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Hello, I'm Shonda Ponder. I am a self-employed courier and taxi driver. 

I am a Christian and a Conservative American and native Texan.

My priority is Jesus. My goals are to win souls, to live abundantly and to pay my bills on time, in that order.

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Bring the Rain

On Monday, January 2nd, I woke up at 10:30 a.m.. I was actually able to get some sleep.

As I was checking my bills I realized that my health insurance hadn't come out of my bank account yet, so I went to check to see if it was being auto-drafted like I had hoped. It was not.

This meant that I was $140 less than what I need for the week before my rent was even due. This meant that I needed a couple of really good days of work.

I refused to worry about it. I went ahead and paid my tithes into the God account. I knew God was going to take care of it one way or the other. I can only do what I can do, and God will have to do the rest. I think that's what God was trying to teach me.

The night before, I checked the internet for moving companies. I wanted to get the price of a mover, in case I couldn't find any help. I figured now was the time that I should start saving up for that. I only had 11 months to go before I had to sign my new lease on the apartment.

As I was doing my normal rounds of deliveries, I got a call from a moving company that I had asked a quote from for the night before. I was told that it would probably cost me about $1,500 to get help moving all my stuff into storage.

I opted not to book one yet since I didn't have the money. I have 11 months to come up with the money. I seriously doubt I'm going to be able to save that amount of money in time. But I know God is good, and everything will work out. I still have options.

Around 4:00 p.m., I decided to take a break because it was raining, and I stopped at Wayne's family restaurant. I haven't done that in a while. Actually, I don't think I've eaten there in years. So, to celebrate living abundantly, I decided to do something I don't normally do and I stopped there.

I bought a cutlet sandwich, some onion rings, and, of course, sweet tea to drink. And then I was on my way again.

I had already made $70 thus far. I was looking at having a pretty good day.

Around 5:30 I was on my last Spark app delivery, and the rain started pouring down. I made my delivery and turned off the app. Delivering groceries in the rain is not what I signed up for.

However, I would keep the other apps on. It takes a lot less time to take someone's food up to their door than it does to deliver a car load of groceries in the rain. Besides, ASAP deliveries announced that morning that all deliveries would receive weather hazard pay for the next day or so. Any delivery I took would pay me no less than $9 per delivery.

And, even if I didn't make any more deliveries for that Monday, I had already made nearly $100. I went to deliver an ASAP order. It was the only order that I did for ASAP so far. When I got to the customer's house, I handed the order to a guy who was waiting for it. He walked away with it into the house.

I went to take a picture of the house to prove that I had been there. The order disappeared from my app. I received the phone call immediately from ASAP saying that the order had been canceled and I don't need to worry about delivering it. I explained to her that I have already delivered it.

When I looked on my app I was not paid for it. I called them back and I told them that I had not been paid for that order that was delivered. The customer was placed under investigation and on probation. And a compensation claim was filed in my behalf.

Consumer Fraud will not be tolerated. It raises the prices for everyone else and inconveniences the company employees and contractors.

Thou shalt not steal.

I am not perfect. And, I forgive them. But, I still will not neglect to hold someone accountable for stealing from me, so that they might have the opportunity to repent.

I did a few more deliveries, then noticed my gas tank was below a quarter of a tank. So, I took my car to Walmart and filled my tank - even though I don't like buying gas from Walmart. It's cheaper and I need the money.

Then, I took my twelve dollars in cash tips and went inside and bought some Banquet meals to eat for the next 4 meals, so I can save money and not eat out, before I went home.

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