Inspiration happens…sometimes in the most unexpected ways. It’s been a joke among friends and family for my entire life, how all my meals appear as though I’ve cooked for an army or tried to feed a small village. It’s been a curiosity to even myself. I just didn’t know any other way.
On my post “Let Them Eat Cake“, someone asked if when I bake, do I ever have leftovers? Seems like a pretty simple question with what should’ve been a simple answer but…nope.
Directly after that, my sweet friend, Ana @ momlifewithchiari, commented:
Awe! So sorry! I remember growing up, it was sort of even rude to ask for seconds. As there often wouldn’t be none.I’m so glad you’re able to have an abundance now and be able to share with family! 😊🙏🏽
POW! Breakthrough and Inspiration!
It was a very abusive childhood and my mother, too, suffered these cruel hands but…we have a God who is ABLE. A life so vile, violent, gutteral….in the end of it, gentle, humble, childlike…who knew that God had forgiven him but could not forgive himself.
How we perceive abundance is a funny thing and varies wildly from individual perspective. I know that through life, that term has changed for me. When I was a child, it meant for me what others had that I lacked. Later in life it became a different thing. It came with the knowledge of undeserved grace in all its forms, an awareness of things we take for granted and with a heart of gratitude.
I grew to acknowledge that I may go to the sink anytime I wish and have clean water, every roof, large or tiny, gave me shelter, through times of little and of much, I’ve had some sort of nourishment, I have love…family, friends. In my lowest of lows, even while devastated, losing everything I owned in a fire, homeless, baby on my hip….I was provided for….friends and strangers giving shelter, food, covering my nakedness…..I had abundance. Abundance became every small, minute thing that I had been blessed with, that even one other person in the world, may not have. Omgoodness! I believe you inspired me being as I just wrote a post in the comments. Lol
Her story and testimony…
Ana:Haha! I’m so glad I was able to do that for you.Amen! I agree. I saw my father put his hands on my mother at the age of 5. They divorced and through God’s mercy were able to reconcile when I was 15. But during that time, with a single mom of three small children, she was working up to 2 jobs at a time, we grew up with very little, which began – and still, the love for thrift stores. We didn’t get much only on Easter Sunday – new dresses. After that, it was all second hand and all that God was able to provide. But you’re absolutely right, what I experienced or was small for me, now has served a bigger purpose. I can now teach my children to have a heart filled with love and gratitude, for all things, big or small.
If you haven’t met Ana @ momlifewithchiari , put that on your ToDo list right away. You’ll be glad you did.
… Happy Hanukkah to all of my Jewish friends who are celebrating the first day.
בָּרוּךְ אַתָּה אֲדֹנָי אֱלֹהֵינוּ מֶלֶךְ הָעוֹלָם אֲשֶׁר קִדְּשָׁנוּ בְּמִצְוֹתָיו וְצִוָּנוּ לְהַדְלִיק נֵר חֲנֻכָּה
Ba-ruch A-tah Ado-nai E-lo-he-nu Me-lech ha-olam a-sher ki-de-sha-nu be-mitz-vo-tav ve-tzi-va-nu le-had-lik ner Cha-nu-kah.
Blessed are You, Lord our G‑d, King of the universe, who has sanctified us with His commandments, and commanded us to kindle the Chanukah light.
בָּרוּךְ אַתָּה אֲדֹנָי אֱלֹהֵינוּ מֶלֶךְ הָעוֹלָם שֶׁעָשָׂה נִסִּים לַאֲבוֹתֵינוּ בַּיָּמִים הָהֵם בִּזְּמַן הַזֶּה
Ba-ruch A-tah Ado-nai E-lo-he-nu Me-lech Ha-olam she-a-sa ni-sim la-avo-te-nu ba-ya-mim ha-hem bi-zman ha-zeh.
Blessed are You, Lord our G‑d, King of the universe, who performed miracles for our forefathers in those days, at this time.
בָּרוּךְ אַתָּה אֲדֹנָי אֱלֹהֵינוּ מֶלֶךְ הָעוֹלָם שֶׁהֶחֱיָנוּ וְקִיְּמָנוּ וְהִגִּיעָנוּ לִזְּמַן הַזֶּה
Ba-ruch A-tah Ado-nai E-lo-he-nu Me-lech Ha-olam she-heche-ya-nu ve-ki-yi-ma-nu ve-higi-a-nu liz-man ha-zeh.
Blessed are You, Lord our G‑d, King of the universe, who has granted us life, sustained us, and enabled us to reach this occasion.