Sunday, August 3, 2008

Working Girl

After four years of staying home with my kids I am offically going back to work. Just at night, part-time waiting tables. We just needing some extra income to pay off some bills. I didn't mind looking for a job, I thought I could maintain that for awhile... like if God happens to put a job in my lap then I'll know it's from him and I'll take it. But that doesn't happen all the time, rarely infact, you actually have to interview, fax resumes, be an active participant. So the search began, I thought about going back to work full time during the day and could make great money, but for those of you who know me know, I couldn't leave my little ones in day care. So the only other alternative was waiting tables at night, the only thing you can do that makes enough money to be worth working. I already started a job and am working three nights next week. Friday, Saturday and Sunday night...goodbye social life....hello working world. It's been hard to swallow at times, looking in the mirror before work thinking, " SO you are back here again" But God has sustained me in giving grace that is needed to realize that sometimes you have to do things you don't want to do and that those things bring him glory. Trials, struggles, and hardship enable God to be strong and for me to see that it is upon Him that I depend. This past month I have been so down and have been fighting negative thoughts, wanting to escape, longing for heaven, feeling sometimes like what's the point, but this week God again came to my rescue with this verse, "

" Remember not the former things, nor consider the things of old. Behold I am doing a new thing; now it springs forth, do you not percieve it? I will make a way in the wilderness and rivers in the desert" Is 43:18

This is what God is promising me right now, that he is doing a new thing, changing my heart and my mind to be like Christ, and it is a new thing. He will make a way in this wilderness and bring rivers in this desert heart of mine. Oh Lord may I declare praise to you even in my hardest moments. May it be a joy to lay down my life and my wants and preferences for your will. Be merciful Oh God, , my soul rests in you alone.


Billie said...

I will be praying for you friend. I wish I could hug you. I will think of you on those nights you work and ask God to pour out His grace upon you. love you.

Ginger said...

great verse Les--I know as you serve your husband, God will give you energy and power to do this well. Thank you for honoring Him--you are a great wife and you and miss you tons.

The Smith Family said...

I just read your post and want to encourage you that God's grace will sustain you. After not working in 24 years, I went back to work (part time at the church) in April '06 in submission to what Joe felt was needed and best. I was terrified and very sad to leave home, but it has been a wonderful experience, especially in seeing that as I submit to Joe it is as unto the Lord and with obedience comes peace. I would love to chat via email sometime sweetheart to see how it's going for you. My email address is
Praying for you.
Jenny Smith