It is painful when a loved one hurts us. A friend told me a story of when her partner had cheated on her. She was in the car screaming in emotional pain, crying her eyes out. Her heart hurt so bad it felt like it was going to explode inside of her. She started crying out to God, “Lord take this pain away from me!” In an instant the pain was gone. She looked up in shock while with her hands she was patting around her heart, trying to find the pain. All the pain of her partner cheating on her had vanished. She started praising God, realizing that in an instant He had healed her and taken away all the pain.
God truly and deeply loves us. When we hurt, Jesus hurts. The Bible says that God is close to the broken hearted. He is with us in the middle of our pain. Sometimes the Lord takes it away in an instant just like my friend and sometimes He walks out the process to heal us over time. Either way God wants to heal our hurts, our deep hurts. If you have hurts, if you are in pain because of what life has thrown at you, then take it to Jesus. Say, “Jesus here is all my hurt, my pain, my disappointments and my struggles. I give it all to you.”
Cast your cares on Jesus for He cares for you.
– 1 Peter 5:7
God Provides Toilet Paper
The Corona Virus had just hit our country and everyone was going crazy. People were buying in bulk like never before. There were whole aisle there were empty. Essential items were nearly impossible to come by. With my family of five I knew we would need toilet paper soon.
I started to freak out and worry how we were going to be taken care of, not just with toilet paper but overall. As I started to panic the Lord brought this verse to mind:
The LORD will guide you always; He will satisfy your needs in a sun-scorched land and will strengthen your frame. You will be like a well-watered garden, like a spring whose waters never fail.
– Isaiah 58:11
When that verse popped in my head I said sorry to God. All these years of following the Lord He had always come through. God had always taken care of me and my family. Even when we couldn’t make ends meet Jesus had come through every time. What made this Corona Virus epidemic any different? Even when the country was in lack, God wasn’t in lack. He was still a provider. I then said something along these lines: “Lord we are running out of toilet paper. When we need it could you make it available.”
That same day we had put furniture on Facebook market place for free. One person said please hold for me. I said no. They said I will give you $20 if you hold. I said if you want it that bad we will hold it for free. Then jokingly added “we would take one roll of toilet paper. 😂😂😂
When the lady came to pick up the chair she brought a whole package of nice plush toilet paper. We all laughed as she gave us the toilet paper but on the inside I was squealing with delight. I knew it was the Lord answering my prayer.
Though our world is flipped upside down and we may be in more lack than ever before God is still a good provider. He wants to take care of your needs, you personally and your family
God can take care of you even when the rest of the world is in lack. Just pray and ask Him for the specifics you need. It doesn’t matter how big or small they are. Ask Him to help you pay your bills, to provide toilet paper, to put food on your table. Go to God for your needs. He loves you and wants to do life with you.
There was a time in my life when I was a single mom. My three daughters were in elementary school and we had just moved into a home. I was divorced due to an abusive marriage and had no idea if I could continue to support my daughters on my own. I received none of the court ordered child support, and although I had family nearby, there was no help coming my way. My job as a Head Start Teacher Family Worker didn’t seem to stretch far enough. Even with some help from the state I was living in at the time, I was challenged to provide for my children. I found myself one night standing in my kitchen with three potatoes in my hand. It was all I had for dinner. I never really said a prayer. I just cried out to God and said, “God, how am I going to feed my children!” Less than a half an hour later, I heard a knock on the door. Standing at the door before me was a woman who I knew as the wife of a man my father had worked on some construction projects with. In her hands where four bags of grocery. She handed me the bags and told me was it was on her heart that I needed some food. Then she left. I was in shock as I never told anyone of my need. There was enough in those bags that kept us feed until more resources arrived and I could go food shopping again.
I had many more struggles in my journey as a single parent. Yet time and time again God provided. His word never comes back to us void. He is a Loving Father who cares for all His children’s physical and spiritual needs of their hearts. Matthew 6:31-33. "Do not worry then, saying, 'What will we eat?' or 'What will we drink?' or 'What will we wear for clothing?' For the Gentiles eagerly seek all these things; for your heavenly Father knows that you need all these things. But seek first His kingdom and His righteousness, and all these things will be added to you."
If you can relate to this person’s story know that God loves you and wants to help with anything you are facing. Just ask Jesus to help you and be a part of your life. Say to God, “God I need your help. Help me with ______________” or “Jesus please be in my heart and life. I need you.”
God loves you so much and wants to help you, and be in your life.
I had just stopped using cocaine all together when my boyfriend started to use meth. I quickly moved on to Meth and spent the next year and a half getting high, staying up for days at a time and crashing. After about a year and a half I was having heart problems. I didn't go to a doctor but could feel my heart beat being off. It scared me bad but I had no idea how to stop. Without even praying to God He heard my pleas and desire to stop and knocked down walls around me that was keeping me stuck in the spot of continuing my meth use.
We got kicked out of the house we were living in and I had lost my job. We moved into a house his brother was renting and my boyfriend started growing pot. We then got raided by the police and taken to jail. We were forced to move into my boyfriend's friends house for about a month and it was during that time that it wasn’t really available to me. I got a new job and no longer felt like I needed it anymore. If God hadn't of taken away everything that He did and provided me with new things, a new job, a place to live then I would have been on it for much longer, maybe even died still smoking it while my heart was physically telling me to stop. Jesus knew exactly what I needed to get off of it completely and paved the way for all it to happen. His grace was shining bright through it all.
I also embezzled money from a job I had when I was on those drugs and when I wrote a letter confessing everything to the owner and asking for forgiveness I thought I was going to get jail time but instead got a letter back saying I was forgiven.
Wow God has really moved mountains in my life. Writing them down and hearing them again has made me realize how incredibly powerful and loving He is. Words cannot say how grateful I am. I deserved nothing and God has given me everything. He is my everything!
If you can relate to this person’s story know that God loves you and wants to help you out of anything you are stuck in or any struggle you are facing. Even if you can’t relate, but need God to move in your life, then ask Jesus to help you and be a part of your life. Say to God, “God I need your help. Help me with ______________” or “Jesus please be in my heart and life. I need you.”
God loves you so much. It doesn’t matter what you have done or said He loves you, wants to help you, and be in your life.
Every month we print out testimonies to give out at our Free Store and Food Bank of what God has done in the lives of people in our day and time.