So lately I have been writing about what God is teaching me, and this week I had nothing for a post (hence I am posting Tuesday instead of my regular Monday) Plus yesterday was one of our DTS Student’s birthdays: Shoutout to Sara Hurst! Happy Birthday!
So this week…God had totally hit me over the head with how much he has provided this last year. On paper Josh and I should be thousands of dollars in the hole. In gifts given to us through our organization we made less than $5,000 last year. When I got that 1099 tax form my stomach sunk. All I could think was,
God how are we still in San Francisco?
Even now, looking at it, I don’t understand. God opened so many doors. He provided miracles for us to go to a conference, for Josh’s motorcycle to be moved here, for us to even stay here, pay rent, and eat each day.
All I can say is we have a BIG God. How do miracles like this even happen? I know we were given gifts throughout last year, God used our savings too but still the calculations don’t make sense in my head.
Of course, coming to the end of our savings my heart worried. I kept asking God why we weren’t fully funded. The end of last year and these first two months this year I have cried more times than I can count. Then, God brings another miracle, and I cry more, but a happy cry. I have never been so blessed by people’s generosity. Friends, family, and even new friends have so many times come by and lifted my head back up, and shown me that God knows our needs, every one of them. I am continually learning trust in God, and faith that He has called us here.
Thank you for answering the times God asked. For those who continually are a part, Thank You. To everyone who has lifted us up in prayer, Thank You. I know you must be praying, because God has moved, opening doors every time I turn around.
Walking today through our drop-in center for the homeless, I was greeted by one of our friends, James. He knows me by name, and while that seems small, it has taken me 6+ months of saying hi and repeating my name to him for him to remember. Today he put the biggest smile on my face, simply by knowing me. Walking down the streets here, there are a lot of nameless faces that we pass, having a friend to know even just my name is a blessing. Then I remember all my friends that I pass out on the streets. Not only are they nameless to people, they are less than human to many. But seeing each person in our drop in center, shooting pool, sitting, chatting, I know they are just like me, they just want someone to know their name.
It is a blessing to serve this city. We love being here, and I personally have never been pushed further out of my shell than living in a city. Thank you for being a part of that, each of you who has prayed, given, even thought of us. You are all in our hearts here. Most of all, I have to say praise God, I never thought I would be a person testifying to how much He knows and will provide, and yet here I am.
God moves, mightily.