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Excerpted from The CSB (in)Courage Devotional Bible, © 2018 Holman Bibles, Denise J. Hughes, Editor.
I set the last box down and stared at the storage unit in front of me. It held everything I owned: a small table, a few chairs, an old navy couch, a banged up dresser, and a fridge that struggled to stay cool. With a heavy sigh I asked: Lord, how long will this season last?
Dollar - Month - Rent—to - Transmission - Car
I needed every dollar I had—plus the next month's rent—to replace the transmission in my car. Without a car, I couldn't get to work. Without a job, I couldn't support myself and my daughter. I didn't know what else to do. So when a friend said we could stay with her while I saved up enough money for a deposit on another apartment, I gave my landlord notice and paid for my car to get fixed. But that meant, basically, my five-year-old daughter and I were homeless.
#singlemomlife and #inthetrenches and #inthethickofit would have been recurring themes for us. I didn't have family nearby, or anyone who could help with childcare. And yet, as hard as this season was, I never felt alone. I knew God was with me.
Turn - God - Ways - Oftentimes - Friends
At every turn God was there, providing in the most unexpected ways, oftentimes through friends and church family. When I had to attend a night class and babysitting fell through, the professor said I could bring my daughter to class. When I had nowhere to go on Christmas Day, a friend invited us to her house. When I felt overwhelmed and worried that I wasn't going to make it, my pastor assured me that God wasn't asleep on the job, that God could bring good from a broken story. Even mine.
All this was a lifetime ago—in another millennium really. But through it all, God...
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