BEYOND THE CLOUDS OF OUR PROBLEMS



Its not much fun being homeless. I know from bitter experience, and I understand what you are going through. Moving to a new area and unexpectedly losing my job and hence my ability to pay rent, I found myself with only one option - living for a few days in a makeshift shelter in the bush ( if you are in America, that means the woods.)

Its not a lot of fun. But you can make the most of it for awhile. I want you to read another article in this website, called: "Beyond Your Problems There Is Hope," and then I want to tell you something important.

When Jesus was on earth He too found Himself homeless. Partly because of this, and because He understands the needs of homeless people like you, He gave some very good advice. This is what He said:

"Let not your heart be troubled. You believe in God, believe also in Me. In my Father's house are many mansions. If it were not so I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you and if I go to prepare a place for you I will come again and receive you unto myself that where I am there you may be also." If you have a Bible, or can read one in the Library, you can check that out for yourself in the Book of John, (next to Luke), chapter 14 and verses 1 to 3.

In another part of the Bible it says that each of us will have our own vineyard in the new earth which Jesus is making for us.  There will plenty of food, and we'll have our own place. No-one there will be homeless, or hungry.

If you haven't done so already, may I suggest that you read the two articles in this website called: "Beyond Your Problems There Is Hope", and "God's Incredible Promise." If you have accepted the advice of these two articles and believe in the name of Jesus, YOU CAN WALK TALL TODAY in the knowledge that one day, if you continue to believe in the name of Jesus, He will give you your own home. JESUS HAS PROMISED IT AND HE WILL NOT FAIL YOU. You ought also to read in this website, the article called: "The Poverty Trap."

Until you can sort out some accommodation, here are a couple of practical tips which can help you. If you are sleeping out, try removing two or three small branches from a tree and then drape a cheap sheet of plastic over the top to make a temporary tent. You can lie alongside the branches and keep much dryer and warmer than if you had no cover at all. Just make sure that you use rocks or earth to weigh down the edges of the plastic sheet, or you may get a cold surprise halfway through the night if your shelter blows away. Don't forget to leave a "window", so that you can breathe.

If you are cold, a newspaper, or opened out cardboard box tucked inside your jumper or jacket will go a long way to keeping you warm. Another good idea is to get a large plastic rubbish bag, up-end it, and cut three holes in the end - one for your head, and one for each of your arms. When you wear this like a shirt it will keep you much dryer and warmer. If you take care with it, it should last about a week. A packet of about ten of these bags costs about $2.

Try to find either a government or a non-government agency and ask for assistance. Don't wait till tomorrow, - do it today.

But most importantly, if you have taken the advice of the articles mentioned above, pray to God and ask Him for help.  Over a long life, through most of the Great Depression of the last century, and many recessions since, God has never let me down. He will care for you too if you believe in Him and trust Him.

May God bless you.


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