From Welfare to Winning

poverty girlTwenty years ago I was the poorest I’ve ever been in my life.  I was also pregnant and unmarried. And to make matters even harder, my doctor ordered me on 24/7 bed rest because of a dangerous health condition that threatened the life of my unborn son.  So, I went from dirt poor to beyond destitute at the worst possible time.  I lived off of food stamps, Medicaid and welfare during that time and the $200 a month handout I received literally kept me alive for about a year.  But it was during those challenges that I learned a lot about who God is, as well as four important life lessons about how to win.

Step 1: Trust God
When I became hungry enough, lonely enough, and broke enough, I finally cried out to God to save me. Trying real hard just wasn’t good enough…it was a matter of life or death. I needed the one who controlled the universe to move on my behalf.  And when I finally put my life in His hands He provided for me in miraculous ways.  From food and shelter to diapers and a crib, I was given everything I ever needed…and mostly from strangers I didn’t even know.  I would not have survived without His intervention. Trusting Him was the most important decision of my life and the only way I accomplished the next steps in my journey.

A Song About Greed

What happens if we allow greed to destroy our lives? Here’s a silly song I wrote since I’m a bit of a nerd when it comes to budgeting.  I found a lot of freedom once I started handling my money God’s way.

Matthew 6:19-21 – “Do not lay up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy and where thieves break in and steal, but lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.”

1 Timothy 6:10 – For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evil. Some people, eager for money, have wandered from the faith and pierced themselves with many griefs.