A few weeks ago my husband received a phone call from a friend. The call was unexpected. The words uttered poured His love on our family.

You see, we live on 13 acres. We have a wood burning furnace BUT  we have no wood.  Fallen tree’s are scattered all over our property. BUT the tractor is broke down, the trailer for hauling wood has a flat tire and someone stole our chain saw last fall. We ran out of wood a few weeks ago and we’ve had to use fuel oil to heat our home~it’s very expensive ($1,100 for one month). Looking back, we haven’t  had enough wood to heat our home the last few years. We work  full-time and have 2 children (each with their own special needs).  We are reluctant to ask for help. We don’t want to burden our friends.  So we pray. We ask God to bless our work efforts so we can heat our home.

There was a purpose to the call I mentioned above. The friend is part a group called i am second.  Follow their blog over at iamsecondnecols.com The purpose of i am second is to inspire people to live for God and for others.  This group of men felt God leading them to come work at our house for a DAY.


They arrived one by one. One with a backhoe, one with a wood splitter, one with a chainsaw and one with an axe.

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They ministered to our family in the most personal way. My husband was encouraged that each man would give up a  Saturday to help him. My son got to operate the backhoe. He got to “crunch down tree’s” and then take a nap while the backhoe driver worked on. “This was the BEST day of my life,” he said. My daughter couldn’t believe that God brought so many people to our home to help us. “God knew we needed help,” she said.  I stood before God humbled. Awe struck that these men came to serve our family.


By day’s end, we were gifted with enough wood to heat our home for the rest of the winter.

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Tears fell as I watched these men eating lunch together. The Lord whispered, “THIS is what COMMUNITY looks like. These guys: their hearts poured out for ME, joyfully serving.”