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My friend Rosemary was newly divorced and overwhelmed by the awesome responsibility of raising two daughters alone. There were many weeks when she had less than fifty dollars to her name.

At Easter time Rosemary's daughter Theresa discovered a pea-sized lump on her collarbone. Tests showed a Hodgkin's disease tumor filling forty-percent of her chest cavity.

In addition to the terror of watching Theresa suffer, Rosemary was also distraught over the enormous medical bills piling up. The hospital needs a fifteen-- hundred-dollar payment.

A few weeks later, quite unexpectedly, Rosemary was named "Employee of the Year" at work and received a prize of fifteen hundred dollars: exactly the amount she needed. What a stroke of luck! Rosemary thought.

At church that Sunday an overpowering inner voice was so loud and clear she shook her head to make sure she wasn't dreaming. The voice said, "Give Maggie a hundred dollars."

"What?" Rosemary demanded a repeat.

"Give Maggie a hundred dollars."

"Maggie? The Maggie whose job I took over when she quit at work? She was the only Maggie Rosemary knew. "Why does this woman need me to give her a hundred dollars?" Rosemary asked the voice. "I'm the one struggling financially! At least Maggie has a husband to help her."

Rosemary thought about her recent windfall. After tithing and paying taxes on it, the amount she actually cleared from that prize was less than a thousand dollars— not even enough to cover the hospital payment. And now someone—was it God Himself? Rosemary wondered—was asking her to give a hundred dollars to a woman she hardly knew.

"This is ridiculous," she said to herself. " Why, it's total fiscal irresponsibility!"

At home that afternoon Rosemary kept hearing the voice, "Give Maggie a hundred dollars."

She dug deep into her faith reserve and remembered the verse from Matthew 28:20 that says, "Behold, I am with you always, even to the end of the world."

Rosemary thought back to the last few months of Theresa's struggle with Hodgkin's disease. By now she was well on the road to recovery. She hadn't even gotten sick from the chemotherapy. Yes, God had been with them throughout the whole ordeal, but Rosemary also knew that God doesn't ask for paybacks.

It didn't make sense, but she reached for her checkbook. Shaking and sweating she wrote the check and mailed it to Maggie. A week later Maggie stood on Rosemary's doorstep. Smiling, Maggie handed the check back. "I can't accept this, Rosemary. But I want you to know that you certainly did God's work when you sent it. My husband was getting so bitter about God and religion. He was so touched by your generosity; he's acting like a whole new person. Thank you so much," she beamed as she pressed the hundred-dollar check back into Rosemary's hand.

The next Sunday Rosemary tithed an extra ten dollars for the hundred dollars Maggie had give back to her. On Monday, Rosemary received a check in the mail from her Aunt Joey for a hundred dollars for no particular reason…something her aunt had never done before.

On Tuesday, Rosemary tithed ten dollars of that money to the church.

On Friday she received a hundred-dollar check in the mail from her good friend Sharon, who enclosed a note that said simply, "I'm sure you can use this." Sharon had never done such a thing before.

That's when it hit Rosemary square in the eye. "When God asked me to give Maggie a hundred dollars for no apparent reason, I'd listened, a bit grudgingly, I'll admit. Was it a test, like when God instructed Abraham to sacrifice Isaac, his beloved son? And just as God had spared Isaac at the last minute, he spared me by bringing that hundred dollars back to me three times in six days!"

Several years later, Rosemary's finances were again extremely grim. Her older daughter Claire was getting ready to go back to college, and Rosemary was frantic over how she would come up with the money for her tuition. In faith, she reluctantly sold some antique jewelry that had been given to her years earlier.

The next Sunday Rosemary slipped into the pew next to Margaret, a struggling single parent. The familiar inner voice said, "Give a hundred dollars to Margaret.'"

Rosemary almost wailed out loud, "Now just a minute! I took a loss on the jewelry when I sold it, because I have faith in You! And You're still asking me to give Margaret a hundred dollars?"

Rosemary knew it was useless to argue. 'The world says 'hang onto your money.' But sometimes God says, 'give it away.'" She gave Margaret a hundred dollars.

Within five days the bank suddenly approved an "iffy" college loan toward Claire's tuition.

And the following week Rosemary received a generous and quite unexpected raise at work.

The next week in church she quieted herself and prepared to "listen" to what God had in mind for her now—more out of curiosity at the absurdity of it all than eagerness. Within a few minutes she was directed to give another struggling single parent whom she barely knew a hundred-fifty dollars.  This time there was no, "Aw, come on, God, You've got to be kidding!" But by this time she was a believer. She'd been taught over and over that if she just put out seedling effort, God returns His bounty in bushels.

From: Chicken Soup for the Christian Woman’s Soul

 

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Why God Made Moms
Answers given by 2nd grade school children to the following questions:


Why did God make mothers?

1. She's the only one who knows where the scotch tape is.
2. Mostly to clean the house.
3. To help us out of there when we were getting born.  

 How did God make mothers?

1. He used dirt, just like for the rest of us.
2. Magic plus super powers and a lot of stirring.
3. God made my Mom just the same like he made me. He just used bigger parts.


What ingredients are mothers made of?

1. God makes mothers out of clouds and angel hair and everything nice in the   world     and   one dab of mean.
2. They had to get their start from men's bones. Then they mostly use string, I think.


Why did God give you Your mother & not some other mom?

1. We're related.
2. God knew she likes me a lot more than other people's moms like me.


What kind of little girl was your mom?

1. My Mom has always been my Mom and none of that other stuff.
2. I don't know because I wasn't there, but my guess would be pretty bossy.
3. They say she used to be nice.


What did Mom need to know about dad before she married him?

1. His last name.
2. She had to know his background. Like is he a crook? Does he get drunk on beer?
3. Does he make at least $800 a year? Did he say NO to drugs and YES to chores?


Why did your Mom marry your dad?

1. My dad makes the best spaghetti in the world. And my Mom eats a lot.
2. She got too old to do anything else with him.
3. My grandma says that Mom didn't have her thinking cap on.


Who's the boss at your house?

1. Mom doesn't want to be boss, but she has to because dad's such a goof ball.
2. Mom. You can tell by room inspection. She sees the stuff under the bed.
3. I guess Mom is, but only because she has a lot more to do than dad.


What's the difference between Moms & dads?

1. Moms work at work and work at home & dads just go to work at work.
2. Moms know how to talk to teachers without scaring them.
3. Dads are taller & stronger, but Moms have all the real power 'cause that's who you got to ask if you want to sleep over at your friend's.
4. Moms have magic, they make you feel better without medicine.


What does your Mom do in her spare time?

1. Mothers don't do spare time.
2. To hear her tell it, she pays bills all day long.


What would it take to make your Mom perfect?

1. On the inside she's already perfect. Outside, I think some kind of plastic surgery.
2. Diet. You know, her hair. I'd diet, maybe blue.


If you could change one thing about your Mom, what would it be?

1. She has this weird thing about me keeping my room clean. I'd get rid of that.
2. I'd make my Mom smarter. Then she would know it was my sister who did it and not me.
3. I would like for her to get rid of those invisible eyes on the back of her head.

Veggie Salad Delight

 

1 perfectly ripe avocado

1/2 tsp. honey

1/4 cup water

1 clove garlic

2 tsp. flax oil

1 tsp. dill

1/2 tsp. sea salt

1/2 lemon, juiced

 

Blend until creamy and let sit in refrigerator for half an hour allowing the flavors to harmonize. Pour over salad and toss well.

Love your veggies with the smooth delicious taste of this romantic dressing. Perfect with candlelight and your favorite significant other. Lovingly, dipping your veggies, free from the guilt of toxic, store-bought dressings.

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