Life..or..Something Like It

Good evening everyone. Wow! I know it has been a while. I say that every time I write. I really do apologize that I haven’t been writing frequently like I used to. That is going to change though. Recently, a reader contacted me about a series of blog posts I did, and actually said he would pray for me about my job situation I have talked about before. He inspired me to start writing again.

Life has been very hard this last year. I lost my grandfather a year ago this coming Wednesday. I have been through 2 job changes, and my wife one. Finances were crazy. Life was really depressing. I was depressed, and to this moment, I still have times of depression. Life made me feel numb.

Looking back at the situation, I honestly wouldn’t have done it differently. I have had a great support team that includes my wife, and my church family. We, through the grace of God, have made it through this hard time. He has taken care of us financially, and emotionally.

So, I guess the point of this post is to say, whatever you are dealing with, ask God to take it from you. It will be hard, but know that you will get through it!

Psalm 23:4 NIV

Even though I walk
through the darkest valley,
I will fear no evil,
for you are with me;
your rod and your staff,
they comfort me

Until next time readers, God Bless!

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No Pain.. No Gain.

Good evening readers! How has life been treating you? I would be lying if I responded that my life is going well. Tonight, I just want to write about what is going on in my life. I really hope you don’t mind.

Life, in general has been tough the last couple of months. I lost my job on Nov. 14th. I, by the grace of God, found work again by the beginning of December. It isn’t full-time, but helps with the bills. Both my wife and myself thought things would calm down and everything would be fine. Mid December, we found out that my wife would be without a job by the end of the year. End of the year actually meant the Wednesday before Christmas. This shocked both of us.

Since then, we are living on my part-time pay and un-employment funds for my wife. We are barely making it, but we are making it. Frustration about finances are there, along with wondering where God will put my wife. Life is rough…

We know though that God will take care of us. He has in the past, and He will now, and in the future. I still ask the question though… Why? I have always heard the expression that God won’t give us anything we can’t handle. I will just say that it is really hard.

Please pray for my wife and I.

Until next time readers, God Bless!

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Persecution.. It Comes With The Job

Good afternoon readers! Today was a beautiful day. I hoped you enjoyed it.

Today was a weird day for me. I am on day two of my job, and I got hit with every issue known to man by my co-workers today.

So I am sitting there, reading The Christian Atheist in between customers, and the topic of religion comes up. I was straight up told by at least 5 of my co-workers today, that they don’t believe in Christ, don’t go to church, and think that all religion is complete stupidity (that was the clean version of that phrase). I was asked about tithing, and building funds and mission funds, etc. For the first time in the 10+ years I have been a Christian, I have never felt to be persecuted, or to be an outcast for my beliefs. Don’t get me wrong, I like my job but this will be tough. As the title of this post states, persecution does come with being a Christian, I just didn’t know that I would experience it this way.

Any suggestions readers? I would really appreciate them.

Until next time readers, God Bless!

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The Job Hunt Continues

Hello readers. I hope every one of you is doing well today. Today I wanted to do a little bit more personal post than usual. I hope you don’t mind.

Currently, I am unemployed. Today is January 27,2010. I have been unemployed since December 3, 2009. There are several feelings that come to mind when I think about this period of my life. Most of these feelings aren’t the best in the world. On the bright side, there are several things that may not have happened during this period if I was employed.

The feelings that come to mind when I think of myself as unemployed are those like I said, not the best in the world. They mostly those that would fit in the category of depression (ie. failure, disappointment, not being able to provide for my wife and I, etc..).

I have searched for jobs in my area in fields I have experience in, and well nothing. I have had a couple of interviews, even ones with second and third interviews for the same position, but still nothing. I recently completed my college education, and that isn’t even helping me out.

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On the bright side of things, I have done some things in this amount of time that I probably wouldn’t have done, or wouldn’t have been able to do much of.

I started this blog. Yeah, I have blogged before, but not to this extent, and not with this much passion to do so.

I have read a book all the way through. This hasn’t happened in a long time.

I have grown closer to God.

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So, I continue to look for a job. Prayers are much-needed. I know that God will put me where I need to go, but honestly, I wish He would do it a little bit quicker.

Until next time readers, God Bless!

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What I Learned From the Book of Job

Well readers, I have decided to go ahead and move on to start reading Francis Chan’s Forgotten God. I think it will be something we can all take part in and get something out of. Not that you can’t get anything out of reading God’s word or from reading the book of Job, I just think we need a change.

So what did I learn from reading the book of Job?

Although we may never understand why there is suffering in our world and in our lives, we can always learn from it.

I hope the next couple of posts are fulfilling to both you and I.

Until next time readers, God Bless!

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What’s Next God?

Currently readers I am contemplating on whether to keep up with the Job study I started before Christmas, or start reading Francis Chan’s Forgotten God. I guess I will pray and start a regular study again tomorrow.

Come back tomorrow to see “What’s Next God?”

It is up to Him what I do.

Until next time readers, God Bless!

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Commercializing Christmas

Good morning readers. Today I wanted to  go outside our study of Job and bring up a topic that has been on my mind for the last couple days.

With Christmas being only four days away, I wanted to talk about Christmas.

More and more each year, I see the world, specifically the United States, forgetting the true meaning of Christmas. I don’t know when the commercializing of Christmas really began, but as an adult I am able to open my eyes to it more than a small child.

Christmas shopping for some of us is a year round activity. We focus on what we are going to get one another throughout the whole year. Some people’s Christmas shopping begins the day after Thanksgiving on Black Friday. Commercializing Christmas has gotten so bad, that it even takes over the holiday of Thanksgiving all together. I first hand have seen people camping out at large retailers during their Thanksgiving holiday just to get the latest gadget for Christmas.

Also, have you ever noticed how people’s attitude changes during the Christmas season? People or more in a hurry, and seem to be more rude this time of year. People seem to want to give more to others in need. Most of the time I believe it is out of guilt, instead of out of wanting to actually help.

Oh, and another thing. People and businesses are more inclined to say Happy Holidays, instead of Merry Christmas in hopes that they don’t get sued. Yes I understand that it may be the ” politically correct ” thing to say, but I believe this contributes to the loss of the real meaning of Christmas.

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All this post is really meant to do is to open your eyes up to the true meaning of Christmas. It is to celebrate the life of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. It is also a time to spend time with family and create memories that will last for eternity.

So during this Christmas, remember what you are celebrating.

Without the birth of Christ, there would be no Christmas. Without Christmas, there wouldn’t be a Christmas break, and winter would be really boring.— Shannon Fouts, wife of Pastor Rodney Fouts.

Until next time readers, God Bless!

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