What should one do, when their hope is failing? Raise a Praise!
It is my first year living at my farm. As a single woman, operating a farm, opening a business, working full-time as a high school teacher, I was struggling in every aspect of my life. The original fence at the farm was an electric tape that my ponies loved to push down and climb through. Though they never went to the road, my neighbors would find them in their backyard, or lounging under my beautiful oak tree in the front yard. I had to do something.
I took all my money from my savings to buy a wooden fence. I ordered the fence, never thinking that I would need to calculate two to three feet needed to stabilize the posts that would be buried in the ground. Because I ordered the fence, it was cut to my specifications. The fence posts were only five feet in length, not the required eight feet.
The fence installer looked at my devastating miscalculation, shook his head, and said, “This fence won’t hold a horse,” and I did what most would do, I hung my head in complete despair. I knew that I had just lost the biggest investment I had made at my farm, $12,000 of complete waste.
The fence installer left imploring me to get new fencing, but I knew I did not have the money to re-order new fencing. In my mind, I had just lost all. I drug myself into my prayer closet and did what I knew I had to do, praise the Lord. Initially it was very hard to praise when my heart was like a soaked blanket. I was determined to get God to work on my behalf.
One hour of praise led to two, then three hours until I felt my heart loosen, and the words of praise rang true in my sorry heart. I called the lumber yard, just knowing in my heart, God would make a way out of this mess.
When the lumber yard said they would take it back and refund my money, I literally fell to my knees. They charged me a service and handling fee, but it was minuscule compared to the thousands I had just given to them. I learned a valuable lesson that only God can teach us when we are in the valley. Praise Him until you get out of it!
When hope is lost, despair is walking boldly into your heart and mind, that’s when it calls for a mighty praise!
Have you ever praised the LORD when all hope was failing, and He took your despair and turned it into joy?
Please share! And always, thanks for reading my rambling! LOVE YOU ALL!