The Family Business

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While I was out doing everyday things and minding my own business, or so I thought there was a suddenly kind of moment.

There is always an AND SUDDENLY.

I was out with one of my children at the grocery store. While I was being checked out at the register, the checker asked me if I wanted to contribute to breast cancer research. All I said was, "no thanks, not today”.

What I didn't say was that I had relatives with cancer currently and had ministered to many with cancer, and post cancer survivors. I also didn't say that I had seen enough damage from cancer in my lifetime and was intent on seeing it disappear in my day.

There was a long line behind me and had no intention of opening a can of worms, like the c word topic.

And suddenly, she started "sharing" her heart about the ravages of breast cancer in her sister's life and how it devastated her family when her brother-in-law left her sister penniless, etc.

Remember, there was a long line behind my daughter and I. We had an audience.

In the moment all I could think to do was look her in the eyes and say, " I am so sorry for your loss and pain, you need to know that you are loved, so is your sister and her family. There is peace for you and you are not forgotten. Thank you for being there for your sister. You are greatly appreciated, you need to know that your life matters."

She thanked me as tears rolled down her face. I told her I'd better let her get back to work, she had a line of people who needed her and appreciated her service.

We walked away. My daughter asked me, "Does this happen everywhere you go? Do random people just share their personal stuff on you like that? What is that?"

All I could say is that there are a lot of hurting people out there who need love and affection. Those are invitations to love people who need love and encouragement right where they are.

Those events that seem like they are the "and suddenly" moments that seem like random interruptions while you are minding your own business. Those are invitations into the family business.

The Father's business is the family business that you inherited.

You have the privilege of spending your inheritance anyway you want.

Love is your currency.

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Bag of Checks and Financial Blessing

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When my husband and I were married for about a year, we were renting a small apartment here in Southern California.

We were struggling financially, we just had our first baby and the economy was in the middle of a recession.

We were stressed about our financial situation and were concerned whether or not we would make it every month.

I was a stay at home mom and was considering going back to work just to make ends meet. But we both really felt Jesus prompting me to stay home with our children. We were in a difficult situation, and continued to ask God for provision.

We were not great at tracking our finances yet and really were not paying too much attention to our checking account balance.

We had been living in that particular apartment for about 6 months. It was one of three apartments on one chunk of property.

The manager of the property was living on site in one of the other apartments. Our landlord was actually considered a "slum lord", as he owned many properties in the inner city and some in the rougher areas of the suburbs where we were.

One day, our manager came over to see us and asked if we had noticed that our rent checks had been not been going through the bank.

We really didn't notice that, we just paid our rent by check and forgot about it.

Terri informed us that our slumlord owner had a bad habit of collecting his rent on his hundreds of apartment buildings and placing the checks in a paper grocery bag and would wait long periods of time before cashing them.

He called her that week to inform her that he had LOST the grocery bag he placed about 6-8 months of checks and it was illegal for him to ask for new checks. Therefore, we could keep all that back rent, the checks would never be cashed by him.

WHATTT?

Yes, about 6 months RENT FREE!

How's that for provision?

How's that for a miracle?

Yep! This mama ended up staying home with her babies then, and for another 18+ years. There were many other miracles that took place over those years in the area of finances.

God is a great provider.

You can bank on that!

 

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