Sunday, January 12, 2014
Just Getting By
This year looks to be a tough one, budgets are mostly in the red so we must proceed carefully. Again we are blessed compared to most of our neighbors and most of the world, as families struggle to provide necessities. I caught this piece this morning when I opened up this computer. I can verify this is true as we work closely with many families and are continuously asked our advice on making important decisions.
Our children are easiest to answer as they have worked very hard to put away a year of two or more of salary in case of emergency. The average American family does not have this. The more I put God first, the more I see this. My friend Eddie sent me the series he is working with in his church, family and community, I am second. If you explore that website, you will find many good testimonies about finding peace and joy by not putting yourself first.
We live in a me, me, me society today and it's only natural to put me first. We are bombarded with this message every day. That was never healthy for me, though I fell into it as much as any human being. Most of my readers act like they put others first so I am probably preaching to the choir. If I am and my message can help someone in need, please pass this on to them. When I hit a good topic, my readership goes from 100 to 1000 on just one blog. That happened again this week.
I don't claim to be any better than anyone else but I am trying to be my best. I realize I was created for a purpose and if I don't strive for that, I am not doing that part. CVA said this about one of my posts on crop talk this week, "once a teacher, always a teacher." That made me smile.
I hope you can all smile today. I told a friend yesterday about getting out of the negative and into the positive as we shared our problems. I said I learned to go to sleep some nights counting my blessings by assigning each letter of the alphabet to a gratitude I have. A is for Arianna, B is for Bryn, C is for Corbin, Clair and Caoilin, E is for Emily Elizabeth, Mark Edward, Eric C and Erik B. This list goes on and on.
I hope we can help each other to more than just "get by" this year, one day at a time.