Monday, September 16, 2013

Deana Waddell

My name is Deana Waddell.  I'm married to a wonderful man named Clynt Waddell, and I have 2 wild boys, Corbin (4) and Garrett (2).  I'm a stay at home mom to my fun loving boys.  I don't have any big life changing moments or any huge struggles to share with you, like so many other amazing women who have posted.  In fact, when asked to write a blog, I semi ignored it for a couple months... I had no idea what I would share, or if anyone would care!  But I decided to trust in God and so that's what I'm going to write about :)

When I was in high school I started going to church on a regular basis.  I was baptized and have been a follower of Christ ever since.  I can't say I have lived perfect since then.  I went off to college and did many things that were far from being Christ-like. However, I never stopped believing.  I came back home after a year in College Station and began attending the University of Houston.  I began attending church again, and leading a small group of high schoolers at a previous church.
I met the man of my dreams and got married in 2007.   I graduated college, we bought our first home, got my first real job, and got pregnant all in 2008.  It was kind of a crazy year. I was also working part time at our previous church. We were attending church every Sunday, co-leading a small group and living life as we thought we needed.  However,  we weren't necessarily putting all of our trust in God.  We weren't financially giving what we should have been giving. I was being called to stay home with my son, but we weren't listening,  and we were simply focusing on things that we wanted and not necessarily what God wanted.

We decided one Sunday to commit to financially give what we needed to be giving.  While it meant that most of our "free" income would be gone, we really needed to trust in God and just do it.  We realized that all we were doing was keeping God's money from Him and what sense was that making?  He gave us everything we had and we were being greedy.  So we "took the plunge" and started actually GIVING and it felt so good to be trusting in God with the money that He had provided to us, even though money was tight.  Within a month of us committing to trust more, my husband (Clynt) received a large increase in pay.  It gave us almost as much "free money" as we had before.

Several months later, we both were feeling led for me to be a stay at home mom of our, then, 6 month old son.  Since we had allowed money to take over a few things, it took a whole lot of selling stuff, saving money, paying off debt and so on in order for me to be able to quit my job. But, we managed to be debt free (other than our home) in about 6 months.  Again it was a huge stretch for us to lose my entire income, but we were trying to put our trust in what we were being led to do.   We were dipping into our savings every month to make it happen; but yet again, trusting that God was in control. After about a year of praying and trusting, my husband was offered a job that nearly doubled his salary.   It was such a blessing to us!  We have continued to increase our giving to God as He has continued to increase His giving to us, and He has never failed us.   We are not to "put [our] hope in wealth, which is so uncertain, but put [our] hope in God, who richly provides us with everything for our enjoyment” (1 Timothy 17).

Not only am I getting better (but still far from perfect!) at putting my  trust in God financially, it's also about how I live my life.  I have had to put a lot of trust in God's will for where we should be attending church,  where I serve in the church,  where my son will go to school, how to raise my kids, how to treat my husband, and basically every, single, daily, thing in my life. It's really hard sometimes to live according to His will instead of living according to my own will, but it never fails to be the most fruitful way to do things!  Being more submissive to my husband has led to a better marriage, being more patient with my children has led to many more smiles, being a willing servant at our church has lead to more love and relationships, being obedient with our finances and giving has lead us to more financial freedom, and the list could continue on forever.

Trusting God, to me, is so much more than listening when it is going to be beneficial to me, but listening always,  no matter how hard it will be or how others will view me.

Psalm 28:7
The LORD is my strength and my shield; my heart trusts in him, and I am helped. My heart leaps for joy and I will give thanks to him in song.

1 comment:

  1. Deanna, one of the most down-to-earth and timely blogs I've read in quite some time. Keep on trusting and know that now that you've blogged, many will be cheering you on and praying for you. Have a fun-filled day :-)