Facing difficulty with a new heart

Life experiences on family economy 

Facing difficulty with a new heart

from Living City AugSept 2010

Facing difficulty with a new heart

For some years we have been in a very hard economic situation. My husband and I had taken on commitments that we thought we could manage, but things became difficult. His job was “secure,” so we built the house we are now living in and the studio where he works. To do so we took out a loan from the bank. We were sure we could cope with the situation, but it worked out differently, and the time came when the bank advised us we were in arrears. The notification came to me like a death blow, and I accused my husband of mismanaging our finances.I knew it was not the right way to face matters, so the next day I tried to begin again to love him with a new heart, as the Word of Life suggested — “If anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old has passed away, behold, the new has come” (2 Cor 5:12). The needs of our four children, along with the foreseen and unforeseen expenses that come day by day, put my faith to a hard test.

At the end of the year there were still many debts, including our bank loan for the house. I had intended paying it with my end-of-year bonus, but my husband needed that money for other expenses.The day the bank loan was due I went to church and prayed for a stronger faith in God and in his love. After returning home, there was a knock at the door. It was the mailman bringing me a letter that contained a check for $4,068: payment for a job my husband had done the previous summer. We no longer doubted that God loves us immensely and looks after all our needs.Our economic problems are still not fully solved, but we have learned that to go ahead we have to remain firmly rooted in God, believe confidently in his providence and above all maintain unity between us.

— N. H.

 

Give and it will be given

A friend of mine gave me some tomatoes, and I thought of canning some for the winter. The next day a friend came by and knowing that he was in difficulty, we gave him the tomatoes.A few days later my mother-in-law sent me a basketful of ripe tomatoes. I again thought about canning them, but I simply could not find the time to do it. That evening my father came, and I knew he liked tomatoes, so I gave them to him. Once more the idea of canning them went by the wayside.Two days later my sister and her husband presented us with two boxes filled to the top with tomatoes. At this point I thought: this is the hundredfold that the Gospel speaks of, and perhaps now I really should do something about canning them.          
— T. Y.

Was it the right decision?

I was continually going to friends’ houses to use their computer. One day I received a catalogue from a store advertising a bargain price for a desktop that was just the model I needed, even though the cost still seemed a bit too high.I stopped to think: was this purchase really necessary? Although not all my uncertainties had vanished, I felt I needed to buy the computer for myself, but especially out of love for my friends. A few days later a letter arrived from the bank informing me of a credit paid into my account for something I had done the year before. The amount credited was exactly what I had spent for the computer. I leaped for joy!        
— R. D.

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