Dear Friends and Family,
When Nate lost his job on Oct. 15th the easiest thing for me to do was crawl in a cave and not deal with hurt, pain, and shame. Over the days that followed the cave I had created for myself was not working. So I invited a limited number of people into the cave to sit with me. I was moved by the text, emails, prayers, and calls, but living in the dark was easier. But as the days continued to pass I realized I needed others around me to remind me of God’s truth. Sitting in the dark was nothing but lonely. I knew those truths, but I needed to HEAR, SEE, and FEEL those truths.
On Nov. 15th, exactly one month from Nate’s job loss I wrote in my prayer journal that morning, “Please God, remind me that I am not alone.” It was just one of those dumpy days! I was hearing, “You are alone! You have NO money for Christmas! This process will take longer than the money you have saved! There are no jobs out there!”, and on and on and on!!!!! I KNEW those voices were not truth and they were ugly statements the enemy would want me to believe – I was in a funk!!!
So I decided to push myself out of the house and join a play date. When I returned home that morning a pile of cards were at our door. As I stood in the kitchen I wept as I read God’s words to me; “Just a note to let you know we are thinking of you today!”, “Trust in Him and let us help you in any way we can.”, “Please know that we have been and will continue to life you up in prayer as you navigate through this.”, “With God as your strength and shield, He will provide for you! Let Him give you peace, calm your fears, boost your confidence…”, and there were more!
And in the days that have followed more cards have arrived, more people have called, texted, prayed, and emailed. Books arrived that were on our kids Book Fair wish list that we couldn’t buy; Hot, favorite meals have been delivered. And the other night a large anonymous envelope appeared at the door that simply read, “Ho, Ho, Ho”. It was filled with more than we could ever have imagined to provide Christmas for our kids, date nights for us, and fun outings for our family.
So this morning, I wrote in my prayer journal, “Lord, please help me proclaim your name in every opportunity I have. Please help me share the story of Your provision for us so it might encourage others in their faith. Thank you for your great kindness displayed on our family.”
After I finished my writing I picked up my devotional and it was the following verses in Ecclesiastics.
“Two are better than one because they have a good return for their labor. For if either of them falls, the one will lift up his companion. But woe to the one who falls when there is not another to lift him up. Furthermore, if two lie down together they keep warm, but how can one be warm alone? And if one can overpower him who is alone, two can resist him. A cord of three strands is not quickly torn apart.” Ecclesiastics 4:9-12
Another way you could read this would be to acknowledge that if you’re smart, you’d ask for help. God says that he wants his soldiers to work together in the fight against sin and Satan. We aren’t ever supposed to go it alone. So what should you do to carry out God’s fighting orders? Find friends around you who love God, too. Look at church, in your neighborhood, and help your kids find them at school. Like a band of brothers, God’s people will encourage you and help you outsmart the enemy. Together we can win the war that Satan wages against us.
At this point I just don’t have any words for the acts of love displayed on our family. Many of you I have called and thanked. For many of you I will probably never know all you have done. But what I DO know is that through YOUR listening to the Spirit, having courage to respond, and following through with obedience you have ministered to me, Nate, Will, Emerson, and Sadie. YOU have shown us how we are not alone. YOU have visibly been the hands and feet of Christ for us. YOU have been our Band of Brothers, to help us wage this war. And by YOUR living out God’s word, YOU have outsmarted the enemy.
Our words will never be able to express our gratitude….And we feel grateful beyond measure to call each of you Friend.
Brittany (Nate, Will, Emerson, and Sadie)