this is from family life mom blog
Monday, October 20, 2008
The economy: Putting it in a trust
by Janel Breitenstein
I was talking to my friend again last night—the one who's very concerned about the economy. She's doing some good things about it: streamlining her lifestyle so that she can save money for a rainy day, for example. But I see and hear that the worry still consumes her.
When she asked for the second time if I was worried, I related what my mom told me in high school.
"Janel, you know how I've packed your lunch every day?"
Of course. That blessed woman packed a lunch every day of the week except for spaghetti day—her only lunch-packing reprieve.
"Well, it'd probably seem a little silly if you came in wringing your hands every morning, begging me to pack your lunch. I think faith and trust are a little like that."
And that's what I told my friend. God had taken care of us, for example, even during my layoff when I was pregnant and John was scheduled to end his internship in a month. Then we owed $500 in taxes. Then our computer crashed. Then we got in a wreck when I was 37 weeks along ... in the nice car. (Well, nicer car.)
God used the money from the accident to pay our mortgage that summer. I'd prayed that God wouldn't let us go in the red—and sure enough, God "packed our lunch" every day that summer. And that hasn't been the only hard time He's seen us through.
So I smiled at my friend. "I guess God's packed my lunch so many times that I don't need to worry. I don't want to cheapen the great stuff He's done for us. He's been too good."
Thanks, Mom—and thanks, Lord.
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