Yesterday I was laid off. We’ve depended on my 6 figure income for 11 years. So sounds horrible right? Absolutely NOT! Here are 10 huge blessings which makes this one of the happiest days of my life! PRAISE GOD
- Romans 8:28 “And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose.” This is covered by that ALL. PRAISE GOD
- I had a wonderful opportunity to witness to my colleagues both openly verbally (for the first time since they hired me they couldn’t fire me for openly prostlytizing) and by the lack of tears and with a lot of smiles. PRAISE GOD
- Last night our daughter called me and gave me several leads on where to sell our jewelry… That was both a wonderful thing to do and cheered me immensely (I love you too Baby Girl) and professionally great for Wilder Baubles. PRAISE GOD
- My severance package is huge… Pay through March with life health insurance, dental and vision. AND professional support to me as to career options including resume, job search, BETTER Entrepeneurship, that is to formalize and professionalize Wilder Baubles (WOW!!!) and they are giving me $2,500 to take classes (formal metalsmithing for Wilder Baubles). PRAISE GOD
- Because God held their hand from laying me off in the first 3 rounds of layoffs, I was able to: get 2 cochlear implants, was covered through several pnemonias, a ruptured disk in my neck, spinal stenousous, and get my heart checked out, get all the tools needed for Wilder Baubles, reach the age of 60 (see why this is sooo good below). PRAISE GOD
- Because I’m 60 with 11 years with them I qualify for early retirement and can NOW draw my pension while also getting severance COOL!! – I just found out about this this morning. You don’t know that I’ve prayed nearly every day that The Lord allow me to join Gordon in retirement. Wow!!! AGAIN he’s directly answered my prayers. PRAISE GOD
- Because God’s timing is always perfect we have all the tools, supplies, work area needed to really get Wilder Baubles going and I can book us (Wilder Baubles) every week going forward. PRAISE GOD
- His timing and providence also allowed us to get a wonderful truck debt free for our shows (1953 Ford F-100 ;0) PRAISE GOD
- The time I needed to make jewelry WITHOUT working two jobs. PRAISE GOD
- Successful hunter sons to provide meat ;0) PRAISE GOD
Someone remarked recently about me keeping my sense of humor during a medical problem I’m currently experiencing. Specifically, I’ve recently requested prayer that I literally not have a screw loose… which I myself find very funny….
I got to thinking…
Have you ever seen or owned a dog with a sense of humor? What about a cat? Perhaps your pet African Grey? Slate, our African Grey Parrot, 6th child, 28 and still living at home, and in the Guinness World Book of Records as the smartest bird has a sense of humor? Absolutely not, although he probably thinks he’s a riot. How about your pet gold fish? Pet rock? No; none of the above… I thought not.
If none of the other “animals” on this planet have a sense of humor where did we get ours?
I believe it must have come from our maker… as “Then God said, “Let Us make man in Our image, according to Our likeness; and let them rule over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the sky and over the cattle and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creeps on the earth,” (Gen. 1:26, NASB).
I believe in a literal translation of Scripture… God invented language, makes no mistakes, meant what He said and He said what He meant! But, He obviously didn’t tell us everything.
Our sense of humor had to come from somewhere, especially since it is not evidenced in any other living plant or animal, but is in nearly all humans… just in man. We must have gotten it somewhere… So, I think perhaps my Father must have an extremely intense sense of humor and I think He’s used it from time to time.
And, while our Savior was the “man of sorrows and acquainted with grief”, He was also acquainted with that wonderful peace that “passes all understanding” and although Scripture does not record that Christ laughed, in all likelihood He too had a sense of humor. After all He is a man and He is God.
Can’t you just see God the Father, with His son on His right hand side, sharing a laugh… most likely at some really stupid something one of us has done… perhaps at the prayer request they have before them… that Luci not have a screw loose…
I for one just can’t wait to hear God’s laugh.
It’s been a long time since my last post in May… and a lot more than a vacation has been on my mind… Nevertheless, I spent a great deal (exorbitant amount) of time determining:
If I could make this vacation happen… all by myself… by brute force, if you will… I would have… But guess what? God has had an incredible lesson to teach me this year…
Earlier in May I blogged about James 4:13-17 which says,
Come now, you who say, “Today or tomorrow we will go into such and such a town and spend a year there and trade and make a profit”— yet you do not know what tomorrow will bring. What is your life? For you are a mist that appears for a little time and then vanishes. Instead you ought to say, “If the Lord wills, we will live and do this or that.” As it is, you boast in your arrogance. All such boasting is evil. So whoever knows the right thing to do and fails to do it, for him it is sin.
And that is exactly what the focus of the last 2.5 months has been…. actually God started the lesson before that… way back to when I bought our tickets to go to Russia to visit our son and his family…. at some point during the last couple of months I began to think I’d sinned by not looking for the Lord’s will truly, nor at all… rather insisting (yet once again) on my own desires… but the lesson has really been to write His word on my heart with a keen understanding that I would not have been able to achieve without His repetition and the driving home of the point….
It’s one thing for me to write blithely a verse from Scripture… it’s another thing completely for God to write it indelibly on my heart.
Gordon (my husband) had been experiencing TCIs, small mini-warning strokes. Of course, at the time we didn’t know what they were… his right hand would go numb… he was seeing various doctors for this, and they were trying to come to a diagnosis as to the cause. Then one day in June… his right arm went numb and his left eye got blurry… very scary!
The doctors sent Gordon to the emergency room, where he was immediately hospitalized… they found his left carotid artery 99% blocked. They had to perform immediate surgery to correct this. He had the surgery and was recovering.
After 3 weeks of being in the hospital and at home, Gordon was finally well enough to return to work at the beginning of July. He worked just 2 days….
All of a sudden… when I left for work Gordon was fine… by that afternoon… he wasn’t… His neck, at the incision site, was swollen and inflamed. Gordon noticed, but didn’t pay much attention to it… He had a doctor’s appointment about a rash on his leg… The doctor told him the rash was fine, but that he needed to go to the emergency room because it looked like he had an infection at the incision. By the time I arrived at the hospital his neck had swollen (and was red and hot to the touch) to the point that it was incredibly obvious that he had a serious infection.
I knew that the source had to be down around the artery; otherwise the infection would have progressed slowly… this sudden appearance could only mean that it was deep and was well along.
They had to immediately reopen Gordon’s incision site, clean it out and replace the synthetic arterial graft (which turned out not to be infected – although all of the surrounding tissue was) with a vein from his leg. The infection was the one typically gotten from bacteria at hospitals although, thank God, not the MRSA strain.
Not only was my much loved husband in ICU for 5 more days, but he also had to be on IV antibiotics for 5 weeks, followed by a course of oral antibiotics for an additional 3 weeks.
Of course, the likelihood of our going on vacation… was not very.
After praying continuously requesting that my Lord spare Gordon’s life yet once again, and with His loving answer being, “Yes”… I then had to come to grips that perhaps I hadn’t been seeking the Lord’s will about going on this trip… and had instead forged ahead of God on my own… never a good thing to do.
My constant issue about “hearing God” is that I listen for Him and that I not hear just what I want to hear. And in this case that’s what I thought I’d done… insisted on what I wanted for myself.
Jeremiah 29:11 says, “I know the thoughts that I have toward you, says the Lord, thoughts of peace and not of evil, to give you a future and a hope.”
If God is real… He is loving… If God is real… He is consistent (never changing)… If God is real… He IS!
So in my present dilemma either (1) I had not heard God correctly – that is – He had not given me permission to go on a ths trip or (2) He was trying to teach me something… I continued to pray for God’s guidance and truly gave over to Him my selfish desires.
Last week… just one week before our scheduled departure… the Doctor’s said Gordon amazingly was well enough to travel… (yesterday they removed the IV line). So God said “yes, my child” after all??? Maybe not…
Then came Fay…. Here we were just a couple of days from our scheduled departure and we were threatened with a hurricane… Was I listening? Had I meant it that I wanted “God’s will” and not my own?
Yesterday morning… while still not completely out of Fay’s way… our airline cancelled our flight. (I almost want to stop here and leave you hanging……)
We’re on another flight…. But the message on my heart, so clearly this morning is…. IF THE LORD WILLS…. We’ll be going on a wonderful excursion… and if He does not, then we won’t… and I’m very, very fine (and have tremendous peace) with that.
God knows all, sees all, planned all long-long ago…. And He loves me, even when He says “no, my child”.
God IS real and loving… and He teaches us! For the rest of my earthly life… this is a lesson I want to own… He is not great because He said yes to a vacation… He is Great because He loves me (us) enough to teach us His lessons individually, He’s involved in each of our lives, and because He is consistent and dependable. This time, He may be saying yes; next time He may tell me, “No, that would not be good for you.”… In either case… I want my Lord’s will to be done on earth as it is in heaven.