Something to Give

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12715232_1725978964341767_7127558994869392420_nThe Facebook post made my day. One of Dad’s cousins shared that she’d had two copies of Suddenly Single Mom on her desk at the church where she works, until that day when she gave one to a teary newly-single mom who came in needing help. It gave Valerie (Dad’s cousin) such joy when the woman noticed the book, asked about it, and she was able to hand it to her and say, “It’s a gift.” It gave me just as much joy to see God fulfill a desire of my heart—that many hurting women would receive this book at a moment when they desperately needed a reminder that their Heavenly Father hadn’t forgotten them, and that no matter what life looked like at the moment, they would survive.

I thought about the friends who’d requested copies for women who were reeling from abandonment or divorce, those who said, “I bought three copies so I would always have one to give away,” and the times when I wished I’d thought to put a copy (of my own book!) in my purse so I could give more than a bookmark. I thanked God for the benefit of having free author copies, so when someone told me, “I just heard from a friend who recently became a single mom, and she is having a really hard time,” we could plan a surprise care package.

Sometimes it’s nice to have something to give when we meet someone who is hurting.

A few months after moving to Reno, I met a woman in my apartment complex whose story made the hardship of feeling uprooted from my familiar Bay Area comfort zone sound like a picnic in the Wine Country. We’d hoped to get together, but instead she woke up sick. I sensed that she was probably more depressed than sick, so after dropping Christian off at the bus stop I walked down the street to the store and bought two cans of soup, a box of oyster crackers, and a package of herbal tea. I slipped a note inside the bag and hung it on her doorknob wishing I could have come up with something more exciting. Her response reminded me that when we’re having a crummy day, we don’t need more exciting; we just need to know we matter.

Today, I thought I’d give you the opportunity to have something to give, maybe to a newly single mom or a woman who is still struggling to overcome past hurts. I am giving away two copies of Suddenly Single Mom to be used as random acts of giving. All you have to do is ask me to enter your name. You don’t have to share a story, tell me your plan, subscribe to my blog, or Like my Facebook page. This idea felt totally random, and the point is to inspire an act of spontaneous giving, so I want everything about this to be “just because.”

If you happen to win, after you enjoy that moment when you get to give the book away, I would love for you to share the story with me, either via e-mail or on Facebook.

Nathan, my official drawer of names, will choose two winners on Tuesday August 16.

I can’t wait to see who wins!

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  1. Please enter my name Jeanette!

  2. Well, shucks! Wish I’d seen this two weeks ago, Jeanette. My lovely daughter could use this book. I will simply find it online and buy it for her–how’s that? I’m so happy someone wrote a book to help single moms! Bless you,
    Jen

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