Psalm 37:7 Be still before the Lord, and wait patiently for him; do not fret over those who prosper in their way, over those who carry out evil devices.

Over the last few months my husband and I have been looking to buy a house.  Every Sunday we see many houses and get more and more angry with each other.  So many of the houses we see are being sold because people have lost their jobs and we have been picking up on this pain and heartache. 

 We have now begun to pray for all the people whose pain we can feel as we have walked through their homes.  In these financially difficult times we are having to accept that – ‘I can’t afford’ this house or that new dress. Like many of you I have found this hard and I am having to see how this time of economic crisis is a very real opportunity for me to ask myself where do I place my sense of identity and why do I feel I ‘need’ this new pair of shoes? 

 I am beginning to realize that saying no to myself when a shiny object in a glamorous shop looks so desirable, is not a sign of my failure, financial or otherwise, but a real chance for me to pray. 

 To pray in two specific ways; for those who can’t even afford a loaf of bread, and for myself that I might find my identity more and more in God and not in objects.   (Dr Maria Frahm-Arp www.mysoulprovider.org)