I am so excited and look forward to Thankful Thursday each week. It gives up another opportunity to reflect on God's goodness.
I was watching a program yesterday and hear another one that was on today about two different families who's lives were changed drastically with one event that happened to them that was out of their control. This event ruptured their comfort zone, stole their peace, self-worth, disrupted their lives, instilled fear, stole the only world that their children had ever know and life wasn't the same...all because of one event.
After watching this program, I realized that it happens more than we want to admit and that it could be us next...we could be that family. You know, the family who's primary or sole provider loses their job. On the average, most families don't have enough money saved to sustain them if they lost their jobs. In the state of our economy, before it is over, I think loss of a job, loss of a home, unable to feed our children...just might hit someone that we know personally, not just someone we see on TV.
Oh, we might survive on our own for a couple of months...but, without another job coming quickly...we would be like these two families...homeless. I am talking about if we were depending on ourselves to survive...not, Jesus Christ to provide.
One family lived in Colorado and it was in the dead of winter. They were living in a homeless shelter...father, mother and 4 children. This was only temporary as they could only live there for 3 months and after that, they were on the streets again. The shelter closed during the day and they had to be on the streets from 7-5pm every day. They would ride public transportation during the day just to stay warm before returning to the shelter for dinner and a warm bed.
God, help me to never take for granted my job or my husband's job again. But, if this were to happen to us...we would still praise you and thank you for your goodness and mercy. You are our provider...not this world or our jobs. All that we have belongs to you anyway. You own the cattle on a thousand hills (Psalm 50:10). You are our strong tower where we can run to in and be safe (Proverbs 18:10). We find our peace and hope in you, not our economy.
Thank you, Father today that we both have jobs, roof over our head, clothes on our back, food on the table and a warm bed to sleep in at night. There are many who don't have that luxury today.
I am so thankful for the blessed conveniences that I take for granted daily...they are only temporary and could be gone tomorrow. I am thankful that my hope, trust, peace and contentment is in Jesus Christ.
Count your blessings today, my friend...I am! For more hearts of thanks...visit Iris at Grace Alone.
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