My “Comma” Summer

Best. Summer. Ever.  This is crazy when I think back over it.  I had the worst shower conditions:  the backed up toilet at the Rescue Mission that overflowed the moment you turned the shower on or having only one shower for 28 people (that was a logistical feat!).  Or, sleeping on a cot for 9 nights, 5 of them sleeping in a non-air conditioned room that was easily over 90 degrees (it was like a steam facial every night!), but it was wonderful to serve the Lord on two mission trips!  In August, David was in charge of an elementary school remodel in Detroit with a Christian Humanitarian ministry.  I came on Monday of that week to help him prepare and found myself spending the rest of the week working alongside many, many people in our community.

This summer was tiring, but it was the best experience!

As you know, last March I left a job that was perfect for allowing me to work around Sarah’s needs.  I walked away not quite sure what the Lord had in store for us.  Financially it did not make sense.  I wasn’t sure if I would ever go back to the work world because of Sarah’s needs and because I wanted to be more open to serving the Lord in ministry.

Pastor Todd Mullins once said, “Don’t put a period, where God has put a comma.”

I was ready to put a period on this part of my life, but God in His sovereignty made it a comma.  The first day of school for Sarah (she started later than the others) I started a new job as the Office Manager/Administrative Assistant to the Lead Pastor at a local church. It is the best of both worlds!  I am getting paid to minister to people!  How great is that?!?  When I opened up the offer letter I gasped.  All of my so called obstacles, the hurdles I thought would make me “unemployable”, the Lord wiped away. They have been so flexible with me regarding Sarah’s needs.  Sarah has various days off and they were fine with me taking them off.  I need to be home in time for her bus in the afternoons; not a problem with them.

It has almost been a month at my new job.  I am so happy!  I think I need to calm down my excitement because I catch myself talking very fast (more than usual!) and I can’t wipe the smile off my face. 🙂

I am thankful for my “comma” summer.  It was a God given pause that gave me great memories with my family, but I look forward to seeing what He has in store in this next chapter of my life.

Thank you for your faithful prayers for Sarah and for us!

1 Corinthians 2:9, “No eye has seen, no ear has heard, no mind has conceived, what God has prepared for those who love Him.”

6 thoughts on “My “Comma” Summer

  1. Cheryl Tappen

    I love hearing how God surprised you with the “perfect” job….after a memorable summer! Praying for Sarah’s new school year.

  2. Sue Windle

    God blesses us with the fullness of Himself through the momentary incompleteness of material provision. Do not know where I heard this but, I have been blessed by it.

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