Do these Economic uncertainties have you scraping the bottom of the barrel?
The story about the praying housewife
Last night my husband came home a broken man. You see he lost his job. The job he worked so hard to get, the job we desperately needed to pay our bills. We've struggled so hard already.
We have 3 beautiful children, and you know I would work but the cost of childcare would be more than what I could make. So I stay home, and cook, and clean, and raise the children, and here I am praying to you now. We are desperate.
Unemployment takes forever to get if he gets approved, and now I must go and file for food stamps. I hope we can keep our lights on. We already don't have cable t.v., or new cars, and this old house needs work. We were depending on this job to get us out of this hole we have been in, and to pay our bills on time, and be able to buy the kids the things they need.
My parents can't help because my dad is on disability and they live off of less than one thousand a month, the mortgage on their double wide is half that. They are already on food stamps too, but one hundred a month for 2 old people isn't enough to help us either.
Lord, I am coming to you because here in my journals I see just last year you blessed my husband with this job when I prayed. I am praying again. I am believing you for a miracle. I know you can provide, I will not stop praying until you open doors and show us what to do.
Please help God.
A stay at home mother with 3 kids and a husband who lost his job.
Are you scraping the bottom of the barrel, or on a financial high?
Are you scraping the bottom of the barrel or on a financial high?
You have heard the saying: "Scraping the bottom of the barrel." Daily I talk to families that are not only scraping it but poking holes in it several times over.
Being through the school of hard knocks has taught me valuable life lessons that God can use to encourage those of you out there who are "really" struggling day by day just to barely survive.
Let's face it, the working man is the drive this economy is built on. When the "working class" individual has no job, no transportation, and is in jeopardy of being left homeless, everyone suffers. Then you have forced the "working class individual" to seek help through: Food stamps, medical cards and low income housing or rent, which puts greater burden on the already strapped tax payers.
People that are on disability are told by the government: "This is what you have to live on for the rest of your life. Make due." Doesn't matter if your electric bill soars several hundred bucks every winter, and add to that the fluctuating costs of fuel and groceries.
And don't get me started on taxes. You have a mortgage, your doing great! You are paying that mortgage every month until your taxes and/or mortgage insurance skyrockets and your mortgage company adjusts your mortgage payment due to the escrow increase. Uh oh.
You have only a certain amount to "LIVE" on, but you are not living. You are barely surviving day by day. People are faced with "downsizing" and "making due on what you get", yet daily bills and expenses are "upsizing." So what do you do when you have no where to go and no clue what step to take next to assure any hope at all for your families future of survival?
"I have been young, and now am old; yet have I not seen the righteous forsaken, nor his seed begging bread." Psalm 37:25.
Is there hope in hardships? Yes! Is there a way out when you believe your world is coming to an end? Yes! Families are not only poking holes in the bottom of that barrel, but they are grasping at the shards left of the bottom to miraculously glue it back together again.
So if you think a miracle would glue empty holes together to form a bottom, then you have some faith. Faith is believing in something you cannot see, but you know it is there. We feel the wind blowing but we cannot see it, not literally. God will give you just enough lamp light, a flicker beam of hope for one step at a time in impenetrable blackness.
Financial hardships are like being thrust in darkness with no weapons, no light to see the end of the tunnel. But wait...you have a little faith. Having a little faith is like feeling the hair stand up on your hands when a soft breeze is coming. You can't see it, you know it is there, you know it is coming, you wait for it.
I want to challenge those of you who are "really struggling financially, physically, and emotionally" to look up to Christ and give him your burdens. You can't carry them. You shouldn't horde them. Give it up. You are a human. We are all humans. God is God. He is above us, he is greater. Give it to God.
We cannot live in the past because yesterday is gone. We cannot see the future because God only knows what tomorrow will bring; but we can cling onto a hope, with enough faith to know that God is in control and he wants only what is best for us. God knows your desires, he knows you want to provide for your family, pay your bills, eat and keep the lights on. Life happens, and we get trampled in the way often.
We are here today. Tomorrow is coming shortly. Yesterday is gone. If God can give people blessings, prosperity and hope, then he for sure can pull you out of your hardships and pains. I would encourage you to think back at a time in your life when you were happy, when provisions were being made, and revel on those memories, thanking God for those times. Then pray about your hardships today, write a log of everything you are going through, keep a prayer journal.
I promise you, if you pray and give it to God, God will start opening doors and you will start checking off those prayer needs.
"Trust in the Lord, he is their help and their shield." Psalm 115:10.