Tuesday, September 29, 2009
Friday, September 25, 2009
Tuesday, September 22, 2009
Matthew 6:25-34 (New International Version)
Do Not Worry25"Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more important than food, and the body more important than clothes? 26Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they? 27Who of you by worrying can add a single hour to his life?
28"And why do you worry about clothes? See how the lilies of the field grow. They do not labor or spin. 29Yet I tell you that not even Solomon in all his splendor was dressed like one of these. 30If that is how God clothes the grass of the field, which is here today and tomorrow is thrown into the fire, will he not much more clothe you, O you of little faith? 31So do not worry, saying, 'What shall we eat?' or 'What shall we drink?' or 'What shall we wear?' 32For the pagans run after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them. 33But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. 34Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.
Then I read...
Matthew 7:7-14 (New International Version)
Ask, Seek, Knock7"Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you. 8For everyone who asks receives; he who seeks finds; and to him who knocks, the door will be opened.
9"Which of you, if his son asks for bread, will give him a stone?10Or if he asks for a fish, will give him a snake? 11If you, then, though you are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father in heaven give good gifts to those who ask him! 12So in everything, do to others what you would have them do to you, for this sums up the Law and the Prophets.
The Narrow and Wide Gates13"Enter through the narrow gate. For wide is the gate and broad is the road that leads to destruction, and many enter through it. 14But small is the gate and narrow the road that leads to life, and only a few find it.
What a perfect set of passages to read after a day full of stress and worry!
I know I've turned to these passages before when I was struggling with my control issues and worry, but I haven't been good at internalizing the things I read, which is something I clearly need to work on.
Part of the stress that I am experiencing with my move-not move dilemma is that I have had some conversations with nurse recruiters who have basically said the following...
- You can't wait for the job market to turn around because employers are going to be concerned with a huge gap between the time you graduated and began working as a NURSE, and they likely will not hire you.
- If I don't work in a hospital right away (i.e. I start in a nursing home, a school or in home care) you will be branded and it will be difficult to ever get a job in a hospital.
- I have family there!!!! Which means I don't have to pay for a hotel :)
- My Uncle is going out of town on Tuesday, which means I can use it car! (Yay for avoiding rentals, and saving money!!!)
- Because I have a place to stay, and I am unemployed, I can plan my trip around cheapest airfare I can find!
- And as an added bonus...my Aunt is calling some of her friends (who are Doctors in the Pittsburgh area) to see if they can help snag a couple interviews for me.
(A picture with the flash on)
We didn't just put carpet in our bedroom though...we've put flooring in throughout the entire upstairs!!!
I've started painting the trim in the second bedroom upstairs...and let me just say that painting trim has been a pain-in-the-butt!!!! But we decided to do it because all of the baseboards needed to be replaced, and I thought it would be easier to paint, rather than try to find a stain that matched the woodwork...who knows what would have been easier...but now we're stuck painting!
So now for the tears and prayer...
I am SOOOO frustrated with my job situation. I know my interview in Fargo went well, but I haven't heard anything from them. After a week of not hearing anything from them I called because I was offered a part-time job here in the Twin Cities...so I told them I had another offer and was wondering where they were in the hiring process because I am very interested in working for them, and I thought that I would fit in well there.
I woke up to a phone call.
From a hospital.
In West Virginia...
My plan is to call the nurse recruiter right away in the morning and see if I will actually have a fair chance at a job. (Unlike Fargo, where they interview you but prefer to hire local students). Then have a very honest conversation with the person who hired me/is training me for this part-time position. (They have known from the beginning I am a nurse looking for work, but not that I was looking out of state for jobs).
So many decisions.
Good thing church this past week was about making decisions :)
I want to say it's "funny" how the sermons at my church always help me in the exact way I need them to...but when I was reading the bible last night, I reading Genesis 18 about how the Lord appeared to Abraham and told Sarah that she would have a son despite the fact that she was old, and she laughed! And then he asked her why she laughed, and said "Is anything too wonderful for the Lord?"
...that's why I can't say that it's "funny" that I heard exactly what I needed to at church this last weekend...
There is no promise to great for God to fulfill.
There is no prayer too hard for God to answer.
There is no problem too hard for God to solve.
Friday, September 18, 2009
Coming up next: We painted our bedroom!!!!
Tuesday, September 15, 2009
- I spent over 29 hours in a car
- Saw lots of my husbands family
- Watched a lot of HGTV, and
- Played with my camera, (and still know nothing...).