"Which of you by worrying can add a single hour to his life? (Matthew 5:27)
When my parents died I was left with two mobile homes - the one I lived in and theirs. That meant two sets of utility bills and two lot rents. The utility bills weren't too bad because the utilities for the empty mobile home were not used much. What killed me were the two lot rents. I had no clue how I was going to be able to handle that. I was living from paycheck to paycheck as it was. Where was the money going to come from?
I put one of the mobile homes up for sale, with the hopes it would sell quickly. My hopes were dashed when I found out banks won't finance loans for older mobile homes. What was I going to do? I had many stressful days worrying about where I was going to get the money.
Then the bottom fell out. I could no longer afford two lot rents. I missed a month's lot payment for the empty mobile home. I told the park manager that as soon as I sold the home I would pay them the back rent. After all, I had lived in this park for 12 years without missing a payment. I thought they'd give me some slack considering the situation.
But it didn't happen that way. Instead of trusting me for the money, I was served notice for a court hearing. I didn't know what to do. I was at rock bottom.
That evening I was meeting with a small group at church. When it was time for prayer requests I told them what was happening to me. I was almost in tears. Prayers were offered up for me.
"But seek first His kingdom and His righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well" (Matthew 5:33)
Once I turned everything over to God things began to happen. I had only been home about ten minutes from the church meeting and there was a knock at my door. A couple from the small group came and wrote me a check to cover what I owed in rent plus another month as well. (I paid them back later out of my income tax refund).
Then a couple months later at Christmas time I received cards with money in them - one for $300 and another for $500.
Finally, when money was running low again, a buyer for the empty mobile home stepped up and paid cash.
Once I stopped worrying and turned it over to God, He responded and provided everything I needed.
PRAISE BE TO GOD!