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Saturday, May 2, 2009

Where I am (Part 3) - Provision

I was supposed to finish telling y’all about our situation last week. But I was in a bit of a bloggy funk or something. I was falling asleep early at night and not motivated to write much of anything. I had begun this post a couple of times and in a couple of different ways, but it just wasn’t coming together for me.

So here I am; it’s Saturday morning, Mike and Sarah have gone rock climbing, Nathan is still in bed, and I’m alone with my computer. Now all I need is a cup of coffee… hang on a second.

{Walking to coffee pot… coming back with a warm cup… ahhhh}

If you need to be reminded, or maybe you just don’t know what’s been going on for us over the last month, you may want to go back and read this and this.

Now… moving on.

To make what could potentially be a long (and very boring) story short, I will summarize by saying that Mike basically had a job possibility in the works before he ever had his last day at his old job. We weren’t absolutely sure at the time that it was what we were going to do, but we knew it was there and we were leaning in that direction.

But even taking on this opportunity has been a step of faith for us. It required some focused time of seeking and discerning God’s will and direction. And after doing that, Mike felt like God was saying, “Get to work.”

So, here’s the deal. He will be working on a contract basis from home for a small company that is in another city a few hours away. The challenge we will face with this job is very simply from the aspect of our cash flow. It will be an unsteady pay check with no set amount. We will get paid a percentage of fees when the client pays the fee.

The interesting thing is that this is exactly what we have been wanting and dreaming for Mike over the last year or so. A job where he could work from home would afford him flexibility to devote extra time to family and some other interests he would like to pursue as well. We felt strongly enough about this that when we had a planning time in January, we looked very closely at our finances and set out a tentative 5 year plan to put us in position for this exact type of change to happen.

Hey GOD! You’re 5 years EARLY on this one!

No. In His infinite wisdom and sovereignty, we do recognize that He is right on time, even though we might not understand His timing.

God is good! And His provision is perfect.

But, what it boils down to is that we will have to completely change the way we approach our finances. We will have to be more disciplined. We will have to set a budget and actually stick to it. I will have to actually watch what I spend at the grocery store. We will have to eat out less.

So that’s where we are. He has a “job” that he has kind of “started.” It’s just hard to fully recognize that when he’s not getting up and going to an office. And there are still so many details to be ironed out between him and this company as far as his contract goes. And we have no idea when we will get a pay check. And I am having to share a computer with him which is about to drive me insane.

But I cannot deny that the Lord is SO graciously and abundantly providing for us that it just about makes me speechless.

Just about.


annie's eyes said...

That's amazing how the Lord put in place your provision before He gave you the opportunity. Lots of adjustments to be made--it's always scary to totally fall into the Hands of the Lord, but what better place to be? Keeping you in my prayers, Annette

Lisa @ Stop and Smell the Chocolates said...

So glad you shared the rest of the story! Even though it's difficult, I am excited for you!

We don't always understand God's timing, but He certainly knows what's best for us!

Will be praying for you and your family during this time of transition.

Have a blessed weekend!

Melinda said...

That "planning time in January" wouldn't happen to be the "annual plan" would it??? How awesome that God had already directed you this way, before it even happened!

SO awesome!


Susieqtpie said...

All in His time... not our time! Your family is in my prayers!

Sallye said...

Praying and believing with you and for you.


Cristel said...

I love seeing how God has positioned you guys for this exact moment in your lives. I love even more your display of trust in Him. And you know of course I have that budget thing down to an art after 6 years of living with unsteady income. I have spreadsheets. I am a nerd. If you feel the need to be nerdy, just give me a call.