The title of this blog post was taken from a woman named Anna. She left that comment on a Facebook post.
The post read: “Someone else is praying for the things you take for granted.”
She wrote, “Praying for food.”
I swallowed hard and nodded my head. What Anna said in public is what I keep to myself.
My prayer is more like “God, help me to stretch what we have even further, and please let my spouse appreciate what I’ve managed to create in the kitchen.”
Sometimes I feel like I am creating a magic trick in the kitchen with what we have, just to make it tasty and satisfying. My husband has come a long way in the last few months, but it hasn’t been easy.
I think his thought process changed after we had a heated discussion about no bacon for his egg sandwich. He told me that he couldn’t eat it and placed the dish on the kitchen counter. I responded with, “There are plenty of people that would kill for that sandwich.” He basically told me to go give it to them. That was the end of our discussion. (note: he eventually ate it, but he wasn’t happy about it.)
However, that evening I had just finished reading a post by Ann Voskamp in which she wrote about her trip to Africa to visit her sponsored Compassion child. Her Compassion child’s name is Anna, too. The photos she took on her trip really affected me deeply. One in particular was of her sponsored child proudly showing Ann and Ann’s daughter her pail of bugs that she collected by candlelight to eat.
I must have let out a deep sob, because my husband came into the office to check on me and he saw the photo and asked me about it. After I told him, he quietly walked away. But he’s commented a time or two since then how grateful he is that he doesn’t have to eat bugs.
I prayed for Anna that day, and have prayed for her several times since then.
God will provide.
It may not be in the form of a $20 bill, but in the form of a friend coming over with a bag of groceries saying she has no room in her freezer for such and such, or she knows she won’t be able to eat such and such before it expires.
What’s important to note is, that if you have no food, you need to tell someone – a friend, a neighbor, or family. No one can help you if they are not aware of your circumstances. I shared a tiny bit of our circumstances with a friend, and she’s blessed me several times. In the past I’ve been able to bless a few people too, and will continue to do so when I am able.
No one should have to go hungry.
If your friends, neighbors and family are in the same situation there are resources out there that can help:
Start with your church, and check with neighboring churches. Some of them have food pantries. If they don’t have a food pantry, they should be able to provide you with information to a local food pantry.
Government assistance (In the U.S. it’s SNAP = food stamps). To see if you qualify for food stamps, a prescreening tool for the food stamp program is available online here.
If you fall into any of the categories below and meet income guidelines, you may be eligible to receive services and nutritious foods from the WIC (Women, Infants and Children) program:
– You are pregnant
– You are breastfeeding (up to one year after delivery)
– It has been six months or less since you delivered your baby, terminated your pregnancy or miscarried
– You have a baby up to age 1 or children up to age five
To find a WIC agency, call TEL-LINK at 1-800-835-5465, or check with your local health department.
*Your family may be eligible for free or reduced priced lunches at school. School administrators can give you an application or tell you how to apply.
*Are you an older adult interested in receiving meals? Contact your local Area Agency on Aging online here.
I am sure that there are other resources available that I have not included. Please share in the comments section and let’s help each other – thanks!
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