"Oh. Dear ones. My babies. This. is. the. worst. ever."
While I nibble on some chocolate (or should I hoard it??) I ponder some of the things I've seen and experienced first hand. As small business owners, we have had cycles of feast and famine almost our whole married life. And it goes without saying that feasting is waaaay more fun that scrimping on necessities. I freely admit that I have hated every minute of pinching pennies, which added up over a quarter century of marriage, comes out to be YEARS of being tight. I only wish "tight" applied to my thighs the way it applies to my checkbook.
We've cinched our belt so often, we know how to wrap it around us twice.
I've realized that being stripped of the easy life has laid me bare to my need of a Savior. There is little buffer of material comfort between me and the Almighty I cannot run to Starbucks for a quick fix for my soul. I cannot spend my way out of the doldrums or buy happiness at a Day Spa. Quite simply, I must turn to the One.... the One who is Enough.
Enough for today. Enough for tomorrow. Enough for my needs.
And though I long for the swell feeling of picking up the tab for a large group in a restaurant, I'm learning to be a gracious receiver when I have little to give. I'm learning that being generous is much bigger than simply opening my pocketbook. I can be generous with my time, with a listening ear, with a helpful hand. I can rejoice in the Lord, rather then wring my hands every time the news comes on. I can choose to love my children, turn cartwheels and be silly with them in spite of dire news. I can breathe the warm summer air and savor the sunshine and build a joyful foundation for my family.
See, I can't fix the Treasury Department, but I can fix my eyes on The Treasure: the One who provides, sustains and delivers. Remember, He is mighty to save.
Today's Small Thing is to recount the ways in which God is enough for you. This year might be finding us without a lot of the "extra's," we want, but I want to be like Habakkuk and remember that God is my strength. I want to run surefooted on the heights and to rejoice in God, my Salvation. There are good things ahead for us, because we can trust Him. I believe that with all my heart.
Today, meditate on what it means for God to be "Enough."
How has He been enough for you? Encourage us with your story.
Song of the Day: Enough, Chris Tomlin