Wow. I work with about ten moms actively, and am still in touch with close to thirty. Which one should I choose? None of them had extra money for Christmas gifts. Most of them were just scraping by, struggling to afford bare necessities.
Then my friend told me that she would be happy to send out a Facebook plea, and see how many moms that I work with we could bless with Christmas gifts. By the end of the day, she had found Christmas donors who will 'adopt' four of the moms!
I notified the mama of the baby in the photo to please send me a Christmas list. She was overcome with joy. She sent the picture of her baby and told me I could not imagine how much joy and love the precious baby had brought into her life. She regularly sends texts thanking me for stopping her from aborting, "and making the biggest mistake of my life."
I wrote to the second mom asking for a Christmas list, and she said, "Wow. Since meeting you guys, the blessings just keep growing."
They sure do! I am so blessed by the friends I have. Many of them send me money and gifts to help the moms I work with. If they didn't, I could not do half of what I do.
Then I got a Christmas list from the first mom. Do you know what her 5 and 6 year-olds asked for for Christmas? A bed. With a pillow. And sheets.
Lord, the sorrow.
My husband came home to see me crying at my computer. The thought of a young child asking Santa for a bed and a pillow for Christmas broke my heart.
I wrote the mama back immediately. "Your Christmas list went to a donor family. However, we will find you beds and pillows immediately." Lord, help me.
I put out a plea on Facebook. Within minutes, we had a bunkbed offered but without mattresses, and then a mattress offer. Another friend donated money to buy the pillows. Within an hour, another person I don't know wrote me with the offer of two beautiful twin beds with brass headboards and frames. Another donor that makes sure I always have money to help the moms I work with made it possible for me to finish the bounty with an offer of sheets.
I called the mom. "We have two beds. Go online and let me know what sheets your children want. I will have them and the pillows delivered."
"Oh, my babies will be so excited! Thank you so much!"
We met her just as she became pregnant and realized she could no longer live with the man who was not good to her or her kids. In fact, her desire to abort her new baby was because of that fractured relationship. This is often the reason for mamas contemplating abortion. We shared the Gospel with her, she accepted Jesus and life for her baby, and vowed to change her life. She never told me that the man she left kept the childrens' beds, and since that time, they have yearned for a bed.
I cannot shake the image of those two small children sleeping on the floor. The new baby is in a beautiful crib, supplied by Truth and Mercy Ministries who works in conjunction with Cities4life to provide a lavish baby shower with the first two years of the baby's needs. But the siblings were on the floor. This brave mama would not renounce her decision to follow Christ, and return to the man with the beds. What a blessing that as soon as she voiced the need, her children had beds.
If you want to adopt one of my brave mamas, and give her family Christmas, e-mail me at email@example.com. Gas cards and grocery cards are ALWAYS useful too!
There was one more fantastic blessing yesterday, perfect timing before I leave for a week of vacation. I spent much of the day writing, and completed my first draft of the sequel to Unlikely Friends!!! If you haven't read the first book, you better. I hope to have the sequel out by Christmas.
I may not blog much while on vacation this coming week. Bless all of you. Be thankful. God is so gracious and merciful.
Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God.
Oh give thanks to the Lord, for he is good, for his steadfast love endures forever!
I will give to the Lord the thanks due to his righteousness, and I will sing praise to the name of the Lord, the Most High.