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  • An unexpected blessing

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    14 posts, 14 voices, 712 views, started Aug 19, 2009

    Posted on Wednesday, August 19, 2009 by Angela 'Cocco' Williams

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      Today I broke down and went to a food pantry. I felt so bad. It wasnt pride, but I felt more like I should be the one serving the less fortunate people. I should be the one who wrote the pantry program. I should have been the person packing those bags and helping those elderly people to their vehicles but instead I was a recipient. This really hurt me. I guess Im sharing this story because someone needs to be encouraged through the rough time that they may be going through. For those of you who dont know I owned my own business for ll years and it was very lucrative. I developed and operated 8 programs for youth and women in crisis. This is my love and ministry. In September 2008 I was forced to close my business because of circumstances beyond my control and so my income literally went from about $13,000 a month to $0 in one day. Yes it was beyond awful! I have been unable to re-open the business due to that huge loss in income. I was at the time mixed up in a realestate deal that was suppose to be prominent but didnt turn out that way. I lost my full savings of $87,500 and found myself totally broke.  No one knew. I have not had an income since September 2008 and it has been so difficult. God has been faithful as he promises us. We have had some very difficut times eating, and have had to move 3 times this year, I thought I was going to just ball up into a knot and die....but...Here I am. Im still here pressing onward.  That was just a little information to let you know how I ended up at the food pantry.  I never ask anyone for anything, because I just try to make it on my own and do the best with what I have, but my sister in law came to my house last night (Tuesday)and wanted something to eat. I opened my fridge and told her sorry. She just looked. In the fridge I had a gallon jug of water, some condiments, a few squash and some body cleanse. She just sat there shocked. This is not what she is use to. In my house I have always had and abundance of food and people can always get a plate and a bed in my home. Immediately she began to ramble of places here in schenectady where I could go and get food. This morning a group of women came to my house and took me to a place that gave me 5 bags of food. I stood there in line wanting to cry but the tears wouldnt come. As I looked around the room I asked God why was I here? Why was I in this situation. I was always careful, giving, smart and driven. He spoke softly to my spirit and said ” I want you to know what it is like to be in this situation, so that you would really know how to empathize and help the millions that you will come in contact with. Those in the same situation as you and these others here today” God is good. To know his passion for his children. I was overwhelmed. When it was my turn at the counter. They treated me with such love and kindness I couldnt believe it was a food pantry. I received many organic and healthy foods that it blew me away that God would even give me the kinds of food that I would buy at the grocery store. If you are struggling let me encourage you to hold on a little while longer. The storm is passing over. Stay positive and keep on smiling because this is only for a season.  Be blessed

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          Marya1961 wrote Aug 19, 2009
        • Cocco, you are in my prayers and I know that God is looking out for you and your family...stay strong and know if there is a will there is a way and we Fab40 sisters stick together through thick and thin..HUGS to you, my friend!

          Maryestatic



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          La Shawn Henderson wrote Aug 19, 2009
        • Wow I understand Girl and I have walked in those shoes. As I read what you wrote it seemed as if you had read a page in one of my journals. The one thing I know is God is a wise teacher and he knows experience is one of the best teachers. You will never forget your experience and how you felt before and after and that will help you to help others when you get back on your feet. And you will get back on your feet.  

          God is using you even now. I know he has used you  in my  life.



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          Fraz764 wrote Aug 20, 2009
        • God has a plan and I know that he is working it through you. I have found that after times of adversity, I am so much stronger.  

          I am going through somethings now myself and I know that God’s plan is working, I just have to keep the faith and pray non stop and listen and be obedient.

          You are such an awesome woman and He has already worked it out for you!!



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          Mzd3 wrote Aug 20, 2009
        • Cocco, all I can say is im so sorry to hear you are going through this. I hope and pray it all turns around soon.(((hugs))



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          Lazylola wrote Aug 20, 2009
        • Sorry to hear this. I hope things turn around for you soon.



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          Mztracy wrote Aug 20, 2009
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          Angela 'Cocco' Williams wrote Aug 20, 2009
        • I want you all to know that you are awesome. I agree that God is in control and working it out. I believe in moving forward and staying positive because our attitude in the face of adversity can make or break us.  I choose to be live healthy and whole. I remember there is always someone more worse of than me. God is worthy of my praise no matter what. estatic



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          Robin Clark wrote Aug 20, 2009
        • Cocco, my prayers are with you and I hope that God will help you everyday that you are still here on earth.  Just remember he does have a plan for you and I can tell that you are a very strong person and a fighter.  Keep your head up and we will pray for you.



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          Kerri1985 wrote Aug 20, 2009
        • Amen!!!! Coco...I totally agree. Praise God for everything and stay positive.



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          Lilchile wrote Aug 20, 2009
        • Cocco-
          sometimes when we are weak is when we find how strong we are.  There are times that I felt I will never get through and then ...here I am better than I have ever been.  This is just one of your chapters in your book, you have more to go.. hold your head high because your previous chapters show you are a woman that makes things happen..take a deep breath...get some rest ...and then go get em!!! Thanks for sharing your story..you are in my prayers!!



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          Debbie Mallory wrote Aug 21, 2009
        • {{{{{Cocco}}}}}}  

          God has his loving arms wrapped around you.

          TG



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