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Satin will always attack the things you care about the most. Have you ever noticed that? Consider the things you hold dearly in your heart: Your family, your spouse, your children, your career, your finances, your "stuff." We seldom give things that get broken or lost a second thought until it becomes something of value. Before they have value, they are just something we have, we know, or possess.

In relationships we can find pain because of the consequences others force on us by their choices. At work there has been a recent theme of family cutting off their parents, their adult children, or their spouse from their children and grandchildren. One client has been trying for years to regain custody of her children after her parents reported her to CPS for being "under the influence." What they didn't know was she was having a negative reaction to the prescription drug, Ambien. A grandmother reported her daughter was holding her grandchildren "hostage," because she and her son-in-law do not get along. Another woman said her ex-husband is using the children to punish her for the divorce. Still another woman is struggling financially because her young child is having health problems and they can not pay the medical bills.

What about your things? God can give you a financial blessing, and Satin will make all the things that have needed repairs fall apart at the same time. You feel blessed to have the money to make the repairs and purchases, but then there is nothing left for the dreams you hoped for the money. Two people I know received inheritances and purchased their dream homes. Almost immediately one found black mold behind the broken dishwasher, and the other found water leaks in the roof. How many people buy a new car only to learn it's a "lemon?" I remember years ago purchasing my dream car: a fast convertible. The first year I had it I replaced the breaks 4 times and the rotors twice. No, I was not a speed demon racing around. I was commuting in LA traffic. I learned the car was too heavy for the breaking system, but they would not accept it as a "lemon." I lost a dream and money on that deal.

What about things that are taken from you which have no dollar value attached? Things like hope, security, connection, truth, love, and faith. Lauren Daigle’s song, “You say” resonated with me as I drove my car to work this week. In the chorus she says,

You say I am loved when I can't feel a thing You say I am strong when I think I am weak You say I am held when I am falling short When I don't belong, oh You say that I am Yours And I believe, oh I believe What You say of me I believe

The things of value she speaks of are personal and have value to each and everyone of us. She tells us that even when we don't feel a particular way, because we listen to someone's hurtful lies and the lies we tell ourselves, God tells us the truth. The Bible tells us that God is in all things, created all things, and through him all things are in his control;

"Jesus looked at them and said, “With man this is impossible,

but with God all things are possible.” Matthew 19:26

"Through him all things were made;

without him nothing was made that has been made." John 1:3

"And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him,

who have been called according to his purpose." Romans 8:28

If you are in a season of loss and are feeling the effects of unsatisfied needs, open your hands and pray that God fill them with his hope, his security, his truth, and his love. And like Lauren says, take to heart his promises and believe.

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