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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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The Goodness

Today was AWESOME!

I started work at 7 AM this morning. I did a lot of Uber Eats deliveries. I also did a few Grub Hubs and at least 2 ASAP deliveries and a Walmart run on Spark.

I had to make $40 before 2 PM to keep my account from over-drafting, and when I was down to only needing $10 more, someone sent me $15 in Cash App to finish it off. That was the first "God wink" I got today.

I kept working, until it was nearly lunch time, and I figured I should go on to the Mission to eat. I had just paid my balance on my checking account and brought it back into the green, and I figured, with less than 100 miles left in my gas tank, I needed gas.

No sooner had I thought that, God said, "Let me give you some gas money, and I'll drive you over to the Mission while I am at it."

BAM! Grub Hub offered me a delivery that was going to pay me $14. The drop off was less than a mile away from the Mission. I was AWED!

I went and ate at the Mission, then went back to work.

By the end of the day, I was starting to feel a little hungry again. The meal filled me up, but didn't stuff me, so getting hungry again was inevitable. I remembered that the Salvation Army used to feed us in the evening time back when I was homeless and after, when I was working less than 40 hours a week at minimum wage and supporting more than myself. But, I wasn't sure what time of day.

A friend on Facebook informed me they fed at 5 PM, and it was already 10 after. I turned off my apps, and headed that way.

When I got there, they had just finished feeding to "outsiders" and was getting ready to let their residents in. But, someone was giving away sack lunches in the parking lot. I took one of them for later.

A guy and his wife that I had bought breakfast for a few weeks ago who are in need was walking to his truck. He turned around and went into the building. When I got in there, he was telling the lady at the desk, "This is her. She needs to eat." The lady at the desk took my ID and SS card and told me to go on back into the kitchen.

I was by myself, but I ate so good.

Afterward, I thanked the mission and the guy on Facebook and was answered with, "I didn't know how else to pay you back for what you did for us."

It was God. Again.

I feel like God was showing me that it was okay if I only do a little bit, and that little bit was enough to fill my cup with blessings overflowing. I had been feeling so bad because I didn't have much to give lately. I can't help anyone else as long as I am in need.

Then, as I drove away from the mission, I thought of the parable that Jesus told about the servant who kept the books for his master and managed his estate. The master was fixing to fire him, so he went and looked up all of the people who owed the master money, and forgave most of their debts. When he got fired, he had friends that kept him from being destitute because of that. Jesus called him "wise". (Luke Chapter 16).

God was teaching me that when I help others, I am really helping myself in the long run. I am creating a family that will be there for me when I am in need, as they are able to do so. Showing God's love towards your neighbor creates more people for the family of God.

I did one more delivery, then I went home.

Tomorrow is the Sabbath. There is NO WAY I am going to dishonor it this week. I just had a close encounter with God nearly all day long, at every turn. I don't want to lose that. Besides, I need to call the dealership on the status of my car tomorrow.

Thank You, Lord, for blessing me. In Jesus's Name, Amen

Proverbs 19:17

“He that hath pity upon the poor lendeth unto the LORD; and that which he hath given will he pay him again.”

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