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140DDCAA-3560-4683-9AF2-E9CF28D57424“By wisdom a house is built, and by understanding it is established; by knowledge the rooms are filled with all precious and pleasant riches.”
‭‭Proverbs‬ ‭24:3-4‬ ‭ESV‬‬

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Growing up monetarily poor seemed a severe disadvantage to me. I remember not making the basketball team because my athletic shoes were the 2 dollar ones with slick soles that slid like ice skates on the polished gymnasium floors, instead of the 20 dollar Converse ones that could turn on a dime. It is hard to compete when you are slipping on the floor while trying to play. Likewise, our home was an old farm house that my father had renovated. It literally had honey bees living in the walls and snow blowing around the window frames accumulating beside our beds. There were 8 of us living in 3 bedrooms, with one recently acquired indoor toilet. Our heat was wood initially, but replaced by fuel oil heaters that sat in the kitchen and living room downstairs. While our material wealth was below today’s poverty level, we always had plenty of good food raised and prepared by our parents. Most importantly, we knew that our parents always had our best interests in mind and they sacrificed what little they had to help us be all that we could be. From these meager beginnings, I received the most rich blessings and I believe that background has taught me to persevere through all circumstances. The life lesson that I have passed on to my children is always do what is right, always do your best, and trust in God.

Mercy

4E512572-AB40-4364-8C8A-236BCD722CC0“Have mercy on me, O God, according to your steadfast love; according to your abundant mercy blot out my transgressions.”
‭‭Psalms‬ ‭51:1‬ ‭ESV‬‬

My daughter, the artist who does the paintings for my BLOG, did art with foster children today. Her genuine act of compassion toward them demonstrated her mercy for their distress. These kids just want a home where they are loved for being themselves. (Check out the link below to help) None of us deserve the many blessings in our lives and truly God’s mercy is beyond our understanding and blots out our many transgressions.

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Contentment

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“Keep your life free from love of money, and be content with what you have, for he has said, “I will never leave you nor forsake you.””
‭‭Hebrews‬ ‭13:5‬ ‭ESV‬‬

Contentment

One of my biggest concerns is my self-realization that I am never content. I always feel like I should do better, have more, accomplish more…blah blah blah. And, though I have been blessed far beyond any reasonable expectation, I still view myself as not worthy because I have not achieved that certain goal. Perhaps societal pressures have left their mark on me—I have forgotten what really matters in this life. And then I remember God loves me regardless, and I praise Him for peace.