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Topic: Poor (10/25/04)

TITLE: Poor Is A State of Mind
By Sabrina Gardner
10/26/04

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I truly believe to be poor physically is to be rich spiritually. In my life I can honestly say that when I was viewed at my lowest, it was then that I was at my strongest point. Being poor allowed me to put my faith first, it strengthened my belief and centered me as Godís child. I was more versatile I could make a dollar out of fifteen cents sort of speak. I can recall making the best meals with limited ingredients. Being poor allowed me to celebrate and appreciate what I did have. I was grateful just to be alive, just to have something to eat no matter what is was. I realize now that poor is a state of mind and not so much an actuality in essence. Often the poorest people are the richest in nature and spirit. They are the true survivors that have little and can make do. When God sees that we are content with what we have it is then that he is able to bless us our lives and transition us to the next point in our lives. I do not ever think I truly knew what was to be poor, because I never really viewed my situation as needy, my needs were meant and my heart was content.


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Deborah Anderson11/01/04
Good point. God bless you.
Marcell Billinghurst11/02/04
Good reflections. I too was brought up to be contented with what we had. God bless you.
Norma OGrady11/03/04
Contentment is a rare experience.
I to was raised to appreciate what I had.
great story
Yeshua Bless you
Norma
Melanie Kerr 11/04/04
To few people see poverty as the blessing that it can be.
Roberta Kittrell11/05/04
Sabrina, at times, financially, I am poor; yet so rich because of how much of Our Lord I have and He has all of me in Him!

However, I wasn't saved until I was 30. For about 2 years in my 20s, I experienced what it is to be poor without the Lord: to have some of the people where I worked slip a dollar under my blotter while I was at a file cabinet or somewhere away from my desk so I wouldn't again go without lunch. They had already seen me eat a bag of Fritos for breakfast. I learned how to go up and down alleys as dusk to find soda pop bottles I could trade in to get a dime so I could call home collect to talk with my family. My Thanksgiving dinner one year was two cold biscuits and a 6-oz can of V-8 cocktail.

I know what I am talking about when I tell people the answer is the Lord Jesus Christ as their personal savior. You expressed this so well!
Rita Garcia11/06/04
Sabrina, So well said! Good Job! Blessings, Rita