After I wrote my "Thank You" post in September, I received an outpouring of email from readers, telling me about their financial struggles.
I want to tell those of you who are struggling to make ends meet and to pay for your basic needs that you are not alone. You are not the only one who is barely getting by. Even though you may not know anyone personally who is going through financial difficulties, there are others who struggle with the same difficulties each day. They wonder how to put food on the table. They wonder how to keep the roof over their heads.
I am ever so grateful for those of you who have shared your struggles with me. It reminds me again and again why I am writing, and I rejoice that you have found my website and blog and are finding ways to stretch whatever resources that you have.
I am excited to hear of your opportunities to glean apples when you don't have money for food.
I am thrilled when you share of the blessings from a friend who saw to your needs and shared of their abundance with you.
I am happy that you are finding ways to cut your grocery bills significantly.
My husband found a video the other day that echoed his feelings. It's a good reminder how important it is to be grateful for all that we have received this day. It's called Daily Bread:Experience, and it really made me think about the fact that today I have a roof over my head, clothes on my back, and food to eat. Today I am warm and have my family around me.
If you're struggling to see the good, I encourage you to count today's blessings. Write down the good that you saw today. Tomorrow, do it again.
Be grateful that today you saw the morning come. Be grateful for each smile. Be grateful for each bite. Be grateful the tonight you have a place to sleep.
Count today's blessings. There was good in your life this day.