May the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be pleasing in your sight, O LORD, my Rock and my Redeemer.
Psalm 19:14

Saturday, June 4, 2011

Great is Thy Faithfulness

Part of me is hesitant to write about this job before I even start it, but I love how it worked out!

I knew I needed a job for the summer at least, mostly for school, and I wanted to work with kids. A lot of times, when something comes up that I just *know* would be “perfect,” I act like a child at the check out counter, begging his parent for that candy bar. “But God, this daycare is only 5 minutes from my house, and they’re hiring! It would be perfect! I want it.”

*Door shuts.*

“But God, look there’s another daycare just a little farther away! And they’re Christian, too! I could totally work there.”

(We’re sorry, you don’t have a degree in early childhood.)
 *Door shuts*

“Ok, I'll try to get a nannying job. Look, here’s one that’s perfect for me! She lives in my city, and she has three girls. I love girls!!”

(Wait, you want to pay me how much, for how many hours? You’re kidding, right?)
*Door shuts*

“Ok, there’s still a few other nannying jobs on here that look great and pay great! Please let one of them answer me!”

(*crickets chirping as door shuts*)

After just finding a list of daycares in the area, and calling a ton of them to see if they were hiring, I found a few. I emailed a few resumes, and went to two of them to fill out applications. One I went to seemed nice enough, but it was a little small and dirty compared to the other. When I walked in that other daycare, I liked it right away. It was small, but not dirty, cramped or cheap-looking. It was decidedly non-chaotic (always a plus) and had a friendly atmosphere. After a series of events I found myself talking to the director and hanging out with the preschoolers for a short period of time to try things out. After climbing on the jungle gym, playing tag, and chattering away with them, one girl (I think I already have a favorite) pipes up “Guess what? I’m going to take you to my house and you can stay all day.” When the director asked if she could take Miss Tiffany back now, she was answered with a “No!” (Thanks for the recommendation, girlfriend!)

I was blown away when the director told me she had wanted someone for this position for a long time and was looking for just the right person. Apparently the feeling was mutual! Well, anyway I’m hired. The hours look to be good and continue at less hours in the fall! Isn’t it great that God doesn’t always give us the first thing we ask for? He gives me so many good things when I don't even come close to deserving them.

Oh! I also liked that I got offered another paid harp gig for a banquet the same day I was offered the job. :D

"Do not seek what you should eat or what you should drink, nor have an anxious mind. For all these things the nations of the world seek after, and your Father knows that you need these things. But seek the kingdom of God, and all these things shall be added to you."
Luke 12:29-31

Saturday, April 30, 2011

Born this way

I was born this way: 

"Therefore, just as sin entered the world through one man, and death through sin, and in this way death came to all people, because all sinned— "
Romans 5:12

“Can the Ethiopian change his skin or the leopard its spots? Neither can you do good who are accustomed to doing evil.”
Jeremiah 13:23

“This righteousness is given through faith in Jesus Christ to all who believe. There is no difference between Jew and Gentile, for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, and all are justified freely by his grace through the redemption that came by Christ Jesus. God presented Christ as a sacrifice of atonement, through the shedding of his blood—to be received by faith.”
Romans 3:22-25a

I don't have to stay that way:
“But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.”
Romans 5:8

“Surely he took up our pain and bore our suffering, yet we considered him punished by God, stricken by him, and afflicted. But he was pierced for our transgressions, he was crushed for our iniquities; the punishment that brought us peace was on him, and by his wounds we are healed. We all, like sheep, have gone astray, each of us has turned to our own way; and the LORD has laid on him the iniquity of us all.”
Isaiah 53:4-6

I'm reborn this way:
“But now that you have been set free from sin and have become slaves of God, the benefit you reap leads to holiness, and the result is eternal life. For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.”
Romans 6:22-23

“The time has come,” he said. “The kingdom of God has come near. Repent and believe the good news!”
Mark 1:15

I’ve gone the wrong way
But God makes no mistakes
Now I’m on the right track
I’m reborn this way.