Be Thankful for What You Have!

“Taking the five loaves and the two fish and looking up to heaven, he gave thanks and broke the loaves. Then he gave them to his disciples to set before the people. He also divided the two fish among them all. They all ate and were satisfied.” Mark 6:41–42

The life of a realtor’s wife is full of ups and downs. It is times of plenty and times of need. It is a life of learning to be content with whatever the Lord sends our way.

In the summer when the market is hopping, all is well. Our bills get paid, dinners out are an actual possibility and sometimes there’s a little extra left over to do home repairs. But in the winter, it’s slim pickings. We tighten the budget to the very minimum of what we can get by on and get creative with dinners at home.

My husband has been a realtor for almost 20 years, so I have become accustomed to this way of life and I wouldn’t have it any other way. The Lord has taught us to be thankful in the times of plenty and grateful in the lean times as well.

I am thankful for my 23-year-old Honda Odyssey, that just keeps running; no monthly payment on that vintage classic.

I am thankful for the lovely girls the Lord sent to live with us as exchange students from other countries when my daughter Carly was in high school. The monthly stipend was a blessing to our budget, but the sweet friendships will last a lifetime.

I am thankful for our home, it may need updating but it is a place of peace and comfort that is a refuge to us after a long day.

Before Jesus fed 5000 people, He gave thanks to the Lord for five loaves of bread and two fish. He was thankful for what they had. And all the people ate and they were satisfied.

God is multiplying our blessings every day, meeting our needs and growing us in our faith. Look around at your own life, and be thankful for what you have. Life is good, even in a 23-year-old car.

Prayer: Thank you Father, for everything we have. Thank you for teaching us to live with plenty and to live with little. Teach us to be thankful people and multiply what we do have, so we can share with others. Amen.

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