The Power of God and the Will of a Mother by Tamelia Hodges
I don’t know what it is you are going through, but let me tell you about the power of God and the will of a mother..
In 2010, I was homeless, jobless, car-less, pregnant with a child, whose doctors said was going to be defective.
I cried out to God. I didn’t have support from the father or his family, and my own family really couldn’t help me 2,400 miles away. (Not accurate mileage).
So, here I was with no one in this state, with no family, but I blindly walked to church and submitted myself to Jesus. I was scared, yes, but I had faith. I proclaimed my unborn child would be perfect, healthy, intelligent, beautiful, and NOT DEFORMED! I prayed fervently for a job which I got immediately along with my very first apartment of my own.
A man of God prayed for me and was asking God how to help me, and while in prayer, a van with “For Sale” on it pulled out in front of him. He told me God instructed him to buy me this van, and I no longer had to walk 1.5 hours (one way!) to work every week! My daughter was born perfect and healthy. She was even as intelligent as I proclaimed she would be! She said her first words at 5 months old!
I am skipping a great deal of blessings in this short recap, but it included and was not limited to money appearing in my pocket when I needed it. People were placed into my life who ended up loving us as family and never let us go without food and never let us spend a holiday alone. My bills were paid when I had no money while on maternity leave. I somehow had the food and supplies I needed until I got my G.E.D and returned to college.
Four years later, here I am. I am a certified nurses aid/medication aide. I am making straight A’s in college as a member of the most prestigious international honors society in the United States, all while working two jobs and raising two children by myself.
I learned so much during this time. The more I worried, the worse things got. As soon as I gave up the worry to the Lord, things turned around, and they always work out!
So whatever your situation, If God can help me do it, he will help you, too!
Even during the past month, I have faced struggles one after another…mainly financial issues while grieving the death of my grandfather. The only difference is I didn’t get scared like I used to, and things worked out! I’m not saying I was happy the entire time; in fact, I’ve been sad most of it. I just kept speaking that today will be a better day, today is a good day, tomorrow things are going to change!
Nearly two weeks ago, I had $18 to last two weeks, and I still have money in my pocket! Why worry? Do what I do…..have faith…..speak blessings into your life, PROCLAIM IT OUT LOUD, keep moving, looking for solutions, and FIGHT through every lonely moment and/or tears that slide down your cheek.
Tomorrow is a better day. Say it, think it, believe it. Don’t feel sorry for yourself because there is ALWAYS someone who has it worse than you do. Never neglect to do the will of God. If He is telling you to help another person….do it. They may never thank you, but you are not doing it for man;you’re doing it for God, and God always repays. Also, always do what is best for you and your family according to the will of God.
I forgot to mention… I am also cancer-free after facing melanoma in 2012 and cervical cancer cells in 2013.
I also had a car, and a mechanic told me the fuel pump was shot and it was going to take more money than I had to fix it. I had a special man of God pray for the car, and it started right after he prayed.
Not only is God a healer, but he is a provider, even if it means being a mechanic! Ahhh, so many things that I could go on for days!
I can say that even when my faith waivers, God still knows my heart and my every need. Even when I mess up, He knows what it will take to keep me going and to turn back to him.
Don’t give up, friends, and please don’t let me give up, either!!!
Another awesome thing….I never told anyone at the time because I rejected the very words that came from my doctor’s mouth – but, for the first two months of my pregnancy with my son, the doctor tried to gear me up for a miscarriage. He told me my pregnancy was “doomed.” The baby’s heart beat was not fast enough to sustain life. Here I am over two years later with a very healthy-hearted and strong baby boy! 🙂
Thank you for sharing your beautiful story of encouragement with us, Tamelia! God bless!