Going on the third week after receiving the Social Security letter informing me not only would my SSDI be cutting my monthly income by nearly 25%, my June check will barely cover my rent since they are taking out the total overpayments in one check.
To say I have been petrified is an understatement. I am alone, meaning I have no relatives to help me. In fact, I have 6 major disabilities where I struggle with and daily living activities are challenging. The older I get, the less control I have over my body. Fortunately, I have been independent for my entire adult life, but my body is declining.
Since I fall approximately twice per week, I have a Service Dog named, Jireh, meaning “the Lord will Provide”. Jireh has been with me over 7 years and is truly my best friend. She goes everywhere with me, and is my life companion. With this cut in my check, I can’t afford to keep Jireh. I will barely receive enough money to pay rent and electricity.
So I made plans to send Jireh to a good friend who has money to take care of her as she deserves. As for me, I planned to lay in bed for the rest of my life.
There is one caveat- I dedicated my life to Jesus on May, 15, 1983. My life is not my life… I gave my life to Jesus, meaning I strive to follow Him and glorify God with my life.
This means I can’t wave the white flag and give up. Period. No exceptions.
Fortunately, some extraordinary friends have stepped up and agreed to help me cover June’s bills. Also, I have a few credentials, such as being a Licensed Mental Health Counselor, a Biblical scholar and a published author of several books and numerous technical papers.
This morning, my infinite number of calls and emails resulted in a Social Security Supervisor calling me to set up a court hearing. An hour later, I understood Social Security made a mistake 3 months ago in increasing my income. Since then, my rent has increased by $70. It’s a mess.
Bottom line – After hearing the lady trying every resource to help me (all of which I have contacted to no avail), a sense of resolution washed over me. I interrupted her and said, “Ma’am…I hear you trying everything to help me, and I am so thankful for that. An honest mistake was made. I am not eligible for the income I have been receiving.”… she replied, “I am so sorry… I am trying everything to help you…” I stopped her by continuing, “Ma’am, you have helped me mentally. You have explained the situation and tried everything you could. Thank you. I am going to be fine. I have a strong faith in God, and He has taken care of me my entire life. God has this,” and I thanked her again, wishing her a great day.
Some people will think that is giving up. But no… for me, I got the chance to glorify God. And with my time and talents, I will earn extra money freelance writing about how amazing God is. After all, that is why I was created.