Sunday, January 8, 2012

The Road to Opportunities

What an incredible Sunday!! Chris ran the sound at our church this morning, and I joined in on the live stream for the 9AM service. Worship pulled on our heart strings. Sound was a tiny issue this morning for the live stream, and I remembered that I had not read my devotional from Friday. I chose then to read it. Here's an excerpt:

"My husband, Bill, loves his coffee. But along with his love of coffee, Bill also has a habit that can be very annoying - his aversion to getting the coffee mugs into the dishwasher. I find coffee cups every place imaginable: in the garage, in the car, in the truck, in the closet, on the sidewalk, on the deck and patio, in the shop, in the office, on the stairwell, in the bathroom—you name it, and I have probably found a coffee cup there. It is a good thing we are authors and speakers because we love collecting the coffee mugs from all the churches where we speak and all the TV and radio shows on which we appear —and we need every one of those mugs!
I am not a coffee drinker really. I might drink a nonfat latte, but for the most part, coffee makes my heart race, and I prefer that only Bill makes my heart skip a beat! Bill says I am naturally caffeinated by God and it takes Bill drinking three cups of coffee just to keep up with my energy. On the other hand, Bill has an internal homing device that helps him spot a Starbucks green awning!
How did I handle the mugs issue?
Appreciate the Difference: Coffee is a part of what makes Bill - well, Bill! One day, as we were preparing to move homes, I was doing that “last load of dishes” and I realized it was all coffee mugs - 47 of them to be exact! It made me smile because years ago, I decided to pray for Bill every time I saw one of his empty displaced mugs. I was seeking to apply the principle “love covers a multitude of sins” (1 Peter 4:8). I have embraced the ever-reappearing-dirty coffee mug with fond affection because it reminds me of my hard workin’ man who requires caffeine to do all the wonderful acts of service that benefit so many – including me."

Chris was able to hear the message from the pastor, and as we texted through the message we both connected.
Now, the reason that is such an important thing is because right now we aren't too sure where we will be headed. The company that Chris works for lost their contract, and the company that won the contract will be offering him a job soon, so we will know if it will be a pay cut, the same, or even more than what we are used to. Chris has let a couple of friends here share his resume for jobs here, but he has applied to the company that he has worked for for several of their out of state districts. Depending on what happens, we could be moving out of state, and it is even a possibility that I will be finishing my last semester of nursing school without him here.
These conclusions haven't been easy to come to, and discussing the possibilities and sharing them with our fathers hasn't been the easiest either. We don't know when we will know what is going to happen, but we do know that we are provided for. We have no doubt that God will use us to do great things wherever we are. All we can do is trust in Him, not be anxious, and fully let go of trying to be in control of our lives.
Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. Phillipians 4:6


  1. Will be praying for you and Chris as you face this hurdle in your life. When God closes one door He opens another. Trust Him and know that he will be with you every step of the way. Love you both!!!

  2. I love you sweet friend!! God will take care of you two precious people! he has an even bigger plan and a reason for all the changes!! i know all these things can worry you but know that your friends will stand by you and support you where ever you go!! we love you both!!