As much as you want to plan your life,
it has a way of surprising you with unexpected things
that will make you happier
than you originally planned.
That's what you call God's Will.
I'm still deciding if today's surprise is God's will or not. If it's one of those unexpected blessings that you didn't even know you wanted or needed, but you have to trust God that it's perfect for this moment.
Back in 2008 the company I'd worked for for close to 12 years went bankrupt. This was more than just a job; the people there were like my family. Some of the folks had worked there since I'd been there, some for much longer, others had come and gone, but the finality was strange. Not unexpected, at least not for me. As the purchasing manager, I worked directly with accounts payable and knew the bills weren't being paid. It was very sad to see a company that had been around since the early 60's go under the way it did, but it was happening to many businesses at the time. As the warning signs grew clearer, I'd prepared myself for the worst and updated my resume. I sent it out to every company, every ad that was in the newspaper, in Career Builder, Monster, anywhere and everywhere. There was nothing. Companies were getting hundreds of applications for each job they posted. The competition was fierce, and even though I had experience and a great record, there simply weren't enough jobs to go around. I was at peace, though. I felt God acknowledge that I would be home with my family until He said otherwise, and that's what I've done. It's been an exercise in faith, and I'm thankful to say that He has never let us go hungry, nor has He allowed us to get into debt, or lose our home, or go without electricity, or water, or anything else. God has taken care of us and seen us through every difficulty we've faced. I have seen His Hand in our lives and I'm extremely grateful for it.
I haven't looked for work since that time. I've been a stay-at-home mom, caring for my kids and my home. Even when my marriage crumbled, I felt that God wanted me here and would make sure I had everything I needed. So when I got the call yesterday from my friend MM, and my daughter told me it looked like they were going to offer me a job, I was skeptical. It wasn't expected. I hadn't asked God for it. But I was willing to go and see what it was all about.
My daughter was right. My friends JM and MM offered me a job. As a matter of fact, JM made it clear this wasn't an interview, it was an offer. I would be working part-time, from 3:00 to 8:15 pm Monday - Thursday. When I mentioned that Wednesdays is my Awana night at church, they said no problem, they'd be willing to accommodate me. And I have to admit, it appears to be perfect. Too good to be true. I would be able to continue homeschooling my son, and since it's a tutoring school, my son would receive free tutoring if he needed it. I would have Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays off, along with any school holidays. The pay wouldn't be much, but it would be a little extra income coming in for extras and emergencies. Plus, it's 10 minutes from the house on heavy traffic days. I wouldn't be spending a lot of time stuck in traffic or a lot of money on gas.
It sounds like a dream come true, doesn't it? Only I wasn't dreaming about this. It truly came out of the blue. So my answer to them was, I need to pray about it. I have to ask God if this is right. And they not only understood but encouraged me to pray and speak to my family about it. I told them I'd give them an answer on Friday, so for the next few days I will be praying. A lot. And asking anyone and everyone to pray alongside me. I want clarity, and I want peace. I'm trusting God to give me both.
What else happened today? Oh yeah, Beauty Rush!!! I was so excited, because I'd read somewhere that Bare Minerals has their Beauty Rush sales on the third Friday of the month, so I was expecting the next one to be on the 20th. But here it was, a whole 10 days earlier! I didn't want to spend a lot of money, though. I have so much stuff as it is, that adding to my makeup collection seems frivolous. But I decided to check it out anyway. My main intention was to look for skincare; lotions, creams, cleansers, treatments, that sort of thing. I didn't find any that caught my attention, but another thing did: an eye shadow palette that I've wanted ever since I first saw it. It's called the Ready Convertible Palette, and it comes with 12 eye shadow shades. The palette is unique in that the eye shadows pop out and can be put in the center which is detachable, making it compact and portable. The colors range from browns to greens to purples, all colors I love. The problem was the price: $49. It came out just before Christmas, and I'd already spent a lot of money on makeup and presents for myself and my daughter. I couldn't justify getting this expensive eye palette as well, so I passed on it. Last month I saw it on sale for $25, and I thought about getting it, but there were other things I needed to get first. By the time I went back to check on it, it had sold out. I was bummed, because I'd gotten a $10 off coupon from Bare Minerals and had hoped to use it to get this palette. I figured I'd save the coupon for something else that I would want or need. Well, last week the palette was back on the website on sale for $25. I suspect they got returns in from the stores and wanted to get rid of them. I thought about getting it with the $10 off; that would make it $15, a real deal. That was a few days ago. Today the palette was on Beauty Rush for $18. $18 dollars ya'll!!! I snatched it up in a heartbeat. I thought about getting some eyeliner pencils as well, but honestly, I didn't need them. I took the eye shadow palette, used my $10 off coupon, and with tax and shipping paid $12.80 for it. From the original price to just under $13. Now that's what I call a blessing from above!
That's my Tuesday. It's been quite a day! School went well, Beauty Rush went very well, but nothing tops the unexpected surprise of a job offer. It's time for bed now; I've got some praying to do! Good night ya'll.