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July 2019 Sister Spotlight

You're Better Off Than You Think

By Megan

July 1, 2019

Being a single mother raising four children has never been an easy task. My children did not always have the best, but God provided us with food, shelter, and clothing. My children never went without. I often frequented food pantries, utilized Goodwill stores, and relied on government assistance to survive.

My children always had friends over. My home stayed packed with neighborhood kids. Whether they were sleeping over or just stopped in for dinner because they were hungry, I never turned a child away, often not eating myself to make sure each child left with a full tummy.

One Friday evening, my son Caleb asked permission to stay over at a friend's house. I agreed to let him stay over and the next morning my son returned home very early which I thought was quite strange because Caleb usually slept in until at least ten o'clock during the summer when school was not in session. His face was deeply troubled, and I could see he was near tears. I immediately became angry and said, "Did someone hurt you, Caleb?" "No, no, mama!", he replied and began apologizing and crying and repeating over and over, "Mama, I'm so sorry. I'm so sorry!" At this point I was crying because I could feel my son's pain. Something was deeply affecting his emotions. I was shaking him now and demanding he tell me what was wrong! Once he got his crying under control, he said, "Mama, I'm so sorry for complaining about what I don't have! I'm so sorry mama!"

Caleb had an awakening that day. The conditions his friends were living in were hardly fit for any human being. He poured out his little 10 year old heart and began to tell me about how the roaches crawled all over him during the night and how he couldn't sleep, not just because of the bugs, but the mattress on the floor had springs coming through it and reeked of urine. They hadn't eaten dinner or breakfast, and I couldn't stop the tears from flowing down my son's face. I grabbed my son and hugged him as tightly as I could. I kissed his tear streaked face and every night for the rest of the summer, his friend stayed over. I didn't have much and could barely provide for my own four kids, but you see the way God is set up. He's in the miracle business and provided all of our needs and then some!

No matter how challenging our circumstances may seem, there is always someone else facing a far more difficult situation than we are. Be thankful for what God has provided you with and rejoice in Him! We may not always have what we want, but God still makes sure we have what we need. Be certain to take time out each and every day to thank God for all that he has done and continues to do for you!

Proverbs 3:27-28 (NIV)

27 Do not withhold good from those to whom it is due,

when it is in your power to act.

28 Do not say to your neighbor,

“Come back tomorrow and I’ll give it to you”—

when you already have it with you.

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