Category Archives: Job

Back to Work.

Today I held my son with one arm and held my briefcase and pump bag on the other arm, I kissed him goodbye and waved at him and his grandmother as I drove off.

I am back at work today and Haddon is staying at home with his paternal grandmother.  I am going home at lunch to feed Haddon.

It has made the transition much easier knowing she is there and he can ease his way into having me gone in his own house.

The past two weeks have been particularly wonderful.  Once I started supplementing with a little formula Haddon was like a new baby!  Slept better, “played” harder, cooed louder, it has been amazing to see.  It could be his age too but either way, we have had fun.

The past three months have been the hardest work of my life.

We have had amazing service bestowed on us through friends and family and I am so ready to glorify God with the work of my hands in my family life and now work life.

I just hope I stay busy at work so I’m not thinking about making funny faces with Haddon all day.  I do miss him but this isn’t as hard as could be expected (so far).  I am looking forward to getting a schedule/routine down each day.  I mean I was up, showered, teeth and hair brushed, both of us fed, etc all before 9 am.  That hasn’t happened in a long time!

C2 set up a mommy room for me to pump which is great, especially considering I had a letdown about 20 min after I got here.

I am praying that my time with Haddon and Micah will be so meaningful and I won’t take a second for granted.

In whatever you do, do it all for His glory.

Be thankful in and for all things and see God’s teachings in everything you do today and every day.

On the agenda for tonight: working out and snuggling.

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I can hardly write, I’m choking up.

No, it is not just because I am less than two weeks from my due date, and extremely hormonal right now.

It is because my God is so good and He showed me that again today.  I am so fickle and earthly minded at times, but He in His own way always reminds me I need not be.

This is my last week of work before Haddon comes.  I’m taking off a week early to rest, nest, etc!  Which I felt a tiiiiiny bit guilty about because…

Micah’s job ends next week, summer is quickly approaching the school system and school will be out (he works for the adult ed program for Newport News City Schools).

So essentially we were going to have a couple weeks of not having an income before my leave kicked in.  Which isn’t the worst situation in the world, because of the living situation God put us in- you can read about that here.

However, today Micah got a job offer (they want him to start on Haddon’s due date but are willing to work with him).  Tomorrow he has an interview at another place.

We can do nothing but offer up our thankfulness and praises to a God that ALWAYS provides, knows our days, knows our hours, and the number of hairs on our head, even if He keeps us on our toes with what and when we need to know.

I am just so thankful.  Nothing I can offer up is good enough.  His blessings are not based on my performance or how hard I believe.  He takes care of His children, in His own way. Period.

Speaking of offers, I am ready to put one in for a house in the Riverside area (Micah is not) haha

Shake Up to Wake Up.

An earthquake in Virginia?

I struggle when things get hard sometimes, honestly, I do.

What is each day’s purpose? Am I making an impact? Am I doing enough for the glory of God?

“Why don’t I just go overseas and be a missionary, oh I don’t think I’m ready for that yet, and I certainly don’t want to go to copout of everyday American living, I want to go in obedience to Christ”

I have NO doubt that He used my job to bring us here.  Read about that story here.

Most of the time, I like my job.  I love the commute, the people, etc.

However, the process of client expectations, budgets, deadlines, it all can be messy in my line of work!

 The content of the material is literally challenging me in ways I didn’t know they could. 

  1.  I am not an engineer. 
  2.  I never was good at math. 

My high school friends can validate, I took all the integrated stuff.  Geometry A and then B, cause I couldn’t handle a full load of the course all at once.  Well, in engineering, they do a whole lot more than geometry.  Let me tell you, I’m talking trigonometry, scientific calculators and all.

So yesterday, when the earthquake shook it reminded me to put things in perspective. 

We were in a meeting, talking about rewriting hours of cognitive level 3 scenario based test questions on material that I hardly understand in the first place.  Then we shook a little.

My mind was already shaking, and probably my eyes too on the verge of tears (although I dare not let anyone see that) for feelings of inadequacy and frustration.

The earthquake shook me back to perspective and made me think about eternal things, not temporal things.

Sometimes we need a little shaking to wake up and get a grip on reality.

Here is a dose encouragement from others and Him of true reality:

1. We are to endure and run hard races.  That looks different for all of us and happens in different seasons.

Hebrews 12:1 Therefore, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us also lay aside every weight, and sin which clings so closely, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, looking to Jesus, the founder and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is seated at the right hand of the throne of God.

2. There are different seasons.

Ecclesiastes 3:1, 3“There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under heaven…a time to kill and a time to heal, a time to tear down and a time to build….”

3. We should be humble, about everything.  Our jobs, our family, our ministries, our ambitions, they should be for His glory.

2     Chronicles 7: 14 if my people who are called by my name humble themselves, and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven and will forgive their sin and heal their land.

4. We shouldn’t try to be confident in our own ability any way, it is Him who works in us.

2 Corinthians 3:4-5 Such is the confidence that we have through Christ toward God. Not that we are sufficient in ourselves to claim anything as coming from us, but our sufficiency is from God,

Philippians 2:12 Therefore, my beloved, as you have always obeyed, so now, not only as in my presence but much more in my absence, work out your own salvation with fear and trembling, 13 for it is God who works in you, both to will and to work for his good pleasure.

5. His ways are so much bigger than we know, and we don’t always know His purpose in things but He who began a work in us will finish it

Isaiah 55:9 For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts.

Ecclesiastes 11:5 As you do not know the way the spirit comes to the bones in the womb of a woman with child, so you do not know the work of God who makes everything.

6. Repent for the kingdom of God is at hand.  I am not one of those people to get all wrapped up about end times, however, with that said, if God took you today through an earthquake, hurricane, or anything else, do you know where you would spend eternity?  In order for us to spend it with Him we need His son to advocate for us.  So repent, turn from your sins and call upon His wonderful name.

Matthew 3:2 “Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand.”

Matthew 24:36 “But concerning that day and hour no one knows, not even the angels of heaven, nor the Son,  but the Father only.

What do you need a more eternal perspective on? Is it a job? A relationship? bills? etc.  I pray He will give you one.

More like Jesus- Micah got a job!

As my husband desires to be more like Christ, he seems to be following in His footsteps even in ways not even required or requested by our Lord.  Micah is going to be a carpenter’s assistant.  

Mark 3:3 Is not this the carpenter, the son of Mary and brother of James and Joses and Judas and Simon? And are not his sisters here with us?” And they took offense at him.

Praise the Lord for His provision.

When Micah subbed in Warrenton, people used to call him Jesus because he looked like this:

 

Hahaha, ANYWAY-

There are some other options potentially on the table so continue to pray for doors to open please.

OH, and here is an interesting story pertaining to jobs- I was flipping through an old journal the other day and I found an entry basically asking for the Lord’s direction in my life and I listed out some possibilities.  They included:

–          Grad school

–          C2

–          Wife

–          Mom

(I can’t remember what else right now)

See that C2?  It actually wasn’t in reference to C2 Technologies, I didn’t even know about this place at the time.  It was in reference to being a C2 missionary with NAMB.  I just find it kinda funny and thought maybe you would too.  I love how He works things out according to His will.