I don't think I've mentioned this before, but Brian and I don't get paid. In a conventional way, that is. We volunteer full-time with Youth With A Mission, and nobody in YWAM gets paid. So for almost 4 years, we haven't had a steady monthly paycheck.
Can I just tell you how amazing God is and how much I have learned about His provision? I have seen generosity in levels that I never knew existed.
We live on relationship-based support. In short, this means that people with whom we have genuine relationships with support us financially, emotionally, and spiritually. Our friends and family believe in what we're doing in our work with YWAM, so they call us, visit us in Montana, send gifts for Nicholas, pray for us, and some of them send us money. We are SO blessed to have a community of people who believe in us. It's crazy how God orchestrates these things. We didn't join YWAM thinking, "we are so cool that people should give us money to do this job!" We joined thinking, "oh Lord, we think that you called us to do this, but we don't know how we're going to live each month. Help!"
And then God brought generous people our way. People who are generous with their time, their lives, their money, and their friendship. Many of these people don't have much extra to share, but they still share. God often reminds me that people are sacrificing in order to support, encourage, and bless us. Wow. I am humbled.
And so my paycheck? It's not necessarily consistent. Some months we have more wiggle-room, and other months are tight. (Just like everyone one else.) Yet I am so grateful for what God has shown me through this experience. He provides everything we need. Sometimes in totally normal, every-day ways, and sometimes in completely miraculous ways. I'm learning that life can be incredibly joyful whether you live in a tiny dorm room or a condo with a beach view in Hawaii (I'll tell you that story later :) ). The littlest things make a huge difference (like diapers being on sale, someone buying me a coffee, or an unexpected check in the mail). Stuff is not that important, but relationships are. God is generous, and so are His people. And I am incredibly blessed.