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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.

I look forward to communicating with you all!

The Promise

I woke up at 11 AM on January 6, Friday. The first thing I did was check my accounts.

I have been running neck-in-neck with my bills and now they are inching ahead. I had until the 8th to come up with $170 for the bills due then, on top of what I owe for rent.

My E-trade brokerage account was trickling down because the stocks were dropping. I called my brokerage account "The God Account" because I put 10% of all I earn into it for saving, until God decides I need to use it. I can't give to anyone else if I can't take care of myself, and with this, God directs my giving as well as my ability to give more.

When I can afford it, I usually give my cash tips to the guys holding signs on the street corner; but, lately, I've had to eat that, too.

I tried to work the Spark App today. But, other than really low paying offers, there was nothing to be made on it. One time, the app offered me a delivery that was going to pay me $60 - to Houston, Texas.

I don't think so.

Then, it tried to offer me a batch delivery (2 deliveries in one run) that was only going to pay me $8.50 (that would be $4.25/delivery with no tip). And, one of them was going to fill up my trunk with groceries.

Nope. Not letting them take advantage of me like that. And since the delivery was a "no contact delivery" (meaning I leave at the door, take a photo, and knock and leave, without having any contact with the customer, who may or may not even be there), I knew there was no chance for a cash tip.

I took one order to a house that was about 8 miles away. The order required that I knock on the door and get a signature as proof of delivery. I knocked, no one answered. I texted the customer and she immediately called me and said I had delivered to the wrong address. I was supposed to deliver to Summerhill Road (15 miles away).

I explained to her that I had been given THAT address to deliver to. I asked her the address and told her I'd be happy to bring her the groceries.

I was supposed to return it to the store if the customer wasn't there. I went out of my way and when I got there, she cash-tipped me $10 gratefully. I thanked her and said, "That was my good deed for the day. I was supposed to return it to the store. Believe it or not, this is going to feed me for two days." I thanked her for the tip.

95% of all my deliveries are no-contact. So, yes, I am very picky about the offers I accept. I have to pay my bills.

After sitting for an hour waiting to be loaded at the Arkansas Walmart, I turned off the apps and focused on ASAP and Grub Hub. I made about $70 on Grub Hub, $22 on Spark and $12 on Door Dash.

My last trip was to Hooks. It was after 9 PM, and it was paying me $15 just to deliver a Sonic Blast and a 44 oz Coke. I decided it would be time to go home when I got back.

I went to Walmart to spend my $10 cash tip. I ended up buying $48 worth of groceries to feed me for a week. When I got to the check out and realized I had so much, I said, "WHATEVER. I'M BUYING IT. I'M HUNGRY! I HAVE TO EAT"

At least I wouldn't be spending money eating out for the next week. God made a promise to me. I know He'll keep it.

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