Last week at church I had just dropped the babe off in the nursery and was heading to find my seat, when I passed a lady I’d met through my volunteering in the nursery at our church. She has a big family like us, complete with twin 9 month old babies. She is always smiling and her kids are as adorable as they come.
When I saw her in the hallway, I said hi and asked her how she was doing. I noticed she was herding her kids alone. Usually she and her husband run a tag-team operation. She just gave me a weak smile and kept walking. I didn’t think much of it. It was a Sunday and anyone with kids knows what a manic race it is to get to church on time. I swear time speeds up on Sunday’s. Anyway I found my seat and enjoyed church.
After the service, we met my in-laws at Taco Bell, and when I walked in I noticed my friend and her kids sitting at the table across from us. I went up to her, and asked her if she was flying solo that weekend, assuming her husband was fishing, or working….Her eyes filled with tears, and she told me that she’d be “flying solo” from here on out. He had left her and her 5-kiddos and moved in with someone else.
My heart broke for her as she buried her head in my shoulder and sobbed. Her kids just looked at us, with big sad eyes. It was agony. I told her that I was so sorry and that if I could help her with anything to let me know. She then proceeded to tell me that they’d been living with his parents, and now that he had moved out his mom (her mother-in-law) didn’t want her and the kids living there anymore. She was essentially homeless. Sh asked if I could help her find a place to stay until she could get back to Arizona with her family.
I hugged her again, and told her that I would keep my ears open, and gave her my number so if she needed a friend I was just a phone call away.
I sat down at our table and thanked God over and over for the opportunity he gave me to love on her, and I thanked him for blessing me with a spouse that is an incredible partner and friend. I know that I am not always easy to live with, but I am so thankful for Kevin sticking with me.
Later that week while we were talking, I asked Kevin if he would be ok with my friend and her kiddo’s staying at our house until they got packed and ready to move to Arizona. There was no hesitation in his answer. “Of course,” he told me.
In the next day or so, my house is going to go from 6 people to 12 people….I am not sure what our life is going to look like for the next season of time. I just know that the Lord prompted me to make our home available for her. To set aside my comfort and look into the heart of someone who is hurting and be a blessing to her and her kids.
I know that when Kevin and I were hurting most, friends and strangers went out of their way to comfort, guide and bless us. Matthew 35:35-40 prompts me to bless those in need.
When I was hungry, you gave me something to eat, and when I was thirsty, you gave me something to drink. When I was a stranger, you welcomed me, and when I was naked, you gave me clothes to wear. When I was sick, you took care of me, and when I was in jail, you visited me.”
Then the ones who pleased the Lord will ask, “When did we give you something to eat or drink? When did we welcome you as a stranger or give you clothes to wear or visit you while you were sick or in jail?”
The king will answer, “Whenever you did it for any of my people, no matter how unimportant they seemed, you did it for me.”
I would love some prayers in these coming weeks, as my house stretches and becomes a haven from the storm. Pray that our family will be a blessing, and a bright spot in a difficult season. Pray for provision for us, and for my friend as she travels with her kids almost 900 miles. Pray for gracious hearts for myself and boys as we stretch out of our comfort zone. Mostly pray for my friend’s heart, that she would know that she is the daughter of God, dearly loved and cherished.
Thank you in advance for all of your prayers!