I’ve been reviewing some of my previous writings. I thought with June looming around the corner, it would be a good time to reflect on God in my life. I wrote the original, “God In My Life” a year ago. Since then, I have been diagnosed with Stage-3 colon cancer and my youngest sister, whom I’ve somewhat reconnected with, has been diagnosed with Stage-2 breast cancer. While I am fighting cancer with everything I’ve got, I never went through the “why me” phase. I truly trust God has a plan for me.
I am still with Simple Church and they have been beyond supportive. I know I was led there before my cancer diagnosis was brought to light. For that, I am eternally grateful! I am thankful for everyone who has prayed, and continues to pray for me. Prayer really does work.
In an effort to reduce stress in my life (for a variety of reasons), I have been looking for a new job and I found one! I have been praying for a new position. I had been at my previous position for over five years. While it’s not the longest time, in today’s job market, it’s still considerable.
I left a company that had HUGE turnover (seasonal workers ‘n all) and went to a company where there is just me and another lady in the office. The entire company has less than 20 employees. Talk about a difference!
I do have to learn an entirely new industry, but so far it’s not too bad. Seems I have the most technological information here. My boss just learned to check his own emails within the past year. Yea, I said “wow” too. I’m so used to chaos, reporting to three or four managers, keeping all their stuff straight and keeping up on my own work.
The chaos of my Human Resources (HR) job is now behind me. Now, I’m an office coordinator/dispatcher. I still drink coffee, take notes and take all the new information in stride.
The best part of this job is I believe it’s an answered prayer. My first day, my co-worker and I were speaking. She’s a believer in Christ as well. She told me she believes that she doesn’t follow religion, but a relationship with Him! That’ what I, and the church I attend, believe. This position is truly a blessing.
I have put on my HR hat already and assisted with a disability claim. I’m reviewing their job applications for compliance and ordered some necessary documentation for the office. I will eventually be putting a benefits program in place for the owner (one of the reasons I was hired).
My commute is 15-minutes shorter; each way. My hours have changed, but that’s ok. I am home two hours later every morning. The furbabies love the new relaxed schedule. A bonus is I am spending a third less on gas every week too! This may not been the exact job I was looking for, however, He knew what I needed and led me to my new employer. For that I am grateful!
Last night I attended a parents’ forum for the Christian youth group my daughter goes to. While, we don’t attend the church the group is held at, all are welcome. Most of the parents know each other from church, but several introduced themselves to the “newbie” (aka me).
I enjoyed hearing about what my daughter and the other kids were learning about. There was a discussion on how we can communicate with our children and keep them in the faith. I even learned about a Bible app that can connect us, but also we can pick topics to read and discuss. I was excited! I now what we will be using for our Bible study next year in our homeschool. My daughter knew of the app, but chose not to tell me as she knew I would use it for our school.
Our forum ended right when they were doing the evening meal (they feed the kids dinner each week). It was nice to sit back and watch my daughter and her friends chatting, while eating together. I was also able to observe other kids and their parents.
We listened to the weekly message and then one of the leaders and three of the students played and sang worship songs (that anyone could join in on).
I take pride in being actively involved in my tween’s life. I have access to her email, review her phone regularly, am on her Bible app, and her Instagram account (set up to show off her artwork). I monitor what little social media I allow her to have. She knows this and it’s not an issue. I am proud I know the parents and kids she hangs around with. I know they are positive influences and I don’t need to worry when she is around them.
The youth group is a weekly, two-hour blessing that I am grateful my daughter can be a part of. That is her time with other kids who follow Christ. Such a positive, safe and wonderful place for tweens and teens to get together.
“The thing to do, it seems to me, is to prepare yourself so you can be a rainbow in somebody else’s cloud. Somebody who may not look like you. May not call God the same name you call God – if they call God at all. I may not dance your dances or speak your language. But be a blessing to somebody. That’s what I think.” (Maya Angelou)
Top o’the mornin’ to ya! It’s officially St. Patrick’s Day and only fitting to use my favorite Irish blessing for today’s quote. I know not who the author be.
May the road rise to meet you, May the wind be always at your back, May the sun shine warm upon your face, The rains fall soft upon your fields and, Until we meet again, May God hold you in the palm of His hand.