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Friday, April 8, 2011

hope

Government shutdowns, paychecks cut in half and perhaps put on hold, livelihoods are at stake, futures are uncertain. I feel like in these shaky, scary, crazy times it's important to take a quiet moment in the midst of chaos and remember something: God is still in control. So, our government shuts down: God is still in control. So we don't get paid next month or the month after or even the month after that: God is still in control. Maybe we have to cut back on our spending, adjust our lifestyles: God is still in control. Although our futures may seem shaky and uncertain to us, God has a plan. God has always had a plan, God always will have a plan. We have to rest in that. When everything else seems a loss, we have to remember that. We have to draw from the knowledge that He is our Father, and fathers love their kids. Fathers take care of their kids. We have to trust in Him. When things get crazy, we have to rest in Him. He will give us strength when things get difficult, He will provide when the system fails us, He will take better care of us than anyone ever could! If we serve Him and put all of our faith in Him, then He will make sure our needs are met. Psalm 9:10 says: 'Those who know your name will trust in you, for you, Lord, have never forsaken those who seek you'.

When things get hard, it is important to never forget that He has brought us through hard times before; and He will again. He will shelter and feed and clothe those who love Him and call on His name. When our world gets shaken, it's important not to get too caught up in the hard times. It's important to stay strong. It's important to pray, to ask God for help, and to move on. Because troubles will come and go, for as long as we're alive. It's a matter of what you will do when those troubles arise...

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