What would you do for the survival of your family? Think about it .Would you be willing to literally get your hands dirty? Would you do what it takes regardless of what others think about you?
I live in the country...my husband died leaving me with a wood/coal heater for heat. I haven't been able to install gas or an electric heat pump. I have lasted two winters burning wood and have lost twenty-six pounds. I now weigh one hundred ten pounds, and I am a cancer survivor. but I am much more than that. I am an all around survivor! My Holy Father is my provider. He not only provides me with the resources to survive, but most importantly the spiritual, emotional, and physical strength to survive.
I have been out in the woods and cut wood with just a double edge axe and hauled it home in a wheel barrow. I have cut kindling pine at night with only the front portch light on...but I like doing that, smelling the fresh scent of very old rich pine.
The thing is, I tried for two years to buy some coal but couldn't find a provider and I live next door to a power plant that uses coal to generate electricity.
Anyway, about two weeks ago, a coal truck must have been going too fast as it passed my entrance to the main highway. It spilled some wonderful looking coal across my driveway. I had to take a worn out straw broom and clear my drive way so I could drive out to pay bills.
What can I say now?
Well. I waited a week. That beautiful black, glossy coal was still there and strewn along the edge of the main highway. Finally, I couldn't take it anymore. I needed that coal instead of it just being wasted.
I drove my car up at the end of my drive way. I took out my shovel and begin to gather my heating resource. At first, I felt ashamed that those driving by saw me doing this. Then I thought about when the temperature gets down to the twenties, that me and my pets would be sitting inside staying warm...I no longer felt any shame, only thankfulness for God's provision and that He placed it at the end of my driveway.
Now those of you who have ever used wood and coal for heat will understand this.
I got my hands good and dirty picking up the larger lumps of coal. I didn't think twice about getting dirty to help keep me and my pets warm this winter. The smaller slag I shoveled in order to be able to bank the fire.
Now, you young ones learn from this. You may have to take a job where you "get dirty" in order to provide for yourself and who, or what pets you love. But you will be in God's grace for we are told in the Bible to take care of our own household, and to me that includes our pets.
Survival with God's blessing is what it's all about!
May God encourage and bless each one who reads this.
Miss Martha as so many people locally tend to call me.
Miss Martha, we do what we have to do and thats the way i see this story and a wonderful story i might add. Thank God for giving us the sense to Survive ! Praying for you to have a very warm and cozy winter and His blessings upon you to fulfil all your needs. I have always enjoyed you.