During the conversation she asks if I was a Republican or Democrat. I told her there should be a section for just American, I am American... as the conversation continued she asked if I was spiritual? Of course, I'm sure that wasn't part of the survey. She asked me to pray for her and her family. I was shocked but also excited! I shared with her my love for God, my faith, and that prayer changes life, that I was beginning a Daniel's fast soon for a month where I will be praying nightly. I told her I would gladly pray for her during this entire time, I asked her name, which is Janine. I asked her prayer needs, I wrote down her information and began praying for her that night. I told her about my website and asked her to visit here to stay in touch.
Now fast forward to today... All my dear friends are aware that I have been submitting resumes and interviewing for jobs over 8 months now. This morning I had an interview with some very nice people. The job is something I feel confident in my ability to do but I am so terrible at selling myself. I can sell a book, a service, or company but selling myself is difficult. (I need to work on that) I came home thinking of "I should have said this or that" or "I didn't react or say this as I should". I began beating myself up over my mistakes and I open my e-mail to find one from my phone a friend, Janine. Wow, and it just made me step back and thank God all over again for my many blessings in life. BUT more importantly the fact that I could speak to a woman that lives in Idaho, across the country, minister to her, give her encouragement, and offer prayer, compassion and support for her difficult situation.
Janine is a widowed mother of two, she has a difficult relationship with her children. She has a master's degree but works 2 part time jobs for $8 an hour, and on the verge of being homeless. If this isn't the face of our nation right now I don't know what is. Educated, hard working individuals on the verge of being homeless. I plan to respond and hopefully build a encouraging relationship with Janine, Lord please work in her life today! I ask you all to help me pray for her situation, that God give her favor and rebuild the relationship with her children. AND I thank God that he could use me for his purpose which is to express love and compassion to one of his children.
When we think our situation is difficult there is always someone else with more need than ourselves. Be thankful for what you have for it could all be gone tomorrow! And above everything else, take the time to show love, compassion, and encouragement to someone everyday, you will never know how much it means to them and the depth of what God is using you for. A 15 minute phone call to a stranger could possibly change both of our lives forever, only God knows!
What a wonderful day for me!!
Don't be afraid to fast!
If you have never heard of fasting this book is an amazing resource. Last year was the first time I had ever heard of or participated in a Daniel's fast. It changed both my life and my families life dramatically. It would take me a long time to tell you all the blessings and favor God has given our family over this past year. You wont starve to death so don't be afraid of the word "fasting". If you are looking for a NEW Beginning of happiness, favor, and spiritual growth than I encourage you to consider this fast!