So this past Saturday, along with the normal experience, God would do something different. Later in the day I would receive a donation towards my ministry. I wasn't surprised at getting a donation as I live on partial support. But what I was surprised was the amount. Way beyond expectations. I quickly emailed the donor back, making sure they wanted to give me what they gave me. Perhaps they clicked an extra digit and didn't know it. But to my surprise, she wrote back and said, yes, she meant it. She then started telling me her story. I have copy and pasted below, with her permission.
Yes, I am sure. I am a single mother of 2 children who lost my home to Hurricane Irma. My children and I have been homeless since September 11, post Hurricane Irma hit on Orlando. We lost our home and have been hopping from house to house and 12 different hotels through FEMA. Just last week Wednesday, the FEMA adjustor met me at the house to evaluate the damages. By Friday money was direct deposited into my account and though it will not rebuild my home but it will help meet our needs. As I sat at the conference on Saturday I was moved by the point you made of the difference between being lonely and alone. I feel alone through this process now more than ever but like you said the difference is I have hope. Hope that the Lord will continue to provide, hope that He will not leave us alone, hope that He is surrounding me with men who are friends to help with my home, hope that the Lord will bring me a husband in due time but for now He is my husband and the Father to my children.
Friday night before the conference I prayed before going to sleep and cried out to Lord and said Lord I’m tired, my children are weary from the instability we have and I’m tired mentally, physically and emotionally so if you want me to go to this conference tomorrow then you need to wake me up. The Lord woke me up at exactly 7:30 am (no alarm just the Lord) and I said ok Lord I will go. I started to get ready and I went to check my credit card account online because I was going to pay it off since I had received FEMA money and came to realize that I had fraudulent charges on my account and now had to call and report the charges and close down my credit card. I was discouraged because now I have to wait a week for a new card and then the Lord said did I not just deposit money in your account yesterday and why are you letting the enemy stall and discourage you so that you wind up late or don’t go to the conference? I got in my car and got to Live Out Loud on time. While I was sitting there the Lord spoke to me and you shared that you were the only single’s speaker left and how hard it had been to continue your ministry without support. That’s when the lord told me to pay my tithe on my FEMA money to your ministry. I am also praying that your ministry does not die and pray that you continue to speak to other singles the message of hope. I pray that this blesses your ministry as you blessed me on Saturday.
Folks, what courage, what faith does this single mom have? It totally convicted me of my own walk with the Lord. Was I this faithful? Was I this strong in my walk with God? Was I willing to tithe 10% off of what God gives and gifts me? Was I willing to show others what it takes? Am I being a leader? A follower?
This woman is precious to me. I can't even fully communicate how it has affected me--my own conviction as well as thankfulness to God for his provision for me.
So what you fearful of today? What are you weary in? What are you struggling in? What are you not trusting God in?
"Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Matt 11:28