I have tremendous news to share with you, my friends and readers.
Many of you know that life changed drastically for my crew and I 3 years ago. As a result of that tragedy, we found ourselves without a husband, without a father, and without an income.
Most of you also know how God has provided tremendously for our family since then. We have never been without a place to call “home”. Thanks to the kindness of both Seaford Baptist Church and Zion Methodist Church, we’ve had shelter. Through the kindness of many, we’ve had plenty of food and clothing. And after years of being a stay-at-home mom, God provided work: first, the continuation of substitute teaching that I had begun before our massive life change, then a part-time job in a bookstore, a full-time job in a Doctor’s office, and now a part-time “work-at-home” job with a company that provides technology solutions and development. These jobs along with the tremendous love and generosity of those God has brought into our lives have meant that our family is surviving. And thriving. When we should not be.
In the world of the fatherless, the stakes are high. Roughly 92% of incarcerated parents are fathers. Add to that divorce, death of a father, or sheer abandonment, and the number of fatherless children is huge. Many of those children are bounced around from house to house, sometimes ending up homeless. They are more likely to drop out of school; more likely to turn to crime themselves.
But my children are the fortunate ones. They are doing fantastic. We are doing very well. And that is due first to God’s provision and second to your prayers and love–the enormous support group that I and my children have.
There is no reason, in this world, that our family should be this solid, this well. We are good. God is merciful.
And, beyond what I could ever imagine, He’s done it again.
I know many, many of you have been praying that I would find a job, with benefits that would meet the needs of my family. I want to share with you that, that prayer has been answered. In an amazing way.
God has granted me the gift of a full-time job. The company that I work for (as a self-employed contractor), has agreed to hire me on full-time. While I’ve not received the offer letter as of yet, I have agreed to the salary and expect to officially “start” around Feb. 4th. If I am very careful and with God’s help, budget wisely, (which I happen to like to do anyway) than I will be able to provide for my family. We will have insurance again…which is very much needed.
And the most amazing part?? I get to work from my home. What a huge difference this has made in the lives of my kids! Their grades have improved dramatically. There is far less tension in the home. I am much more involved in their lives. I can’t even begin to quantify such a gift.
As a single parent, I am thrilled. I am overjoyed. But mostly there is this tremendous sense of relief; of a weight being lifted off of my shoulders. Like I can breathe a little easier.
I absolutely love my job. I love what I am doing. I’m excited about the future of this company. I’m excited to be a part of this company’s growth. And I am hugely grateful.
And I want to say thank you to those of you who have been praying for us. Not just for a job, but for everything. For my children–for their young hearts and well-being. For our protection. For God’s real presence in our lives.
So, we invite you to rejoice with us! To thank God with us. And we want you to know how grateful we are for each of you! And we ask that you please continue to pray for us as we continue to press forward. You are so very appreciated by our family.
We are so blessed.