who
    Posted July 24, 2012 at 12:10 pm

    This will really sound simple, but it’s what I have to do to walk without fear. Give the house to the Lord. Give your ministry to the Lord. Then, instead of praying, “O Lord, help,” start praying like this: “Well, Lord, what are You going to do with Your house? What are You going to do with Your ministry? These are Your problems, not mine. So, let me know what You decide, okay? I’m going to rest while I’m waiting on You.”

    • By diasolifeontheborder
      Posted July 24, 2012 at 1:15 pm

      Good suggestions – thanks. It is true that our house is ultimately the Lord’s, so we have to trust Him for His house.

  • By tangiblethoughts
    Posted July 24, 2012 at 12:21 pm

    Our God is sovereign over our lives and ministries. He is Jehovah-Jireh, LORD Provider. When and where He calls us to serve, He is faithful to provide. God bless you as you follow Him in ministry.

    • By diasolifeontheborder
      Posted July 24, 2012 at 1:17 pm

      Thanks for the reminder. It’s easy to get our eyes off of our true provider – the Lord

  • By SPTP2011
    Posted July 24, 2012 at 3:00 pm

    Reblogged this on Stumbling into Grace with SPTP2011.

  • By lbkennett
    Posted July 24, 2012 at 3:03 pm

    My husband and I have walked this road. We are still on it after 6 years. God has faithfully proven Himself over and over to this doubting heart, until I doubt no more. He is “able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine”. By His strength within you, keep looking up. Remember Philippians 4:4-7, 1 Peter 5:7 and Hebrews 13:5-6. Praying for you.

    • By diasolifeontheborder
      Posted July 24, 2012 at 9:37 pm

      Thanks so much for the prayers and the great encouragement. God’s Word is filled with such wonderful promises!

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  • By Planting Potatoes
    Posted July 25, 2012 at 10:06 am

    it is scary how Satan will throw so much at us – not because he can do anything to us – but just to distract us from what God can and will do for us……so, with that in mind, seems all we need to do is hold a hand over our eyes to protect them from the dust while we keep focused on God and when the dust settles…….we will win! I join you in prayer that God will hold onto you in his mercy and provision!

    • By diasolifeontheborder
      Posted July 25, 2012 at 7:35 pm

      Thanks for the encouraging words. The Lord builds our faith in times like these

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