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It is so easy to be worried about all kinds of things in our economy:

Will I lose my job?

Will I be able to provide for my family?

Will I have enough money to buy presents this Christmas?

Will I have health care?

Will my investment portfolio recover?

Will I be able to retire?

Instead of worrying about what you don’t know, be thankful for what you have. I am thankful that I have a risen savior who told this to his disciples:

Luke 12

Do Not Worry

22Then Jesus said to his disciples: “Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat; or about your body, what you will wear. 23Life is more than food, and the body more than clothes. 24Consider the ravens: They do not sow or reap, they have no storeroom or barn; yet God feeds them. And how much more valuable you are than birds! 25Who of you by worrying can add a single hour to his life[b]? 26Since you cannot do this very little thing, why do you worry about the rest?

27“Consider how the lilies grow. They do not labor or spin. Yet I tell you, not even Solomon in all his splendor was dressed like one of these. 28If that is how God clothes the grass of the field, which is here today, and tomorrow is thrown into the fire, how much more will he clothe you, O you of little faith! 29And do not set your heart on what you will eat or drink; do not worry about it. 30For the pagan world runs after all such things, and your Father knows that you need them. 31But seek his kingdom, and these things will be given to you as well.

32“Do not be afraid, little flock, for your Father has been pleased to give you the kingdom. 33Sell your possessions and give to the poor. Provide purses for yourselves that will not wear out, a treasure in heaven that will not be exhausted, where no thief comes near and no moth destroys. 34For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.

Why should we be thankful? Because God loves us and his love lasts forever.

Psalm 118

1 Give thanks to the LORD, for he is good;
his love endures forever.

If you read my earlier post, “Writing Advice”, you would have seen my question about where to find time to write.

Time is an important commodity–one that runs out one day for all of us. How we spend our alloted time is up to us.

I decided this week I would not spend my time working so many hours, so I swallowed my pride and accepted a position with my old employer.

When I took my current job I was naive enough to believe I would be able to leave the office at 4:00pm. It took three months to figure out that would only happen occasionally. I worked many 12 hour days and came home too exhausted to even consider writing.

The lesson here is don’t burn any bridges. I didn’t at my old employer, and they seem to be welcoming me back with open arms. Even so much as to send me an email with the subject line “Welcome Home”.  That felt good.

This Thanksgiving I’m thankful to have a job and one where people feel confident in my abilities(even though I don’t at times).

I’m thankful to have a God who cares enough to answer a poor girl’s prayer to “get me out of here quick” and then to send a phone call from a former co-worker who led me straight to the answered prayer within a week’s time.

God is Good and Merciful. Be thankful.

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