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What is Rich?

How many times have we, speaking in general, complained that "we have nothing".  We say, "We're so poor!"  "I wish I had (fill in the blank) ."  Children want the latest gaming system, teens want a better i-pod/cell phone, young adults want 'nice' now, forgetting their parents had to actually WORK for the nice things, and adults want a better vehiclel, home, vacation, and the list goes on.

Last evening a friend brought a couple girls from their church over to our home.  They are about 8 and 11 years old.  They had been doing some cleaning for her to earn money for church camp.  Since she was going to feed them supper, she decided to get some pizza and bring enough for our little family also.  This would give the girls a chance to meet some new friends and not have to eat with "old" people. :-)  They were very surprised to see we had two bathrooms.  They only have one, and I think 7 total in their family.  My friend explained that we only had one bathroom until recently, and we had 15 living at home with one bathroom.  The children played and had a good time.

My friend called this morning.  She received an email from the girls family saying the girls had fun last night, and that the girls told them our family was RICH!   They thought we had soooo many toys and were lucky because we have a big home. 

Now, our family is by no means rich, in money or earthly treasures.  Our furniture is what I call "Early American Junk". Okay, that is a little bit of an over kill. But other than a dining room table, a wooden rocker, and a few beds, we have never had new furniture.  It has always been hand-me downs, which I have no problems with.  Same with clothes and some toys, and I am alway happy to give them a new home.  We live on faith, and that has taken us much farther than any paycheck ever could. 

In Philippians chapter 4 and verse 19 it reads:  "But my God shall supply all your need according to his riches in glory by Christ Jesus."   That does not mean God is a jeanie waiting fo give me what I need, but it does mean He will supply what I need, mentally, physically, emotionally, spirituallly.  He owns the cattle on the thousand hills and more!

Psalm 37 and verse 25, David tells us, "I have been young, and now am old;  yet have I not seen the righteous forsaken, nor his seed begging bread."  When we went without a job and paycheck for seven months, we never felt forsaken, nor did we ever "beg for bread".  God used family,friends and even strangers to help us out.  Never forsaken, never forgotten, but truly blessed.

Now, what is rich?  We all see rich differently through our eyes.  For me and my husband and what we are teaching our nesters, is that being rich is GOD!  Knowing, trusting, not waivering in faith that:


"Being confident of this very thing, that he which hath begun a
good work in you will perform it until the day of Jesus Christ:"
                                          Philippians 1:6 


"This world is not my home,
I'm just a passing through,
My treasures are laid up,
Somewhere beyond the blue."

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