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Psalms 40:1-3

I waited patiently for the Lord;

he turned to me and heard my cry.

He lifted me out of the slimy pit,

out of the mud and the mire;

he set my foot on a rock and gave me a firm place to stand.

He put a new song in muy mouth,

a hymn of praise to our God.

Many will see and fear and put their trust in the Lord.

Psalm 40:1-3

Today’s meditation springs from a story entitled Transitions over at Given the Time.  We invite you to take a few minutes to read it and other encouraging Our Stories that have been posted.
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Psalm 42:5

Why are you downcast, O my soul?

Why so disturbed within me?

Put your hope in God,

for I will yet praise him,

my Savior and my God.

Psalm 42:5

Today’s meditation springs from a story entitled Transitions over at Given the Time.  We invite you to take a few minutes to read it and other encouraging Our Stories that have been posted.

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Psalms 121

I lift my eyes to the hills–

where does my help come from?

My help comes from the Lord,

the Maker of heaven and earth.

He will not let your foot slip–

he who watches over you will not slumber;

indeed, he who watches over Israel

will neither slumber nor sleep.

The Lord watches over you–

the Lord is your shade at your right hand;

the sun will not harm you by day,

nor the moon by night.

The Lord will keep you from all harm–

he will watch over your life;

the Lord will watch over your coming and going

both now and forevermore.

Psalms 121

Today’s meditation springs from a story entitled Transitions over at Given the Time.  We invite you to take a few minutes to read it and other encouraging Our Stories that have been posted.

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Philippians 4:12,13

I have learned the secret of being content

in any and every situation,

 whether well fed or hungry,

whether living in plenty or in want. 

I can do everything

through him who gives me strength.

Philippians 4:12,13

Today’s meditation springs from a story entitled Transitions over at Given the Time.  We invite you to take a few minutes to read it and other encouraging Our Stories that have been posted.

 

 

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John 15:5

I am the vine; you are the branches. 

If a man remain in me and I in him, he will bear much fruit;

apart from me you can do nothing.

John 15:5

Today’s meditation springs from a story entitled Transitions over at Given the Time.  We invite you to take a few minutes to read it and other encouraging Our Stories that have been posted.

 

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After staying home for 25 years to raise my children, I recently transitioned into the work force. When I graduated from college, I chose to stay home with my children and experienced all the freedom and responsibilities that come with that great job. Now, as an office manager, I punch in and out on a time clock and my responsibilities are to run an office. Paying invoices, scheduling job orders, entering payroll…these are all things I had never done before.

In the beginning of this transition, I really thought my head was going to explode. As a mom, details such as these were not what I had skilled myself to handle. Training young ones, discipline, cooking, homemaking, problem solving with teenagers, and be-friending my adult children were the skills that I had worked on, perfected, and so deeply enjoyed for last two decades.

While I found that using Excel, QuickBooks, and other programs were not necessarily my forte, to my surprise I soon found that I could do these things successfully. It took some time to train my mind to work off a different side, but away I went. A few bumps later and here I am, in a new career and helping support my family in this difficult financial time. Three years into this transition I have come to enjoy and appreciate various parts of my job.

But, to be honest, “the job” is not really me. I am there, I do a good job, but the truth is, it is not my love, my core, or my worth. I am and will always be a wife, mother, and a friend before office manager. For my situation, this is a temporary position God provided to meet the needs for my family. And I am grateful in this economy to have a job and thankful God has given me a great place to work. But “the job” is not really me.

What I am is a follower of God disguised in this present season of my life as an office manager. My core is always to find an avenue to walk with God and help lead others to do the same.

“Blessed are those who have learned to acclaim you, who walk in the light of your presence, O Lord. They rejoice in your name all day long; they exult in your righteousness.” Psalm 89:15

God, not my job, is who I attach my core to. He is the one who gives me the strength, insight, and joy to continue everyday no matter what challenges lie before me.

You may or may not be working in your dream job. Maybe, like me, you have been led to recently transition into the work force, though it isn’t the first choice of what you really want to do. Or maybe you love your career and this is exactly where you want and are meant to be.

Whatever your season looks like, I encourage you to attach the core of who you are to our Lord Jesus Christ. Seek to truly “walk in the light” of the presence of God. As we walk with Him, any job can be a joy and the transition can end up being a time of blessing.

“Blessed are those who have learned to acclaim you, who walk in the light of your presence, O Lord. They rejoice in your name all day long; they exult in your righteousness.” Psalm 89:15

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Transition…Stay at Home

Transition is another word for change, and that has never been easy for me.  Some people are energized by change; they love change and seek it often to keep life exciting.  Others, like me, often run in the opposite direction!  In my life, many times of transition have been wrought with heartache, stress, and worry.  Other times of change have been beautiful and priceless.  And that is the problem with change… you never know what the outcome will be!  And for a worrier like me, therein lies the problem.

If I would have known the difficulty that certain  seasons of change brought me, I would not have traveled down those roads.  Thank the Lord I didn’t know but that  He did!  And in every one of these life changes, God has been with me and He has been sovereign.  He has used these times of change to bring glory to Himself, to teach me more about Him and His faithfulness, and to grow me in my faith.

One of the greatest transitions in my life has been my decision to stay at home to raise my daughter.  I used to work full-time before I had my daughter, and I really enjoyed it!  Okay, maybe not every bit of it, but a lot of it!  I enjoyed teaching children and watching them grow throughout the year as learners.  I enjoyed the relationships that I forged with them, and I enjoyed the relationships I made with my fellow colleagues.  I worked diligently to be the best teacher that I could be, and to be a testimony to my students and colleagues.  I built a career out of hard work, sweat, and sometimes tears, so the decision I made to stay at home with my daughter was NOT easy.  I was very invested in my work. Being a teacher was part of my identity.  I felt like I was walking away from all the things that I had worked very hard for, and I may never get back.  That was the tough part… not knowing the outcome. 

One thing that I love about God is that He meets you in every season of life, and He did that for me.  He met with me and taught me some very important lessons.  It took me finally submitting to His sovereignty and His will for me, and trusting that He had a plan for me and for my family whether or not I worked.  It took me laying down my pride and focusing on Him for my significance.  It took me letting go of the control that I thought I had, and stepping out in faith that God could and would  provide for us. 

I didn’t learn these lessons overnight, and I certainly have not mastered any of them.  I continually have to remind myself of them when I worry about finances, my significance or not having control over my life as much as I may have had before. 

I wonder if the Lord is asking you to take a step of faith?  To step off a ledge of change that you are unsure of?  To fall into His sovereign arms and relinquish control?

Be sure that He will catch you and teach you treasures about Himself and about who you are in Him. 

 Psalm 37:23, 24

The steps of a man are established by the Lord,

And He delights in his way.

When he falls, he shall not be hurled headlong,

Because the Lord is the One who holds his hand.

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