He Raises the Poor…

“He raises the poor from the dust, and lifts the needy from the ash heap.” Psalm 113:7

Good day everyone, and welcome to Leisure Lane, where truly, and by the grace of God, anything is possible! I’d like to share the goodness of God and how much He is willing to lift up anyone who calls upon Him in faith and truth. For many years, I have been a slave to a job that was taking so much and giving so little in return – a job that was never consistent, always nerve-racking, and one that found every way possible to keep its part-time employees from ever seeing the light of day. In a job like that we can lose who we truly are and our purpose for living because we are constantly exhausting ourselves on the hamster wheel of the world’s system of doing things.

During these years, I admit that my faith was up and down – not as consistent as I would like. Then not long ago while in prayer, the Lord led me to Psalm 116:10. It reads, “I kept my faith, even when I said, “I am greatly afflicted”. That spoke volumes to me. It settled my heart by reminding me that even in my most discouraged moments – even when I felt like giving up and couldn’t pray, there still remained a spark of faith residing in my spirit; faith that God hears my cry of despair, understands my plight, and is more than willing to encourage and lift me up if I will give Him even that tiniest spark. And so He did…over and over and over. And even in my darkest moments, I still continued to give to others – to encourage another poor downtrodden soul and to sow monetary seeds of hope because that is what I needed.

In the beginning of 2019, I said to a couple of close friends, that I believed this was the year of the beginning of my harvest. And things began to happen. Not long after that, I was reminded that I was able to begin to collect social security and so applied. Then, something I least expected…my deceased mother’s house, in another state, went up for sale and sold within 9 days of listing! For reasons I will not discuss here, I truly had given up that would ever happen. November of 2018, I had already cut back my hours at work to save what little of my nerves and well-being were left. God told me to completely quit, but I didn’t have the faith for that at the time, and humbly told him. So, He worked with me where my faith was, but never stopped blessing me. He LOVES us and wishes us the best if we will only receive it. Now, after a most recent circumstance, I may be out of the job totally. That will be a blessing and I will let you know.

What I would like you to take from this testimony is to never give up hope and gather whatever faith you have, and let God fan it with His divine presence and Love. Keep the word of God in your eyes and in your heart because they are the answer to our dilemmas. Jesus said, “It is written; man does not live by bread alone, but by every Word that comes from the mouth of God.” Matthew 4:4. So, I am here to tell you how true that is. God wishes our best and is willing to guide us on the path we should go, and He doesn’t wish it to be the grueling experience we so often help to make it. But, our part is to keep His word in our mouth, in our ears, and in our heart (mind, will and emotions), for they are life to those who find them and health to all their flesh (Proverbs 4:22).

I am looking forward to more blessings that I may be a blessing. And, I pray that this post will help you to continue in your faith. One piece of advice I would give, which was given to me by the Lord…NEVER speak from your mouth when you are tired. Usually, negative thoughts begin to come when we are tired. Simply breathe, give whatever care you have to God, and get some rest. In a more restful tomorrow you will be able to speak His promise over your situation with more faith. That is what I’ve come to discover. Remember, He meets you where you are and is forever willing to bring you farther in faith and into your joyful purpose. I am not saying that I have “arrived” in the perfection of faith, but it is a lifetime labor to “enter into His rest”, as Paul says. It will get easier as we surrender more and more to trust in the One who created and loves us. I give Him praise and Him the honor that He deserves.

God bless you today and always, and…

Until next time, may happy days abound!

Marianne

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