Serving God’s Purpose

I hated to see my leftover coffee go to waste, so I sipped on it and waited on the Lord to give me this message for today. You see, God awoke me in the middle of the night, many years ago, and asked me to serve Him. I still do not understand His reason, but I’m glad He did; I rejoice and am honored to witness His good works every single day. However, few Christians know how to serve God’s purpose in their life. Have you ever questioned this thought?

Serving the Lord isn’t about us receiving attention or glory; it is for Him to receive praise. So, I start my day with an early morning prayer. I give thanks for my many blessings, and I ask Him to reveal His intentions of how could I serve Him. Am I to be His voice calling His chosen people, or am I to be a pillar to support His kingdom?

Dana Bicks

In your case, ask God to show you how to change other people’s lives to be a witness to His love. Perhaps involve yourself in an outreach community or work at the church. Whatever calling you choose, it should not be something you do at certain times, but a passion every single moment of the day. If God is not changing sinners into Christians, then how can He be glorified by the seeds we should plant? Serving God’s purpose is changing the lives of others who will witness His love and grace through your deeds. Share the good news about Jesus’ forgiveness of sin. How do you do this on a nine-to-five schedule, in your dead-end position?

Is Your Job a Dead-End Position?

Are you unfulfilled in your current job? Maybe it’s boring, you’re overworked and underpaid, not to mention unnoticed for a job well done. A desire for a meaningful existence just doesn’t apply to you. The Bible teaches that finding our purpose in anything other than the Lord will always leave us empty. If we can’t make a difference, what is the purpose? I’m sure your next response will be, “But I have bills to pay and a roof to put over my head.” Many job openings abound which better serves the Lord, and they will, in turn, pay your debts. Pray for God to show you the way.

“But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you.” Matthew 6:33

 

A Personal Story of Inspiration

Allow me to share a personal story with you, which will explain how God works, helping us to serve His purpose. Before my wife and I reunited and married, she lived in Virginia, single, for over thirty years. Her occupational field of expertise was in the accounting genre, and her pay scale was in the top echelon of her field. She burned out crunching numbers and often prayed something newer and better would come her way. In 2005, she accepted an opportunity to do mission work for the International Board of Southern Baptist Convention in Africa. When she returned from her outreach work, she was eager to continue spreading the word of God. She applied and was accepted to work for the Peace Corps, but she turned it down for lack of security in her designated country.

Now confused and floundering, perhaps moving to a different area was her answer, so in 2007 she purchased a home in Tampa. Within weeks of moving to Florida, she walked into a publisher’s office and landed another high-paying job. What did she know about the publishing field, and how did this serve the Lord? Was this another mistake? To make a long story short, the company eventually folded, and she moved back to Virginia, where she took a job for a non-profit Catholic organization running the finances. Once again, another mistake.

When my wife and I reconnected with each other in 2016, she told me how she was praying God would find her a job serving Him. She spoke of going back into missionary work, but I wasn’t letting her get away from me this time. Within days of moving to Arkansas with me, she suggested we begin a blog and website which served the Lord, and the rest is history. She is now my Editor and marketing guru. How ironic God placed her in a publishing company in Florida only to gain the experience for our award-winning book! Today, we both serve God’s purpose; our messages go further than any missionary work she could ever perform around in the world. Amen!

Rejoice, for You are Chosen!

Our almighty God comforts us and gives us the conveniences of life if we remain dedicated in prayer. When we least expect it, He will drop that job in our lap serving His purpose. Just keep your eyes and ears open and pray for the discernment. Is it the one God is offering to better serve His name? The richness you will receive may not be monetary but one of spiritual peace knowing you are serving God’s purpose.

Rejoice, for you are chosen to serve the Lord! How do I know this? You are a Christian who just took the first step of reading this blog… His message to you!



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The National Debt: America’s Ticking Time Bomb

National Debt

One of the main characters in Shakespeare’s Hamlet, Polonius, while giving some advice to his son says this in Act 1, Scene III,

Neither a borrower nor a lender be…

This famous saying was intended as a piece of personal wisdom. The vast majority of the world today ignores this advice.

Whether at the personal, business, or government level, borrowing and lending have become commonplace in modern life. In fact, it is almost impossible to participate in buying or selling without borrowing and/or lending.

When a person borrows from a business, or from the government, it is a formal and legal endeavor, which makes disputes between the parties a complex matter of the law. The same is true for a business borrowing from another business, or a government borrowing from a business or another government.

If these intricate transactions run afoul and the borrower cannot pay back the lender, eventually the activity known as bankruptcy comes into play. This ‘remedy’ is used by individuals, businesses, and governments.

America’s National Debt may be heading toward bankruptcy for the nation. It is a ticking time-bomb waiting to blow the economy sky-high.

 

American States Have Gone Bankrupt

National DebtThe law today does not allow states to officially claim bankruptcy. However, that doesn’t mean that states cannot go into default on loan payments.

In fact, a Zero Hedge article from 2010 names 32 states that were insolvent at the time. California (surprise, surprise!) was the most in debt, followed by Michigan and New York.

Courtesy of Economic Policy Journal we now know that the majority of American states are currently insolvent, and that the US Treasury has been conducting a shadow bailout of at least 32 US states. Over 60% of Americans receiving state unemployment benefits are getting these directly from the US government, as 32 states have now borrowed $37.8 billion from Uncle Sam to fund unemployment insurance.

These cases were never officially bankrupt because the states were allowed to borrow money from the federal government.

To be clear, this was not a case of ‘robbing Peter to pay Paul.’ It was more like the court jester begging the emperor for some of his invisible clothes.

The Federal government, i.e. the emperor, lends money that it has to borrow, to the states to pay back money that they didn’t have to meet their legal obligations. It amounts to going into additional debt to pay the debt you already have.

It is obvious this doesn’t solve the debt problem. It only perpetuates the myth that states cannot ever go bankrupt.

When such conditions exist, one of the many inevitable results is higher taxes. It is far less the case that significantly lower government spending is attempted or even considered, at least initially.

The case is even more destructive when we realize that sovereign nations can suffer the consequences of rampant debt.

Nations Can Go Bankrupt: The Recent Case of Greece

National DebtMost are familiar on one level or another the phenomenons of personal and business bankruptcy. However, most are not as aware that even governments of entire nations can go bankrupt.

One prominent example was the nation of Greece which was threatened with insolvency a decade ago. Greece survived the economic crisis because the European Union and the IMF bailed the nation out.

The EU and the International Monetary Fund provided 240 billion euros in emergency funds in return for austerity measures. The loans only gave Greece enough money to pay interest on its existing debt and keep banks capitalized. The EU had no choice but to stand behind its member by funding a bailout. Otherwise, it would face the consequences of Greece either leaving the Eurozone or defaulting.

Greece had to agree to a revamping of its revenue system so that the national budget could take severe steps toward being ‘in the black,’ to receive the funds. That meant mandatory tax increases and spending cuts.

It also meant forced wage cuts and stopped any early retirement. The agreement also meant that pension funds had to be cut which also meant government-funded pensions would not be able to honor their legal obligation to pay their retirees.

These measures were either ineffective or not given enough time, and several other smaller billion-dollar-plus ‘bailouts’ were sent to Greece via various channels of the EU. Unemployment shot up to 25% and to 50% for young people.

By 2015 the voters had enough of the austerity measures forced upon them by the EU bailouts. In a referendum vote, they rejected the measures triggering widespread fear of instability which resulted in a run on the banks.

Banks closed and restricted ATM withdrawals to 60 euros per day. It threatened the tourism industry at the height of the season, with 14 million tourists visiting the country. The European Central Bank agreed to recapitalize Greek banks with 10 billion euros to 25 billion euros, allowing them to reopen. Banks imposed a 420 euros weekly limit on withdrawals. That prevented depositors from draining their accounts and worsening the problem.

The Greek economy has limped along since 2015 and though there has been some small progress, the debt is still in the 300 billion euro range, about the same as it was 10 years ago. Additionally, unemployment is still at 22% and, as of 2018, Greece is seeking more bailouts contingent on even more strict economic control by the EU.

America’s Debt Problem Is Treacherously Unique

National DebtThere are two factors that make America’s debt problem treacherously unique. The first and most obvious factor is that our National Debt monstrously large.

Moreover, the amount is larger than advertised. A lot larger.

The official National Debt is now quoted as over 22 trillion dollars! How much money is that?

Think of it this way. If you had just 1 trillion dollars and you spent 1 million dollars every day, it would take you almost 3000 years to spend it.

Multiply it 22 times and that is how much the United States of America owes a lot of other nations and financial institutions aka, banks around the globe. Now for some really bad news, this means the people of the United States owe that money because the taxpayers ultimately supply the funds.

This means that each taxpayer in America owes approximately 250,000 dollars to places including China through its state-controlled institutions of finance. Here comes the worst news of all; 22 trillion is only a small part of the real National Debt.

That’s because the official dollar amount does not include America’s unfunded liabilities. Unfunded liabilities are those items the Federal government must pay for by American law.

By far the largest and most significant of these are Social Security, Medicare, and Medicaid. Together they currently total more 50 trillion dollars. When added to the Debt, the total becomes slightly more than 73 trillion dollars… for the moment.

 

National DebtThe final figure also includes items such as Federal pensions for workers and elected officials and interest paid on the Debt. The grand total of America’s real debt is about 130 trillion dollars!

This means each American taxpayer owes over 1 million dollars of the real debt as it exists today. So, what do you say, fellow taxpayer? Got an extra million to chip in for poor old Uncle Sam? Yeah, me neither.

This is a path which will lead to the eventual bankruptcy of America unless some radical steps are taken, steps that will be extremely difficult to accomplish. Which leads to the second treacherous factor that is unique for America.

In all other examples of national financial disaster, there exists one thing which America doesn’t have. There is no one to bail us out.

The fact is, a consortium big enough to rescue the U.S. from insolvency doesn’t exist. America is the largest economy in the world and no nation or bank or group of nations or banks could ever absorb over 100 trillion dollars of debt.

This leaves few choices on the table, and none of them are easy or very pleasant. Americans must understand that even the best choices to resolve this economic upheaval will involve significant sacrifices by ‘we the people’ ourselves.

Sacrifices Must Be Made

Any real solution to stave off national insolvency requires massive changes in how unfunded liabilities are handled. The political landscape at this time makes the task of solving that problem extremely difficult.

However, there is a glimmer of hope here precisely because America is the largest economy that exists. Most of the modern world at this time has a vested interest in keeping it that way.

If America’s economy collapsed, it would immediately plunge the world into crisis mode, perhaps even global economic depression. That real fear gives the nation a short window of opportunity to make strides toward fixing the precarious debt situation.

This doesn’t mean we will pay off the National Debt completely, though there are ways to do so, provided the problem of government overspending is corrected. An intriguing and workable idea to pay down the debt is a 10% special inheritance tax described here.

The 10 percent taxes government share should be used exclusively to pay down the National Debt. The presently estimated wealth in the USA is 100 trillion. Ten percent over time being paid to reduce the debt will exponentially reduce the debt, assuming Congress attempts to balance a budget.

National DebtThe fact is that at the bottom, a crisis of economics is really a crisis of confidence. As long as there is trust in the value of the currency, public assurance staves off panic moves such as a run on the banks.

The same thing is true about America’s creditors. Those institutions and nations we are indebted to do not require payment in full to remain confident about doing business with the U.S.A.

All that is needed (for now) is to show we are keeping up on the interest payments and making progress in reforming our spending habits as a nation. Then real strides can be taken to pay off the National Debt.

Government spending overall has to be reigned in if a balanced budget is to be achieved. An excellent piece at Townhall.com shows this could be accomplished in a simple manner by a small reduction in spending.

The solution to this problem is very straightforward. All that’s needed is a bit of spending restraint to put the budget on a glide path to balance. I’m a big fan of spending caps, so this next chart shows the 10-year fiscal outlook if annual spending increases are limited to 1% growth, 2% growth, or 2.5% growth.

The ‘autopilot’ spending in the chart represents the current and projected levels of government outlay. The big reason this ‘autopilot’ is headed to the stratosphere is out of control entitlement spending.

Getting it under control means addressing the problems of Social Security and Medicare insolvency. For example, raising the retirement age for collecting Social Security to 70 along with at least some privatization of SS and Medicare, would be a good start in the right direction.

However, no one in political leadership is even suggesting slight changes in entitlement programs at this point in time. Those leaders assume, quite correctly, that many of their constituents would go ballistic at the prospects.

Those most adversely affected would be people in their 40s and 50s who may have already been counting on retiring in their 60s. Many of them may not want to wait until 70 for Social Security or Medicare benefits.

That kind of potential ill-will from voters keeps too many politicians from facing the truth. The truth that this problem is an economic ticking time-bomb and its detonation would be unimaginably catastrophic for America and the world.

National DebtIt is going to require strong and responsible leadership in government to stay the course if spending restraint is going to happen. Some may realistically face a hostile constituency when supporting proposals that delay or ‘cut’ government benefits and end up potentially sacrificing their political lives.

A strong and responsible public also must emerge and become educated enough about the economic realities to support policies which may call for sacrifice from them.

Is it fair? Not really. The largest sacrifice is likely required from working families who have already borne the burden of past generations of fiscal foolishness.

However, it is also true that should the debt time-bomb explode, the same working families will suffer the most devastation and it will dwarf the pain of previous sacrifices. Unless some big changes are made the bomb will go off, it’s just a matter of time.

The countdown to detonation may have already begun, and it is certain the debt time-bomb is armed. Pray that America will be wise enough to make the essential sacrifices and bring us back from the economic precipice.

Better is a little with the fear of the LORD than great treasure and trouble with it. Proverbs 15:16 [ESV]

D.T. Osborn

Sources: The Holy Bible, English Standard Version, Crossway Bibles, 2001

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Women in Senior Roles In British Industry- Dame Inga Beagle is Lloyds of London Chief Executive

Among  the institutions in the City of London, Lloyds of London is probably the oldest in London.  The firm was established in 1688 to insure the country’s vast and lucrative shipping industry.   In 2014 the first ever female Chief Executive was appointed. Due to Brexit, there is going to be a new office in Belgium, so that in Post-Brexit era Lloyds can continue to give their customers in Europe the service they are used to.  Europe contributes to Lloyds 15% of the company’s business and so to transfer the contracts to the Belgium office makes sense and will ensure the continuity of their business relationship.

It has taken many years for women to make inroads into Lloyds, in 1969 it had the first female investor and in 1973 the first female was allowed to on the trading floor.  Dame Inga joined the company in the 1980s as an underwriter. She left after seven years because she wasn’t sure it was the job for her.  Travelling round the world gave her a break and also reinvigorated her to get back into insurance.

On Climate Change and its effects on the Insurance industry, Dame Inga says billions of pounds has been paid because of the many natural disasters.  The problem with countries that are experiencing these disasters is that, many people don’t have  insurance and therefore individuals have to sort out putting their lives back together on their own, which is difficult and governments use taxes to generate the funds to cope with the repairs and reconstruction of damaged homes and infrastructure.

World Movement Of Christian Workers- World Day Of Action For Decent Work/Basic Income

(World Movement of Christian Workers (WMCW) continues working for the globalisation of justice and solidarity, and against the “globalisation of indifference”. )  WMCW states workers cannot have a decent life because their wages are not enough to live on, there is no stability of employment, the working conditions are terrible and the work they do causes illnesses and the workers rights to have a union is denied.  Child labour is a huge problem.

In the south, the workers do informal work and with the uncertainty of work and pay therefore without decent work escaping poverty is impossible.  There is food and education insecurity.  Access to healthcare  for prevention and treatment of diseases and insurance to guarantee protection in illness and old age all necessary for a decent life.  The systems in the capitalist world of the countries in the north impose on the poorer countries in the south.  Decent work is an issue on the agenda of the International Labour Organisation founded 100 years ago, UN includes ‘decent work’ as an objective in its ‘2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development’.  WMCW joins the International Trade Union Confederation (ITUC) to celebrate 7th October as “World Day for Decent Work”.

Inspirational Story/Quote

Matthew 20:25

“But Jesus summoned them and said, “You know that the rulers of the Gentiles lord it over them, and the great ones make their authority over them felt.”

Pope Francis says, “No to an economy of exclusion and inequality,” because: “Such an economy kills”. (Evangelli gaudim, 53)

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Who dares to judge?

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Every woman I know is beautiful:
Every man I know is handsome;
The reason is simple to understand;
God is the greatest craftsman
In the whole wide universe;
No craftsman is better than him;
None will do anything near him;
Everything he does is the best
That can ever be done;
There is nothing like an ugly
Human being in this world of ours;
Who dares to judge God’s work?
You do have but limited eyes;
A limited mind, and limited heart;
You dare call God’s work ugly?
If you can do a better job, do it;
If anybody can do a better job,
Let them go ahead and do it;
I vehemently say no my friend!
Stop judging the work of
The creator’s perfect hands;
Why Call some beautiful,
Some handsome and some ugly?
None is ugly; all is beautiful;
God does not create junk or thrash;
God produces the best
That can ever be done;
Who tells you the thin woman
Is more beautiful than the fat one?
Or the one fair in skin
Is more beautiful than the dark one?
Skin color has nothing to do:
Neither does body size;
All are beautiful, all are handsome.
God created them and saw they were good.

Seven Spectacular Successes of the Trump Economy [Video]

Seven Spectacular Successes of the Trump Economy [Video]

There has been a bundle of recent news about the incredibly positive direction of the American economy under the tutelage of President Donald Trump. What? You haven’t heard? Other than tweets from the president, that is.

Rest assured, both the economic success and the stories about it exist. Both those stories which misinterpret, mislabel, and misinform, and those which deal with the facts and the numbers supporting them.

Additionally, the real news and correct analysis can be found and is being found, by those who look in the right places. How can one know if the news in real?

At this point, any news that denies these are incredible economic successes is questionable at best. Any news that denies the president should get the credit is suspect.

Trade Policy Success

Perhaps the most startling success in the area of the Trump trade policy is the new trade agreement with Mexico. The benefits of this deal for the United States are breathtaking.

Inset1.9.2.2018Most pundits and leftist economists thought this couldn’t be done. Columnist Wayne Allen Root weighs in on the new agreement.

 

 

 

“That was all before President Trump announced a United States-Mexico trade agreement. Because Trump talked tough and never gave in, US workers will benefit,” he wrote. “US carmakers will benefit. US manufacturers will benefit. US taxpayers will benefit. Trump did it. He won. We all won. …Trump announced he will terminate NAFTA,” he continued. “While we don’t know all the details yet, I guarantee this new trade deal will save us tens of billions, perhaps hundreds of billions of dollars over the next decade.”

A ‘side’ benefit of this deal is suggested by Root. He believes that these savings could be thought of as a way for Trump to fulfill his statement that Mexico would end up paying for the border wall.

Successful Economic Growth

Another recent occurrence of good news has been the announcement that last month’s GDP figures had to be revised upward. The number went from a great 4.1 to a magnificent 4.2 percent growth in Gross Domestic Product.

Economic indicators have shown us that the U.S. economy grew at 4.2-percent in the 2nd quarter of 2018, having been revised up from the original estimate of 4.1-percent. The U.S. economy is the strongest it has been in four years. The Atlanta Fed is predicting the possibility of hitting 5-percent GDP growth in the 3rd quarter (July – September).

GDP is a measure of the economic productivity of the nation. The greater the numbers, the higher the productivity.

The higher productivity indicates both an increase in supply as well as an increase in expected demand for products from American businesses. This reinforces other economic indicators, such as the record-breaking stock market gains since the 2016 election.

Successful and Strong Deregulation

Inset.image.3.9.2.2018When President Trump was on the campaign trail he made a promise to eliminate the excessive regulations imposed by the government. His promise was that for every regulation enacted two regulations had to be removed.

Trump has more than delivered on that promise.

During the first year, for every regulation enacted there were 22 regulations removed! That amounted to a reduction of 33,944 pages from the 2016 Federal Register.

The economic impact of this cannot be over-estimated. This crucial measure in the course of Trump’s presidency could save more than a trillion dollars each year! That holds true if the president reaches merely half of his goal.

He believes that the government can reduce its regulations by as much as 75%. The cost of enacting and enforcing federal regulations reached almost 2 trillion (yes with a ‘t’ which is 1,000 billion dollars) in 2015.

The Competitive Enterprise’s (CEI) ninth annual Ten Thousand Commandments report claims the federal government issued 80,260 pages of rules in 2015. …The price tag for all these rules adds up to 1.88 trillion…

The Success of the Tax Cuts

Inset.image.3.9.2.2018President Trump’s most ballyhooed economic measure was the new law enacting large tax cuts for Americans signed in December of 2017. The cuts rang up to a huge 1.5 trillion in total tax reduction, the largest cut in dollar amount ever.

How has this affected the economic climate? The results as of January 2018, less than a month after the cuts became law, have been very encouraging. Even Bloomberg’s analysts have had to admit it, and they are certainly not supporters of the president.

Since Republican leaders pushed through their once-in-a-generation tax overhaul, more than 70 major U.S. companies — including Wal-Mart Stores Inc., Apple Inc. and JPMorgan Chase & Co. — have announced either pay raises or bonuses for rank-and-file employees, or more hiring and investment.

I can tell the readers from personal experience at my other full-time job that just weeks after the tax cuts, all employees were given an extra $1,200 bonus. This was on top of a generous holiday bonus of $1,000.

Additionally, every employee was given a dollar or more hourly raise beginning in 2018, and the entry-level wage was raised by almost two dollars per hour.

I have been employed at my current position for over 12 years. This is the first time there have been extra bonuses paid out to everyone. It is also the first time I received a pay raise that was even close to a dollar an hour.

Successful Results of Job Growth and Low Unemployment

Inset.Image.4.9.2.2018The expansion of the job market has been another smash hit for the Trump economy. The overall numbers have exceeded expectations for both numbers of people employed and for the falling unemployment rate.

Since January of 2017 through July of 2018, the Bureau of Labor Statistics shows a gain of a little over 3.5 million non-farm jobs in the United States. This gain is across the board.

The unemployment figures are particularly noteworthy. Unemployment has dropped dramatically in the United States.

the Labor Department is reporting that jobless claims are at their lowest monthly average since 1969

Moreover, these low numbers are reaching record or near-record levels in all parts of the population. For example, the president highlighted these focusing on the newest figures for black unemployment in his State of the Union address.

“Unemployment claims have hit a 45-year low,” Trump said during his State of the Union address in February. “It’s something I’m very proud of. African-American unemployment stands at the lowest rate ever recorded.”

A Successful Rejuvenation of Business and Industry

This is one of the topics President Trump truly enjoys talking about. While he was on the campaign trail in 2016, Trump often spoke of bringing jobs back to America that had left under previous administrations.

Candidate Trump was roundly criticized for making that promise. One of the most famous critiques was given by then President Obama on PBS in 2016.

Here is some of what the president had to say about the rejuvenation of business in the country back in February of 2018.

“Many car companies are now building and expanding plants in the United States, something we haven’t seen for decades. Chrysler is moving a major plant from Mexico to Michigan, Toyota and Mazda are opening up a plant in Alabama. Soon, plants will be opening up all over the country. This is all news Americans are unaccustomed to hearing…” Trump added that other companies were investing in the U.S. “Apple has just announced it plans to invest a total of $350 billion in America, and hire another 20,000 workers,” he said and added that on Monday, ExxonMobil announced that it will pour $50 billion into expanding operations in the U.S.

It would appear that President Trump found the ‘magic wand’ that Obama said he needed to bring jobs back.

A Successful Revival of Economic Hope

Hope can be a difficult factor to measure. However, in economic terms, hope is measured in large part by surveying consumer confidence for a certain period.

According to Reuters news service, this measurement is on a meteoric rise.

U.S. consumer confidence surged to near an 18-year high in August, as households remained upbeat on the labor market, pointing to strong consumer spending that should help to sustain the economy for the remainder of the year.

The ‘surge’ in confidence reflects a renewal of economic hope among Americans. This renewal has been triggered by the actual experiences of consumers in everyday life.

The average consumer has gained great confidence and hope for their own future because of what they see in their own communities. This personal testimony beautifully illustrates this revival of hope.

There is something good to be said about a reinvigoration of economic hope. President Trump’s policies have begun this process and I pray prosperity will continue to bloom in America.

However, the ultimate hope for America and the world is found in the grace of the LORD Jesus Christ. It is obtained one person at a time by trusting all of life to His guidance and care and being redeemed by faith in Him.

If your hope is solidly in Him, even a terrible economic outlook can be dealt with and your soul will prosper in the best possible way.

Our soul waits for the LORD; he is our help and our shield. For our heart is glad in him, because we trust in his holy name. Let your steadfast love, O LORD, be upon us, even as we hope in you. Psalm 33:20-22 [ESV]

D.T. Osborn

Sources: The Holy Bible, English Standard Version, Crossway Bibles, 2001
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First published at tiljournalism.com

Straight from the bottom of my heart

This is straight from the bottom of my heart;
Only you can do a wonderful thing for me like what I am seeing;
Only you can be so caring;
Only you can be so supportive;
Only you can put such a big smile on my face;
Only you can make things work out so beautifully for me;
Only you, because you have a heart of gold;
Only you and only you.
In fact, it’s only you to the best of my knowledge.
I say this to say thank you for everything.
This is all I have;
But it comes strsight from the bottom of my heart.