Thursday, October 20, 2016

Reading Through the Bible as a Family Weeks 21-29: Finishing Up 1 Samuel and Life Changes

It seems like forever since I've done an update on Reading Through the Bible as a Family.  Since my last post, we finished Judges, Ruth, 1 & 2 Samuel, and 1 & 2 Chronicles.  We also begun reading some of the Psalms that went along with what was going on in 1 & 2 Samuel and 1 & 2 Chronicles.

Ruth has been my favorite so far.  The kids asked the most questions reading through 1 Samuel.  The family time has been a welcomed part of our day, especially now.

At the beginning of August my husband lost his job.  We had zero ideas really, but knew the Lord would provide.  He applied for many positions and had two interviews.  About 6 weeks after losing his job, he started this morning doing the same exact job he had with a company he'd worked with for 12 years prior to large cuts.  Hesitant to accept the job since our family had prayed for so long for him to find a better job to be home more as a family, we felt like it was running back to "Egypt" or a quick fix our way.

After my husband went for the interview, my heart was heavy.  I did not have a peace about this decision.  Two weeks prior to my husband losing his job this last time, he was offered another good job out of state.  He wanted the job, but again, I didn't have a peace... but I honestly couldn't tell if it was just me not wanting the change or God's direction.  He declined the offer, stayed where he was, and ended up losing his job.  That same company who had offered him the job out of state, hired my husband to do contract work full time until he found another job.  The Lord provided.

But we still did not have any direction.  I began to pray very specifically about my husband's job.  We must be slower than most, because we sometimes don't seem to fully grasp everything the Lord is doing for us.  I like it when He gives specific directions or answers.  This does NOT always happen.

So, as a prayed for our family's work situation and purpose, I asked the Lord to not let the company offer him the job if it was not His will for him to go back there.  Against all fibers of my being, I left it right there with God and walked away.  During these few weeks, our family has been busy with many work projects, and the kids enjoy going to work with Dad.  Various business ventures were proposed, ideas considered, options weighed.  Then he received the call well after they said they'd call about his old job.  I knew he was supposed to accept it.

Did I love it?  No.

Do I trust God has a plan?  Yes.

Actions that do not seem to make sense to us, do to God.

I'm thankful I do not have to figure out a plan for everything!

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