Rent is due? As a single parent, should I panic or acknowledge God can help?

“My monthly rent was due in five days’ time, but I had only $23 left in the bank,” writes Diane Williamson. She shares with us via the Christian Science Sentinel her experience and some helpful ideas that her study of Christian Science provided, and that brought a resolution to her financial difficulties.

“Years ago, soon after my husband and I separated, I moved from our house (which we owned) into a flat (which I had to rent) with our two young children. Since I had three jobs, one of which was a well-paying job at a company, I wasn’t concerned about finances. But one month later, suddenly all of the staff were retrenched because the company had gone broke. It closed four days later. The salary they had been paying me was nearly 80 percent of my weekly income . . .

As a graphic artist, I also did a little freelance work, but at that time I had no extra work or any money owed to me. My situation was drastic.

As I always do when the path ahead is uncertain, I turned to God and humbly asked for guidance with the full expectation of an answer. Immediately, these words from the Christian Science textbook came to thought: “Are we really grateful for the good already received? Then we shall avail ourselves of the blessings we have, and thus be fitted to receive more” (Mary Baker Eddy, Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures, p. 3).

Despite it all, I decided to take a gratitude inventory. 

During this mental inventory, I acknowledged that because God is my loving Father-Mother, my divine Parent, my needs are always supplied. For a long time, I had also been seeing God as my real employer. Whatever I was humanly doing, I was actually “working for God,” and my most important “job” was to express the qualities of God, such as truthfulness, intelligence, integrity, creativity, kindness—which we have from our Father-Mother by reflection. I reminded myself of that fact and reaffirmed that I could never be out of this job.

Within minutes of asking God for direction and praying in this way, the phone rang . . .

Read how divine direction opened the way for her to be able to pay her rent and continue proving God’s guidance through this difficult time in her life.