James got his new work truck on Wednesday and we are both very excited. This truck is such a blessing. Carrier pays for all the gas, maintenance, and insurance; all we pay is a small monthly lease fee. It’s a 2009 Ford F-150 and is huge.
We have had a hard time selling James’s old truck because of the high gas prices, nobody wants a truck. It was in good condition with low miles but we couldn’t get rid of it. We dropped the price several times with no luck. We both had been praying for it to sell and I felt like we would sell it only after the new one came in. You see Carrier orders their trucks directly from the factory so they can customize it, so James got to pick everything. This is nice but it takes forever, the truck was ordered in June and it just came in (November). We had put his old truck up for sale in June when the new one was ordered but it’s a good thing that it didn’t sell right away because we needed it still. Well I was right, his old truck sold 4 days after the new one arrived. Lord’s timing is so perfect. So we are so grateful for that blessing.
And the blessing continue, I have accepted a new job that starts the 17th! Since I left my old job in April I have been looking for a new job with little success. My first blessing was the fact that I wrote a letter of complaint before I left my old job, this qualified me for unemployment (Something I didn’t know at the time). So I’ve had a steady income since leaving. I was really hurt in my last position and really even before that had never liked my jobs, so my prayer was that God would provide a good job for me and one that I would love. Money had been such a big issue for me before so that was my focus when looking for a new position, but not this time. Since my Dad’s death, I realized what in this life is important and what isn’t and money sure isn’t. I prayed that the Lord would close every door except the right one and man did he! I applied to several jobs a week, sometimes getting interviews but even those were few and far between. I kept being told that I was their second choice and qualified but not right for the position. I did have 3 jobs offered to me but knew they weren’t right, bad hours and bad pay. So I kept praying, finding it hard to trust. I started volunteering in the Global Outreach (Missionary) department of my church shortly after Dad’s death because of my new outlook on life, church became a new priority for me. I enjoyed the positive atmosphere and people so much I began to pray for a job at the church, but nothing was available. Then my unemployment ran out in October and both James and I began to panic, I don’t know why I have such a hard time with faith when God has always been so faithful to me. Then I received notice that I had been approved for 3 months of emergency unemployment due to a new government action. How amazing. Then I noticed a new part-time position at the church. I needed full-time but decided to apply for the position anyway, this time trusting God. I told Him that if it was offered to me I would take it and trust that he would provide something to make up for the other hours. I had applied at the church a couple years earlier with no success but this time I received a call for an interview almost immediately. Because I had been volunteering at the church I had connections who put in good words for me and I was a familiar face. After the interview almost 2 weeks went by with no news and I began to pray my old familiar pray of Lord let your will be done not mine. I thought maybe the job wasn’t for me after all. Then I got a call from the church stating that they would like to turn my position into a full-time position due to some openings that had just occurred. I almost fell out, I couldn’t believe God had turned a part-time position into a full-time. Then I went in for a second interview, this time with 7 people. I was more nervous the 2nd time then the first because I wanted it so bad. I told them my story and how my prayers had been answered. A few days later I was offered the job! Amazing story of God’s provision. It’s like He just gave me 6 months off to recover. I knew I wasn’t ready to go back to work for a long time but kept looking for jobs anyway. It wasn’t until about a month ago that I said to Him that I was ready both emotionally and physically and that strength came back to me after entering Grief Share and opening myself up to my grief. He knows doesn’t He, we try to fool him or convince ourselves that we know better but how childish we are. I can’t imagine how people who are non believers or even “Sunday Christians” make it in this life. He is the only reason I can survive and I feel sorry for people who don’t open themselves up to the power, love, and comfort of a personal relationship with Him.
Even in this year of death and pain the Lord has been there for us, especially moving in my life. Daddy’s death opened my heart and gave me a hunger for Christ that had been lacking for years. Yes I was a good Christian who went to church, gave offering, and did all the “right” things but when I saw the world for what it really was there was no going back. It opened my eyes to reality, this world is fleeting. What’s important is what you do with your life everyday to serve Christ. A lesson I hope to teach and show everyone, I never want to go back to my old self. These are just a few things Christ has done for us just since April, if we honor Him he sure honors us…
-Gave James a promotion
-Gave us a new vehicle
-Gave us a buyer for our old vehicle
-Gave us a new house (this house had been on the market for awhile in a good Austin market, very unusual. The price dropped into our range, the only one we could afford in the entire neighborhood of 500 homes. Our new realtor found it after we fired our old one. Then it wasn’t owned my a family but a relocation company who was willing to pay for both our down payment and closing cost, something we needed and were told would be hard to get) So yes, this house was saved and meant for us.
-Gave me a new job with the church
-Gave and extended my unemployment
-Has been faithful to provide financial for us
-Lead me to Grief Share, a wonderful Christian support program
-And more that I probably don’t even know about
So as you can see the Lord has been moving in our lives. And I know that bad things will happen again and all throughout our lives but I hope in those times I will look back and remember these moments and find comfort and strength in them. I encourage all of you to do the same.