So I was driving home from the grocery store today (which, by the way, did NOT have hardly ANY sales! Ggrrrr!) and I had the radio on. I looked in my rear view mirror to see all of my kids dancing and laughing, and suddenly felt so overwhelmed with thankfulness! I love my life! I don’t know why God has seen fit to bless me as He has, but I can’t thank Him enough for it! We are healthy and happy. We are blessed with the necessities of life. I have wonderful kids. I have a wonderful husband and a wonderful marriage. I have an amazing family, amazing friends, and an amazing church family!
I know I asked for prayers a while back about Gary’s job (and in this post in October), and I know some of you heard my testimony at church a few weeks ago, but I want to share it again.
It has been extremely slow at work for Gary. The pay scale at work changed right before it got slow, and the guys only get paid if there is work. If there’s no work, they can sit at work for the 8 hours a day getting paid nothing for it.
Many of the guys have had their 80 paychecks with well under 40 hours pay. God has absolutely blessed us, because Gary has continued to have work. Most of his paychecks since the pay change have still had almost 80 hours pay on them. We continue to be able to pay our bills, keep our bellies full, keep our gas tanks filled, keep our lights and water turned on, keep ourselves clothed, etc, etc, etc.
In that post back in October, I also asked for prayers for Gary because he had a few job interviews coming up. He had been offered one, but they weren’t offering enough pay for us to make our bills. That was an easy one to turn down. Well, he was also offered another one. The pay was not great, but if I got a job we’d be just fine. For some reason, though, I just didn’t feel right about it. Gary really wanted to take the job. It was steady pay and good benefits for a good company. We had a long emotional talk about it, and less than 12 hours prior to having to give the company an answer, Gary still wasn’t sure what he was going to do. I just kept praying about it, that God would make Gary to know what His will was, and that we’d have peace about it.
Gary ended up turning down the job. A few weeks later, we found out that that same company had laid off a thousand (I think that was the number) of their employees. I know that Gary may not have been one of those employees, but he may have. And as I’ve said, he’s continued to be blessed with work at his current job.
God is really amazing, isn’t He??
What a friend we have in Jesus,
All our sins and griefs to bear.
What a privilege to carry
everything to God in prayer.
Have we trials and temptations?
Is there trouble anywhere?
We should never be discouraged!
Take it to the Lord in prayer.