Thankful Thursday- Provision

Today, our Thankful Thursday host provided the theme of provision. She, of course, had no way of knowing how applicable that theme is to my week but y’all will by the end of this post 🙂

I haven’t worked full time since October of 2007 due to (what would eventually be diagnosed in Jan 08 as) multiple sclerosis. While I continued with my professional organizing business and other ventures for as long as I could, I had to stop taking physical clients (switched to virtual services and writing) several months ago. Financially, my illness and all the tests leading up to my diagnosis have affected our budget and savings immensely. But, God has provided! He is so good.

Many people, including most of the doctors and other medical professionals involved in my care, have recommended that I apply for social security disability. I did not take that suggestion very well at first. I mean, HELLO, I am THE multi-tasking mama. I have juggled kids, full time jobs, volunteering, small business ownership, and more with my hands tied behind my back (wink wink). I am not disabled, heck I have a hard time even admitting that I am ill.

But, a good friend of mine had the courage to call a spade a spade and ask if perhaps I had a pride issue? **gasp** She was right (and is still a good friend).
So, I prayed and prayed and FINALLY decided to apply. I told God that if this was His will for my life than I would do it but whether or not I was approved was up to Him. I also agreed (like I even have any say) that if this was what He wanted I would take it as a sign that I am supposed to be focusing my energies on something He laid on my heart a good while back that I have been ignoring.

I am just going to be honest for a second. I applied because I didn’t think I would be approved and then I would be off the hook for having to do this “thing” that God is bugging me about. I thought God didn’t give a hoot about social security and that He knew going back to work was important to me so He would heal me. I listened to all the people who told me I was going to be denied the first time and would have to get a lawyer (which I told God I was not going to do)and it would be this long drawn out thing (kinda like this blog post).

Long story short- I sent in my application on February 28 and my first social security disability check was in my bank account yesterday! God provides!!!

Now, I just have to keep up my end of the bargain (yikes)
What are you thankful for?

Comments

  1. You are like me Melissa you just won’t quit. I am proud of you for taking that step and celebrating with you that GOD answered! AMEN!

  2. He And Me + 3 says:

    That is awesome and God has perfect timing doesn’t He?

  3. That is great.

  4. Awesome TT post and God is Good!!!!
    God Bless,
    Heather

  5. Wonderful post today! What a beautiful testimony of how God is on time ALL of the time! Praise God for His provision….Laurie

  6. He IS a great God, isn’t He? Great post.

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