I have not written in a few days as I have had many things on my mind. I have tried to write but nothing came out the way I wanted. Today was a day of miracles though so I had to write.
Jim got a letter last Thursday about his SSDI claim stating he met the requirements for medical disability. This was such a blessing, but in the same breath it set things in black and white that Jim is not capable of doing everything we had hoped. He is not pushing himself to work as hard and we are noticing some improvements in his health when he takes things a little easier. That made me realize he was not going to be able to complete the repairs on the house like we had hoped, not without some kind of major help. I have been thinking about our finances for days trying to find some way to pay someone to do the repairs and still continue with the financial plan we have set for ourselves. When the cost appeared prohibitive, I was trying to make a plan for me to do the repairs on my own and still manage my own chronic pain.
Then today I got a call from the pastor of our church. He told me that he had got a call from a woman Jim had talked to at a Wendy's on Sunday. I thought this was odd, but as I listened to what he had to say, I was shocked. The pastor informed me this woman belongs to a Baptist church in Marietta, which is over an hour away, and they have been looking for a ministry to help a family. Our pastor did not know Jim had received the disability letter, nor how disabled Jim really was, but when she asked what our family's biggest needs were, he told her we need the house repaired. He asked my permission to give her my number so she could call us and work out how the members of her church could come in and do all the repairs on the house at no cost. I was flabbergasted! I did not know Jim had a conversation with anyone nor how this woman would know what we needed. Later, Jim told me he had gotten into a conversation with this couple about us moving to Georgia from California with all six kids. The couple asked if we attended a church and Jim mentioned we are going to the Lutheran church in Rome. I was in shock again because the Wendy's he had met this couple at was no where near either of our homes. We were coming back from a gun show that was an hour and a half away in the opposite direction from where they live when this "chance" meeting happened. I cannot believe now that there was any "chance" in this and that God had a hand in their directing this meeting.
Not only were we shocked by this offer, but once we mentioned to the children this could not have been coincidence and His hand must be guiding us, my daughter that has been swearing she is an atheist now wants to go to vacation Bible school in a few days and has asked for some church clothes to go with us on Sundays. I do not know if she is actually starting to believe or if she does not want to be left with a babysitter at her age. I am just happy she is willing to try.