Good Morning Friends and Family! I wanted to take the time to share with you what has been going on “behind the scenes” in my life and the ministry. Since the covid-19 pandemic began, I have read many posts on Facebook about elderly, disabled, high-risk, homeless, truckers and more unable to get a meal or essentials due to circumstances out of their control.
This shook me to the core.
Every person has a story and likely can tell you about a time that they have been in need. I can honestly say, I have been on both sides of the fence. I have seen times of struggle and I have been in the position to not “want” for anything. I just simply can’t fathom someone in my community going hungry if I am able to give anything to help.
I began to brainstorm ways to help the community, yet still honor the law and social distancing. That is when God laid it on my heart to cook meals to feed a crowd and I created NWI Meal Relief-FaithAnchored.
Admittedly at first I thought to myself, “Lord, you know my health isn’t great and I do not have the strength and energy to do this- not without Your help.”
Many of you do not know but I have been diagnosed with Fibromyalgia which is a chronic wide spread pain disorder, that robs me of the ability to “get up and go” like I use to. Prior to being diagnosed I worked a full time job, cared for family, took care of myself and my children, and felt like the energizer bunny who could just go and go.
All of a sudden I began feeling weak, always exhausted, in so much pain that many days it’s hard to be mobile or even wear clothes due to the pain.
So, when God laid on my heart to cook meals for a crowd and to deliver them to those in need, my mind said there is no way I can do this. However, I truly felt God was telling me this was my way to help the community and spread God’s love.
With a lot of prayer and without any further hesitation, I went to Facebook, and posted in a local quarantine community support group that I would be preparing a hot meal and small blessing bags to help the elderly, disabled, high-risk, homeless, and anyone in the community in need. I went on to explain, to contact me privately if they, or someone they know, was in need of a hot meal and to include an address and how many people live in the home.
The first two times I made deliveries there was just a handful or two of families to deliver to across 4 local cities. In fact, the first time I prepared and delivered meals, I had extras; which I then took to local truck stops and passed out to the truckers. They are working long hours, not seeing their families, and deserve a nice homemade hot meal.
The following week it exploded!
It went from about 5-10 meals to deliver in a day, to a whopping 73 meals delivered in one day!
My fear of failure and letting down all these families kicked into high gear! I worried that I wouldn’t be able to keep up or that half way through my body would just “be done”. I also made it known to God that my own family is “barely making it” and I wasn’t sure how I could afford the supplies needed to feed so many in the community.
By the grace of God I have had the health and energy needed to continue to complete the mission that He has set before me. God reminded me of the story where Jesus fed 5000 with just two fish and five loaves of bread. When resources got low and it looked like I would have to stop serving, God provided exactly what I needed through others in the community.
In this time of uncertainty, I am so humbled and proud of my community, for coming together and donating what they can to help the less fortunate. Some have donated food, daily necessities- others have donated money, time, services, and more- all to help our fellow neighbors in need.
God is using this time to bring His people together! What the enemy meant for harm God will use for the good of His people.
Genesis 50:20 NKJV
20 But as for you, you meant evil against me; but God meant it for good, in order to bring it about as it is this day, to save many people alive.
Before, I took this bold step in faith to follow God’s lead, I spent most of my days on the couch or in bed, in pain that prevented me from doing much of anything. Getting up and taking a shower was exhausting enough for me and I considered that a “win” for the day.
Now, I can humbly say to all of you that with God’s help, I have successfully shopped, prepped, cooked, and delivered over 200 meals and approximately 50 blessing bags in two and a half weeks!
God is good!
I am exhausted, but God continues to remain faithful in renewing my strength, giving me the energy to push on, squashing my fear and anxiety, and providing me with the resources needed to continue to help those in our community.
What’s the point of me telling you all of this?
Do NOT let fear of failure stop you from following God’s lead!
If God sends you on a mission for Him- He will provide you with everything that is needed to complete what He has called you to do.
God has NOT given us the spirit of fear, but of love, power and a sound mind!
2 Timothy 1:7 NKJV
7 For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind.
Prayer over fear
Thank you Lord for the message on fear of failure. Thank you for giving me the power and love to conqueror the fears the enemy tried to hold me in bondage with. Lord, thank you for renewing my strength, energy, and joy each morning. Thank you for being a promise keeper and providing all I need to serve you as I have been called to. Lord, I pray for blessings of each person who reads this message I pray you speak to them through Your Holy Spirit. God, continue to lead our paths and make them straight, open our hearts to Your word and direction. Show each of us how we can serve You in our community. Lord, I pray for safety protection and good health over every family in our nation in Jesus mighty name I pray.