Pride and Praise

I will praise You, O LORD, with my whole heart;
I will tell of all Your marvelous works.

I will be glad and rejoice in You;
I will sing praise to Your name, O Most High.

(Psalm 9:1-2)

LORD Jesus, we praise You, for You have humbled Yourself to safe us. How marvelous, O how wonderful, are You to us. You have shown us what is good and what the LORD God requires of us. Enable us now, O God we pray, to do justly, to love mercy, and to walk humbly with our God and Savior. In Jesus’ mighty name we pray. Amen!

It is amazing how blessed we are, since we moved into our little cottage. The LORD prepared and provided so many things for us. Nearly everything we prayed for has become a reality for us. We asked for small but good-sized rooms, a big kitchen and plenty of space for having people over for Bible study and dinner, enough parking on and close to the property, a garden for the doggies, and that we would live close to the beach again. Every single box got ticked. 

The LORD has also given us a landlord who is very kind and generous towards us. We often have lunch or dinner provided by the eggs and potatoes that he is giving to us. A few weeks back, there was a huge bowl of fresh strawberries inside the bag, too. How blessed we are! Hallelujah! 

What Amazing Generosity!

“It is nice to be kind,” our landlord said, after he showed me pictures of the chicken coop that he and his little boy are currently building for us so we can raise our own chicken. Our landlord is right, it is nice to be kind, and it is great when we can help others in need.

Last Sunday I had a new task. I was so, so happy to help out. It felt good, and, yes, it was nice to be kind. There is absolutely nothing wrong with being kind, nor is there anything wrong with being happy to help others. The problem starts whenever we forget about God. 

Years back, before moving to Ireland, we had everything and so much more, too. We had a car provided by our employer, a private car, and a classic car. The place we called our home back then was our own apartment. There was plenty of monthly income coming in every month for us to go on vacation and/or to buy extra things throughout the year. All was not good, though. We took pride of what we had and what our hands were able to gain us, and our wealth began to crumble away.

Coming to Ireland was hard, but the way the LORD has led us through hardship, sickness, and poverty here was, and still is, amazing. We depended tremendously on God’s providence, and we know that we would have not survived if God would have not shown us such mercy. 

Would I like to be as rich as we have been before coming to Ireland? Yes, of course! In many ways, life was easier back then. Would I like to go back to that life? No, not at all! True, dependence comes with a price, neglecting self and putting pride aside. On the other hand, life now has become easier since we are fully trusting in God and no longer having to wrestle with the horrible emotional hardship that we had to wrestle with while still living in Germany. 

Next week’s blog will be a follow-up and more about the blessing and the dilemma of being rich or poor. So please stay tuned. Thank you!

Be glad and content and sing praises to the LORD today!

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