The car’s rebuilt transmission is slipping again. I’m sick of packaged chicken soup and there’s no change between couch cushions to buy a cup of coffee. The heat is set on low to reduce the bill — here come the10 layers of sweaters. No, I’m not kidding.

I survived on a meager budget during my first job in media. As a kid, I knew how to survive to stretch a buck. Sometimes there was only flour, sugar and powdered milk in the cabinet for food a couple of days before the end of the month. We made biscuits to tie us over.

Somehow, we survived. Situations usually worked out. Same thing years later, God provided. He supplied leftovers at work when they ordered dinner for the sports department working on a holiday. Blessings came when my boyfriend would visit and left money in my favorite books. When a neighbor sent over a bag of Godiva coffee and fresh bread unexpectedly. More than a caffeine high, and toast for breakfast, the provision was reassuring.

Have you ever looked back and wondered how you would get through circumstances? There were provisions small and large made available. God was there all along in the tears and darkness. He cares about what you’re going through, even when you can’t discern or feel Him. King David encouraged us in Psalm 37:25, “I have been young, and now am old; yet I have not seen the righteous forsaken, nor their offspring begging bread.”

I won’t pretend that everything is perfect and that losing faith during trials doesn’t happen — certainly it does. What else do we have if we lose faith and give up on God? Not much. Be encouraged today, that God sees you wherever you are. If you need to request help, do it. If you need prayer, ask for it.

Jesus reassures us, “Consider the ravens: they neither sow nor reap, they have neither storehouse nor barn, and yet God feeds them. Of how much more value are you than the birds!

Wherever you are, God sees you. Rich, poor, homeless, addicted or depressed — no matter what is happening at the time of this article, He’s with you.