My Penny Story!
After I left my abuser, life was difficult! I was challenged with finding food for me and the girls and often I went without eating so that they could eat.
There was an organization, ‘From Jesus with Love’, that once a week you could go into their facilities and for $3.00 you would be prayed for and then you could continue to take anything that you carry in your hands. My first couple of times going, I didn’t get a lot because I had to carry a 3-month-old and my 7yr old could only carry a little. I was well prepared the next time we went! The baby was in a stroller and me and my oldest daughter had on backpacks for the front and back and we filled it up with everything that we could.
Often, I didn’t even have the $3.00 to get in and so during the week if I ever found change on the ground I would pick it up. Pennies made all the difference in the world! I either had $2.99 and could not get food or I had $3.00 and I was able to feed my children.
A couple of months ago I told my penny story, and I heard someone say – why would she tell that story? It’s embarrassing. I walked away feeling sad because I tell my story with the sole purpose of helping someone along the way and that I can pass along hope, determination and the will to keep going.
The next morning on the way to my office, I always stop at the chapel and pray and there is never anyone in there because its early in the morning. This morning, I go in there and I have my had down as I set my mind to be quiet and as I near the alter I notice something shiny and when I finally get to the alter- there is a penny laying there- it looks brand new! Before I touch it, I look around the small area and there is no one in there- just me. I bend down on my knees and I start to cry, and I thank God for the small reminder that pennies do matter, and that ONE PENNY can make all the difference in the world!!
Go out today and be a PENNY for someone... make the difference that the world needs!
Hey guys!! I am J’Anmetra Waddell and I am survivor of Domestic Violence