Pay It Forward

When the mortgage crisis arose in 2008 our family was hit hard. For 3 1/2 years neither my husband nor I had a full-time job. God was so gracious to us. I cannot count the number of times we came home to cash in the mailbox or groceries on the porch. A neighbor bought us a new lawnmower when ours was on it’s last legs. Our cars broke down & were sold to the junkyard. However, we never missed an appointment or had to call off work. Friends and acquaintances offered us rides and even loaned us their cars on a long term basis. Our family learned to really rely on God for EVERYTHING.Flash forward 12 years. My husband & I both have good jobs. Our kids are thriving young adults nearing the end of their college years. It is clear to my husband and I that God has been guiding every step of their college journey and has been preparing them for amazing futures.Being empty nesters, there are things in our home that we no longer want or need. We regularly donate household items & clothing to local charities. Recently, we have given away a sectional sofa, a computer & 2 TVs to people that God has placed on our hearts. We will continue to look for opportunities to share what we have with others.I am not sharing this to brag about what we have done but to show what God has done through us.

13 Now therefore, our God, we thank You, and praise Your glorious name.

14 “But who am I and who are my people that we should be able to offer as generously as this? For all things come from You, and from Your hand we have given You.

1 Chronicles 29:13-14 NASBMy friends, there are countless ways that we can serve others even in this time of “shelter in place” and “social distancing”. In doing so it makes each of us better.Consider this passage from Luke 21:1-4 NKJV:And He looked up and saw the rich putting their gifts into the treasury, 2 and He saw also a certain poor widow putting in two mites. 3 So He said, “Truly I say to you that this poor widow has put in more than all; 4 for all these out of their abundance have put in offerings for God, but she out of her poverty put in all the livelihood that she had.”I implore you, pray and ask God how you can serve others now and in the future. May we all come out of this pandemic a little wiser, a little more humble and a little more generous. Amen


      • Yes. I know I do. The Lord is so wonderfully faithful. There is nothing He cannot do or won’t do to bless His children according to His will and plan. There are times when we are seemingly down to nothing but if we continue to stay in obedience and faith, and keep a good attitude, it allows the Lord to do His work in us and for those around us. I know I am only reiterating what you already know but it’s always good to encourage one another. All things are possible with the Lord, regardless of times or circumstances. I greatly appreciate how your family has pulled together to get through the hard times with a firm reliance on God. It lets us know that even in times like these the Lord will see us through. It will be okay. It allows us to focus more on Him and assisting others, knowing He has our lives covered. Keep up the good work.

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