Good night nurse, people! I’ve been MIA without any intention of doing so. What can I say? I took a four day break over Thanksgiving from my computer and had some much needed rest. Well, if you can call cleaning your house from top to bottom and catching up on 67 loads of laundry rest.

But at least my house was clean. I say “was” because it took approximately 24 hours and a little cold weather mixed with rain to completely destroy not only the house, but the laundry situation as well. Oh well…Christmas will be here before you know it, right? I’ll have another day off then!

I must share a blessing that happened this weekend. I was feeling so discouraged this weekend, because we found out Saturday that my husband’s licensing fees were due November 30th and not December 31st, as we had originally thought. Gulp. Licensure fees for what my husband does with investments are over $1000…we had some of the money set aside and we were planning on saving the rest of the money during the month of December by picking up odd jobs and doing whatever we could (no Christmas gifts for us!) to save money.

Well, it wasn’t going to happen now. Without the licenses, my husband will no longer be legal to do business in our four states area after December 31st. I was very disheartened and (I must admit – stupidly) feeling a sense of abandonment. I wasn’t really in my right mind when I was on Twitter, I “twittered” jokingly if anyone knew how we could come up with an extra $800 by the end of the weekend.

So many folks twittered back encouragement that I realized my faith is so small. I can say that I believe that God will supply all of my needs, but the action part of really BELIEVING that? Well, lets just say it needs some work.

Monday morning, we had news that an extension to this Friday had been given and I woke up to find an order for a coding job that would pay me $250 and then I opened another email to discover that someone (who shall remain nameless, but you know who you are) put $200 in my paypal account! That is over HALF of what we needed! It’s times like these that I feel so small and insignificant. I realize the God really is watching over me and that all of my worrying is needless. So what if we miss the deadline? Well, that could still happen, but I’m trusting God to do some mighty big things.

My husband has been looking for work to supplement our business for months. No one has been interested in hiring him because he’s self-employed (and has been for two years), and I’m sure that is a concern to any employer. But you’d think that he could at least get a job with W*l-M*rt, right? It’s been frustrating, to say the least. Tomorrow, he has an interview for a part time job (it’s better than nothing) and so we’re hoping it leads to something with more hours and possibly longer term. But if not? it will be okay. 🙂

God has provided our EVERY need. Not our every want…but our every need. And I am so thankful – just had to share that with you. I know that sometimes the holidays get people down, because they don’t have enough money to do the things they want to – and I can totally identify with that. But this year, I’m really focusing on the aspect of being THANKFUL for God’s mercy and grace, which I do not deserve, but am so blessed to have, instead of everything I don’t have.

On the Work-From-Home front, it seems all I do these days is design blogs…and code blogs…and design blogs…and code blogs. 🙂 Another area where God has been really good to me, because it’s keep the lights on and the car gassed up whilst we wait for better times in our business, or a job for my husband.

I’ll be showing some before and afters in the next day or so of some things I’ve been working on.

Hope your week is fabulous!

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8 Comments on Hello. My name is Karen and I blog here sometimes.

  1. Jeni
    December 3, 2008 at 1:27 pm (15 years ago)

    I so glad to hear about the extension & the unexpected money! God is amazing.

  2. Deena
    December 3, 2008 at 1:37 pm (15 years ago)

    I hear you on the faith is so small thing. Just when I get down and discouraged, He always shows up with the unexpected to lighten my heart and my load. Thanks for being so transparent in sharing…you’ve encouraged me today;-)

    And I love your blog header tag line:-) I’m going to be quoting that to a LOT of people:-)

  3. carrie
    December 3, 2008 at 2:28 pm (15 years ago)

    this is exactly what I needed to hear today!

  4. Amber_BGH
    December 3, 2008 at 6:54 pm (15 years ago)

    YAY!!! *doing cartwheels* (As if I could actually DO cartwheels!)

    I was praying FOR AN EXTENSION!! I’m so happy and just want to say:

    PRAISE GOD! He is so good!

  5. Mel @ A Box of Chocolates
    December 3, 2008 at 9:24 pm (15 years ago)

    God is an awesome God and I am glad that he is showing you his faithfulness in amazing ways. Good luck on the work search. You are right that God is in control and you will be fine. You’re designs are always so fun so I’m glad it is working out for you. I wish I was so gifted with code. Happy Wednesday.

  6. Emily
    December 4, 2008 at 2:21 pm (15 years ago)

    I’m so glad that your needs are being taken care of.

    As far as faith goes – from where I sit you are doing great. Just recognizing your blessings when times are so tough, I know that’s hard. It’s easy to feel forgotten and … alone when things get hard and stay hard.

    You’re doing good. 🙂

  7. Melanie
    December 4, 2008 at 3:10 pm (15 years ago)

    Hi! I just happened across your blog this afternoon and I am so glad that I did. What a blessing for you and your family… God really does meet all our needs, doesn’t He?

    Hope to come back and visit soon!

  8. Lisa
    December 4, 2008 at 4:33 pm (15 years ago)

    Karen, that’s an awesome testimony! I’m working on deep-down trusting that God will provide for our needs, and my husband is in a bit of a similar situation to yours – not self-employed, but he’s working at a job where the logistics stink and the pay isn’t all that, and we’ve got a baby coming in April. He’s looking hard, and in the meantime, we’re just trying to trust God to do what He promised and meet those needs. Best of luck to your husband in his job search!

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