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Nov 1

Good morning, Father.
Thank you for the nice early walk with the sunrise this morning. Thank you for letting me hit some crazy level yesterday where I am now humbled and subdued, although I seem to have lost a bit of hope and quite a measure of my joy as well. Please help me to lift my heavy heart to you, and just calmly accept whatever you have for me, Lord. Please help me to become your little handmaiden, Acceptance-With-Joy, and bloom brightly for you. Amen.

Ecclesiastes 5:15-20 ERV

People come into the world with nothing. And when they die, they leave with nothing. They might work hard to get things, but they cannot take anything with them when they die.
It is very sad that people leave the world just as they came. So what does a person gain from “trying to catch the wind”?
They only get days that are filled with sadness and sorrow. In the end, they are troubled, sick, and angry.
I have seen what is best for people to do on earth: They should eat, drink, and enjoy the work they have during their short time here. God has given them these few days, and that is all they have.
If God gives some people wealth, property, and the power to enjoy those things, they should enjoy them. They should accept the things they have and enjoy their work–that is a gift from God.
People don’t have many years to live, so they must remember these things all their life. God will keep them busy with the work they love to do.

I have never known wealth, never owned property other than an old beater car, but I have at times enjoyed my work. Even when my work made me a respectable amount of money (6 or 7 years ago now?!), I was still enjoying it. Since my income has dropped to nearly nothing and I have gone through years of intense healing from a most horrific childhood, I have found my work to be more of a burden than a joy. Perhaps my enthusiasm for making educational products died when my children’s father enrolled them in public school without discussion, and I no longer had unity between my family and my work lives. I don’t know. All I know for certain is that God is Faithful. I feel lost, but that’s okay, because Jesus came to seek the lost. God does not despise the brokenhearted. He is near to those who are downcast. And I have faith that He will again bring me to a place where I will stay busy with work that gives me joy and a sense of accomplishment. Some day, I may be able to help others beyond just a smile and a cheerful greeting. God willing.


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