Things have been rather tight for us financially, and this is the case for many other people that I know. I had to do a little bit of grocery shopping today and knew I would need to take it easy and not spend too much. Should I go to my favorite store(which tends to be a little pricier than the others) the middle of the road store that I go to once in a while or the store that gives me the feeling of shopping in a prison? After some debate in my mind I decided on the middle of the road store.
Have you ever felt like crying while you were out buying food? I did today. Oh, I wasn’t bummed over not having much money to spend. The tears that were near the surface were there because over half the things I had on my list were on sale. This might seem silly to some people, but things like this are just little reminders to me that God knows where I’m at, and He really does care. He certainly has helped me many times to get more bang for a buck. Over the past 25 years that my husband and I have been together, we’ve had our ups and downs financially. I have found that some of my best times, spiritually speaking, have been when we were broke. I’ll never forget my husband being let go from his job when our daughter was 5 months old. It was a total surprise, and he ended up being unemployed for almost 14 months, but God was so faithful to still provide for us. I remember a few visits to our pediatrician’s office where I wasn’t charged anything , and I remember that good doctor giving me free formula and other baby products. We came to a point where we were days from foreclosing on our home. We prayed for God’s will, and when it looked like there was no help, the VA was able to step in and help with our loan. Shortly after that, Pete went to work again. Sometimes I think maybe God likes to get us in a position where we have no other options so that He can show us once again that He really is enough.
I don’t know what 2009 holds in store. I am believing God for good things. If hard times come(which doesn’t necessarily mean “bad”) I don’t ever want to forget that if I look to God and put my trust in Him, He will be enough. My wish for the New Year is that He will be enough for you too.