At least I can afford heat and cooled air!

Matthew 5:3  3″You’re blessed when you’re at the end of your rope. With less of you there is more of God and his rule.

I was talking with a friend about a book that we were both re-reading, “A Tree Grows in Brooklyn.” The heroine of the book is an eleven-year old girl, she is very poor and her one extravagance is holding her cup of coffee in the mornings to warm her hands, which are so cold in an unheated apartment. As I thought of it, I thought about that fact that growing up our family was really pretty poor most of the time. A preacher’s pay is not great, or wasn’t before the day of mega churches where pastors are driven in limousines, and there were times that he would give his entire pay check back to the church to pay the bills.  But we never had a “poor” mentality. I realized that being financially challenged and being poor is two different things. God always provided for us, when there was no money, there would be someone that brought us something good to eat. Mother kept our clothes clean and pressed, even our shoelaces, and the shoes had a shine on them. When we moved to Atlanta we received some good government surplus peanut butter and cheese that came in brown paper boxes. We never felt poor not at all; it never dawned on us to feel poor. God always provided for us and we were always happy. So after going through all of this in my mind, I thought of the scripture that I put at the top of this Blog and when I really studied it, I understood. The Message translation says, “You’re blessed when you’re at the end of your rope. With less of you there is more of God and His rule.” Read that over and over until it dawns on you that being at the end of your rope you realize that there is nothing that you, in your own power can do to change your circumstances, the answer lies in God alone. That kind of takes the pressure off, if you think of it that way. I know there is nothing I can do to make my life better, happier, richer but God, Who knows all, has the answer, not just the answer but the solution for my problems, and yours!

I would rather be poor and know that I will inherit the Kingdom of God than to have all the riches in the world!

About harolene

Thank you for stopping by for a visit! If you read my thoughts you will see that I am sometimes serious, at other times sappy or funny, occasionally I am sad and sentimental, but I am always sincere! I am a single mother who raised two children, born ten years apart and different sexes so first it was bows and dolls, pretty dresses and boys! When my son was born it was rough and tumble games, baseball, soccer, wrestling and girls! I am known for my "smile" and for my default answer to any situation, "no problem", which was something I didn't realize I did until it was pointed out to me! I am a moon watcher and a star gazer. I am astounded and feel so small knowing that every creature that has ever walked the face of this earth has gazed upon that same beautiful orb that my eyes can behold on any night when the earth is not wearing her cloak of clouds. My parents have made me the person that I am. Their love, veracity in all areas of life, humor and passion for their work and each other have given me hope that my life can actually be a happy one! Chances are if you are reading this you already know all this but again, I appreciate your stopping by! While you're here hit the "Like" button for me and thanks for checking in!
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One Response to At least I can afford heat and cooled air!

  1. Patricia Bowen says:

    Beautifully written and my only comment to that is (ME TOO)

    Liked by 1 person

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