The Crucible

“So do not worry saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’…But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.”

Matthew 6:31&33

I just want to go on record in saying that I have an incredible husband. There are lots of reasons I could brag, but today there is one attribute that I think even heaven is bragging about. He is learning how to “seek first his kingdom and his righteousness” and he’s being pretty darn faithful to the lesson plan.

For two years he’s worked a job he doesn’t like. For the first year and a half he didn’t like it at all. He has had a great boss, but the job itself just hasn’t been what he was created for. It didn’t energize him or make him excited. It was a drag, not just physically but also financially.

In this season we’ve been living with another family to help make ends meet and to help pay off our student loan debt (almost there!!) It’s been good, but deep down it’s incredibly frustrating to feel like you can’t seem to make enough to support yourself. It’s a lesson on dependence, one I hope we never lose sight of. It was a season that has pressed and squeezed us in very painful ways at times.

It was a crucible for our hearts, really.

Mike learned how to seek God in a new way. I’ve never seen such a subtle but steady transformation of a man’s inner being than I’ve witnessed up and close and personal in Mike over the last two years. He took the time before him and began pressing in to God, asking him to teach him how to follow his leading and direction, even when it was super difficult. He trusted God even when I was questioning.

Well apparently this particular season of testing and molding of a man’s (and woman’s) inner character has come to its end. Mike, just yesterday, signed a contract with another company to become a web and graphic designer, specifically helping to design the Bible in app form. It’s going to be his first ever salaried position, and the first time we’ve all gotten health benefits.

The story of how we got to this place is quite amazing really. I’m kind of still in shock over what has transpired through absolutely no initiative of our own in the last 5 weeks. It’s a testimony to God’s faithfulness, not our own ingenuity or wisdom, I’ll tell you that. And you’ll have to stay tuned for it…. 🙂

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