Gently Leads Me Deeper Still

Monday I start a new job. Funny thing is, I never applied and never interviewed for it. I’m still in shock how it all unfolded. It happened so quickly in these last three weeks!

The job, you ask? I will be the Office Manager/Administrative Assistant to a company that provides speech, occupational therapy, physical therapy and ABA therapy (the same therapy we do for Sarah) for special needs children. I will be the voice on the other end of the phone when parents call looking for help for their special needs child. Isn’t it amazing how God works?

II Corinthians 1:3-4, “Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of compassion and the God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our troubles, so that we can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we ourselves have received from God.”

This job will allow me to work from home if I need to for Sarah. All I need is the company cell phone and my laptop and I can work anywhere. Next summer, with Jim off to college and the other kids busy with their activities, this will be a huge blessing!

Though, this was not an easy decision because I loved the people I worked with and I enjoyed being involved in a ministry. I cried out to the Lord and pour out my heart to Him asking for direction.

I thought of Isaiah 48:17b, “I am the Lord your God, who teaches you what is best for you, who directs you in the way you should go.” and

Isaiah 40:11, “He tends His flock like a shepherd. He gathers the lambs in His arms and carries them close to His heart; He gently leads those that have young.”

“….He gently leads those that have young.” This is so tender of Him because you just can’t move quickly with little ones! It reminded me of when I went to the store when I was 7 months pregnant with Jack. I had my 16 month old twin girls on each hip and had 3 year old Jim holding on to my shirt hem. What a sight! I got some stares, that’s for sure! A ‘quick trip to the store’ was an exhausting production!

Even though my kids are older now, I still will always need to care for Sarah. I love that He continues to gently lead because it is still hard for my heart to move quickly.

What a blessing that the Lord leads like a shepherd. He goes before me and directs me. It became clear that He brought this new job to our family and now I will be helping parents find hope and receive the services they need for their children.

There is a song by Chris Tomlin called “Good Good Father” and there is one verse that impacts me every time I hear it. It says, “As you call me deeper still.” Just when I think my faith is at a good place, He gently leads me deeper still to trust and to follow Him.

He is a good, good Father and when I start my new job, this new adventure, He will continue to gently lead me deeper still.

Thank you for your on-going prayers for Sarah and for us! We truly see a huge difference in her!

12 thoughts on “Gently Leads Me Deeper Still

  1. Gayle Butler

    Jill, this job sounds like the perfect match! It’s a win-win-win. Win for you, win for the company, win for the people on the other end of the line to hear a such an amazing compassionate voice of wisdom and support that could only come (and in such magnitude) as from one who has/is living the journey……and walks the journey is unspeakable grace and power. You are an example of light and hope to your children and us all who have ‘gone to school’ on you. Thank you for your steadfast life of faith. God enable you and bless you beyond wildest imaginations of the good things to come.

  2. Beth Graham

    Congratulations! What a great opportunity for you! You’re going to be great! I know solid rock will miss you awful, but there is a season for everything…God knows! My great nephew is autistic and mg niece is always needing advice/help with help that is available. They live in Dearborn heights…maybe I can tell her about you and the place you work 🙂 ?

  3. Carol Butler

    What a Blessing, Jill! Your financial problems a couple of months ago, have been met in part, by the opportunity to help parents, and to show God’s loving touch!!! Thank you, Jesus! Aunt Carol

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