A roofing contractor was busy working on replacing the shingles at the peak of a steeply pitched roof one day when he suddenly lost his footing and began to slide toward the edge of the roof where he would certainly fall off the building sustaining serious injury or even death. He immediately uttered a prayer as he was falling. " Lord if you save me I promise to all ways keep the commandments and be forever grateful." As soon as the prayer left his mouth his overalls caught on a protruding nail immediately arresting his fall. "Never mind that last prayer Lord. "The man said. "This nail saved me so I don't need your help after all." It's an old story. Anyone who's been to enough church meetings or has a mother with a Readers Digest subscription has heard it more than once. It still illustrates one of the weaker attributes of humane nature. Nearly the entire history of the Book of Mormon people can be summed up by the above story. I am no exception and this frustrates me. The proper amount of pressure will always cause me to turn to the Lord for help. As soon as the the pressure relents to even the slightest degree though I begin to think I had things well in hand all along. It's shocking how quickly I begin to slide back in to old bad habits of thought and action ( or inaction.) The past two years have been particularly challenging in every aspect of my life. Some of the greatest challenges have been financial. Times have been difficult for most of us and being self employed has taught me to weather the ups and down of the economy fairly well but for the last two years the drop in business has been very disproportionate in relation to the economic down turn. To complicate matters, literally every piece of equipment in the shop has failed completely and has had to be replaced or has required extensive and very costly repairs. All within the last six months. The unexpected costs alone have nearly wiped me out. At the end of May I was faced with the distressing decision of either keeping the doors open maxing out debt in the not wholly unreasonable hope that a 25 yr. old business would eventually recover or calling it quits and getting a real job leaving the business debts unpaid. Any decent accountant would say call it quits after seeing the books. For many years I have learned to put great faith in the law of tithing and that faith has all ways been rewarded. I have continued to pay a full tithe as well as a generous fast offering throughout my financial struggles. I decided to exercise a little more faith and determined to fast one day a week for the month of June for the welfare of the business. the second week of June we received a large order. We had bid on the job nearly two months earlier and were sure we had lost the job. The rest of the month was still very slow but that one job was just enough to keep the doors open for another month. When I delivered the order the the second week of July the customer placed a second order twice as large as the first. The money from this job allowed me to get caught up on all the unpaid bills and at least get even. August has all ways been one of the slowest months of the year for us. We're not exactly raking in the profits this month but I can confidently say the past two weeks have been one of the best starts in the month of August that I can remember in a long time. Now that the pressure has been relived I feel tremendous gratitude but I also know I'm all ready sliding back into my old habits. I don't know what to do other than to just keep trying to be better. I just felt I should publicly acknowledge the blessings of providence some where to remind me when I forget.