Tuesday, March 11, 2008

Calendar: June Revisited

Boy, I wish it really were June! :)

I had a few people this week ask me to reupload June, because the link wasn't working right. No idea what happened to it, but I deleted the old file and put in this new one. Here is the fixed file. (link removed)

Sorry to my faithful friends -- but this isn't a NEW link/template -- just the old one fixed. I WISH I had time to scrap, but I'm still not there yet.

OK, for those of you who asked for life updates....

Here's my newest revelation. We lived in our last home/state for 2.5 years. We didn't really like it there all that much. The people were wonderful, but it just never felt like "home" to us and was really a challenging 2.5 years for us for many reasons. We felt like God led us there, but never really understood why.

As we were preparing to leave, I felt that the reason why He had us move there was because during those 2.5 years, I was very conscious of His presence in the daily things. You know how you can look back over your life and see His fingerprints on it, but you can't always see them when you're "in the moment?" Well... in our last home, despite the challenges, I could always see His fingerprints in the moment. There were so many immediate answers to prayer; both mine and those of friends around me who blessed me with sharing it. So that's why I thought He moved us there -- so we could be witness to and of His constant presence.

But now I think that was only part of it.

We've now been in our new home for about 2.5 months. My husband has been here 5.5 weeks. During that time, he's probably put out 100 resumes. He really has had ZERO calls back. He was offered a position back in December in his field (he works w/ troubled kids). However, the pay was ridiculously low (i.e. couldn't pay the bills), and the position was one he could have done in his sleep (though he would have enjoyed it). He turned them down and it has been quiet ever since.

It has been a frustrating time for both of us... my husband not understanding why no one is calling, and me not quite knowing how to respond, offer hope, help without annoying, etc. God gave my husband a VERY strong provider gene, and I know that's a gift from God -- one that He will be faithful to fulfill. But when?

And that's what I realized tonight that I learned at our last home: to trust God for His perfection, His timing, and His plan. If we try to control things in our own time, will, and comfort zone, we'll get things done... but they'll be good, not great. However, if we wait for God, we have limitless possibilities.

So about a week ago, my husband went to a staffing agency, which really wasn't the direction he wanted to go. One of the places he went was doing pro-bono HR work for a non-profit homeless shelter. They're looking to hire an Executive Director/CEO. Within his field, that would have been his next step, but this is a whole different non-profit realm than he's ever been in. Is this the challenge, the "greatness" that God wants to use Jon to do His work? He had a casual interview today to see if he was still interested after hearing their spiel. Then he'll be called in later for an official interview.

Who knows if it's what God has in store... what I do know is that in our old home, almost every Women's study I did dealt with waiting on God's timing. Not taking control into our own hands -- in doing so, we close the door on God's greatness. I'm proud of my husband for being patient even in the face of doubt and frustration. This move has been the most stressful one to date (it's our 6th state in 9.5 years of marriage). It's the move that has us saying, "This is it -- we're not moving again." Yet... if God moves us... we'll listen and obey.

Anyway... that's a WHOLE lot more than the June you asked for! :) Blessings to you all...

15 comments:

Maria said...

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Tink said...

I am glad to hear that you are settling in and will keep Jon in my thoughts and prayers. As you say, God will provide when the timing is right.

Shannon said...

Thanks for sharing Sarah. I needed to hear that message this morning. My Dad is in a similar situation regrading jobs... Thanks again for sharing and I'll keep you guys in my prayers.

Tammy said...

Thank you Sarah for your blog post today...God works in wonderful ways and today I was remonded of that. Your post just reminded me of some things that I've "forgotten" and for that I thank you. That is one of my struggles in life, to give up the control reigns and I needed to read this today, so I thank you and God for using you to help me today.

Things will work out for the best since His plan and timing always is.

Blessings!

trulyblessed said...

Oh, how I miss you posts. One of the hard parts of our journey of faith is "Let go and let God" I myself try to remember that daily. Thanks sarah

rubi said...

Thanks a lot for your story, it is going right through my heart... I admire you for your strong believe in God. I am searching the sense of the trouble and pain within the last 18 months... but I cannot see one. I am trying to understand what God wants to do with this, but it is very hard.... and so I am hoping to see the sense and the finger of God sometimes in future. Hope I will. But when I read your lines, my hope is gettin bigger... thanks.

Hugs
Andrea

PS: I love your calender templates, I did the whole 2008calender with it and now I took your "old" templates and make it fit for 2009, well I think, I send you a a mail...

American Fork said...

That's an inspiring story for all of us, and I appreciate you sharing it, especially while you are still in the thick of it!

Tom in Georgia said...

Glad to see you found time to post again. Everyone will wait until you find time to have fun again!! I hope your husband finds a job and one that he really enjoys, as that is important. Glad you like Texas.

joyinhim said...

Thanks for the updates Sarah. I've been checking in every few days and praying for you every time I stopped knowing that this has been a big transitional time. I'll be especially praying for God's wonderful provision for your husband with the perfect job.

Thank you for what you wrote about waiting - I know it was for me. We are looking to make a move and need to. We know where WE'D like to go, but need confirmation from God that our wants are part of HIS will. I needed the reminder to wait on Him...even when it is frustrating. Thanks.

Lisa said...

Sarah,
You are right to "wait on God's perfect timing"....only HE knows what is in store for you!

Lisa

Hummie said...

Good to read a report from you. I miss you and seeing your layouts.

I am sorry that his work situation is not resolved and waiting on God can be so hard.

Amanda said...

I've never seen your blog before...but I will be putting it in my favorites. God does have great timing, doesn't he? I was sitting here searching for digital freebies and I found them. But what I really found was a message that I needed to hear -- bless you, Sarah, for being God's voice to me today. ((hugs))

s2fleming said...

Wow, Thanks. My husband too is and has been waiting for his job to come through, as well as many other things to be finished in our life. He is a paitient man and doesn't give up. But I sometimes think God forgot or we got it wrong. This may seem strange, but it's oomforting to know someone out there has the same wait and is dealing with it so well. I know
God's timing is perfect, but sometimes it is hard to see. Thank you for your uplifiting blog.

heidi said...

Sarah,

I know where you are--my husband was laid off 4 years ago, and it has been, and continues to be, a hard road. But God is faithful to provide--I am not the same person I would be if God was not forcing me to be dependent upon Him. It is challenging for my husband as well, in that he has a strong need to provide. I remind myself that this is a season--and God has not brought us here to destroy us. Only to strengthen. I know He would not have taken you on this adventure if he didn't have a plan for your family. We will be praying for you.

Blessings,

Heidi

verabear said...

I hope that things are finally looking up now :)