Updated: Jul 13
As I was cleaning house this morning, I thought about the old days. In those days, I was a divorced mother with three children. We barely made ends meet. I worked two and sometimes three jobs to make enough to pay my house payment, keep utilities going and buy food. Granted, some people do not have the luxury of even food or a roof over their heads. I remember going to bed many nights without supper, so my children had enough to eat. I always told them I would eat later. Later never came. However, they did not know that.
My experience brings me to this point. I met a gentleman this week struggling to find a warm place to sleep, a shower, and food. I wanted to help him. I offered food; however, he was determined to go on this journey alone. However, he was appreciative of the conversation where someone did not tell him to move because he offended them.
Some many people do not have the luxury of a clean bed. I felt sorry for this gentleman. He explained he was hauled into court because he did not have a place to live. The homeless shelter never returned his call. So, I tried calling them as well. The mailbox was full; therefore, I could not leave a message. The next day, I saw another man begging for gas money.
As I walked around the thrift store and Walmart, I thanked God for his grace and what He has provided. I counted my blessings. It is incredible how much we take for granted. Most of us have the essentials of life. We may not be rich and maybe just scraping by; however, we have what we need- a roof over our heads, food on the table, clothes, and maybe transportation.
Did you know there it is estimated there are over 552830 homeless individuals in America? Once, I was one of those homeless individuals. (I remember living with others and in shelters.) Additionally, there are about 690 million worldwide without food. To add insult to injury, for 70% of the world’s population religious freedom do not exist. They can’t go to their neighborhood church down the street, hear the message and fellowship. My friends, we are so blessed. We have so much to be thankful for this year and in previous years. We can go to church, hang out with friends, and live our lives. However, we are hanging on by a thread. In an instant, all we hold dear may be gone.
As we celebrate Thanksgiving this year, please pray for persecuted Christians worldwide; also, people in your neighborhoods or at church who are less fortunate. We have so much to be thankful for this year. We don’t know from one day to the next what circumstances we will endure. One minute we may be on top of the world; the next, our lives, as we know them, can be ripped away. I have been there.
I always say God is good. He provides for us even in the toughest of times. The older people say God is right on time. He is. It is not on our timetable; however, He does in his time. I have never seen it fail. Had someone told me years ago, I would have been a college graduate, I would have told the person no way. Had someone told me years ago I was going to Heaven, I would have told them, not me. I am a sinner to my heart. I have done so many things in my life. I thought God would not forgive me. I was wrong. God knows the future. He knew what my life would become. Praise the Lord. He bought me a mighty long way. He bought me from the pits of Hell. He was right on time.
My friends, do not ever doubt what God can do. If you are not saved, please call on Him. It is not too late. It is only too late when a person dies without salvation. Do not allow another day to go by without it. One never knows what the next day will hold. Please see FAQs on this site. I am so grateful for my children, grandchildren, pastor, and church members, friends, and finally, my readers. Without God and my readers, this blog would not be possible. Last, but not least, please thank the Lord for grace and mercy. I hope your Thanksgiving is wonderful.