Friday, November 1, 2013

Grace Notes



Grace notes are those blessings - sometimes big, sometimes little - that God sends to brighten our lives.  Here are some of mine today: 

Dear hubby starts a new job on Monday.  The past few years have been a struggle for us with him experiencing two pay cuts and loss of benefits.  We are thankful that he was able to stay employed during the recession and God has always provided but it has been a difficult time.  About five months ago he was able to leave his stressful job of 9 years and took a new job as a salesman for a cabinet company even though it meant less income.  It got us by but just barely and he was having to consider an additional part time job to make ends meet. 

Out of the blue, a customer who happened to represent a large manufacturing company asked if he was interested in an estimating job.  He emailed his resume and got a call the very next morning to schedule an interview.  The following Friday he went to the interview and by that afternoon received an email offering him the job that included a pay raise, health insurance, retirement fund, and paid vacation, all effective immediately.

The job is as an estimator and project leader for a large manufacturer that specializes in wood products for the RV and building industry. This doesn't put us on "easy street" but does mean he doesn't have to get a second job. We know no job is perfect and expect there will be the inevitable challenges that come with a new situation and new co-workers, but it is a better fit for him that uses his talents and experience so we expect that it will be hard work but more satisfying at the end of the day.

This was definitely a door the Lord opened for us.

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I've been a blog contributor at Trochia and have now been invited to join a team of writers for their daily devotional, Narrow Way.  This is right up my alley, so to speak, and I'm excited to be part of an online publication that teaches biblical truth.

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I've enjoyed listening to the audio of the Strange Fire conference sessions hosted by Grace to You (John MacArthur) as it "evaluates the doctrines, claims, and practices of the modern charismatic movement, and affirms the true Person and ministry of the Holy Spirit." There are components of the movement that have raised red flags for me but I don't want to label something false teaching if it isn't just because I'm not comfortable with it and instead want to know what God's word actually says. The teaching of this conference has been helpful and I've appreciated the respectful way the speakers have addressed the issues with scripture rather than opinion. John MacArthur has written a book by the same title that will be in bookstores soon. I'll be sharing more, probably at my No Ordinary Faith blog, after I actually read it.

Some quotes from the conference have stood out to me so far:

"If you want to hear from God, read your Bible. If you want to hear Him audibly, read it out loud."

"Taking the Lord's name in vain is more than just swearing. It's speaking of Him in an irreverent manner, or assigning to Him things He would never do and things He would never say."

"If we want to know more about how the Holy Spirit works in us we need to look at how he worked in Christ."

"There is no prosperity gospel; no social gospel. If you add an adjective to the gospel, then you don't have the gospel."

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I announced a while back that I'm going to be a first time grandma. I can't stop thinking about this little one soon to bless our lives. Our daughter is doing well although the "morning any time of day sickness" lingers as she is half-way through the pregnancy.  I'm resisting the urge to buy all the cute baby things I see online and in stores.  We know the gender of the baby but they want to keep it quiet for now and I'll respect that.  But it really doesn't matter...whether for a boy or girl the cuteness of what is out there is irresistable!

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Our son continues to do well in college even though he is crazy busy.  The thing about being a music education major is that he has extra requirements most other education majors don't; things like instrument lessons, practices, rehearsals, mandatory participation in performances, etc., that are done outside of regular class time.  Plus, he's helping the local high school with their marching band and they made it to the state finals again this year in Indianapolis (tomorrow)!  He was part of the band last year as a senior when they went to the state finals so now he gets to go again as a staff member.

11 comments:

  1. Those are some great 'grace notes'. Don't you delight in times of blessing? You will never be the same once your little 'grand' arrives :)

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    1. Life is already different even before the baby is born. Our daughter sends pictures of the ultrasounds and since we know the gender and name already, it makes it all the more personal.

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  2. i love the quote, "if you want to hear from GOd, read your bible."
    that is the way He most frequently speaks, and if we are saturated
    with His Word, sometimes we can hear whispers in the very trees
    and rocks. i know that's pretty unconventional.

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  3. I'm so happy to read this news of your husband's job. That's wonderful. Also, the new grandchild on the way...wish I could say the same. And congratulations on writing for the Narrow Way. You are a very talented writer.

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    1. Sandy, I know your time will come too. It's been a long wait for me and this is our first grandbaby. The only thing that makes me sad is the distance. They live in California and we're in Indiana. People keep telling me I can just fly out to visit whenever I want but besides hating flying, we simply don't have the money to do that like some might. But we are getting Skype and hopefully an iphone to do video chatting.

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  4. First, congrats on the new job for your husband. Secondly, I am happy to know you have a faith blog. I linked to it and bookmarked it too. I love to study the word.

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    1. Connie, the I started the No Ordinary Faith blog a few years ago but went back and forth as to whether to do that separately or just post those things at my daily life blog. I decided to reactivate it and put the "deeper" biblical themes there and keep this one more on the light side. That way readers can choose.

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  5. Oh how I enjoyed reading these ''grace notes'' from your life Cindy! Thanks so much for sharing!

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  6. This blog is a major Grace note! What woderful answers to so many prayers, hubby, grandbaby, and you with your writing opportunities. This is one of those to treasure Cindy.

    "There is no prosperity gospel; no social gospel. If you add an adjective to the gospel, then you don't have the gospel." I like that,

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  7. Praise God for the gift of this job for your husband. Benefits, including healthcare, seem to be a rarity these days. How exciting about the baby and your writing opportunities. I've been following Challies blog and he's written about The Strange Fire conference day by day. I look forward to reading John Mac Arthur's book.

    blessings and love,
    Debbie

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