It is hard to believe that it has been two months since I last posted anything! Some say time flies when you are having fun. While there has been fun in the mix of the last two months, it has not been all fun and games.
Life is crazy enough all on its own. When you put your trust in God it can get even crazier. With that being mentioned, let me see if I can quickly catch everyone up on most of what has taken place in my life since I last wrote.
We were living in Laughlin, Nevada. I was working as a Guest Room Attendant at one of the local Casino's. As Christmas approached, work came to a halt. I only had $300 in the bank with one paycheck for two weeks to follow. In that two week period, I had only been scheduled to work for four days and two of those days I had been sent home early. If that weren't bad enough, those of us that were considered part time had been informed that we were not going to be put on the schedule at all the following two weeks.
I turn to God at times like this and I truly thought that I was going to head toward Las Vegas where there seemed to be more options. That is when Mike dug his heels in and insisted that he wanted to get to the Ocean in California. Thanks to a group that I was in on Facebook, I had been introduced to a follower of Christ who just so happened to live in San Diego, California.
I submitted to Mike stating that if he was going to insist on dragging us to California without a plan that I was going to finally meet my friend in person. He was fine with that so we packed up and hit the road. Along the way I called my friend and told her we were headed in that direction.
Following behind Mike is something that I will not miss. Both of us don't have a phone so communicating while we are driving is impossible. We made it to San Diego after dark and seemed to be heading right into Taiwan when my phone rang. It was Nicole and she insisted that we were to come to her house. Long story short, we parked / camped in front of her house for a week. From there we headed up the coast staying at rest stops along the way.
Somehow without a job, God provided all we needed for the next two months. We recycled a lot! One day on our way into Walmart, I was stopped by a lady who blessed us financially. I promised her that I would mention her and her daughter in a post and while it has taken me forever to get to that, this is what I shared on facebook regarding that experience:
Every morning and all through out the day,
I chat it up with God. I sing praises and I pray.
Basically I'm homeless although I have a home.
God gave it to me with wheels so through the world I roam.
I've met some interesting people some in my shoes, some not.
In the winter months i travel to places that are more hot.
Winter and snow and cold, they just aren't my cup of tea.
I move from rest stop to rest stop so aside from gas, I live for free.
The sun powers my home all day.
I have time for work and play.
Yesterday we turned in trash
recyclable so we got some cash.
Then the craziest thing happened in a Wal-Mart parking lot,
you simply won't believe what i got! . .
The children and I were on our way in
when a lady pulled along side us with a big grin.
She said my daughter wanted to bless someone today.
In asking who we began to pray.
That is when you crossed our path.
This gift we want you to have.
Then she held out a hundred dollars.
I couldn't help it, i truly hollered!
I threw my arms around her hugging her I said words of gratitude telling her she just didn't know. I watched their smiles grow
As they giggled saying actually they did.
Our goodbyes we then bid.
That was not the only instance where God moved people to help me along my journey. Mike was bound and determined to get positioned up in Oregon or Washington prior to February so that we would be well on our way to Alaska. That is still his plan. While I was not thrilled with the idea of heading to Alaska, one could say I was resolved to help Mike with his life dream, for I simply saw no other option presenting itself to me.
All that changed the day I received a frantic call from one of my older children. Due to that phone call, I knew God was showing me it was time for me to return home, I just didn't know how that was going to play out. This is where trusting the LORD and not leaning not on your own understanding comes into play.
I arrived into town without knowing where I could crash for the night. Thank God my step mother opened her doors to me for two nights. From there I ended up at my oldest daughters home. That is where I am today. Without a job, I wasn't sure what doors would be opened for me as far as getting my own place and that brings us to today. I began by looking for places to rent. I found three places that I wasn't sure how I would be able to get but in trusting that God had something for me, I replied to the ads. The first one that called me back I knew was not meant for me for one of the qualifications was to provide the last 30 days worth of pay stubs. I thought this was going to be an issue for the second place as well but after talking to the agent, it seemed that it might work out. It was when I went to check out the neighborhood that I found the home I think I will be buying tomorrow! It needs a little TLC but it is something I can afford! I'm not sure what God has in store for me after this but I know it will be great. He never lets me down! I rely on that truth. It is how I manage to stay calm in the midst of calamity. Faith the size of a mustard seed can move mountains. I know that for I have witnessed many mountains that have moved for me!
And He said to them, "Because of the littleness of your faith; for truly I say to you, if you have faith the size of a mustard seed, you will say to this mountain, 'Move from here to there,' and it will move; and nothing will be impossible to you. (Matthew 17:20, NASB)
I am blessed to have been able to travel and see so much of the United States over the last two years but honestly I was praying for a place to sit for a while now. I am thrilled that that place is right back here in Indiana, close to my home church, my family and many of my past friends! I will continue to cherish and pray for the friends that I met during my two year journey. Perhaps one day I will see them in person again! Only God knows!
Today my advice to you is this:
Trust in the LORD with all your heart And do not lean on your own understanding. (Proverbs 3:5, NASB)
It is my intention to start blogging again on a more regular basis. That as many of you know has been my intention for a while. However for the last two months I have been lucky to have electricity in order to charge my computer as well as internet to post things!
Be blessed my friends but more importantly, be a blessing!
Wendy, walks with God, Mom of Many
© Wendy Glidden 2016
© Wendy Glidden 2016