Ok so money's tight right? We're in a recession/depression they say. (Not that I've missed a meal.) But my family is in a sticky place and to tell you the truth, I don't see a way out. Remember that freaky song by Reba McEntire "Fancy"? It's this song about a mom with a baby who is so poor that she prostitutes her teenage daughter in order to pay the bills. ICK!!! I HATE this song. HATE, HATE, HATE! I mean, c'mon! She spent her last dime to buy her daughter a red prostitute dress. ICK!!! HATE! Did anyone mention to her that she might buy some seeds for a garden with the money? How about a waitressing dress for herself while Fancy watched the baby? Why am I ranting? I'll tell you why. Because as gross as that song is... it holds a truth. We go a little crazy when we lose hope.
I have learned in the past few years that without hope... all is truly lost. It's throw-in-the-towel-time. What do we do when we have no hope? You can't just conjure something up out of nothing... not without faith anyway. If you have nothing or no one to put your faith in, then you really are at the end of the line. I mean, if you're all you've got and you're not enough anymore... if your spouse, friends, things, career, dreams etc. isn't bringing that peace... isn't feeding your kids... paying the bills or fulfilling you... then you probably forgot something. You forgot no one and nothing in this world can rescue you... can save you from the rains that fall and the waters that rise.
I'm not gonna mention how much money we need right now... "wouldn't be right, wouldn't be prudent." But I'll tell you this... in man's eyes, it seems a bit hopeless and as I look around, I see a lot of folks in similar situations. But I am blessed beyond measure because I have ONE THING I have put my trust in and no matter how many times and ways I have failed, He's never allowed destruction to come upon us. We've endured a bit here and there, no doubt, this is Earth not Heaven, but He has always been our shelter.
I pray, with all my heart, that if you're reading this, you are not without hope! I pray you will put your faith in the One Who made you. Don't put Him to the test... He has nothing to prove. Just let Him love you. You will fall in love, in return... you will have new hope :)