I have been a member of CB for over 10 years and during that time it has truly lived up to it's motto, "A place to be blessed and to bless others!"
Four months after I joined CB, I was dianosed with triple negative breast cancer. Triple negative breast cancer is extremely aggressive and therefore is treated with dose-dense chemotherapy. That combined with a reaction I had to one of the chemo drugs as well as Neulasta (a drug that helps protect your vulnerable immune system), rendered me a semi-invalid for most of 2008. CB was one of my lifelines with the outside world. Two years later, after learning I'd had a subarachnoid hemorrhage due to a ruptured brain aneurysm, members of this community lifted me up in prayer and continued to pray for, support and encourage me when I returned.
I have met the most wonderful people here at CB who in addition to being brothers and sisters in Christ are also precious friends. I am forever grateful for God leading me to CB and to John for stepping out in faith to keep this site not only well-maintained but online.
Very early this morning, this website encountered technical difficulties and no one could access it. In sharing that, John also shared something else. He is in desperate need of not only our prayers but our financial support as well. He wasn't asking for help yet he told me enough to know that he needs it. Yes, we can pray but the reality is sometimes we are God's answer or response to that prayer.
Who among us has not, at one time or another had a problem or a need? Aren't we grateful when someone comes along to help us? Rather than step to one side or walk around them muttering all the reasons why we can't, we need to go to the Father and say, "I want to help them like you help me! I don't necessarily know how I can do it so I am coming to you. Please help me to be able to help them!" Do we even bother to do that or do we walk around them like the priest and the Levite in the story of the Good Samaritan?
Look at what is in your hand. It might be a lot or it might be a little... a very little. That doesn't matter. Our God does amazing things with "a handful of flour and a bit of oil", "five loaves and two fish", "two mites" and even "empty nets". We say, "I can't" or "I don't have" but do we even ask? Do we as stewards, go to the Father and ask, "What would you like me to do or give?" After all, what we have really does not belong to us. It belongs to God and we must ask Him how we are to use/distribute it.
First and foremost, pray. Then, because you know this is a practical need, please do not simply say, "I can't". I challenge you to take it to the Father and ask this question. "What do you want me to do."
While you are thinking about what I just said, I would like to share something with you that just happened today.
Earlier today, when I became aware of the need, I contacted my husband and we decided to send in a donation which we did. Something however, was pricking at me. I felt that God wanted us to do more. Like many people, we are strapped but instead of dismissing it, I stopped and prayed about it. I suddenly remembered a small check which I had not yet deposited. It was a check my husband had received for doing a four hour job for a audio/video company he freelances for sometimes. The job had been unexpected. It was not a large amount. In fact it was less than $100.00 but perhaps we could do more. I called my husband, who is NOT a member of CB and immediately he told me to do it and in fact, told me to give an additional $5.00 as well. So that is exactly what I did.
Well, later this afternoon my husband called to tell me he would not be home until later this evening. You see... that same company had just called him to ask if he could do a last minute four hour gig this evening... .
Before we say no, before we dismiss something altogether, let's go ask the Father and see what He says.