Blessed Are The Merciful
by Jean Mulquin
“Blessed (happy, to be envied, and spiritually prosperous—with life-joy and satisfaction in God’s favor and salvation, regardless of their outward conditions) are the merciful, for they shall obtain mercy!” Matthew 5:7 (AMP)
On August 24, 2010, I received a call from Katie, “Jean, you and John have got to get down here! We need you!”
When Katie went on Sid Roth’s program, the ministry began to explode and our all-volunteer workforce was having a hard time keeping up.
So, John and I prayed, and I gave my notice at the church I was working for as Office Manager. Of course, some of my family thought I had lost my mind. My mom was especially concerned about me leaving my “dream job”. She said, “Jeanette (only my mom and family call me that), you are leaving a place that you could work at until the day you die! They love you there!” Other people said, “You’re not going to work for THAT woman, are you? You’re not putting all your eggs in that basket?”
I had been praying since I wrote my first journal entry exactly four years earlier, after our first Wednesday night Bible study. I had many confirmations from the Lord of what I was supposed to do, so I could answer all their concerns with a firm, “Yes, I am!”
Of course, reality is always different than our expectations! We walked into a mess (just being real here), and it took some time to bring order from chaos. For housing, we tried staying in Katie’s spare room, but the bed was too small and I needed the room to be colder. (Katie used to tease me about running around in a napkin while she had on sweats and socks).
So, we moved our air mattress into the accounting office at the ministry and slept there. In a file above our heads, was a huge pile of data entry that needed to be done for January. The server would back up every morning at about 1:30 a.m., and I would wake up when I heard it whirring and beeping. John could wear earplugs, but I’ve never been able to get used to them.
During this time, we had a faithful volunteer that kept our partner department running. She drove to Maricopa from Fountain Hills (about 42 miles one way) two to three times a week to help us. She and her husband had a home in Maricopa that they were letting some ministry folks live in. She came to me and said, “When the people that are in our home here move out, we want you and John to move in there so you have some time away from work.” The home was totally furnished with everything we could have needed. So, for just paying utilities, we were all set up!
We began having Wednesday night Bible studies there and my nephew came to one of them. He said, “Wow, Aunt Jean! How do I get one of these deals (speaking of the house we were staying in)?” I replied, “Well, you dedicate your home (referring to our home of 20 years in West Phoenix) to the Lord, let every stray child and adult in need come live with you, and then when you are in need of a home, God puts your need on someone else’s heart and they show you the same mercy you showed to others.” That is how the Kingdom of God works!
Have you ever taken a leap of faith?
What was the outcome?
Have you seen God’s hand working on your behalf and how He had your back? How was He merciful to you at this time?
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