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on being thankful

I've talked before about how my families here tend to give and give and give to the point of not having anything because they know what it is like to have nothing. Right now they're doing things for project share, serving food for homeless people here in Albuquerque, some of them spoke for Saranam Sunday last week which was really truly awesome, and overall, they are just great people who really want to turn their lives around.

I always get interesting stories during our Bible study, and today we talked a little bit about thankfulness and how we are supposed to give to others and trust that God will provide for us. One of the ladies shared a story that just touched my heart that I want to share with you all..

She was living in a hotel, pregnant, had a three year old, and was living with the father of the baby. It was Thanksgiving, and her boyfriend insisted that they give away the 3 plates of food that they had to the 3 other homeless people living in the motel at the time. She was reluctant, fearing that her child would not eat, that she would not eat being 8 months pregnant, but gave the food away anyway. It was a tough Thanksgiving, but the next day she got a phone call from her mother asking if she would like some food.

It turns out that a company had done a food drive for a family. And the family never came to collect their food. In turn, she received an abundance of food, more than she knew what to do with, and she used some of that food to bless others as well.

When we put our lives in the hands of the living God, amazing things can happen. Just seeing her eyes light up as she told the story, I am thankful for knowing such an amazing group of people. God has truly blessed me with the ability to get to know these women through this Bible study. They teach me more and more about life each Thursday.

Even when we are hesitant to give, God takes our offerings and does great things with them. When we sacrifice ourselves for other people, God is good and God is faithful in acknowledging what we need. It may take time, it may not happen with a phone call the next day, but I am learning that believing in God is trusting that God follows through no matter what.
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