Updates and Transitions – October 13 Discussion and Devotions
Falling back into blogging during this fall season! It has been a very busy couple of months since I last blogged, but I’m hoping to get back into again now on a consistent basis.
Our home nestled among the beautiful fall foliage.
So this falls (see what I did there?) into the category of “everything happens for a reason” and relates to how God works all things out for our good when we trust Him and His guidance.
As I was nearing the end of my post-surgery recovery (from the reconstructive basal thumb joint surgery in May), I was hired for my first ever full-time freelance job a couple months ago. The client paid faithfully every week via PayPal, usually within one to two business days, and it was a real financial blessing after me not being able to work for three months. I was doing that job PLUS another part-time curriculum review job PLUS my dissertation studies PLUS sewing…you get the picture!
The full-time job ended abruptly at the end of last week. It had become a micro-managed, nearly “quota” type of position, with the client demanding I not do any other work for anyone else (which crosses that independent contractor/employee line) and any explanations about “taking time off” for family events or not feeling well were considered “inexcusable.”
So when I took some time off (breaking up the day, but still putting in my 8+ hours/day) to put a few hours into the flexible hours curriculum review job and to sew to complete an order, the full-time client abruptly terminated my contract, saying I wasn’t producing fast enough and I was only supposed to be working for them. Honestly, after my initial shock wore off, I realized I felt greatly relieved and even physically better, because that job really wasn’t worth the stress and its effect on my health and personal relationships.
THE SAME DAY that job terminated … upon inquiry into the possibility of additional work with my curriculum client, the project manager told me they did have an immediate need for a copy editor. I applied, completed the editing test, and was offered the position – paying nearly DOUBLE the rate from the terminated position with the other client!
So I can now work part-time hours and make more than I was with the full-time job, with considerably less stress and more flexibility. 🙂 Meaning I can add BLOGGING and SEWING back into my life – YAY!!!
Now onto some devotions for the day — amazingly relevant!
“One thing you can expect to encounter in your journey with God is the trust test.
How many times do you say to God, “What is going on in my life? What are You doing? What is happening? I don’t understand!”
If you are in a place right now where nothing in your life makes any sense, trust God anyway.
You are not just to have faith and trust in God once in awhile, or from time to time, but at ALL times.
You must learn to live from faith to faith, trusting the Lord when things are good–and when things are bad.
There is no such thing as trusting God without unanswered questions. There are always going to be things you just don’t understand.”
–Joyce Meyer in “Ending Your Day Right”
As typically happens, I was amazed that today’s devotional thought was so relevant for the events of the past few days!
So what are YOUR thoughts?
First, how have you been? How is this fall season going for you so far? Can you relate to today’s devotional thought? Do you find it difficult to trust God during difficult times or do you have the ability to see the sun above the storm clouds of life?