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According to Genesis 6:8-9, "Noah found grace [favor] in the eyes of the Lord...Noah was a righteous man, blameless among the people of his time, and he walked with God."

Did you catch the progression of Noah's description? The way these statements come together says a lot about Noah. He found favor with God, was a righteous man, and walked with God. Despite these notations, Noah probably wasn't perfect, yet the people of his time condiered him blameless. Can the same be said of us?

When our days are troubled and full of stress, may we be like Noah...always walking close to God and finding His favor because our deeds are righteous (as much as is possible for faulty humans!). May those we interact with in the neighborhood, at church, with former work colleagues, or with those we've just met consider us to be blameless, persons full of integrity and always ready to speak the truth without dissembling or fudging things to make ourselves look good. Or, as Scripture says it: "Let the words of my mouth, and the meditations of my heart, be acceptable in Thy sight, O Lord, my rock and my redeemer" (Psalm 19:14).

And just so you know...there's still no full time work...the part time work has dwindled to nothing...there hasn't been enough money in the till at the part time position to pay anything for hours worked for the last three weeks...the temporary job that was to be a forty-hour work week for 8 weeks may now only be 20 hours a week for 4 weeks...

BUT GOD IS FAITHFUL. He has not forgotten where I live. He knows my needs. And He has promised to take care of me. So I will offer a sacrifice of praise and thanksgiving--gratefulness to God for all He is and for all He has already done for me. And it will be a sacrifice, because I don't feel like it. I feel like hollering and throwing a tantrum. I feel like giving up and throwing in the towel. But instead I will sacrifice an offering of praise and thanksgiving. I hope you will do the same; and then, let's both keep on trusting God for this roller coaster ride of unemployment.


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