Life Changes, Late Changes

I used to write blog posts every day, sometimes twice a day, but oh how things have changed. But for some reason, I felt strongly to post today and so that is what I am going to do.

So many good things have been happening for me, I just want to share and encourage someone to know that things will change and have to change, especially when WE change and no matter how long it takes. The changes I am about to share are very ordinary, but I am moving forward and moving up. Some of you like me may have struggled with obtaining ordinary things. Just know, God can help you to turn things around.

First, it took me a while to recognize some mistakes I made that contributed to my own suffering, but hindsight is 20/20. One of my biggest mistakes was walking away from a good job as a bill collector at Macy’s. It’s still very painful to think about. At the time that I left I was having some health and transportation issues, but nothing that could not have been solved and was solved. Leaving that position sent me into a long season of poverty and basically being out of the will God. After I left I tried the road of self-employment, but the truth is, I was not ready to do that in a way to really support myself the way I needed to. Like I said, it was a very painful lesson, but I learned from it and I am back on track.

Businesswoman sitting at desk working on computer

No that’s not me. lol

When you stay out of the traditional workforce for a long period, it’s difficult to get hired. And that is what happened to me. But I was able to get into an employment training program and after a little over a year of working temp at the same non-profit, the executive director was so happy with my work and  my work ethic (that’s what he said), he hired me as a contract worker, for the position of Administrative Assistant. Each year, I will sign a contract in October. It’s funny, but it fits with how I have worked for years, so this kind of work did not scare me. The good thing is this kind of contract work offers me more stability. And what’s even more exciting is that after only, 2 1/2 months I got a raise!!

My second life change is really not out of the ordinary, but nonetheless, still quite miraculous. I hadn’t driven in a little over a year because I didn’t have a car (I used to drive someone else’s car). Getting a car is a very normal thing to do, but how it happened to me was quite miraculous.

Sparkle-Kia Rio 2019

Yes, this is my actual car

In December 2018, while riding with my sister, on our way to church we got into a car accident. She was driving and an older man who was focused on getting to McDonald’s (yes really) rammed us on the backside of the car and we spun around and ended up facing the opposite direction. Thank God there was no traffic and we were not fatally injured. I suffered whiplash and had to go to the chiropractor for 3 months. I really hope I never have to go through anything like that ever again, but in spite of all, it turned out to be a blessing in disguise. I sued and received a nice settlement that enabled me to put a very large down payment on a car and in spite of my not so great credit rating (I am working on it) I was able to buy a 2019 Kia Rio and get a very low car payment. The car is not new, used, but brand new and only had 16 miles on it. I actually walked into the dealership and drove off the lot with my car without putting a dime down until 3 days later!

My third life change just happened yesterday. I had applied for a new apartment (brand new construction) and I was standing in line at Costco, getting some lunch and got the call that I had been approved. I’m going to bring this post to an end, but I know these are very normal life changes, but after a long journey things seem to be coming together at this season in my life and yes it’s late in life for me, but nevertheless with the help of God change has come.

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So what’s next? A full-body makeover. There is a gym where I work and I can use it for free and there is a gym in my new apartment complex, so I have no excuse. This coming week I will be meeting with a trainer to help me learn how to use the different machines in the gym.

This will be my biggest Goliath, but I have to make some major physical changes. The good thing about me is I am not in denial. I am well aware of what I must do and now is the time. I am in a weight-loss clinic at my doctor’s office. I’ve lost weight in the past, but I realize a regular exercise regimen is a key to keeping the weigh off. I  don’t know who this is for, but just be encouraged. Things will change, when you change.

For whoever is reading; whatever your goals are, start believing God, do the work and get ready; get set; go!! The time is NOW!

Prepared

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I meant to blog about this several weeks ago, but now that things have died down, I have decided to blog about this anyway. So what am I talking about? I’m talking about the Royal Wedding!

The whole world watched Prince Harry marry his bi-racial bride in a breathtaking wedding. I thought it was extraordinary! I mean, I heard everyone talking about this wedding. This was a beautiful love story between two unlikely persons and we all got swept away by it. I even heard my 60-year old divorced Pastor say their story made him want to find love again.

But what really got my attention was how prepared Megan Markle (now the Duchess of Sussex) was to walk into her new role. She was prepared, emotionally, physically and even through her life experiences. They say she and Prince Harry bonded over their shared interest in humanitarian work.

This started me to thinking how unprepared I truly am for someone to come into my life. For me the wait for a mate has been so incredibly long that I have really pretty much given up, and kind of let myself go. But I must say Meghan got my attention and made me want to try to prepare once again.

When I thought about writing this blog, I always wanted to share about the Royal Wedding from this point of view. And whether it’s a marriage or a business or whatever God has promised you, you must be prepared. This is my summer of extreme preparation. It’s now or never!! I’ll end with this little letter and song.

Dr. Future Husband,

I don’t know where you are, but I pray that when you come I will be fully prepared and all that you have been waiting for. If God allows us to marry, I promise that I will appreciate the gift of love and marriage and I will appreciate you! God willing, I will see you one day soon my Prince!

Course Corrections

questionHearing from God is never easy. Even for people who feel as though they have a good track record in this area. I kind of feel that way. I have a good track record, but God recently showed me that I misunderstood what He was saying to me.

Recently I shared about moving and it all stemmed from me misinterpreting what God was saying to me. It wasn’t that God wasn’t speaking, it was just that I didn’t understand him.

I had tried to move to Georgia in the past and God spoke clearly and said “This is the place (Florida)  where your miracle is going to happen, this is the place where your prophecy is going to come to pass” and the minister tacked on: “and you don’t have to run up to Atlanta”. That word stands strong and clear. It still applies to this day.

So one night the Lord directed me to leave the television on (the Christian Station) and I woke up hearing Pastor John Gray share how he and his wife both moved to Atlanta and met in church. Well I assumed God was telling me that I needed to move, but what I now know is that God was simply telling me I would meet my mate in church! Simple enough. But I ran off on a tangent about Atlanta again.

So I hadn’t been able to get to my church regularly and started to visit another church on occasion and also was watching online and I started thinking that I was going to make the new church my home church. Long story short, through a series of unusual circumstances the Lord showed me that I am to return to my former church and that is where His promises will come to past. I had misinterpreted what God was saying, but the Lord got me back on track.

Not sure what God is saying? Keep asking, keep praying and more than anything ask for understanding. He will make His Will CLEAR!

Proverbs 3:6 King James Version (KJV)

In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths.

Enjoying Your Time With Him

I was reading another blog and the woman was talking about her prayer time and it reignited something in me.

I don’t know why or how it happens, but sometimes we can feel less than excited about spending time with God. I think sometimes it’s the cares of life and our personal issues that make us feel like meeting God is a chore. Well this woman’s post got me excited and as a result I had a great time with God.

Sometimes God will use others to remind us who our Heavenly Father is, and that is a good thing. We serve a good God who wants to speak to us and He is not mad at us, but He is waiting to commune with us. So let’s get excited about what He has to say!

Psalm 16:11

Thou wilt shew me the path of life: in they presence is fulness of joy; at thy right hand there are pleasures for evermore.