Still no job…

Oh what a test!  Still no job.  Adam is having an interview tomorrow with a potentially good employer. Praying hard! I don’t think I have to tell anyone how terrible our economy is right now, but our God is bigger than a bad economy.

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A New Thing?

” Shall we indeed accept good from God, and shall we not accept adversity?”  In all this, Job did not sin with his lips. Job 2:10

Day 4 of being jobless.  Adam’s found a few ads to go and check out and see if he can get some interviews tomorrow.  Still don’t find myself particularly worried.  Actually finding myself more and more excited waiting to see what God will do.

Back on New Year’s Eve, I was reading in my bible and praying about the coming new year and one set of verses really came out at me.  I took them as a promise from the Lord and began to pray them specifically.

Do not remember the former things, nor consider the things of old.  Behold, I will do a new thing, now it shall spring forth; shall you not know it?  I will even make a road in the wilderness and rivers in the desert.”  Is. 43:18-19

Since then, I have been seeing little things happening and knowing His presence closer than before.  It is exciting to watch God work.  I can’t really explain all the tiny details that I see, but I do see God beginning to work in my family’s life in new ways recently.  For instance, about a week ago, I overheard a not-so-typical conversation between my two oldest boys while playing Legos.  I heard Gavin (9) explaining to Jacob (7) how to pray.  “It’s easy, Jake.  You just talk to God like you’re talking to me right now.   Doesn’t have to be fancy….”  Gavin says.  Thrilled me to the bone to hear my two little boys discussing spiritual matters without even a promting from me or their Daddy!  A few minutes later, Jacob came to me wanting me to show him how to ask Jesus into his heart and be saved (something Gavin also did a year ago)!  What a blessing!  Now both boys are wanting to be baptised.  🙂

Like I said, the Lord as been exceptionally close in the past few weeks, and then giving me this promise at New Year’s, and then saving one more of my boys… well, it’s getting more and more exciting to watch what else He’s going to do this year!  As for the job loss, I think this is also part of the “new thing” which He promised.  I know to most that would sound crazy.  After all, job loss is a BAD thing, right?  Not every “bad” thing is, well, a bad thing.

“But He knows the way that I take; when He has tested me, I shall come forth as gold.” Job 23:10

Very few, if any, know loss like Job did.  Job didn’t know why God was allowing the things that were happening to him, but he trusted God.  He knew God was in control and was confident in God’s perfect justice and righteousness and stood fast in his faith even though his own wife even told him to “curse God and die!”  Wow.  Look at what else Job says:

“Though He slay me, yet I will trust Him.”  Job 13:15

Wow, now that’s trust.  I know that God is absolutely in control here.  If God hadn’t allowed this to happen, it wouldn’t have.  Simple.  But everything He does (or simply allows) is for a reason and always for my good, whether I understand it yet or not.

In the end, Job’s wealth, family, house, and health was finally restored, his faith enlarged, and through it all, Job retained his integrity and “did not sin with His lips.”  (Job 2:10)  I pray that we, too, after He has tested us, “shall come forth as gold” as well, and may God be glorified in it!

Obstacle or Opportunity?

A strange blessing graced our family today.  Most would not call it that, but God’s Word compels us to (James 1:2-3).  My husband lost his job.  For us, virtually an atomic bomb.  The temptation to panic was there considering we have 6 children to care for and a loan for a new home construction pending.

But God’s timing is soooo perfect.  Just yesterday evening, I was listening to an online sermon from a good pastor friend of ours and he was referencing Isaiah chapter 6 where Isaiah sees the LORD “sitting on a throne, high and lifted up, and the train of His robe filled the temple.”  Listening to that sermon and picturing in my mind what Isaiah must have seen (although I’m sure my mind falls far short!), struck an awe in me that has lasted through today.  When my husband called to tell me he had lost his job, like I said, the temptation to panic was there, but thinking again about Isaiah’s vision of God on His throne in His glory kind of melted away any tension.  It really helped me keep things in perspective, understanding that God is still God, He certainly wasn’t taken by surprise by this, He is in ABSOLUTE CONTROL, and He’s got a reason for this happening.  So through the day as I prayed on it and thought about it some more, I am beginning to find it rather exciting to see how God is going to use this for our GOOD (Romans 8:28).

I read somewhere (now I really can’t remember where!) just a few weeks ago that the Chinese word for “crisis” is the very same word they use to mean “opportunity.”  I believe that when God closes one door, He opens another one.  And He does promise to provide if we are seeking Him and His kingdom.  I am certain that God will use this for our GOOD and ultimately for His GLORY.  Will you pray and watch with me what He does?  🙂

Midnight vigil

What a time to begin a blog about counting my blessings!  Or rather, blogging them… Sitting up past midnight with sick baby waiting for her to fall asleep.  Very tired…tempted to complain… Let’s see, count the blessings… For one) I HAVE a baby, SIX in fact.   2) her fever finally broke, 3) I see her falling asleep, sweetly…  4) she and the rest of us all have warm beds and a warm home to sleep in…. yeah, can’t see anything wrong with any of that.  Pretty good night after all.  Thank you, Lord.