Philippians 4:12, "I know how to be abased, and I know how to abound. Everywhere and in all things I have learned both to be full and to be hungry, both to abound and to suffer need."
We live in a society where people feel they are entitled to have the "best" of everything without having to suffer anything. Those who have the most usually are those who have lived off the least. Along our journey, we have to embrace our life lessons and find the blessing in each lesson we encounter. Paul stated in Philippians 4:12 that he knew both how to be abased and how to abound in every situation and circumstance he had to endure. Being abased comes through a process where God humbles us to the core to show us WHO we are and WHOSE we are. We should appreciate the times where we only have prayer, pennies and peanut butter to live on. These are teaching times and we can and will make it once we realize that God-not man is the source of our strength. No matter how far you go in life, always remember the 3 P's (Prayer, Pennies, and Peanut Butter)
Prayer is essential in every season of your life, even Jesus had to pray to make Satan flee and He teaches us that we have to pray without ceasing. You can never have enough prayer for your spiritual intake.
Pennies-We can't abound until we have been abased. Always count your pennies and respect the value of a dollar. Money isn't easy to come by nor is it hard to spend. Find a good balance and spend wisely.
Peanut Butter-Peanut butter represents the staple of our households. Focus on the basic necessities in this season of your life. You may not have everything you want, but God will ensure you have everything you need. Peanut butter and jelly ain't never killed nobody:)