For some of you this will be a repeat. For that, I apologize, but we wanted to share our good news with all those of you who read the blog too!
For a while now, Jeff and I have realized that I need to find a more reliable source of income than substitute teaching. While I LOVE the subbing and being with the kids, the inconsistency of it simply doesn't work with our finances. We have been praying for a while that God would provide the perfect job for me and our family.
Over the past week, God has seen fit to provide THE perfect job for our family, and, as of September 5th, I will once again be a working woman! A little background: last Tuesday, I submitted my resume in response to an ad placed on www.craigslist.com. I have sent my resume to several places in the past and never heard a thing, so I really didn't expect anything to happen, but thought it was worth a try anyway. (There's that faith of mine shining through!) Friday afternoon I got a call from a gentleman asking if we could meet on Monday morning for an interview. I was excited and nervous and anxious and nervous and then even more nervous! I haven't been on a job interview in sixteen years!
But God is good! I met Steve at a coffee shop in Reisterstown yesterday morning. (Right after I locked my keys, phone, purse, papers, computer, etc, in my van! Thankfully, he was very understanding and allowed me to use his cell phone to call Jeff to come and rescue me! What a way to begin!) Anyway, as I walked into the shop and approached his table, I saw that he was reading his Bible! He is a devoted christian with a heart for God!!! As we talked, he shared his testimony with me, and it was evident that he loves the Lord and sees his business as a ministry.
It soon became apparent to me that God was working! Steve owns a very successful real estate/house flipping business and wants me to work 3-4 hours a day, 4-5 days a week. Some things will be done at his office, which is just six miles from the kids' school, but other things may be done remotely from our home. I will mostly be doing administrator/assistant tasks, including some bookkeeping, website upkeep, scheduling, event planning, etc. And, most exciting to me, Steve has written one book and is working on another, which I will assist him in writing/editing!! How cool is God??? Best of all, I will still have afternoons free to sub or volunteer at the school, and I will be able to sub all day on occasion and go on field trips, etc. Lastly, Steve was willing to give me paid vacation time plus paid time off for the kids' christmas and easter breaks!!!!! (This was something I was very concerned about so this was a huge blessing!)
I have tears in my eyes as I write this, knowing that only God could do this for us and feeling sadness that I doubted His goodness to our family. We have been so blessed with our church, our family, and each of you. Now God has chosen to bless us "exceedingly, above all that we could ask or think".
I covet your prayers as we all adjust to some changes in our home. Thankfully, things won't be that much different. My biggest request is for MY peace of mind and that I can learn quickly and get up to speed and be comfortable with the job. (Thankfully, I'm fairly easy going and don't get stressed out easily! HA HA HA HA)
My heart is at home with my kids (even though they are all in school now--how did THAT happen?), and part of me is sad that this is necessary, but I know God's grace is good and He will provide all that we need--monetarily and in every other way.
God is good!