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.