However, some of my adult children were going through some difficult times of their own, some still are. And I had no place to live, and not being able to work, I had no money of my own to supply what I needed. I was completely dependent on Him, and He provided. I did have to bounce around a bit from place to place, and once again, no "church" would help. There still is "no room at the inn," even in my home town. It saddens me. I hope to change that someday.
I am still needed here at home, and quite frankly, I still need time to rest, heal and recover from the spiritual battles when I was out in the field, and when I returned home.
My Father also knew I needed more rest, so He set me up with a stable living situation and the finances needed during this time so I can pay my own way, heal properly and get the physical and spiritual rest I did not receive during my sabbatical.
I am also using this time to build our family businesses. After all, we need money to feed the hungry. A lot of it.
This ministry does not ask for donations---we don't turn them away, we just don't ask. I am not good at that and never have been. So I plan to use proceeds from our business ventures to help me fund the ministry programs that we have established.
Business is what I do know (not all of it) so why not put that knowledge to work to generate revenue for the ministry. After all, the Holy Spirit told me years back, "Don't run a business under the guise of ministry." (see 'guise' below)
I didn't have a business at that time, but did have the homeless outreach and addiction ministries. With no funds to run them!
Many ministries and non-profits sell things in order to create an income, and that is totally fine for them, but not for me. I am led down a different path. To each his own.
May you find time to rest in His Shalom,
Source: Bing and Oxford Dictionaries:
Guise: "an external form, appearance, or manner of presentation, typically concealing the true nature of something"