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God provides.

:)

On the 2nd month anniversary of my marriage to Kurt.

I was reminded this morning that God provides.

 

Phil. 4:19 helps me.

I had put it on my bathroom wall before I was married…

I needed it.

I was down to working one day a week with no hope of going back to full-time at my current job. I didn’t have energy to look for another job.

My one day only paid for my health insurance, so every fill up at the gas station was coming out of my savings as well as every trip to the grocery store, every bill, every tithe… Everything I did.

A family member told my Mom almost daily that he didn’t think I’d get married…

I didn’t know myself. I had been single so long. So had Kurt,

and

He had been engaged before.

I already knew that come October,

I had to find a new place to live… even if for some reason the wedding didn’t happen.

My future was unsure.

I KNEW I didn’t have enough to start a new life.

I trusted God.

If He wanted me to marry Kurt,

then

all would work out.

I feel blessed to be married to a man that doesn’t insist that I work full-time. 

God provided.

Faith isn’t always easy.

Sometimes every day feels unsure.

Trust God anyway.

Speak His Word.

Over and over.

Thank Him when you see the answer!

:)

Philippians 4:19
GOD’S WORD Translation (GW)

19 My God will richly fill your every need in a glorious way through Christ Jesus.

:)

Update:

We are now at 2 YEARS and 2+ months,

I’m down to one job instead of #3,

&

most of the time, I only have to work about once a month.

God provides.

Trust Him.

Follow His Peace.

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on respect

So,
yesterday I was reading a new book (It made me cry more than once.)
&
my brother was chatty…

:)

he asked some questions about my past…
I think that’s what led to me sharing some of the below with an online Bible-study group today.
The question of the day after our reading in Ecclesiastes was about respect:
“I was hired once to a job & was told by one of my co-workers that she didn’t think I should have been hired…
3 years later, she became my boss.
She tried to fire me at least 4-5 times over the next 10+ years.
It was quite a time in my life,

and

I certainly grew closer to the Lord.
I memorized scripture when I could not sleep at night.
I listened to scriptures while I walked before work, during breaks and after the day ended.
I listened to the Word while ironing, cooking, gardening and mowing the lawn.
I don’t think I would have survived without it.
Almost EVERY evaluation was her pushing me to quit – or – threatening to fire me.
It was exhausting, but thru it all, I ‘liked’ her – strange, I know,
but

I think it was God helping me submit in the face of adversity.
I respected her.
I worked hard, often 12-14 hour days.
I found peace in the beauty God provided all around me… flowers & clouds, sunsets & sunrises… etc.
I stayed involved in church, participated in small groups and mission trips… volunteered – all of it helped.
I asked God to let me be at home more, and He showed me financially how to do it.
I saved. I humbled myself.
After several more years, I was ‘released’ from the job after God showed me what He wanted me to do next.
I felt underqualified for the next step,

but

I was willing.
That was almost 5 years ago, and now I get to stay home most days.
God is faithful.
Our desires, I believe are His desires.
Ever since I was a little girl, I wanted to be a house-wife,
but
I got good grades, so college was a ‘go’ since I was on scholarship…
jobs came regularly, sometimes I worked up to #6 jobs at a time. Now I have #2.
God is faithful.”

:)

I also shared about how submitting & respecting my hubby has led to MANY answered prayers.

:)

God is faithful.

Lamentations 3:22-23

22 The faithful love of the Lord never ends!
    His mercies never cease.
23 Great is his faithfulness;
    his mercies begin afresh each morning.

New Living Translation (NLT)

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on almost a year

In less than 2 weeks,

I will have been married a year.

To say TIME has moved quickly would be an understatement.

We were engaged for over 10 months…

and

that ‘felt’ WAY l-o-n-g-e-r.

Time is relative.

We were a couple for a little over 6 months before becoming engaged,

and

dated a little over 2 months before that!

:)

I appreciate all that time together BEFORE life got REALLY interesting…

In this last year, we have had LOTS happen:

-My Mom was diagnosed with skin cancer a little over a month after we were married…

which made me completely lose focus

as I did NOT want to lose my Mom.

Period.

God heard my prayers. Her surgery was a success. In and out in less than an hour… the surgeon said not to tell anyone it was so fast. How can I NOT. PRAISE THE LORD.

:)

-Then the joy of being pregnant…

Dreams.

Hopes.

Planning.

Buying.

Now, giving it all away …

as

the bleeding

started at Christmas

and

Baby #1 left us on New Year’s Day. Not the way to bring in the New,

but

I have NEVER felt as close to the Lord as I did in the wee-hours of that morning. I KNEW without a shadow of the doubt that He was with me,

and

I would see Emili Sky in Heaven when my time comes.

-Then the interesting and l-o-n-g recovery from that… only to become prego again, and miscarry again. This time NOT nearly as dramatic. I did not pass-out or bleed for over a month. THANK YOU JESUS.

I actually went to work that day at the end of June.

-Followed by an infection…

or

at least that’s what I’m going to call it.

:)

-I ‘just’ started feeling ‘normal’ for the FIRST time since BEFORE I was engaged… only to wonder if I might be prego again.

Mercy.

Yet,

God’s timing is perfect,

and

I trust Him.

So I started writing this …

pondering life,

as I do laundry,

wondering

if my other married lady-friends feel that they do WAY more laundry NOW that they are married.

My husband has quietly shared that marriage has brought MORE responsibility to Him,

and

in his defense, he only brings up the credit card bills and utility bills occasionally. Thank You Jesus. I don’t enjoy conflict.

He will always be amazing to me

as

one of the 1st things he did after we were married was to give me a credit card!

As a girl …um, I guess I’m actually a lady now. 41…

who has been ‘on her own’ since she left for college at a young 18, this was FANTASTIC! I recommend it for ALL marriages… if you want a happy wife.

:)

Like God,

it was for what I NEEDED…

not necessarily WANTS.

:)

Smart.

Learnin’

:)

I enjoy our chickens,

mainly because they don’t NEED me or WANT me,

but

they do NEED me to fill their water and food. I like to ‘feel’ needed. Kurt doesn’t really ‘need’ me for anything, but those things he would NEVER share with another. He’s a gardener, a chef, a designer, a builder –

He’s self-motiviated,

even with exercise.

He’s amazing in EVERY way.

He was an engineer in the military,

and

I watched him show a 4 year old we were watching at church how gears functioned.

We were playing with legos and watching, “Veggie Tales – Josh and the BIG wall.”

Multi-tasking is FUN in EVERY arena of life.

:)

I ‘feel’ totally LOVED by God.

He answers my prayers – and that helps me to pray MORE. For more people. More issues.

I don’t have to work,

but

I get to work.

I want to honor God in all that I do.

He is an AWESOME God.

:)

Every day is a NEW day,

and

I look forward in knowing Him more.

I KNOW He will help me be better in ALL the roles of life. It’s what Knowing Him does.

:)

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on direction…

God’s direction.

I can only share my experience…

I believe God speaks to each of us in the way we will hear…

our job is to obey.

Sometimes I am quicker at obeying than others.

I use to go on mission trips… as often as possible…

each destination would ‘pop’ up off the list.  I would KNOW without a shadow of a doubt, that was where God wanted me to go.

I also KNEW in the course of time,

to stop going…

until I was married.

Looking forward to trips with my husband… who is such an awesome man of God that he turned down an all-expense paid trip to Australia for us because he KNEW God would want the $ used in a better way. Wow.  That’s submission. I was ready to go!  I’m soooo GRATEFUL God has put him in my life.

I always want to do MORE…

He is able to say, “no”

I needed that.

 

:)

 

God gives us what we need.

Today, at a MANDATORY work training…

I KNEW as soon as I ‘heard’ to enter a drawing for a prize…

this is NOT the FIRST time God has used AUDITORY for me…

in the PAST, He used visual…

I feel like He has answered my prayer… I wanted to HEAR better.  I have a visual mind.  A visual memory. Visual dreams with almost no sounds.

I’ve been trying to ‘train’ myself for YEARS to ‘hear’ …

for our faith is increased by HEARING the Word of God. I want to do my part.  My responsibility.

At my ladies book study, I have been studying love.  God is LOVE.  :)  That’s my favorite part.  :)

Galatians 5:6 = “…faith… worketh by love.”

K.E. Hagin encourages us to walk in love.

Pastor Patsy Perry has ALWAYS encouraged us to walk in love.

“Your faith will not work if you do not walk in love.”

explains a lot of what we ‘see’… doesn’t it.

Anywho, I digress…

God directs.

I ‘heard’

AND

KNEW

I was to enter the drawing… without knowing what the prize would be…

I WON,

and

it was just what I wanted… a new bag for work from the company I work for!  That’s God. I wanted it. I didn’t NEED it. I already HAVE LOTS of bags.

It even has  a zipper!!!

God KNOWS I have wayyyy too much in my car, and I HATE it when things spill out. A zipper… from God!

Then…

the bag was FULL of goodies…

half of which my husband liked and wanted…

and

the BEST part…

I had NO urge to open the bag until we were together… several hours later.  I’m not one who enjoys waiting…

ALLOW yourself to be DIFFERENT than you usually are…

it usually turns into a blessing.

:)

The bag included ANOTHER item I needed for work… something I didn’t even KNOW to want.

God does that a lot for me… fills needs I don’t even realize I have.

and

a sweet treat too… a favorite of my husband’s and myself…

NOW THAT’S GOD!

:)

Last year I kept winning or was given things I needed/wanted…

living IN God

is

so amazing!

ENJOY YOUR adventure!

Remember to THANK Him… even for the little things.  He likes it, and it will make your heart sing too!

:)

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on leaves falling

This morning was the first time I saw LOTS of leaves falling.

So peaceful and graceful.

Such a gift from God.

:)

So was the drive to work …

even if it was EXTRA long!

Exploring back roads is so FUN!

:)

A flexible boss is a GREAT thing too!

:)

Feeling really blessed today!

:)

May your day be amazing!

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on being at home.

I like being at home.

Growing up the only thing I really wanted to do = be at home. Darn grades though got me a scholarship.

:)

No, really, I’m grateful for my education, but I still like to be at home.

Funny enough, God seems to know best:

-I don’t really need to be at my home.

-I enjoy house-sitting, pet-sitting, care-taking…

-I even get to work in someone else’s home, and surprisingly… because I didn’t think this was possible, it’s got a better view of nature (trees/flowers/critters) than my home!

I am blessed!!!

I am at home.

God is good.

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October 17, 2012 · 4:24 pm

on a red-tailed hawk

 

What a beautiful creation by God… so elegant, and HUGE.

One escorted me from work today, down a tree-lined lane with daffodils blooming in the forest.

If you know me, then you know:

life doesn’t get much better than this!

:)

Then I get home to watch the local beaver doing his thing at his log fortress, so cute!

:)

Did I mention another bird of prey did some wonderful flying for me earlier in the day!?!

:)

And all this after wonderful girlfriend time at SLFC! Early service has gotten VERY popular since the last time I got to go.

 

:)

Yesterday I got to pick the first daffodils of the season at my house… a mini and a regular, blooming right next to each other after my afternoon run. God is so sweet!

 

 

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