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Please help me raise the $8000 needed to keep custody of my kids!

"The King will answer and say to them, 'Truly I say to you, to the extent that you did it to one of these brothers of Mine, even the least of them, you did it to Me.' " - Matthew 25:40 (Italics added)

It is humbling to ask for help, especially in the area of finances.  But prayerfully consider what an opportunity this is to honor and obey God and what His word says on the subject at 1 John 3:17 and Hebrews 13:6. Every chance we have to honor our spiritual leaders, our peers, and those in our sphere of influence is an opportunity to directly honor our King and Savior Jesus Christ! (Matthew 10:40-42)

Ever since late last summer I have been struggling financially. I had to move a bit suddenly when I learned the house I was renting was going into foreclosure. We moved into a place that seemed perfect for the boys and I, but was anything but. So we moved again after only 6 weeks, this time with a roomate. Less than 2 months later, the roomate packed up, moved with no notice. Now we are renting from a friend. These events cost and lost me a lot of money; deposits, security, u-hauls, etc, etc. As a single dad, it was more than what my finances could bear and I began to get behind on everything including child support.

But instead of going to God first and trusting Him from the beginning and seeking help and counsel from my amazing circle of pastors and brothers, in pride I kept everything to myself and tried to fix it according to my own wisdom and strength. I went into battle and left my Champion on the sidelines. Even when I did sit down with my brothers in January during fast, I held some of the problem back because I want everyone to think I have it all together. Quite honestly, I am ashamed and humiliated to be in a jam like this. Even as I type, prideful tears sting my cheeks because it is so hard to admit to my failure. I failed my Father, my church and my family.

I am blessed in so many ways, and so many doors have been opened through my life in Christ. Not through my ambition, not through anything of my own, just through God’s undeserved grace. I am a small group leader, have just gone through Coaches Training, and serve on BayPro and Adopt-a-Block. Being a vessel for Him, serving the Church, is the highest honor, the greatest blessing a man can receive other than salvation itself. Nothing I have ever done in my life has filled me with such joy, peace, and contentment. I know God didn’t bring me to this point just to forsake me. Our God doesn’t do that. But let me not boast of what God does with or without me, but “boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses so that Christ’s power may rest on me.” (2 Cor 12:9) I would love to say my faith is sooo strong that I’m not even a little scared to death or that I don’t hear the enemy accusing me of my failure, but I’m not even close to that good. But I continue to look to My Rock.

But I held on to what should have been confessed and given to Him, and now the dam has broken. My license was suspended yesterday and all the money I owe is due within 30 days. After 30 days, if I have not paid, I will go to court where I will lose custody of my boys. The total due is a whopping $8000 dollars. I can get my license reinstated with $4000 with the balance due in 3 ½ weeks. My small tax refund will go toward that. As you may know, I have my own business which continues to be blessed as leads and work keep coming in. But even with a car, I don’t earn that much plus regular living expenses within that short of a time no matter how good work is. (As Dave Ramsey says in Financial Peace University, “You can’t out earn your stupidity.”) Without transportation, I am all but dead in the water.

Matthew 6:33 is my “theme scripture”. It says, “But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you.” Along with Jerimiah 29:11 which promises, “For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.””

Church, please stand in agreement with me on these promises. Please lift me up in prayer and believe with me that as I humble myself and become less, He will become great and work a miracle in my life for His glory. Support me through prayer, through encouragement, through material support. Whatever God puts on your heart please be obedient. You are my family, and together we are His Body. It is so hard to swallow my pride like this, but I know God will turn this into a blessing and victory for all! You may repost, pass this on however you are led. I love you all my brothers and sisters beyond words.

Thank you for your heart, compassion, and obedience,

Brian (Big Papa), Lucas (Big Bean), and Rory (The Stinker)

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