Some inspiration that might help you through the holidays

@Katlady2 (9920)
United States
November 19, 2007 12:12pm CST
I just received a wonderful email from a friend of mine, and I wanted to share it with everyone. I'm sure some of you have seen it before, as it's been around for a while. But I know there are others that may be reading it for the first time, and many can identify with the woman in the story. And for those of you that have different beliefs than me, feel free to adapt the story to however you believe. Enjoy, and have a great week and Thanksgiving everyone! In September 1945, I woke up one morning with seven hungry babies and just 75 cents in my pocket. Their father was gone . The boys ranged from three months to seven years; their sister was two. Their Dad had never been much more than a presence they feared. Whenever they heard his tires crunch on the gravel driveway they would scramble to hide under their beds. He did manage to leave $15 a week to buy groceries. Now that he had decided to leave, there would be no more beatings, but no food either. If there was a welfare system in effect in southern Indiana at that time, I certainly knew nothing about it. I scrubbed the kids until they looked brand new and then put on my best homemade dress, loaded them into the rusty old 51 Chevy and drove off to find a job. The seven of us went to every factory, store and restaurant in our small town. No luck. The kids stayed crammed into the car and tried to be quiet while I tried to convince who ever would listen that I was willing to learn or do anything. I had to have a job. Still no luck. The last place we went to, just a few miles out of town, was an old Root Beer Barrel drive-in t hat had been converted to a truck stop. It was called the Big Wheel. An old lady named Granny owned the place and she peeked out of the window from time to time at all those kids. She needed someone on the graveyard shift, 11 at night until seven in the morning. She paid 65 cents an hour, and I could start that night. I raced home and called the teenager down the street that baby-sat for people. I bargained with her to come and sleep on my sofa for a dollar a night. She c ould arrive with her pajamas on and the kids would already be asleep This seemed like a good arrangement to her, so we made a deal. That night when the little ones and I knelt to say our prayers, we all thanked God for finding Mommy a job. And so I started at the Big Wheel. When I got home in the mornings I woke the baby-sitter up and sent her home with one dollar of my tip money-- fully half of what I averaged every night. As t he weeks went by, heating bills added a strain to my meager wage. The tires on the old Chevy had the consistency of penny balloons and began to leak. I had to fill them with air on the way to work and again every morning before I could go home. One bleak fall morning, I dragged myself to the car to go home and found four tires in the back seat. New tires! There was no note, no nothing, just those beautiful brand new tires. Had angels taken up residence in Indiana ? I wondered. I made a deal with the local service station. In exchange for his mounting the new tires, I would clean up his office. I remember it took me a lot longer to scrub his floor than it did for him to do the tires. I was now working six nights instead of five and it still wasn't enough. Christma s was coming and I knew there would be no money for toys for the kids. I found a can of red paint and started repairing and painting some old toys. Then I hid them in the basement so there would be something for Santa to deliver on Christmas morning. Clothes were a worry too. I was sewing patches on top of patches on the boys pants and soon th ey would be too far gone to repair. On Christmas Eve the usual customers were drinking coffee in the Big Wheel. There were the truckers, Les, Frank, and Jim, and a state trooper named Joe. A few musicians were hanging around after a gig at t he Legion and were dropping nickels in the pinball machine. The regulars all just sat around and talked through the wee hours of the morning and then left to get home before the sun came up. When it was time for me to go home at seven o'clock on Christmas morning, to my amazement, my old battered Chevy was filled full to the top with boxes of all shapes and sizes. I quickly opened the driver's side door, crawled inside and kneeled in the front facing the back seat. Reaching back, I pulled off the lid of the top box. Inside was whole case of little blue jeans, sizes 2-10! I looked inside another box: It was full of shirts to go with the jeans. Then I peeked inside some of the other boxes. There was candy and nuts and bananas and bags of groceries. There was an enormous ham for baking, and canned vegetables and potatoes. There was pudding and Jell-O and cookies, pie filling and flour. There was whole bag o f laundry supplies and cleaning items. And there were five toy trucks and one beautiful little doll. As I drove back through empty streets as the sun slowly rose on the most amazing Christmas Day of my life, I was sobbing with gratitude. And I will never forget the joy on the faces of my little ones that precious morning. Yes, there were angels in Indiana that long-ago December. And they all hung out at the Big Whe el truck stop.... THE POWER OF PRAYER. I believe that God only gives three answers to prayer: 1. "Yes!" 2. "Not yet." 3. "I have something better in mind." God still sits on the throne, the devil is a liar. You maybe going through a tough time right now but God is getting ready to bless you in a way that you cannot imagine.
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22 responses
@icequeen (2841)
• Canada
19 Nov 07
What a wonderful story...especially when someone is going through hard times...it helps you believe in prayer and goodness again...which the world desperately needs.
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@Katlady2 (9920)
• United States
20 Nov 07
Yes, our world definitely needs to embrace those beliefs, especially in the state it's come to lately. Thanks so much for your wonderful comment.
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@luvstochat (6914)
• United States
19 Nov 07
What a beaufitful story to share at Christmas time. Reading this story helps remind us that there are people out there who don't have anything even though they try they are barely making enough just to get by. I love hearing when angels help out. There were some trucker angels in that truckstop!
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@Katlady2 (9920)
• United States
20 Nov 07
There sure were! Thanks so much hon.
@sodapop (977)
• United States
19 Nov 07
I had never heard this story before...thank you for sharing it. I love to hear storys like this. It makes my heart feel better! Just when I need a lift, a story like this comes my way. I do believe in the power of prayer!
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@Katlady2 (9920)
• United States
20 Nov 07
It really does help a lot when we are feeling down. Thanks so much hon. Hugs!
@3lilangels (4639)
• United States
20 Nov 07
wow what a very touching and moving story,i never heard this one before but it is so true how god works in mysterious ways.no matter what hard times we all go through god is always there some hoe helping us out of the mess.thanks for sharing this,can you please pass those kleenex please.thanks and great big hugs to you and your family.pattie
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@Katlady2 (9920)
• United States
20 Nov 07
He is always taking care of us whether we realize it or not. Thanks so much hon. And I have lots of extra Kleenex, so I'll send some your way. Hugs to you too hon. ((((((((((pattie))))))))))
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@laurika (4536)
• United States
20 Nov 07
I have never read story like this I am really happy you share this with us. It just make you feel better when you read something like this.
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@Katlady2 (9920)
• United States
20 Nov 07
I'm glad you enjoyed it hon. Thanks so much for your comment.
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@alamode (3073)
• United States
19 Nov 07
This should go a long way to dispel those negative thoughts that come creeping in this time of year... worrying that you can't give enough, the feeling of futility... money is tight and you can't do for everyone on 'The List'... To me the holidays are a time to give yourself... your love, your best wishes, the warmth of an open heart, not wallet. If it was ever about money, the Wise Men would have brought cash! Happy Holidays!
@Katlady2 (9920)
• United States
20 Nov 07
Well said hon. I couldn't have said it better myself! Thanks so much sweetie. Happy Holidays, and big hugs to you hon.
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@Grandmaof2 (7603)
• Canada
19 Nov 07
Okay nothing has touched my heart like this ever before. I rated it a +, why you might ask it had me sobbing. Hehehehe Seriously this did touch my heart and there was a message in this for all of us. By time I read the last 14 words I had to wipe my eyes and blow my nose. Thank You Very Very Much!!! God is Good!!!
@Katlady2 (9920)
• United States
20 Nov 07
I have extra Kleenex if you need me to send some your way. LOL Yes, God is VERY good! Thanks so much my friend. Hugs!
@sherrir101 (3670)
• United States
19 Nov 07
I have read this before and I cry each time that I read it. I have been there. It is a wonderous thing what God can do.
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@Katlady2 (9920)
• United States
20 Nov 07
It puts the tears in my eyes every time too. It's such a heartwarming story. Thanks so much hon.
• India
19 Nov 07
WOW thank you for sharing this wonderful story! i never read it before and it bought tears to my eyes.....yes God always answers our prayers and when He does not seem to its just that He believes in our ability to get through! Thank you once again
@Katlady2 (9920)
• United States
20 Nov 07
Very well put hon. He always answers our prayers. Maybe not in the way we expect sometimes, but He answers them nonetheless. Thanks so much.
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@lightningMD (5932)
• United States
19 Nov 07
Thanks for sharing this. I had read it before a few years ago. This year it means so much more. My husband lost his great paying job and although he has a new one we make alot less than before. My hours were cut for the winter so money is rewally tight. Last night while I was a work people from our church brought us a gift basket/ It was full of canned goods a huge turkey,potatoes,rolls and even homemade bread. There was also a gas card for 25.00. God is very much in the drivers seat. i thank him every day for our wonderful church family and all the blessings he gives us.
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@Katlady2 (9920)
• United States
20 Nov 07
Oh how awesome! God really is watching out for you hon. Keep your chin up, things will get better, I just know it. Thanks so much for stopping in.
@hhhxxccc (222)
• United States
19 Nov 07
That was a very heartwarming story. Thanks so much for posting.
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@Katlady2 (9920)
• United States
20 Nov 07
You're quite welcome hon. Thanks for stopping in.
@nelly5 (1425)
• United States
19 Nov 07
Thank you so very much for sharing this story with us. It is very uplifting, just what I needed today. I love to read stories like this. Do you know if this story is true or not? I was just curious, even if it isn't true, it is nice to believe that there are situations out there that end like this one did. You are very correct, the power prayer is amazing!! Thanks again, Have a great day/night.
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@Katlady2 (9920)
• United States
20 Nov 07
I'm not positive, but I think the story is actually true. But you're right. Even if it isn't, I'm sure there are many people out there that really have experienced something just like it. God watches out for all of us, that's for sure. Thanks so much hon.
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@Bev1986 (1427)
• United States
22 Nov 07
I've read that story before and I just love it! Several years ago, things were pretty tight at our house. We were lucky that we had a roof over our heads and we both had jobs, but we just didn't have enough to make ends meet. I kept praying and praying for a way to have a nice Christmas for our girls, who were in Elementary school at the time. One evening, a few weeks before Christmas, I got a call from the school... someone had told them that things were tight. They had a program called Share the Joy where the kids take in spare change and they got donations from businesses and individuals so that they could buy presents for needy children. They wanted to know if they could help out. Well, my first response was NO! We weren't needy! I was embarrassed. I wasn't going to accept charity! I very nicely told her no thank you and that things were fine. I got off the phone and bawled... Was this God's way of giving us an answer? And I just turned it away??? I picked the phone back up and called the women back. I started crying and told her that yes indeed, we could use some help, but that I was extremely embarrassed to have to accept it. She was wonderful! She assured us that this was all very confidential and then proceeded to ask me sizes of the girl's clothes and toy choices. The day I went to pick up the gifts, I was totally and completely overwhelmed. There were stacks and stacks of gifts! More than we had ever given to our girls in the past! I told the lady that it was too much and that she should give some of it to other people. She assured me that each gift had been picked out precisely for our girls by people in the community and it would be a shame if we didn't accept them. Once again, I bawled... Any, God definitely blessed us that year, and in all the years to come. We never again were in need that way again, and now, we are the ones helping others. Thanks for the reminder... Have a blessed holiday season!
@gabs8513 (48712)
• United Kingdom
21 Nov 07
Thank you Sweetie that was so lovely Love and Hugs
@Feona1962 (7527)
• United States
20 Nov 07
This is so wonderful...I have read it before, acutally many times before, and I still read it everytime I get it...It just makes my heart glad to know there are others who are willing to come forward and give out of their hearts...and ask for nothing in return...I love these stories...I do believe in the 3 answers to prayer...thank you for sharing...Hugs
20 Nov 07
What a beautiful story! I had never heard it before and was very touched by it. Thank you so much for taking the time to share it with us! I will certainly be sending it to a few friends whom I think need that little pick me up.
@Savvynlady (3685)
• United States
20 Nov 07
I have read the story, and love it. That is the spirit of giving and truly of Christmas. I tend to feel that if you give something to someone, you feel much better for it. Sadly there are so many people who may have a holiday with not too much stuff and if you can, show your love.
• Indonesia
20 Nov 07
Thank you for sharing the story. It makes my heart warm and lift up my spirit. I just shared this story with one of my friend who is having a tought time now and hopefully this will lift up her spirit as well..
@whyaskq (7532)
• Singapore
20 Nov 07
A real inspiration indeed. Perhaps we just need to keep the story in mind and pray that things will turn up right. There is always light at the end of the tunnel. Best wishes.
@sophylline (1042)
• Philippines
20 Nov 07
What a nice, very uplifting, touching story. It's a tear jerker, alright. Posting this obviously didn't go to waste as I have been deeply moved and others as well from reading the other replies. It's great, thanks for sharing this even if you knew others have already read it. It's a great reminder of the power that prayer brings. You just have to have faith and keep on keeping on.