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Billie Silvey
Joy in Hard Times
The Great Depression
Surviving the 30s
It’s not surprising that “Depressionâ€� and â
€œdepressedâ€� come from the same root word.  It’s hard
to feel joyful when times are hard.  But God designed a real New
Deal that helps us survive both economic and emotional hard
times.

The first step is to
be confident.  We need to trust God, his love
and provision for us, his children.  â€œDo not worry, saying, â
€˜What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or â
€˜What shall we wear?’ for the pagans run after all these
things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them.  But
seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things
will be given to you as well.�--
Matthew 6:31-33

The second step is to be content--with who we are and what we
have. “I have learned to be content whatever the
circumstances.  I know what it is to be in need, and I know what
it is to have plenty.  I have learned the secret of being content in
any and every situation.�--
Philippians 4:11-12

Third, we should be grateful for the blessings of life, especially
our loving relationships.  â€œGive thanks in all circumstances, for
this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.�--
1
Thessalonians 5:17

Fourth, we should be good stewards of the things God’s
given us, using them wisely, not wasting them.  â€œEach one
should use whatever gifts he has received to serve others, faithfully
administering God’s grace in its various forms.�--
1 Peter
4:10

Finally, we need to be generous and share what we have with
others--our resources of time, money, abilities, and knowledge.  â
€œFreely you have received, freely give.â€�--
Matthew 10:8

If we trust God to provide for us, if we are content with the
wonderful things he has given us and not always want more, if we
are grateful for his blessings and faithfully use them to serve others,
giving them to others as generously as he has given to us, we will
have deep and abiding joy in our lives--even in hard times.