reply to post by randyvs
Things got interesting for me after we last talked. Thought I might share my experience.
Shortly after I posted on this thread encouraging you, my life situations slipped into similar despair.
My business activity was slowing down all summer, but in September it just stopped. I guess people were waiting for the election.
We could not make rent and no money was coming in, we had used all our savings during the summer to get by. My wife started suffering from anxiety
attacks, stressing out about the finances. We have no major debt or big payments just rent, healthcare for my wife and 3 kids, gas and food. We live
pretty skinny already but this was it. There was nothing on the horizon as far as potential income. I had exhausted all my options, people were just
not around or willing to pay for my service.
Our plan was to have the wife and kids move back with my parents in Northern Cal, while I stayed back to keep trying and find a second job.
My wife desperate, posted on Facebook our struggles and to tell our friends we might be moving away, and ask for prayer.
Here comes God and his Angels with some humble pie.
Our friends from church pick up on this and rallied. Groceries show up at our door, not just any groceries but specific items that our family needs.
Gift cards and checks, offers to babysit and cook meals. The pastor of our church shows up at our house to deliver a check that was enough to get us
through December. We were floored by their generosity. It was hard for me to accept these checks and gifts with no conditions but only to receive it.
I'm a worker, I want to work to earn my money and I'm responsible to provide for my family. it may seem odd but this was tough for me.
My wife is much more social than me, I don't have a ton of friends so to have these friends and not even like real good friends, acquaintance offer
to help me and my family, It was humbling and inspiring.
Some where late November a friend I worked with before came back in town from Chicago, where he was having great success all summer with a similar
program I was working on, again humbling. I learned my lesson, and let my ego go. I let him help me restructure my program, and it worked. It has
worked wonders to the point now that I'm fairly confident we will be able to stay here in San Diego.
We have a few hurdles left. We have no tax savings for my business, and the owner of our condo is selling in May.
Even if we still have to move out of San Diego, I don't really care. I know that where ever I go God has got my back, it just sucks that he need to
kick me in the butt to get me to realize that.
I know now to trust others as well. My skeptical nature conflicts with letting people in to my personal space. I'm much more open now to receiving
help and encouragement.
I know for a fact, that when we hear of some one else on the ropes, struggling, we are going to be giving what we can to help them along.
Randy, if your still reading, if you need anything I may not be able to offer much but let me know.
One more thing, I know many here despise the Christian religion, just realize that not all churches and Christians fall into the nut job stereotype
that is prevalent here on ATS.