Do you remember the old traditional hymn, Great Is Thy Faithfulness? It is my husband's favorite song. In praise of God, Great is Thy Faithfulness, a hymn written by Thomas O. Chisholm (1866-1960), is a worship song that uplifts through trials and tough times. It was a result of a writer's daily experiences and realization of God's faithfulness. The tune is composed by William M. Runyan (1870-1957), with Scripture reference from the Lamentations 3:22-23 (NIV) “Because of the LORD’s great love we are not consumed, for his compassions never fail. They are new every morning; “
This sacred song has been an all-time favorite among Christians. Popular gospel singer and songwriter Beverly Shea says that it was first introduced to audiences in Great Britain by the Billy Graham Crusades in 1954.
This past week has been one of acknowledging God's hand at work in my life and in my family's lives. We know that whatever we need, God will provide. “And my God will meet all your needs according to the riches of his glory in Christ Jesus.” Philippians 4:19 (NIV)
However, some do not have that same hope and faith in the Lord.
I recently rejoined a online chat group that networks people together to help them save money by couponing, stocking up and cooking from scratch and using what you have on hand. My heart broke last night as I joined the discussion about possibly doing a ” no spend month.” What they mean by that is that one month, you try not to spend on anything other than necessities: mortgage, rent, utilities and absolutely necessary food, gas and essentials. It's a wonderful idea and it generated a great thread of discussion. However, it also brought forth the tragedy of economic crisis facing most Americans today. Some of the families who spoke up are not attempting ” no spend month, ” they are living ” no spend lives,” on a daily basis. I read heartbreaking stories of families trying to make ends meet out of $13 a week. One woman wrote in that she had 1 box of $.29 macaroni & cheese, and she planned to get several meals out of it for her and her grandson. I was in tears as I read this and I want to share with you some of my reply to these posts.:
“I'm in East Texas and I've heard about people in Tennessee living on less than $800 a year, living on their land with just a little RV, sometimes no running water or electricity.