This time last year was one of the most beautiful times in the history of our family’s faith.
Lance lost his job and what could have been a horrible season of unrest and struggle– was completely the opposite.
It was not because the job was necessarily his forte, (though it wasn’t.)
It was not because we immediately had several offers on the table to choose from, (because we didn’t.)
It was not because we had a huge nest egg to draw from, (because we didn’t.)
We had been praying for over a year to see God’s hand of movement in the situation and we finally did; it still could have been very hard on our family, but it wasn’t.
It was all because God cared for us through His Church.
So many had been praying with us and now they saw this difficult but obvious answer to our prayers– and not even skipping a beat, they held us up.
One couple brought banana pudding less than 12 hours later, and delivered it with prayer and free hugs.
Another gifted our family with passes to the zoo and we all spent the day looking at giraffes and not talking about it.
I picked up Lucy from Preschool one day and an anonymous friend had paid her tuition for the next month.
We opened the mail almost daily to handwritten prayers, scriptures and Publix gift cards.
We traveled to visit family and friends and were endlessly loved on.
The love was tangible and the blessings were constantly arriving in text messages and voicemails.
And though it would seem that most of the gifts were things we could hold in our hands–
The true gift came in knowing that we were not forgotten, that God SAW us and was caring so tenderly for us.
And that made all the difference.
I say all of this with tears of gratefulness that one year later, I have just about forgotten the small amount of struggle– but I will never forget the feeling of being well cared for.
My prayer is that our family will always be used to be obedient care-givers of the body of Christ.
Even something small makes a big difference.
“A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another: just as I have loved you, you also are to love one another. By this all people will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another.” John 13: 34- 35