|A Mackerel Sky|
There are days when I consider just withdrawing from the virtual world completely. But I am just like anyone in that I need to be able to share my life with people, and online is the only way I have of doing that. I will not "shut up" about the things I'm going through just because it makes some people uncomfortable. I will also not accept the notion that our life is "hard" because we're being punished in some way. Rick and I are more dependent on God than anyone else I know, on a daily basis we are made aware of how much, and I am thankful that we are not under the assumption that we gained all we have on our own merit.
"Lord, you established peace for us, all that we have accomplished you have done for us." Isaiah 26:12
Every day I notice dozens of things to be thankful for. Just because our life seems harder than most in the area where we live, does not mean others are better than us or that we are miserable. God gave Rick and I both the ability to see beauty where others just rush past, and that in itself is something to be thankful for. We are content wherever we are.
"I am not saying this because I am in need, for I have learned to be content whatever the circumstances. I know what it is to be in need and I know what it is to have plenty. I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation, whether well fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or in want. I can do all this through Him who gives me strength." Phillippians 4:11-13
Do not feel sorry for us, or feel guilty because you have more. Learn from our contentment and happiness in our meager circumstances, and be thankful for where you are.