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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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Made a Way

I woke up at 11:15 this morning. I overslept by 2 hours. I had to get up, because my bank was overdrawn by $13 and I needed to put some money into it before 2 PM. My Flex payment came out.

Before I left the house, I went by the apartment manager to let her know that I would be moving out this weekend, and why. I was already resigned to leaving.

I explained to her that I couldn't pay my rent because I was overdrawn in my account, and my car payment is due by the 7th, and I had other bills that were also due, and I told her of the situation with my car and why I wasn't able to make as much as I was making and why I had been late the last two months. She already knew that, but the transmission failure was new to her.

She looked at my account and said, "Miss Ponder, you are one of my better tenants. You pay every month. Everything you say you are going to do, you do. You have had a zero balance since you have been here and I really hate to lose you because of this. So, I can offer you a hardship. If you will stay, we will work with you. We understand your situation and we know you will get back on your feet. Pay what you can by the end of the month, and we will let you pay out the balance over the next year, when you can start paying your rent again."


It was as if a gigantic weight had been lifted off my shoulder! I didn't have to move! I could stay! She would work with me!

I praised God through my tears when I got back to my car. I could hardly drive.

I called the internet company and had my internet service restored. They explained to me that it would still be shut up, due to the length of time it has been since I called, but they will restore my service next week.

Then, when I finally turned on the apps, my oil change light came on in my car. I released the delivery I was on to another driver, and called my dealership. They told me to call Avis to change out the car.

I called Avis, and they said, "Keep driving it. You are due for a few more days before you have to turn it in." I explained it would be longer than that and the car needed to be serviced. They told me to have the dealer call them.

I went to the dealership and talked face to face with him and told him Avis wanted him to call them. He did, and then set up the car change out.

I had to bring the car back in clean, so I had to use my credit car to get money to wash and vacuum my car out. I praised God there was money on my card to do that with.

Then, I went to change it out.

When I got to Avis, they said they didn't have a car available, at first. They ended up giving me a Volkswagon Jetta to drive that they pulled out of their hat finally.

I liked the Malibu better, but I am thankful to have a vehicle to work in.

By then, it was time for dinner, so I went to the Salvation Army to eat. Usually, they have good food to eat. The pulled chicken BBQ sandwich was good enough, but the macaroni sucked today. I was thankful and tried to eat it, but I couldn't finish it, it was so bad. I don't ever like to complain, and usually, I will eat whatever is offered because I am so grateful for them and their work and I am hungry. But that was awful. And I hate to waste food. I ate all of everything else, though. I felt bad throwing the mac and cheese away, but honestly, it wasn't going to do me good if I couldn't get it down.

I did try, though. I ate half of it before I gave up.

Then, as I was finally making a delivery, a Facebook friend contacted me and asked me to come by her house. She said she prayed and was led to be God's Hands and Feet like she was supposed to do, and gave me a check. It was enough to pay my rent and my car payment, and all the bills due until then, and a few more.

I was so overwhelmed with relief. I thought that this morning was relief, but then made it even better! Now I could save the hardship offer for another time. Maybe next month, if I need to. I dropped to my knees and all I could do was praise God more!

If there was ever any proof that God is watching over me, this was it.

I was at the end. I was resigned to moving out. I had already cut off my internet.

But, God.

I praised God.

Lord, I am so overwhelmed right now. I am in tears. I am so grateful! Not only did you tell me today that I had nothing to worry about as far as a place to stay for a while, you paid my rent today, using one of your servants as your hands and feet! My rent is paid and I don't have to worry about anything for a couple of weeks! And I can move forward with the calm assurance that my apartment manager will work with me the next time I am in need.

I have a fresh vehicle to drive until mine gets fixed. And nothing is going to keep me from working. I can take tomorrow off like I'm supposed to, and You better believe that I will be praising You all day!

I am praising you now Lord! You have my heart and soul, and if there is anything You need me to do, I am here. I am here anyway, You know that!

In the name of Jesus, praise your name! Amen

Isaiah 41:17

When the poor and needy seek water, and there is none, and their tongue faileth for thirst, I the LORD will hear them, I the God of Israel will not forsake them.”

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