We had a four month old baby with some kidney issues. We were not sure of the extent of the issues yet. Our savings had been depleted by all kinds of unexpected expenses. My husband's boss walked into his office and told him that day was his and a lot of other people's last day with the company. Wow. They had laid off a lot of their employees. Turned out to be the best thing that ever could have happened. But we wouldn't know that for quite some time.
Shock. Freak out. Pray. We cut back on all expenses that we possibly could. Anyone that knows us well knows that we love to go out and eat out as a family. But as with all the other of life's little luxuries, all eating out, movies, and playing that would cost money was on hold indefinitely as we did not know how long it would be until my husband could find another job. I remember telling my husband--I just want to get out of the house and go to Chili's.
The $20 Difference:
A friend of ours was out of town when all of the job loss stuff happened. But she knew that we were going to have some appointments at the hospital to try to figure out what was going on with my son's kidneys. She sent a little note that said she would have loved to bring dinner to us that day, but since she was out of town, she was sending a Chili's gift card.
A Chili's gift card for $20.
Could there have been something else that she could have done to make me feel more loved? It sounds silly. But I felt so loved by God that day. If she had simply sent $20--I would not have spent it at Chili's. If she had brought dinner, I would have felt so grateful. But, as silly as it sounds, the fact that she sent a Chili's gift card made me feel more loved then anything else she could have done.
Our family felt loved in a time when we needed to know that God was aware of our situation and cared about us individually and as a family.
Pray to know someone that you can help this month. And help them. You don't have to have a lot to make a big difference in someone's life. Just make the $20 difference.