I try to keep blog posts positive and upbeat. I try to not share too much personal stuff cause I figure you have your own stuff and probably don’t want to hear it. But today, please, just for today, allow me to post a request.
A few years back we received some professional tax advice that we acted on not knowing it was really bad advice. Then to add insult to injury we had a one time shot to mitigate the damage and the tax professional (a different one) we were relying on to help us, did not file the correct forms in the correct way (or something like that) so now 4 years later, and post-disaster we’ve been dealing with financially we find out nothing can be done. The damage is what it is, and there’s very little that can be done. What makes me so sad about this is we’re working 6 part time jobs and have said “no” to not one single opportunity to earn income, so we work. Alot. For insufficient funds (no pun intended) to meet our monthly expenses most of the time. Some months are better than others, but over all we’re still underwater not even considering the tax mess. Here’s the “funny” part. There are folks who drop 10K on a vacation (I know I did once for our BIG anniversary), and now that relatively small amount is what it would take to solve our IRS worries. Amazing how different that amount looks from the bottom up, vs the top down…
I don’t know what to ask you to pray for, please, just pray. The struggle is taxing (again, no pun intended). The journey is not over. We’re studying Proverbs at GC and I’m a bit behind, in Chapter 11 today and I must say it was disheartening and discouraging for the most part. I know these are basic, generally held principles, not all situation facts, but it seemed to say if you’re good, honest, and generous you’ll be protected and prosperous. If you’re evil, well… you get the idea. Right now, in this place, that bites.
There is so much to do, Meals by Grace has been offered so many things to help this community with solving the hunger issues. I don’t want to get lost in my personal pain and struggle and lose my passion or focus on the goal. I don’t want us to have to take on even more jobs to protect our home. I want, truly want, to get some grant money flowing so we can begin paying salaries to those dedicated to making Meals by Grace work every day. I want to expand and grow as God seems to be leading (actually most days it feels like PUSHING) us to grow. And I love it. Love everything about it.
Enough. Just please, pray for us….