Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Way Back Wednesday---Downsizing


          This was our house in 2001 in Walnut Grove, MO.  It is about a 20 minute drive north of Springfield.  It was a beautiful house with the perfect layout for someone in a scooter.  The yard was just a little over an acre.  Across the street was a milk farm, so it was definetely filled with country air at times.  The town was so small, it had one red light.  Two of my coworkers also lived here.
         To say that I downsized is an understatement.  I moved from a 2000 plus square foot house to a 500 square foot room.  I cut back in all areas of my life, not just possessions.
         A house does not make a home.  Sometimes God strips us of all that we consider important to remind us to make Him first and above all else.  It's not a pleasant process but a necessary one.  He will do whatever it takes to draw His children back to Him.  'He gives and takes away, my heart will choose to say, BLESSED BE THE NAME OF THE LORD.'  Memories were made here, both good and bad, and I wouldn't trade them for anything.
         Whether your own downsizing is caused by the economy or a storm, remember we are blessed beyond measure.  There is a difference between needs and wants.  God provides for all our needs and we are never truly without.

Lamentations 3; 19-24
''The thought of my suffering and homelessness
    is bitter beyond words.]
 I will never forget this awful time,
    as I grieve over my loss.
 Yet I still dare to hope
    when I remember this:
 The faithful love of the Lord never ends!
    His mercies never cease.
 Great is his faithfulness;
    his mercies begin afresh each morning.
 I say to myself, “The Lord is my inheritance;
    therefore, I will hope in him!”