Bring the Rain!

b346cc6ae97c7add4c98f14ac030638eI have gone through worse things in my life, and I have had some pretty AWESOME, BETTER TIMES…

But, “there is always someone out there worse off than you”

I use to be so SICK of hearing that! Blah blah blah, I would say! Seriously? I would say… until I had a house fire…. I was like, no one could be worse off than me…

The lady the caused the fire in our duplex had to STRUGGLE…and is probably STILL struggling, she ended up with NOTHING..
Our blood and our church family all banded together and next thing we knew, we had a room to stay in, there were several people that wanted to set us up with an apartment, utilities and deposit paid…
My sister in law actually GAVE us the side of the duplex we live in now, another brother got us a refrigerator and a stove! Others brought food and clothes… Dishes, sweeper, soap (to last a lifetime!), and so many other things…
We lost almost EVERYTHING…but we gained EVERYTHING…
I know people that are sleeping in BUSHES… in railroad cars, and their own cars… (I did too for a time) And I know what it is to be in plenty…and I know what it is to be in NEED… but there IS always someone out there worse off than you!!
Instead of being a “cry baby bed wetter” I decided that we were going to EMBRACE any downfall, any sign of poverty, losing jobs, etc… and we were going to HELP others when we got on our feet again, to NOT be where we went!!
Several years ago, we had the fire, but I had a good job..etc.. got out of the homelessness and here we are in the same house we moved into after the fire. I just recently lost my job and hunting PAINSTAKINGLY to find another one….Credit card bills are racking up, hospital bills, no health insurance for my wife, the daughter who lives with us is unemployed, and my wife works as a nanny, bringing the only working money into the house… but we make it. Parents help, friends, family…but ultimately, I believe that it is our strength in Christ and our faith that has carried us through… so I don’t gripe about where I’m at… I am EMBRACING IT!!
My only desire in life is to be a good father, husband and brother, and friend…
To Walk with Jesus and to inspire people to live better lives despite their circumstances…. There have been so many struggles in our lives, just as there are in YOUR life. There has been death, loss, pain, heartache, betrayal and many other emotions and pains that I can’t even count in my life.
BUT, I don’t want to be a “cry baby bed wetter”
I’m not always strong either, but we ALL have stuff going on, I want to show that no matter what is going on in our lives, we can ALSO reach out to others! “I count everything as loss because of the surpassing worth of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord. For HIS sake I have suffered the loss of all things and count them as rubbish, in order that I may gain Christ and be found in HIM, not having a righteousness of MY OWN that comes from the law, but that which comes through faith in Christ, the righteousness from God that depends on faith—that I may know him and the power of his resurrection, and may share his sufferings!!!” (That was Philippians 8..)
I can count a million times
People asking me how I
Can praise You with all that I’ve gone through
The question just amazes me
Can circumstances possibly
Change who I forever am in You
Maybe since my life was changed
Long before these rainy days
It’s never really ever crossed my mind
To turn my back on you, oh Lord
MY ONLY shelter from the storm
But instead I draw closer through these times.

I hope this inspires someone… with that…
Peace ~ Mike