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.
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.
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."
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!
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.