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What if?

At our Free Sale, my eyes were opened to some of the hardships around us. Hardships that aren’t being talked about in mainstream media. 

One guy shared with me how he was preserving everything he could grow in preparation for great economic hardship. He also shared how he was living with his girlfriend or “common law wife”. He told me how he would never ever get married again.

I drove by a church billboard this last summer that read, “Come to church now…beat the Christmas rush.” I got a little chuckle, and then it got me thinking.

So often, as a church member, we wait in our churches for someone like that guy I mentioned to come to church. We wait for him to come to us needing a handout. We wait so that we can tell him how he is living in sin. Once they enter into church, we are all smiles and love. But once they leave, they are forgotten or at best “prayed for”.

We long to minister to the poor. We long to share our wisdom. But we really need to be longing to share our fellowship.

What if we hung out and interacted with “others” on a regular basis? What if we laughed together, ate together, helped each other?…Not because we had to, but because we wanted to. What if our hanging out naturally flowed to worshipping God together? What if there was no division between the two?

What if?

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Showers of Blessings

Most people when they think of Oregon think of rain, rain, rain. They also think of lush-ness and greenery. Well, there is another part of Oregon that most people don’t even realize exists. And it is actually larger than the more popular rainy, lush area otherwise known as “The Valley”.

This other area is Eastern and Central Oregon. Since I am more familiar with Central Oregon, I am going to share a few tidbits maybe you didn’t know. Central Oregon is a high desert. It is rugged and dry. There are flat plateaus, canyons, and rocky outcroppings.

 The annual rainfall is only around 12 inches a year. This makes for a very dry climate. Since we arrived on August 1st, it has only rained 2 times.

Instead of receiving rain of the liquid variety, we have been receiving showers of blessings. At our first visit to our church, we said a prayer. I don’t really remember all the words, but it basically was a prayer for provisions. We prayed for job opportunities, checks in the mail, rebates, inheritances, etc. While I was hopeful for some of the things listed, others, I thought, weren’t even a possibility.

Over the next 3 weeks, we received one rebate, 8 checks in the mail, and one job opportunity. All of the checks were completely unexpected like a refund for overpayment on our property taxes on our old property. The money always came when we most needed it.

With the job opportunity, Joe had an interview for a coaching position, and then had to wait a week to find out if he got the position. They called and told him that he did not get the job. We were very disappointed but held on to faith that God would provide.

Yesterday, Joe got a call that they had too many kids on the team and were forming two and asked if Joe would coach the second team. And…he would get the same pay as previously told.

I have also been worrying about clothes for this winter for the kids. So I decided that I should pray about it. We have since then received two bags of boys’ clothes and one bag of girls’ clothes. I also prayed for food. We received a ton of food that someone didn’t have need for and we also have received some surplus garden bounty. I could go on about the gifts we have been given. Daily I am amazed. It still boggles my mind as to how good God is. I don’t think I will ever grasp how great God is.

So we might not have had a lot of rain here, but we have definitely been showered with blessings.

Now, I don’t write this to boast. No, I write this to remind myself. If I had been with the Israelites on the exodus from Egypt, I am sure that I would be of the golden calf making crowd. I, all too quickly, forget of God’s provisions. I, all too quickly, become filled with worry and doubt. I, all too quickly, complain.

I wrote this to encourage you in your own life as well as to be a reminder to myself of God’s provisions and blessings. Put your trust in Him and he will provide all you need.

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Preparing for the Battle!

So many people have asked where we are going, what are we going to do. I have no answer. But it is so much more than that.

We are not looking for typical employment. We are not looking at where should we park the trailer. We are not looking for the government to take care of us. We are not looking for someone to give us a hand out. We are not looking to pastor in a church or lead worship somewhere. We are not hoping to move in with family. We are not planning our vacation. We are not planning a travel route.

So what are those crazy Beckers doing?

We are speaking out. We are living by faith. We are choosing to spend time with our kids…lots and lots of time. We are building relationships, discipling them, equipping them. We are helping others when we see a need. We are trying to be ready for whatever God calls us for. We are choosing to live how we believe God wants us to live…simply, together, boldly and with love. We are preparing for a battle. You might think we are crazy, but a war is going on. We are simply preparing ourselves and our children for the battle. We can not sit back and be silent. We can not sit back and watch as our country is destroyed and our faith is being torn apart. We can not sit back while marriages fall apart. We can not sit back and let our children be molested and murdered.

We do not know our destination. We don’t know what tomorrow brings. But God does! We are preparing for the battle.

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