What does He have in store for us next…?
I’ve been a busy bee lately and I’m wearing down!!
Work has been hectic and my mind wanders to my blog way too often, The Boy has flip-flopped from Mommy time to Daddy time to Seriously Why Are You Screaming time…I’ve started a Newbie Blog Hop and Fatty Friday, I have a Blog Hop or Meme that I join every day of the week, I’m participating in some Exciting Giveaways coming up, and I need to start thinking about my Four Year Anniversary coming up!!!
Now that I’ve listed it all out, I know why I’m tired, but oh wow!!!! how the Lord is blessing me!!
Here is Week 5 of My family’s story…I really think I can wrap it up this week! Hubby still says he is writing a guest post for next week about either (a) his “defense”…haha!! or (b) his testimony… I personally can’t wait to see what he writes!!
Last week, we left off with Hubby being saved and us dedicating The Boy and being baptized ourselves. The Lord chose this time, as He so often does, to show His wonders in our life.
Things really started coming together for us. We were happy. We were involved in the church. We were connected in a Life Group. We were being mentored by the Pastor and his wife. We even went through a pre-marriage counseling series with them…haha!! (3 years into our marriage)
The Pastor asked Hubby during one of their sessions about his dreams for our family and one of them was for us to be healthy enough (lose weight) to be around to watch The Boy grow up. You see, Hubby thought as a teenager that he would not live to be 30 years old. Once he reached 30, he realized that if he straightened up he could probably live even longer. This was just a few years before we met and I am so thankful that he decided to change because I never would have dated or even looked at the man he describes himself to be.
Hubby and I started our Weight Loss Journey in May 2010 and The Pastor (along with the entire congregation) began to encourage us and hold us accountable. We rocked, I have to admit!! We have had our struggles with the weight again, but we have committed ourselves again (and now this blog must hold me accountable) and we are enjoying life!!
About 15 months ago, the Assistant Market Manager at Brookshires decided to leave the company and it looked like (to us, anyway) that Hubby was the natural next-in-line for the job. He applied, but they decided to hold off on hiring anyone…
The struggle began with Hubby feeling as though he had been cheated, that someone was out to get him, that he would consider moving on to something else. He may or may not know this, but this scared me to death!! I was afraid he was going to quit and we would be back to the beginning of our marriage again!!
One day, Hubby had enough and he caused a ruckus (I’ll let him explain if he chooses) and the Market Manager and Store Director were forced to give him a review. Let me say, even I thought it was a purposefully negative review because Hubby takes his work seriously!! They told him that he was going to be trained in different aspects of the market for 3 months and they would have another review in May 2011. At that time, they would reconsider him for Assistant.
Hubby worked his TAIL off during those three months!! And something changed in him part of the way through. He began to calm down. He started thinking about the opportunities God has given him, the family that God has given him, and he just changed. He told me that he decided that he had two choices: he could get angry and throw his temper around or quit his job, or he could just do his job as if he was working for the Lord. He decided that you just can’t go wrong when you’re working for the Lord.
May came around and went and in June Hubby asked about the evaluation. His manager and the Store Director kept putting him off, throwing challenges at him and telling him that he needed to learn “just one more thing”. At this time, I started to get agitated, but Hubby just accepted it. He knew that he had to work to help our family and he knew that he was working for the Lord so he just knew he was in the right place.
June came and went and sometime around the beginning of July it was mentioned that he would be due for an annual evaluation in mid-July and that maybe he would be considered for the promotion then. After that, people started talking just a little different to him. The store managers treated him better. His manager talked to him different. Compliments started coming his way…
Hubby was talking to a store manager one day about the wait and anticipation about his upcoming review and the manager said something about “oh yeah, I saw that email”… uh… Hubby and I got a little bit excited and started chomping at the bit!!
So, even though the beans were spilled a little early, at the end of July
Hubby was promoted to Assistant Market Manager
and I have to say he deserves this for so many reasons!!! Not only because he is a hard worker and intelligent and knows the market better than his manager, but because he stuck it out and trusted that God would provide…
Who would have thought that man I married…
At the beginning of this series I told you that I was going to tell you how Brookshires saved my family and my marriage and even though it took me forever (and I could probably write about ten more posts about it) I hope you can see why we think that.
Two sinners found each other, scrambled their way into something they tried to call a marriage, created a beautiful child, and almost lost it all… Then, one Sunday, a kind-hearted manager at Brookshires decided to take a leap of faith and hire this desperate man begging for a job so he wouldn’t lose his wife… A woman stopped to talk to that man in Brookshires about meat and they spent an hour talking about the Bible and the Lord… The sinners head to church and God shines His Light on their family…
And you can bet that I am looking forward to what He has in store for us next!!!
Have you ever come across a time in your life when you just didn’t think that things were going to get any better, you’ve reached the point where you think you are going to put your foot down and that’s the final word, only to have your life changed in a way that you never dreamed? Is there one thing, person, place, or event that you can give some credit to for that change?
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