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Jami, wife to Nato and mom of four unruly children, is an entrepreneur and leader who focuses on faith, community, authenticity, and courage. She’s passionate about not doing laundry and hoarding socks and loves using awkward humor and honesty to convey the truth of the gospel and navigate tough conversations.

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  1. I can understand in a lot of ways. My family was not poor nor wealthy. Just a hard working dad and a stay at home mom. Christians involved actively in church so much that there was little time left for family. It hard us kids tremendously.
    Much later in life mom realized this and apologized—after much damaged had been done. Sins committed due to feelings of being unloved. A friend shared this with me—Our past is just the black velvet that shows off the diamond that the Lord has cut so
    perfectly. How thankful I am. Yes, my mom became my best friend. My 3 brothers had many obstacles to overcome, 1 still does.
    God is so loving and good—just ask, He and Jesus are as close as your net breath—I know!

  2. What a powerful message. I thank you. It makes me realize a connection about myself that I never made.

  3. Wow, it’s Super Bowl XVI (56) tomorrow, February 13, 2022.

    There is one certain fact this weekend; people will be praying extra for their son, their team and their bragging rights. I know it’s a wonderful time for many families. God wants us to enjoy life, but He is preeminent in our lives every single day.

    I grew up with a single mother and my grandmother. I did not have siblings but I had cousins all around me. We did not know we lived close to the marginalized area in our community. I always enjoyed our relatives bringing vegetables to my grandmother. I didn’t know that it helped out financially with groceries.
    Now that I get groceries every week, I find myself not wanting to skip buying snacks because we may go over the allotted budget. How could I still think about it so much now, since my girls are all college graduates and gainfully employed. But my husband keeps pressure on the fact that there is no such thing as “extra money” you always have utilities to pay and an upcoming bill. I don’t like to have that perspective. My husband likes to teach “tough love” to our children, but I don’t like it. We have to encourage faith, working hard, being willing to share, planning to save and to give to the Church.

    Maybe I have different perspectives from my husband, he knows about finances and delayed satisfaction for gifts desired. God is a good, good Father. We have to start early in life to fast, pray and tithe so that your spiritual foundation is “strong” and then the enemy can’t trick you as easily. He is a busy one, he came to steal, kill and destroy any part of your life, even the end of your life. I did not learn early in my life about the vastness of God’s blessings for His children. I am His beloved daughter and He grants me joyful things and experiences in my life.

    To God be the glory !

    Brenda

  4. This is so good, Jami! “ I often think if I can just change my outward behavior, it will do the trick. But as I get older, I’ve learned our souls crave so much more than playing whack-a-mole with our actions. In the end, it takes repentance from the core issue and asking God to change me because I can’t do it in my own strength.”

  5. Thank you, Jami! Your words give me pause for reflection on my own “hoarding”. Letting go is often hard. But we have so much to gain! Thank you, Lord, for providing for my needs. Help me to curb my ” wants”.

  6. Hello!
    I want to tell you all that
    It seems we all Love Jesus!
    It shows in how we all are
    Letting him enlighten &
    Change us . You all are Blessing
    Lives!
    Thank You
    Sandy

  7. I can really relate here! We came to Canada when I was eight years old. My parents, five daughters and one son!! And after arriving another baby girl was born here. We bought second hand scares for $3. We wore hand me downs from my aunt and others donations too. I am 65 now and still have a deep rooted pain that God will not provide for us. Even though He has proven over and over and over how faithful He is! Lord Heal me!

  8. Jamie,

    I grew up middle class. We were never rich, but not poor either. Mom had the original “quicken”. She would take grocery receipts & tally up each section ie: paper products, household, etc. I learned early on about budgeting. It made such an impression that I do it still. Now that I’m working full time I allow some indulgences. I love hand me down/second hand clothes. Don’t like paying the high prices they ask. Guess I’m a frugal deep down. God is working on me & teaching me how to give more to help others. In doing so He blesses me also. Lord send your mercy down to save us from our messes.

    Blessings 🙂

  9. Thank you so much for this post! I was a child of what we now call hoarders and I learned collecting well. After moving from one coast to the other I work at an amazing Thrift Store that supplies a food pantry and social services. God is healing me one piece at a time and all my collecting goes back to the greater good. Thank you Jesus!!

  10. Thanks be to God for this unspeakable gift!
    That there’s nothing I can do to help him
    Thanks for grace!
    I surrender!

  11. Wow … Lord deliver me from myself!
    Beautiful, insightful post

    Thank you Jami!