30 Nov Give it away
I have been going through a period of purging: both people and things. A lot is going on, and at times I have felt overwhelmed so I am making tough choices and changes. One step is to go through all of my possessions, putting them into several categories: keep, donate, or sell.
The other day while purging, I came across a pair of old sneakers. I put them in the “donate” category. I heard a voice say, “Give them to Ms. ABC” I thought, “I don’t know if she needs Tennis Shoes?? But okay.”
Later that day, Ms. ABC came by my house for something non-related. Now, I have stuff everywhere: Boxes of stuff, stuff strewn on the floor – just stuff. Out of nowhere she says, “Do you have a pair of Tennis Shoes I can have?” I looked at her in SHOCK! I told her the story. She started praising the Lord, and I praised Him along with her! She put my shoes on and threw her old shoes in the garbage outside.
A few days later, I was with a friend having dinner. Ironically, out of nowhere, she said to me, “I get boxes of stuff shipped to me every day: designer purses, clothes, you name it. Do you need anything?” Again, none of this was planned. But God sees everything and knows everything!
I was extremely disappointed that Kelly Chapman Ministries and mac-O-licious couldn’t do our ThanksGIVEing meals for the homeless this year. Running a restaurant has been the toughest thing I have ever tried to do in my life (which was already filled with plenty of challenges). It feels like I let a lot of people down:
- Like I am not fulfilling my purpose
- Just “knee-deep” in the kitchen trying to “keep all of the balls in the air”
Experiencing the shoe situation, and then having someone ask me “What do you need? Anything?” felt like a gentle reminder from God that He’s got this! He sees me working non-stop, He sees the sacrifices, and He sees the attacks from the enemy. He sees everything! And He’s got it!
I hope to encourage someone else today. If you think you heard a voice speak to you, listen and obey. If you think you can’t go any further, keep going.
Allow me to further clarify:
- GIVE IT AWAY!
- And DON’T GIVE UP!
And he said to them, “Pay attention to what you hear: with the measure you use, it will be measured to you, and still more will be added to you.” Mark 4:24
“For I know the plans I have for you”, declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” Jeremiah 29:11