Friday, April 22, 2011

A lot can happen in 6 months

I started blogging again when I was let go from my previous job 6 months ago. It was devastating to me, especially because at that time my spouse was working a minimum-wage, hourly job with no potential of better job offers coming in ("enuf" said about that!).

From that point on, it was a downward slide for me. It was one devastating blow after another. I would shout out, "God! What ever happened to your promise that you wouldn't give me more than I can handle, uh? I can't take it anymore!" It was during that season of my life, I realized I could continue to wallow in my grief, pain, and self-pity or I could "weep for the night" and allow God to do something extraordinary in my life. Something that I would have never guessed.

And so He did. Within ONE month--yes, 1, uno--I had found not only another job, but one that was way better than the one I had. Better pay, greater job satisfaction; healthier work environment; closer to home. In a time when so many are out of work or were without work for over a year, God gave me a job that was suited just for me. He is so awesome that God created that position just for me! 

So that's the main reason I haven't blogged in 6 months. That's a good reason, too!
This Good Friday, I just want to say "thank you" God for sending your Son to die on a cross for me. I'm so grateful for that sacrifice.

Thank you, God, for taking me to another level in you--in trusting and believing in you. Forgive me for the times I doubted you. I'm so glad you are a loving and forgiving Father.

Saturday, October 9, 2010

Day 6: Preaching to the Choir

Little did I know that when I posted "Day 4: We Are Not Alone" I would be preaching to myself.
Three big blows in 2 weeks; I'm absolutely exhausted. So the only thing that I can share is my favorite Psalm of all: Psalm 27.

 1 Light, space, zest— that's God! 
   So, with him on my side I'm fearless, 
      afraid of no one and nothing. 

 2 When vandal hordes ride down 
      ready to eat me alive, 
   Those bullies and toughs 
      fall flat on their faces. 

 3 When besieged, 
      I'm calm as a baby. 
   When all hell breaks loose, 
      I'm collected and cool. 

 4 I'm asking God for one thing, 
      only one thing: 
   To live with him in his house 
      my whole life long. 
   I'll contemplate his beauty; 
      I'll study at his feet. 

 5 That's the only quiet, secure place 
      in a noisy world, 
   The perfect getaway, 
      far from the buzz of traffic. 

 6 God holds me head and shoulders 
      above all who try to pull me down. 
   I'm headed for his place to offer anthems 
      that will raise the roof! 
   Already I'm singing God-songs; 
      I'm making music to God. 

 7-9 Listen, God, I'm calling at the top of my lungs: 
      "Be good to me! Answer me!" 
   When my heart whispered, "Seek God," 
      my whole being replied, 
   "I'm seeking him!" 
      Don't hide from me now! 

 9-10 You've always been right there for me; 
      don't turn your back on me now. 
   Don't throw me out, don't abandon me; 
      you've always kept the door open. 
   My father and mother walked out and left me, 
      but God took me in. 

 11-12 Point me down your highway, God; 
      direct me along a well-lighted street; 
      show my enemies whose side you're on. 
   Don't throw me to the dogs, 
      those liars who are out to get me, 
      filling the air with their threats. 

 13-14 I'm sure now I'll see God's goodness 
      in the exuberant earth. 
   Stay with God! 
      Take heart. Don't quit. 
   I'll say it again: 
      Stay with God.

And I'll keep telling myself that: I'm not alone; God's with me and He'll always be there for me.