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Jan 22

Good morning, Father.
Thank you for the awesome learning day yesterday — I am REALLY loving The Great Courses, and they are really helping my heart be strong, with the HOPE that comes of learning, seeing the “bigger picture”! ๐Ÿ˜€ Thank you for helping me this morning, getting off to a rough start with my computer crashing yet again. Please continue to help my heart, Lord, as we are once again finding ourselves just over a week away from eviction — and this time with NO working vehicle!! Please work some miracles, Father. Intervene for us. Help us to sell enough stuff to pay off the debt, and hopefully even get transportation once again. Help me not to get bitter, remembering all the things I have given away in the past (even cars and a mobile home!) to people who need it, and how I would soooooo just give this falling-down shanty to us, if I was our landlord — and even how I spend most of my time each day creating FREEBIES for teachers and people all over the world…! But we just cannot expect other people’s hearts to be like ours, so willing to give without return or reward or even recognition. In fact, probably most people would just shake their head and call me a fool. I kinda feel like a fool right now, Lord, and it is hurting my heart! ๐Ÿ™ Help me to not get bitter, Father, for I still want to give freely in the future. I do not want our aloneness right now to damage my giving in the future. Even though my income right now is so small that I can only afford groceries and a few bills — not enough to pay the rent with my husband out of work for two months — I pray that you continue to steadily increase my income, so that some day I can again afford to give away money and objects — not just my time and love — to others. Amen.

 
1 Kings 17:13-15 ERV

Elijah said to the woman, “Don’t worry. Go home and cook your food as you said. But first make a small piece of bread from the flour that you have and bring it to me. Then cook some for yourself and your son.
The LORD, the God of Israel, says, ‘That jar of flour will never be empty and the jug will always have oil in it. This will continue until the day the LORD sends rain to the land.'”
So the woman went home and did what Elijah told her to do. And Elijah, the woman, and her son had enough food for a long time.

 
Proverbs 12:25-28 ERV

Worry takes away your joy, but a kind word makes you happy.
Good people are careful about choosing their friends, but evil people always choose the wrong ones.
Lazy people don’t get what they want, but riches come to those who work hard.
Along the path of goodness there is life; that is the way to live forever.

 
Lord, you SEE and KNOW just how hard I work, day after day, week after week, year after year. I once had enough money, even a tiny bit more than I needed. And your Word promises that I will have ENOUGH, and that I will even have “riches” from working hard. I really do not mind if all those “riches” are things like joy and peace and love, so long as I can pay my bills, keep a roof over my head and those of my family — and have enough money to buy and maintain the essentials of life. And I would really, really like to have enough to be able to help others in a more tangible way than just writing articles and producing printable FREEBIES. Father, I trust you completely. I know you will provide. Rescue my weary heart, Lord. Help me to be faithful to you, even when I feel beaten down by poverty. Amen.

 

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