Archive for December, 2006

Posted on December 17th, 2006, by Mary Jo

Whew–I’ve been too busy to blog!

But I had to share with you how God has provided for us this month.

A couple of weeks ago I received a $20 check in the mail from a friend’s friend who stayed in our home overnight a couple of months ago.  The next week I received a $25 check from a family in our homeschool co-op.  Both checks were designated for me to have a “Mom’s Night Out” or otherwise do something special for myself. 

Last Sunday a friend at church told me that she wants to buy my children’s Christmas candy again this year–as she has done for several years.

Last week our pastor stopped by to deliver an envelope from an anonymous church member.  It contained $200 and a reminder that God supplies all our needs.

Today in church my 6-year-old and I sat with some friends we haven’t seen in a while.  In fact, Thomas had been asking about them on the way there. They slipped me $140 as a Christmas gift.

My business is booming, but cashflow has been slow for a couple of months due to the timing of several projects. These unexpected gifts took care of groceries and Christmas shopping. 

For my readers who are single parents (or otherwise struggling), I hope my story will be an encouraging testimony of how God provides in unexpected ways.  Praise Him for His goodness!

For those of you who read this blog for ideas of how to help others, please know that the two smaller gifts were just as meaningful to me as the larger ones.  If you know a single-parent family, perhaps you can help out financially during the holidays.  Providing child care while a single mom does her Christmas shopping would be a tremendous blessing–do you know how hard it is to shop for a child who’s with you at the store?

Perhaps you can invite a single-parent family to your home for a holiday meal.  Keep in mind that single parents may be alone on holidays when their children are with their other parent.  Being at home alone, without your children, on Christmas, is depressing.  Whom can you invite to share in your family’s celebration?

May God bless you all with a joyous Christmas!

Mary Jo Tate

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