1 June 13
Cristy and Meghan went shopping today.
I mean, they went shopping all day. They left this morning and got home around 8:30 or so. They got some much needed clothes, treated themselves to a manicure and pedicure, and I am happy to say that the pantry is now full (a full pantry makes me very happy).
More importantly, they got to spend some really good time together. They definitely needed to do that.
Connor, Allyson, Bethany and I spend some time together today too. Connor and I were very thankful that our presence was not required on the aforementioned shopping odyssey. Truly, it was best for all concerned that it worked out like it did.
God continues to work in our lives in ways that are truly humbling to Cristy and I. The love of His people is something that is very evident. From our Grace family reaching out to lend us an ear, to those that are prayerfully lending their support for our ministry and showing their love for our family, we have been blessed. There are times that it can be hard to accept others blessings, because for myself, it hits me in my pride. Lord, I have prayed for miracles for others often, but for myself I do so rarely and only when it seems there really is no other way. That is prideful enough, but then, when He grants that miracle in a way that I never expected, my pride wants me to turn it away.
When pride comes, then comes disgrace, but with humility comes wisdom.
I have a good job. I love the guys I work with and my boss is a good Christian man. The pay has increased, and it seems that I and one of my co-workers are being groomed for more responsibility. The one gripe that I have had with this job is the downtime between contracts. It’s been feast or famine and there hasn’t yet been enough feasts to store up for the famine. It looks like that may be changing though. We have some jobs lined up that are going to be twelve hour days and working six days a week for a while. And though that should settle down to a more sustainable schedule after the first few weeks, it looks like there are contracts set up to fall in place one right after the other until early fall at least.
But there are some other employment opportunities that have been brought to my attention lately. I have a good network of friends that have kept their eyes and ears open to jobs that might not show up in the usual circles, and some of these sound really good. I am waiting for the timing to be right on them, but I am also praying that if any of these positions are not where God’s will would have me, then I am asking Him to slam those doors shut with no doubt that they are not where I should be.
For several years now, my daily prayer has been that He would give me the strength to be obedient to His will, and that He would open my eyes to see enough to know where I was placing my foot next on His narrow path. Despite some struggles and times of testing our faith, He has not once failed us yet. Thank you Abba God for your Blessings. We serve you, oh great and mighty God of Jacob.
But if serving the Lord seems undesirable to you, then choose for yourselves this day whom you will serve, whether the gods your ancestors served beyond the Euphrates, or the gods of the Amorites, in whose land you are living. But as for me and my household, we will serve the Lord.”