Malachi. 1:2a says “I have loved you,” says the LORD. Yet you ask, “How have you loved us?”
Do you ever have to consciously remind yourself that He loves you?
Here is a bit of my recent reminder!
Last August I lost my job after 10 years of working from home. That was just another situation following the previous few years of moving, death of loved ones, and periods of depression.
In November I was offered a position at a job I didn’t really want and really felt God had called me to stay home and focus on being a mom and a wife!
In January 2018 I had a phone interview for a job at a nearby church which seemed to be a perfect fit. However I did not hear back from them until April at which time they were again looking to fill the position. After another phone interview, 2 face to face meetings and introductions to other staff members I was told that “leadership” had decided not to fill the role at this time. I imagine my surprise when 2 weeks later I see the same job posted once again on Linked.
Since August I have applied for over 200 jobs. Interviewed for about 5 and been offered 2 that my family and I had decided were not the right fit. I have even “interviewed” and been passed up for volunteer positions.
I had begun to question my worth and why nobody wanted me! When I saw the job posting the other day, I almost was upset and then I remembered my prayers! I had and have asked God that if anything came my way that was not in His will for me that He would close those doors! I have been reminded that He called me to focus on being s mother and a wife. I often say “my greatest mission field is in my home.”
God is answering my prayers. The lack of employment had allowed me time to focus on my health and search for answers, time to stop and listen when my husband talks and be supportive of decisions he makes as the head of our family (especially when those decisions are disappointing to him), time to spend a week with a life long friend sharing laughter and tears and most of all God”s relentless love for her, time to answer phone calls from my children’s school, time for hour long or multiple phone and video chats with my adult children, time to pray and read and study, time to begin new friendships, time to travel with my mother, time to sit on a porch swing with my cousin, time to drink coffee and talk and laugh with my aunts and grandmother, time to share a message from the book of Jonah at the cutest little church in the world, time to cram my assignments for seminary and submit them at the last minute before their due date, time to sit on my new to me patio furniture and read His word, and time to have my grandchildren safely under my care.
While this time and season may be a little but tight financially, I am full beyond measure in blessings! God amazes me everyday that I choose to open my heart and my eyes to see how He loves me!
God loves you too! Open your eyes and heart and look for those ways He is showing how He loves you today. Don’t miss the opportunity to enjoy whatever time or season you are in!
I would love to hear how He loves you! Share a comment, send me a text, call me on the phone or come on over the back deck is open and we have plenty of chairs!
Be well! Dwell in Him, in His word and with His people!