A little trust, a little ingenuity

By Nancy Virden (c)2020

Eight years ago I needed a table for artwork. The money was not there and in my thinking, it was either a new table or none at all.

Reading the Biblical account of Abraham when he was in desperate need of a sacrifice to worship God, I saw a connection between his quandary and mine. In Abraham’s case, he prayed, looked up and there was a ram caught by its horns in the thicket. He called that place, The Lord Will Provide (Genesis 22).

Ram in the thicket rolled around in my brain. Must I worry or complain? What has the Lord already provided for my need? I prayed, and looked at my surroundings.

A few hours later, hefty boxes from a closet, leftover boards from a discarded desk, paint and my imagination had built working art table with storage.

Ram in the thicket art table

The ram in the thicket philosophy has saved me money, but more than that it helps to remind me of what is actually important (not a new table). When we take our eyes off what is marketed as newest, shiniest, most expensive looking, etc., and use our ingenuity, so much more is possible.

God does provide, again and again, for those who trust him and ask for guidance. Look around- what has he already provided?

Today’s Helpful Word

Matthew 6: 32-33

These things dominate the thoughts of unbelievers, but your heavenly Father already knows all your needs.  Seek the Kingdom of God above all else, and live righteously, and he will give you everything you need.

Always the Fight Ministries (ATFM) has been displaying compassion for those fighting mental illness, addiction, or abuse since 2012. Nancy is the founder and voice of ATFM and openly shares her emotional resurrection from despair.


NOTE: I am not a doctor or a mental health professional, and speak only from personal experiences and observations. In no way is this website intended to substitute for professional mental or behavioral health care.

If you are feeling suicidal, or concerned about someone who is, in the U.S. call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline 1-800-273-TALK (8255), or for a list of international suicide hotlines, go here.

If you are suicidal with a plan, immediately call 911 in the U.S. or go to your nearest emergency room. In the EU call 112. (For other international emergency numbers, go here ). Hope and help are yours!

Holy Bible, New Living Translation, copyright © 1996, 2004, 2015 by Tyndale House Foundation. Used by permission of Tyndale House Publishers, Inc., Carol Stream, Illinois 60188, per BibLe Gateway. All rights reserved. Retrieved from https://www.biblegateway.com/

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