Classes, Training, and Working

As I had previously written, my wife has found a job at a nursing home. She is still studying for the CNA certification test and going to her classes working towards becoming an Registered Nurse. So now here her schedule is working five days a week and attending classes on the two days she is off. Currently, here schedule is working the day shift, but starting Saturday it will be switching to second. Even though it is getting tougher, she still thanks God for blessing her with the opportunities that she has now.

My schedule is still working second shift Monday through Fridays and my college work is completely online. I was given the opportunity to take a tax preparation course through a local tax company that would require attending classes 2 days a week before going to work. I was hesitant at first because the course was free, but the books and other materials cost $149. While that may not seem like a lot for materials, when you wife is returning to work after an extended break things stay tight for a while. I prayed to God and asked to guide me in the direction I needed to go.

The answer came in the form of a phone call from someone from their office. They had an offer to take the course and I would receive a scholarship to cover the cost of books and materials. This meant that the only cost on my part would be gas to drive to the class 2 days a week. Now taking the course does not guarantee a job with the company, but it is a step in the right direction. I believe that God does everything with a purpose for those who allow Him to be a part of their lives.

Romans 8:28 And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose.

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Hezekiah

At church last night, the preacher got to talking about Hezekiah and how he was told to get his house in order because he was going to die. This saddened Hezekiah and he turn to the wall and began to talk to God. Because of his effort God granted him 15 more years of life. The preacher said that God had changed his mind. I look at the situation just a little differently. I believe that God already knows how things are going to go as far as the end of the world. I also believe that God allows man to make choice that will lead to different circumstances based on those choices.

By this belief, it isn’t God changing His mind, but God going with the alternative choice that He already had in place. God knows how all things are going to end before they do. This means that when in the Bible judgment was made against people for their actions, God always had an alternative reaction in place if the person or persons became truly repentant.

With God all things are possible, but there are some decisions that God makes that are beyond man’s ability to understand. Just as the events that are foretold in Revelation are going to happen, there is not a definitive date given to when these events will take place. God’s concept of time, number, patterns, and reasoning is so far above the smartest of all men that we will not be able to comprehend things until we make it to heaven.

Quoting the Word

I recently found myself sort of checking context of verses when someone quotes a single verse to me. I think this came from my belief that quoting verses out of context can lead to misinterpretation. There are people who don’t agree with me about this, but everyone must do what they feel is right in their own heart. God wants us to implant His word in our hearts and it is important that it is implanted in the correct context.

 

God’s Grace

My wife finally got the phone call she was hoping for and she starts her orientation on Monday. We are both so grateful to this deliverance from God which comes through His grace. Things had gotten type around here, but we kept our faith that it was all a part of God’s plan. I think that at times we create more stress on ourselves because we refuse to turn things over to God and let Him carry us through. This was something my wife and I discussed on several occasions and continue to agree on.

There was an opportunity that came open at the BOE that I decided to apply to and turned in my application today. Now we are praying that if it is God’s will I will get the call. If not then I still have my current position, blessed either way. Because of God’s grace and love for us we are provided ways out of the problems that we get ourselves into. Pray for me and my home when it comes upon your heart. God’s grace is all we need.

Feelings

I woke up this morning and my kids has missed the bus. This was my fault for turning off the clock and going back to sleep. So I owned it and took them to school. On the trip, they were talking about their feelings on different topics. So I dropped them at the front door and headed home.

It was at this time i thought about feelings and how opinion has changed over the last century.  We now live in a society where a man can feel like he is a woman and the rest of the world should enable the delusion. Human feelings are taking precedence over scientific fact? How is this possible? When a person says they feel the presence of God, society thinks they are delusional. 

Take the theory of evolution, which is a theory because there is no scientific proof of evolution, or a big bang. Because people feel this is the appropriate solution It is considered valid. Again, how is this possible?

To those who hate the idea of God and all that he stands for, hate is a feeling. Your feelings are a form of validation, so by your own reasoning there must be a God.  You can’t hate things that don’t exist since feelings are so important to this society. 

Plans Do Change

I found out that there is an issue with my financial aid that is going to prevent me from going on with a Bachelor’s Degree. At first, I was upset, but after some prayer and thought I came to realize that once one door is closed, it is because God wants another to open. I’m not certain where this will lead me, but I am certain that it will be in the direction that God wants me to go. So, I have been working on different things to see what direction God sends me. For now, I have one week of my current class and then 10 weeks for my remaining classes and then my education will be over for now.

One positive is that it will allow me more time to focus on my writing (something I have neglected over the past 2 years) and my Bible studies (something you can never get too much of). Another positive is the release from the stress associated with deadlines for papers and the ability to juggle my schedule more.

The Interview

Today I drove my wife to an interview at a Healthcare Facility. Since it is in a neighboring county we were not familiar with the address. Thinking it was a good idea to use our phones to navigate, we followed the directions.  The problem was that the phones were not giving good directions. Eventually, she ended up calling to get the right directions.

This got me to thinking about other aspects of life. How often do we rely on things that fail us? The only thing we can rely on that won’t fail us is God. He loves us and will be with us all the rest if our lives. The choice is ours if we want to rely on Him or rely on the temporary, fallible things of this world.