God's Brave Women - Joy's Story
God's Brave Women - Joy's Story
On a cold wintery day in 1947, a young mother of five stood on the porch of her two-bedroom duplex. She was surrounded by her little ones, and as she watched their father walk down the railroad tracks for the last time, she wept. He had done this before, but this time he would never return. She whispered to heaven, “God, I will trust you to help me.” God heard His Daughter’s precious prayer and honored her faith. As the months passed by, miracles began to happen for the family on a daily basis. Food was always provided. Clothes came in. They continued to have all they needed. And they knew God was with them.
One evening after walking home from church, the mother tucked all her children in bed. Three boys were in one bedroom, while the two girls slept in their mother’s bed. It had barely quieted down, when a loud noise came from the front room. A blast of frigid air filled the small home and fear began to creep into the mother’s heart as she realized what was happening. Someone had just broken in! Heavy footsteps headed towards the girls’ bedroom. The mother told the girls to put their heads under the covers and be brave. “God will protect us,” she said, as the footsteps stopped at the side of their bed. The mother declared at the top of her lungs the promises of God, reciting Psalm 91 and claiming His divine protection. “God, you promised me you would protect me and my children. So, whoever is in my bedroom make them leave in Jesus’ name!” Without saying a single word, the person moved over to window, opened it and climbed out. As the mother got out of bed to close the window, she could not stop thanking God for His protection and faithfulness. She shoved a sofa against the front door, checked on all of her children and climbed back into bed praising God for the miracle that had just happened. That night my sister and I saw LOVE cast out fear. We saw what God could do. And as we lay down next to our mother, our hearts were full of peace. We knew He would always come through for us.
"That night my sister and I saw LOVE cast out fear. We saw what God could do. And as we lay down next to our mother, our hearts were full of peace. We knew He would always come through for us."
Throughout my childhood these types of miracles were common in my life. My mother was a single parent, but her faith in Jesus set such a crucial foundation for my life. She lived out her faith, and from an early age I saw God’s great power and love make itself known. His promise of protection and provision always stayed with me. He was a miracle-worker, and I clung to what He had shown me. Little did I know I would need to remember these truths as I stepped into my own marriage and motherhood.
Life had harsh difficulties, and as I grew older, they continued to find me. For a time, I chose to wander away from my daily walk with God. I tried doing things on my own, but the intense insecurities began to grip my heart as I faced similar struggles like my mother had. I had two small children less than two years apart. The demands of taking care of a family multiplied as I coped with a husband who drank too much. We were left with not enough money to buy food for school lunches or pay the rent. Even though he was present in our home, I still felt alone and often afraid. I didn’t know what to do. I was frustrated and at the end of myself. It was in those moments that I began to remember what God had done for my mother.