It is early evening on the last Sunday of the month. Once again, I should have started on my Spiritual Sunday, 07.2018 earlier in the day (or week, maybe?) but here I am. But it still somehow seems insincere to me if I write a Sunday post on, say, Thursday. Ha! But if I don’t type fast this is going to be a Spiritual Sunday post on Monday! Which was the case May, here,and then again last month, too! Will I ever learn? Yeah, probably not!
Spiritual Sunday, 07.2018
A few months ago, I was struggling to find a daily devotion that spoke to me. Decided to pull out Jesus Calling for the time being because it always provides a good message to start my day. And along side it, I am working through another of my friend Mary Clewley’s workbooks, 101 Prayers and Affirmations for Spiritual Wellness. My quiet time is more satisfying again.
Have also been listening to Melanie Shankle’s book Everyday Holy: Finding a Big God in Little Moments, usually in the morning on my walks or in the car. It is a compilation of 100 mini-devotions. About two weeks ago, one of her morning messages really hit home to me. Shankle shared that a few years ago in her own devotional time, she had begun coming across verses in Scripture that suggested that God wants us to trust Him enough to ask for specific things in our prayers.
As I have shared here recently in my Wellness Wednesday series, I have been really struggling trying to find a purpose in my life. Missing work. Wishing my daughters and granddaughters were closer so I could have more time with them on a regular basis. Wanting a clear direction for this chapter in my life.
So I prayed for a part-time job that would give me a reason to get up in the morning, that would give me some extra money, allow me to use my brain. That was a Monday. On Tuesday, I received an email with a message from our neighborhood ‘bulletin board’ advertising a part-time job offered by a neighbor that sounded like a good fit for me. Wednesday I went for an interview. And Friday I was offered the job! Here I am right before my interview. NERVOUS! And looking blonde for some reason.
Prayers answered. Thank You, God!
My New Job
I am working for a small business that sells clothing on eBay. I work 8:00 am-12:00 pm, Monday through Friday. For now I am learning to input information about the clothing onto the eBay seller’s database. Things like the designer or brand, the style, fit, color, fabric content, embellishments, measurements of each piece. The photo below shows just some of what I am learning to input.
Blue jeans by Free People and Miss Me, tops by Michael Kors and Calvin Klein, dresses by INC International Concepts, shorts by Tommy Hilfiger…all new with tags.
Here’s my work space.
And each listing is accompanied by a number of photographs of the clothing. There is a small photography area and I am hopeful that maybe I can also learn to take some of the photographs for the clothing.
The sold clothing also has to be shipped. So that’s another aspect of the job I hope to learn. But for right now, entering the information about the clothing is the first step. And curiously, it is a lot like entering a book into a the library circulation database when I was a librarian. There’s just a lot to remember! But practice makes perfect. It will feel good to be able to help a little more with our household bills.
This Month’s Little Miracles and Gratefuls
- Floating on an air mattress in our pool
- Planting succulents and watching them grow
- Happy days with PC
- Our country, our soldiers, our freedoms
- Messages from Cady through FB Messenger and ‘hellos’ from Lucia on the phone
- Visits from family
- Discovering a stash of cash we had forgotten about and returning it to its hiding place
- Sleeping with the window open
- My daughter needed me
- Listening to a book that makes me laugh
- Date night hop and feeling pretty
- Feeling stronger after good workouts this month
What little miracles blessed your life this month? Is there anything specific you should be praying for and trusting God to walk you through? Maybe this job will be the answer for filling the idle time in this chapter of my life. Or maybe it will help to show me that working is not the answer. But God has given me this opportunity to find out.
Have a blessed first week of August. Thank you for spending time with me!
Hugs and kisses,