Psalm 145:13B – “…The Lord always keeps His promises; He is gracious in all He does.”
Our pockets are stretched T H I N as single mothers. We have to take care of our kid(s), ourselves, and the responsibilities of taking care of a home. Often times, it seems as if the odds are stacked against us. Especially, when the 1st of the month rolls around. I know for me, my check is already spent before I even get it…thanks to Dave Ramsey! (SN: Financial Peace University is a REALLY great tool to take advantage of as a single parent) The list could go on about the endless financial duties of what it takes to keep a decent home as a single mother.
I was going through my room earlier this week and I found a note from my pastor in Louisiana. At the end of the note it read, “…Please know that the seed that leaves your hand never leaves your life.” I immediately LOL…that statement was so true.
1 Samuel 15:22 – “…Obedience is better than sacrifice, and submission is better than offering the fat of rams”
Long before I started my career as an educator, I started off as a substitute teacher. I was headed back to Louisiana from Christmas Break 2012 (2013) when I felt the Spirit urging me to “sow” a seed into my future. Lord knows I didn’t want to do it. All I had was $60.oo in my account, and that was going to be used for gas. To become a sub in the Parish I lived in you had to pay $57.00 for a background check. Needless to say, when I got back to Louisiana I paid for my background check: RELUCTANTLY in my flesh, OBEDIENT to the spirit.
I had just graduated from undergrad, and I was still awaiting acceptance into graduate school. Also, I didn’t have a job awaiting my arrival! To make a long story short, I was on my way back to Louisiana without a source of income. After paying for my background check I went around to the area schools with my resume hoping to be called within that week! That didn’t happen! So, Abrielle spent some time at home with me because I didn’t have the gas to take her to school! It took almost a month and a half before I received my first phone call to be a substitute.
As a result of me sowing that seed then, I strongly believe, it opened up the door for my future as I see it today. I went from a substitute, to a permanent substitute, to a Paraprofessional, to a Full-Time 8th Grade Math Teacher. So much in-between then and now, but it was that one act of obedience that propelled me to where I am today. Let me tell you, those salaries before becoming a Math teacher were far from beautiful or livable salaries! God provided so much for Abrielle and I, as well as He taught me some things that I wouldn’t of, and didn’t, learn going through college to be a teacher.
If we in our beautiful mess can show ourselves obedient, He will show Himself faithful…because God is Who He says He is.
Deuteronomy 7:9 – “Understand, therefore, that the Lord your God is indeed God. He is the faithful God who keeps His covenant for a thousand generations and lavishes His unfailing love on those who love Him and obey His commands. “