I was going to make a comparison list of the things I don’t have versus the things I have, as a reminder of God’s great provision and blessing, but there is nothing to place on the “don’t have side”. In the shadow of the cross, I have everything I need.

There is always something to be thankful for and always Someone to thank. Perhaps a rough economy causes eyes to see what they don’t have, but I believe that many times it helps us adjust our focus on what we do have, what is most important.

Two and a half years ago, we were forced to sell our business, the home we rented was lost in foreclosure, my husband couldn’t get work, then severely broke his leg and we became dependent on friends and family for shelter and provision. I know what it means to lose it all….business, home, and a car; yet I have every reason to be overwhelmingly thankful to God because He has sustained us, blessed us and has provided for us for these passed thirty months.

We still live with family,  but we have income, we have two very used, but serviceable cars that get us from point “A” to “B” and we have a roof, though not our own, over our heads. We have been able to continue home schooling and God has provided college for our oldest. All good gifts come down from the Father of Lights.

Though most of my earthly belongings are tucked away in boxes in a garage across town, no-one and nothing can take away, my eternal possession, my relationship with Jesus Christ. No one can stop my prayers or steals my salvation and for this I shout Thanksgiving to God!

  1. Thank you for sharing your story Mary. Your thankful heart to the Lord so clearly shows and it is a great reminder to us all that there are always many things to be thankful for.

  2. Hi Mary,

    Thanks for sharing your story and putting life into perspective for us. You’re absolutely right. When it comes down to it, salvation is everything.

    I have many ‘things,’ but if I didn’t have a relationship with my Father and know my future beyond this world, life would be very bleak, indeed. What is life without hope? What is life without purpose?

    Thanks again for sharing.


  3. I think God is allowing our family to walk through this so that He can first and foremost get the glory in the outcome. So many people are and will go through similar circumstances because of the economy, that my husband and I both feel that if we can be an encouragement to others through their hardship, then our struggle will truly have been for the Glory of God.

    I am not saying that it has been easy. Living with another family (eleven under one roof!) was a huge challenge for me personally. Having my husband hurt himself so badly was terrible. Being the soul bread winner, when I had always been a stay at home mom, was hard. But it was an even greater blessing seeing God’s hands working through the lives of others.

    I think my greatest struggle today is hearing people complain about what they don’t have, not making enough money, needing a new this and that, when so many are living in shelters and losing all they have. I realize that there is no sin in having blessings, that is for certain, but to be discontent in what we do have is ugly, when we truly have so much.

    When I do start feeling discontent and envious, I tell myself, “Its all gonna burn!” and that put my eyes on what is most important
    and that is my eternal God!

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