This post is filled with Gods miracles. I know it’s long BUT please stick with it.
As this pandemic is lingering on, I’m finding it harder not to cry in the super market, or from hearing stories of loved ones suffering or passing. It’s sad to see so many people hurt and affected by this. It hurts to see that face masks and gloves have become the new fashion trend. Not one person isn’t feeling the tension, and longing for the day that this will be over.
But while we are here in this time, it gives us all a great opportunity to help others, improve our lives and work on the things we may have never had the chance to. In this time, we still have beauty all around us and creativity being explored and expanded. Their is still hope and so many blessings to be thankful for. I know that I have fallen short of being thankful for the little things as my husbands income was cut in half on March 11th.
I’ve been more concerned about how we are going to provide for our family than about the actual virus itself. I’m actually at peace and feel Gods love surrounding my heart about the virus. But I have had to be reminded of Gods goodness towards our family concerning our finances. God has always provided for our family and that’s something to be thankful for. I know deep down that God is good and will work all things out for our good, but sometimes it’s not easy to keep that kind of mindset. It’s a hard thing to swallow that we won’t be able to buy a house or even publish our book soon but we still continue to see God provide what we need.
One day my church called us to see if we needed any help. I told them to pray for our situation and then hung up the phone. I wondered if we should have taken the opportunity for financial help but God kept giving me the story of the people who sold their field, lied about the profit they made and then died on the spot for lying. One morning I still was in conflict whether we should reach out to our church, so I asked ben if we needed to ask for financial provision and he had the same story come to his mind. This week we cried out to God and to our life groups for Gods provision as we found out we didn’t qualify for unemployment. After we reached out, we saw the stimulus check had been deposited into our account. Praise the Lord! Its amazing how God provides even before you voice your needs. Sometimes it is a quick provision while in other situations it takes time for the provision to come.
But this is just a few things on how God is moving in our life. For more ways God has provided for us during this time, check out my list at the end of this post. And if you are new here, I encourage you to check out our financial journey of how we became debt free. It has been amazing to see how God has provided even when we lack the faith. Right now we have been taking the opportunity to receive free produce provided by Rosebud Bible Baptist. Our midwives at 3 Sisters ministry have been faithful in providing a place for people to come to receive the food. Their welcoming smiles can not be missed and their passion for people is clear: love others like Christ loves us.
For the last 3 weeks, we have collected produce for ourselves and for those in need around us. Their generosity inspired us to take whatever food that may not be used and spread it throughout the community. On Friday last week, we passed out about 90 buckets. The week before it was about 40-50. We have meet a couple people who need the food so we will continue to bringing them food every week as long as time allows it.
On another note, It has been a blessing to see my 2 year old help out by bringing the buckets to the door so daddy could put them in the car. As I drove around with the buckets, I watched my little guy do what daddy did. Ben would place a bucket down, knock and wait. If no one answered he would move to the next. Jediah would place his bucket down, knock a bunch of times, and then would follow daddy if no one answered. It was SO cute to watch him.
We even recruited two neighborhood boys to help pass out the buckets. Sadly some people quickly shut the door on them but it didn’t stop us from continuing on. So even though we are not able to help out people financially we are able to pray, and help our community through other ways. We are all in this historic event together. We are all being stretched but we will get through this together!
You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies. You anoint my head with oil; my cup overflows.
Surely your goodness and love will follow me all the days of my life,and I will dwell in the house of the Lord forever.Psalms 23:5-6
How God has provided for us:
- We do not have the ability to spend extra on clothes for Jediah but we needed short sleeve shirts and shorts. When I prayed and started to worry, God reminded me that he said clothing for Jediah has and always will be provided. I received a message from a friend asking if I needed some boy clothes. She provided me with everything I needed for Jediah. I even had a lot left over.
- We have been able to maintain our finances. I believe about 2 months ago, God told me that we needed to save but I didn’t know what for at the time. I’m glad we did as we have a small cushion to lean on but it won’t get us far.
- We have enjoyed helping others receive free food while being able to help out other people. We have been able to help the community and Bens employees who have needed food.
- Pray that we can still save for a house. We would like to save $30,000 for this
- Pray we can still illustrate/publish our book this year. This may cost anywhere between 2,500-5,000 dollars
- Pray for my attitude, sometimes I can become a sour puss.
How are you staying positive? Tell me what’s going on with you? Are you okay? I want to know!
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Check this video out of my 2 year old giving us a helping hand!