Thursday, February 26, 2009

Thankful Thursday ~ God's Provision In The Storm

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.

Have a wonderfully blessed day!


  1. beautifully written :) and it made me "give thanks" I have job. I mean I always complain telling myself how bored am I at my job and this kinda wake me up. Thank you.

  2. I stand in agreement with your message and your prayer. Powerful. We have so much to be grateful for and TO NEVER take for granted. I pray for all who are hurting and in need.

    I am also grateful that our trust is not in 'man', government or ourselves but in the LORD as Christians. That's the SAFEST and only place to be.

    Your message has been a beautiful reminder of our gratitude and the need to pray continously for others while giving thanks unto God.

    I love you.

  3. We have seen God first hand take care of this family. My husband lost his good paying job two years ago and we barely made it but God did miraculous things during that year and my hubby was called back and has been back since but layoffs threaten once again. But we know that our God is in control if we are obedient to Him.
    Great TT post my friend.

  4. My family and I have been living with my husband's jobless situation for almost 6 months, meaning 3000 dollars less a month that what we were accustomed too. No medical benefits, no job prospects as of yet. I'm so thankful though for this time because I have NEVER experienced God's provision, His love, His comfort, His compassion, His protection as we have during these 6 months...

    Thank you for such a thankful post...((hugs))

  5. Thanks for sharing your grateful heart my friend, love you.

  6. We are so blessed...above and beyond what we even know. I am also thankful for good jobs, the ability to pay my bills, have more than enough food to eat and way too many clothes to wear. We cannot fathom what it would be like to lose everything. Lord help us. Happy TT! -love, Laurie

  7. Oh Jenn, that is so horrible about that family with the 4 children. It is eye opening, isn't it?

    Thank you for sharing your thankful heart.


  8. So true my friend...we are blessed and yet they could be gone in a moment. We need to count all our blessings every day. Great Thankful post.

  9. It is so sad to hear of families suffering in such a husband always says no one is too far from being homeless. Counting my blessings, Tammy

  10. We truly are blessed beyond measure, aren't we? I don't take it for granted - at least not anymore. Life can change in a split second. I love your compassionate heart, dear friend! Happy Thankful Thursday!

  11. This hit home for us because we are a family living off of one income and it involves my hubby being gone 75-90% of the time. We are lucky if we see him for a couple of days per month and then he is gone again. I pray everyday at times for strength just to get through this because jobs are too scarce to try and find another one.

  12. Wow! That's really powerful. Thank you for the reminder that we are so very blessed and take so much for granted. I love your blog, by the way. You are a blessing!

  13. There is so much pain around us if we would open our eyes. My heart has been encouraged on Thankful Thursdays to keep my eyes and my heart on the Father and not to take things for granted. Thanks for sharing. Blessings.

  14. Oh Jennifer....

    Amen.. Amen... This post serves to remind me of how very much we have even in our unemployment. Thank you..

  15. thanks for the reminder. be blessed!

    thanks for visiting my TT

  16. Amen my friend! We are so blessed. May we never take God's blessings for granted. I am so thankful for all He does for us.

    Take care my friend!
    I hope you had a great Thursday!

  17. Amen Jennifer! We have so much to be thankful for, and I fail to be be thankful more than I care to admit! I believe the Lord is drawing many things to our attention with the economy and state of our country! Thank you Lord that this is not our home!!

  18. Thank you for sharing your thankful heart and blessing my blog with your visit.

    By the way, I like the title of your blog...very fitting!



Thank you for stopping by today and sharing your heart felt thoughts with me. As we ride "Through the Storms of Life" together, chances are...your situation is different than mine. However, we serve the same awesome God, King of Kings who is in complete control and it all belongs to Him anyway...He wants to give you the very best. Be encouraged my friend, God loves you!

Thank you again for taking the time to visit me at "Through the Storms of Life".


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