I know that’s really an oxymoron. Moms are never really unemployed. Even when we get some time to ourselves, we still are working on something… even if it’s in our heads.
Yesterday was absolutely marvelous. Coffee with Smeagle was absolutely marvelous despite the fact that I talked her ear off almost the entire time. I think my lack of adult time is starting to show… Poor Smeagle. She took it all in stride. Next time I promise to shut my mouth and to listen a lot more! But she must still like me; she offered to come help with the teen meal. She’s a trooper, that one… or else a glutton for punishment.
I spent the morning shopping for food for the Teen Devo next Sunday. It’s amazing how quickly the bill adds up! 15 packs of bacon, 7 cartons of 18-count eggs, watermelon, grapes… I still have to go to Sam’s or Costco for the pancake mix, Tang, butter and the such. I’m pretty sure that I’m going to make it to the church to “borrow” some plates, forks and napkins.
The rest of the afternoon was spent looking for more job opportunities. I did hear back from my first face to face interview. I didn’t get that job, so it must mean that God closed that door for something else. It’s okay. I know the place I do take will be exactly where he wants me to be.
It’s funny. I was telling Smeagle that I didn’t feel as if I were going through a hardship right now. If anything I’m having joy right now. I’m not trying to say that satan doesn’t sneak in to make me start worrying about finances or the future. I do that now and again, but I find that I’m quick to call on God for help to stop the worrying and I do stop. I mean that this job hunt hasn’t been a stress or a heart-palpitating time for me, at least not as much as I thought it would be. Smeagle brought up that I might not be going through all this for me at all. I might be enduring it for someone else – my kids (so that they can see how to give things over to God or how to support us in our trials), someone at church who may be about to go through the same thing and needs a good example of trust, one of you (who needs to see that it’s okay to rely on God rather than money.) I don’t know the reason he has me here, but I hope that if you get anything from me, it’s that God is good in all circumstances and that he knows exactly what I need. Plans for me have already been laid out, checked and rechecked. I just have to wait for God to reveal his will in his own good time. How easy is that for me!
Today is the day for another interview. I like parts of this job: it is also close to home and it’s offering what I would like to make. However, it has one huge drawback: it’s hours are 9-6. I really don’t want to work that late. I’m hoping that I’ll make such a great impression that they’ll want me enough to move back the hours at least half an hour. We’ll see if it’s the place where God wants me to be soon enough! Say a prayer for me around 11 AM. I love knowing that my friends are with me in prayer, even if they’re miles and miles away.
I’m so grateful to God for giving me this time off. I’ve spent good time with the kids, especially with all the changes we’ve had of late. I think they really needed someone to be home right now. I’ve been able to read like crazy (T is for Trespass and The Accidental Tourist were both really good, by the way), and I’m able to chat with others that I might not have been able to see otherwise.
The funny thing is that my blog talking is down. I’m reading you all, but I’m not commenting as much. I can’t put a finger on it, but I’m taking the bird’s eye view right now. It’s good to see you all and keep up, but I’m not chirping in as I normally do. Just wanted y’all to know that in case you were wondering why I’m not commenting as much.
Okay, I saw this clip at Smeagle’s place and I told her that I was stealing it. Like her, I dare you to watch it and not smile. I triple dog dare you.
(Hey, I can’t help the title, but it’s still good!)