Philippians 4:19 (KJV)
But my God shall supply all your need according to his riches in glory by Christ Jesus.
The date blazes in mind, October 1995. No job, no food, and no money and rent due.
Looking back I realize today that I shared a major part of the blame for where I found myself. I lost my job as a newspaper reporter because I failed to respect the authority of my boss. I still feel like she made life harder at the job then it needed to be, but I owed my respect no matter how unfair I thought her management.
Jesus, however, provided my need despite my failures. My church took up a love offering and paid our rent. They also collected groceries for us.
Plus, my future seemed secure. My acceptance letter to the University of South Carolina’s College of Library and Information Sciences arrived in the mail a week prior to my dismissal.
Lesson learned I turned my mind toward the doors God opened for me: a new future as a school librarian.
Then in 2010 almost 10 years working school libraries and education-related jobs, disaster struck again. This time illness and disability, not disrespecting a boss, caused my world to turn upside down. I write about the time in more depth in this March 2016 post, entitled: When Things Don’t Go as Planned in Life.
This time financial problems loomed, but my Jehovah Jireh, my provider, stepped in once again and provided my needs. He proved that He had my future in His hands. My state retirement and disability started without any problems. The federal government moved at its usual snail speed but I eventually received federal disability.
I love the song below. The singer asks, “Why should I worry?”
I wrote this post for the Five Minute Friday challenge where today’s prompt is Need.
This post continues my special series celebrating, Gratitude. As we approach the Holy Season of Advent, first I fix my mind on thankfulness. Thankfulness is a state of being. It is part of the cross that we deliberately choose to pick up each day as we follow Christ. To celebrate Thankfulness, I have created a Fall Bible study and journey that I invite you to join with me.
As I write this series, I am also joining Jennifer Dukes Lee’s 30 Days of Gratitude Challenge. Her beautiful graphic above lists 30 daily gratitude topics on which I will base each day’s post this month.
Even though the posts will be short, I plan to pack them with inspiration and Scriptural truths as we lead up to the Thanksgiving holidays and then flow into Christmas. This series is my gift to you.