July 1, 2017

July Has Arrived

It is Saturday, and I am sitting at my computer, enjoying the blessing of this good day. Yes, the week has been fruitful, and while I didn’t have the best attitude going into it, I ended the week on a very high note. I have my transcript, which simply gives me the open door to proceed to the next stage of my journey. I can now apply for full-time work (as if I haven’t already, LOL!), but with my transcript in hand, I am in a much stronger position since I can demonstrate my education to prospective employers. This places me ahead of the pack, so to speak, especially in the entry-level positions I am applying for and hoping to be considered. My degree is completed, conferred, and I can honestly say to an employer, “Yes, I can prove I do have my PhD.” Prior to this week, I would have had to say that I am still waiting for the degree to be posted, and while that is not a huge deal since I have graduated, it just makes it less “perfect” and it could have delayed being offered a position. No more worries, praise be to the Lord of all Good! I am set. I am ready to go. I am ready to move into step 2 or stage 2 of the life the Lord has in mind for me.! Selah!


Counting My Blessings

I woke up this morning and for the first time in a while, I had no real pain. I was able to get out of bed without nary a complaint. God is good. I woke up after sleeping pretty soundly last night — despite the fact that I was ill in the late evening. Yes, the Chinese food we ate for dinner absolutely didn’t settle with me, and right before I went to bed, I burped up acid, aspirated some and almost thought I was going to need a trip to the ER. Furthermore, I had this intense pain in my arm, and yes, for a short time, I thought I am having a heart attack. The pain was more than likely the result of the way I was laying on my bed, and with my neck/shoulder issues, I figured it was a pinched nerve.  I coughed for about 10 minutes before my Mom rushed into the bedroom to check on me. She and my Dad had already gone to bed, and I didn’t think my coughing was that loud. I am fine today. I am feeling well — all around well — so I really think it was acid reflux that I enhaled. The pain was due to my shoulder, and the combination worked hard to make me feel really, really ill.

I took to bed once all the Hufflepuff was over, and with Aspercream on my neck and shoulder, two strong Advils and the heating pad, I drifted off to sleep in about 5 minutes flat. I woke at 3:30 to the sound of Ike in the hallway — scratching at the closet door. After getting up, checking on food and such, I turned back into bed, rolled over, and was out like a light until 8 am this morning.

The morning has flown by, and I cannot believe that it is already 1 o’clock in the afternoon! Oh my goodness! I am showered, dressed and ready for my day, but I am thinking my day is going to be low-key. I have some follow up work to do with my students only. I should be able to knock those assignments out in no time at all.

In truth, I am counting my blessings this morning. I am thanking the Lord for His gracious recovery after a scary night of coughing and breathing in acid fumes. I am counting my blessings for good practical work, and for the ability to work from home, rest well, and simply relax. Mostly, I am thanking the Lord today for His goodness toward me. He has provided a way for me to go, and while I don’t know what He intends for me to do longterm (other than remain on this path), I have some assurance that my worries over work may be no longer any concern. I have a great job interview on Thursday, and I am trusting the Lord for His provision of good work. If this is His opportunity, so be it. I will do this work. If not, then I will continue to wait for His best. I think this could be the job, but I don’t want to be too hopeful about it. I am just one of many good candidates, so the Lord must grant me His favor, blessing, and provision so that I am singled out. I want to be considered because the team there likes me, and if they have someone else in mind, so be it. I am okay with the way this job interview may come to pass. I am content — regardless of the outcome.

My prayer is that this is the answer. I had hoped that last year this job would come to pass for me, but I wasn’t selected. I am blessed to work part-time for this school, and I am blessed to be in contention now. However, I know that what I have been given has been of His hand, thus, whether I go or stay, I do so with His blessing and with His gracious gift. I am in His debt. I am in His hand. I cannot change my life or my circumstances unless He permits it. I can only be faithful, obedient, and humble. I know what He can do. I know what I cannot do. I know that in this instance, I can only hope for His best. I can only hope He will provide. Until He does, I rest. I stop striving. I stop seeking to have things my way. I let His way come to me, wash over me, and as such, I believe that His will and His work will produce the results He desires in and through my life. He is good to me, so very, very good to me! Selah!


In Closing

This is a short blog post today, but I want to say that God is good. No matter what may come this week, He is in control of the details. He is my Master Logistician, and as such, I am dependent — wholly, completely, and utterly — dependent on His provision. I want nothing else but His best. Selah!

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