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“Dear Lord, I’m such a mess over the fi­nan­cial pinch we’re in that when my hus­band gave me flow­ers last week, I nearly jumped down his throat for wast­ing money. I re­al­ized he’d picked them from the road­side, and thought it was a sign from You to stop wor­ry­ing. I did try—but the cred­i­tors’ calls are get­ting more threat­en­ing. How do I calm down when dis­as­ter is ahead?”

Though the fig tree should not blos­som, nor fruit be on the vines, the pro­duce of the olive fail and the fields yield no food, the flock be cut off from the fold and there be no herd in the stalls, yet I will re­joice in the Lord; I will take joy in the God of my sal­va­tion.

—The He­brew prophet Habakkuk, 3:17–19

Wis­dom of the Word We un­der­stand and yet…

Our faith that You’ll pro­vide for us can fal­ter as funds runs low. We cer­tainly don’t ex­pect You to send us money, but our world de­mands it. How can You pos­si­bly help?

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