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My brother's health has recently declined (due to an auto immune disease) in the past year to the point where he was told he would need a live organ donation to survive. Although our family hopes for a positive outcome, being his one biological sibling (and potential match), I feel greatly burdened with this. I certainly don't want my brother to die, but I'm also concerned about going through the donation process/procedure and the outcome of my future health too. He needs a donor, but I am hesitant, out of fear and the unknown and I feel guilty for thinking that. I know I can go to the Lord about my concerns, but would appreciate any and all prayers I can get. Thank you.
Received: April 15, 2017
My husband and I have been married for 8 years and have two beautiful, healthy children. When we got married we were both living very worldly lifestyles, pursuing riches and financial success. I was working my way up the corporate ladder in the restaurant business and my husband had a lucrative job as a bartender. I surrendered to Christ just before we married. My husband surrendered almost five years ago. Our income has steadily dropped as we left our careers to follow the Lord's leading in lower-key jobs with less responsibility that allow us to focus on making disciples. Now I am a homeschool mom/fitness instructor and my husband does janitorial work. We have simultaneously reduced our income and increased our giving. Praise God that he's made that possible! However, there are some things, like dental work, car maintenance, student loans, and personal family loans that we have neglected. We have not been saving. We have also neglected to pay taxes, as they are not automatically taken from our checks. This is the second year in a row that we have owed thousands of dollars in taxes. Last year we had to borrow money from my sister-in-law to pay them. We can't afford vacations or date nights. I'm always embarrassed that I have to explain to my family that we don't want to participate in a Christmas gift exchange because we can't afford it. But they usually convince me to and we go deeper in debt to make it happen. We have no savings, no retirement fund, and no college funds for our children. We do live as humbly and wisely as we can, most recently cutting eating out completely out of our lives. My husband is completely at peace with our financial situation. I am not at all. I tried to talk to him today about how we need to increase our income because we're out of ways to decrease our spending and we have a lot of areas we've neglected that we need to tend to (specifically the $8,000 in taxes we owe here in a few days). I offered to do extra part-time work from home, and encouraged him to look for steadier, more profitable work. He was okay with me working more but very offended that I suggest he look for more work. He said he wants to go back to bartending, stop homeschooling, and cancel our life insurance (he thinks it's superfluous). I tried to be very gentle in my approach and address it as our problem, not his. However, he took it very personally and we couldn't make peace this evening, despite my best efforts. Please pray for us! I think I desire wise things for our family, like savings, life insurance, college and retirement funds. I just don't know how to convince him that those are wise things. It seems intuitive to me. I also want my husband's hard work as a provider to be appreciated, and not always be demanding more from him. He works very early mornings, bikes to work in all weather scenarios, and even comes home to help with things like dishes and laundry while I teach the kids. He's really such a hard worker! I just pray that the Lord would provide neither poverty nor riches, just our daily bread. I think we just disagree about what our daily bread includes. Thank you for your time and prayers!
Received: April 13, 2017