AUSTIN, Tex. (BNC) by Sofia Newton — The other day after a delicious Chinese dinner out with my family, I went for my fortune cookie. It was delicious, too. Of course I read my “fortune.”

It said, “New financial resources will soon become available to you.”

I had a good laugh and said out loud, “Sure! Who do I get to sign on this to guarantee it? The restaurant manager?”

We all shared our fortunes, had a big laugh and before we knew it we were out the door and the moment was gone.

Before I got to the car, however, my mind was flooded with the assurance that my Heavenly Father already provided for my needs. And His assurance didn’t come at the price of a free fortune cookie — it was blood on a cross.

I smiled and teared up at the same time.

“Do not be anxious about anything. Instead, in every situation, through prayer and petition with thanksgiving, tell your requests to God. And the peace of God that surpasses all understanding will guard your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus” Philippians 4.6-7.

Randal and his wife Vicki have lived and worked in Brazil since Nov. 1984. They have three children, two daughters-in-law, and four grandchildren. He likes to read novels in his back-porch hammock. http://randal.us

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