"An anxious heart weighs a man down, but a kind word cheers him up."
My hubby works for UGA, and recently the state decided that their employees must take 6 days off without pay to offset their lack of funds. Since I do not bring in any money, we live very simply. We can pay our bills and grocery shop, and we take the kids to Burger King every once in a while. But we never have any money left over to save for future needs. We are OK with that, God has always provided. But with this new pay cut our budget is slashed by a whole $150.00 for the next 7 months. That's a lot for us. I was the epitome of the scripture quoted above. I couldn't sleep, as my brain wouldn't rest. I kept thinking of ways to save money to deal with this budget cut. I know God provides but I also know I have to do my "job" and manage what He gives us well. So needless to say I was weighed down for quite a while.
But then one day kind words cheered me up just like the scripture says. I had kind words from friends - even friends that had no job for quite a while! They could have told me that I need to buck up and get a hold of myself, that having no job was far worse. but they did not. They empathized and offered me kind words of encouragement. What a comfort that was!
Then God provided free dog food from a friend. That was the first sign from God to tell me that HE sees our situation and provides. We went grocery shopping and got far more for the slashed budget than I would have dreamed! Another friend just passed clothes to us for the boys. Another provision from God! I can't wait to see what God continues to do, but one thing I know - HE WILL PROVIDE!