Um, hasn't happened yet.
Not the $$$,$$$ or the $$,$$$$ with just one nine in the very front.
So, since my head wasn't making money sense of what "By divine design, fathers are . . . responsible to provide the necessities of life" meant, I decided to look in a book - The Dictionario.
And what did I learn?
The word provide comes from the Latin word: providere (pro, - before + videre -to see). It means:
1: to take precautionary measures
And here's what else I learned!
There is NOTHING (nada, zippo, zilch) in the definition that says provide= $$$,$$$ or $$,$$$ with a fat, juicy nine leading the way. (If you see it, point it out to me, because that is how thick my skull is sometimes).
Which means after years of looking all around me and thinking I knew what "provide" meant, I've learned two things.
1) As my husband (wonderful, kind, sweet husband) continues to do his best in righteously providing for our family financially and physically and spiritually and emotionally, then HE IS obeying his end of the deal as taking responsibilty as a father
and 2) I am SO not excused from doing my part to nurture our children just because we do not have the $$$,$$$ (a.k.a. luxuries of life).
Because (ahem), n.e.c.e.s.s.i.t.i.e.s. are things that are required to live. You know, stuff like food, clothing, shelter, fuel.
And last I checked, I'm living.
And so are my husband and our nine kids.
And we've got food in our pantry and milk in the fridge.
And we've never, ever walked out of our house naked.
And this morning I got all all our kidlings to school - on time!!
Boy, am I ever thankful for spiritual brain surgery!!