This past November I attended the Hope*Writers Workshop in Charlotte, NC. I learned a ton but I also met other terrific women. Many of whom I am lucky to now call my friends. Jenn is one of those friends. She is guest posting today.
“And God will generously provide all you need. Then you will always have everything you need and plenty left over to share with others.” 2 Corinthians 9:8
The food my three children love more than anything else in the world is macaroni and cheese. A couple of times a week I make it for lunch and they devour it. However, my youngest takes it to another level. He is only 15-months-old but his love for the stuff is large. He is ready to receive that cheesy goodness as soon as he sees the box.
The moment I put the pasta on his tray he doesn’t hold back. His big, paw-like hands grab as much as they can hold and he stuffs his mouth full. I’m not 100% certain that he actually chews the mac and cheese. This could be problematic. Inevitably, the kids ask for more and I gladly give it. There’s always enough.
This wasn’t always the case. Our family made a huge transition in 2014. We quit our jobs, moved away to a new state and town where we knew two people, started a business and had our third baby. Money was tight. Food was not plentiful. I remember it getting bad when my husband informed me that I couldn’t spend more than $50 for groceries. I thought I could handle it. Reality set in and I had a panic attack right there in the dairy aisle.
A mentor and new friend I met in town took me under her wing. She helped me navigate through scary and unknown things like applying for government assistance and picking up groceries from a food pantry. She also took me to lunch, which was a luxury at the time, and told me, “This is just a season.” She showed me Jesus that day and I will never forget it.
The beauty of this is that life has come full circle since then. I signed up for the meals ministry at our church and, when the need arises, we are able to bless someone with dinner who may be hurting or who just had a baby. We’ve also donated countless items to the same food pantry that was gracious to us in our time of need. I don’t write this to bring any glory to me, but to Him.
Sometimes our basic needs are few and we think the Lord has forgotten us; that He won’t come through. But He is there – through His people and through wonderful programs and organizations that are designed to help people in crisis. His never ending love, goodness and desire for us to know Him and follow Him are always plentiful and abundant. They are there for the taking. Double fist them and get them into your soul as fast as you possibly can. Don’t hold back. Ask for more and He’ll gladly give it. There’s always enough.