31 Days of Joy: Day 21 – Honoring The Unemployed & Underemployed

Today I write to honor my fellow underemployed/unemployed friends, family, acquaintances and those whom I will never know.

An change in job status will test even a person with a strong faith. It is a grueling journey. You have 4 – 6 weeks to find a job before society looks at you as a worthless, unemployable person. Their attitude is “There must be something wrong with you since you can not find a job.”

Then there are those who believe that since you are a Christian, you must not feel defeated. You must cheerfully skip through each day like a 5 year old without a care in the world because the Lord will provide.

To the people who believe that I cheerfully say:

Bah! Humbug!

God grows you through trials and tribulations. God uses those times of despair to strengthen you. We are not called to be perpetually chipper people. We are called to live a full life and that includes going through the valley of the shadow of death, divorce, unemployment and other trials so we can grow into the person God knows we can be.

So to the men who stock tampons at Walmart and point customers to the condoms, to the women who are cashiering in hardware stores even though they are all thumbs when it comes to hammering a nail, to all the unemployed who are learning how to write resumes and learning how to network -

I honor you for your valiant efforts. I pray:

  • You use this time to learn new skills.
  • You find joy in unemployment/underemployment.
  • You grow in your faith during this time.
  • Our loving and gracious Father bestows enough manna for your daily needs.

Remember:

12 Blessed is the one who perseveres under trial because, having stood the test, that person will receive the crown of life that the Lord has promised to those who love him.

Now I must go chase the golden bandit (retriever) running through the house with the stinky pair of hose I threw on the floor.

Wishing you a day filled with joy,

Michele

31 Days of Joy: Day 20 – The Truth About God’s Word

The grass withers and the flowers fall, but the word of our God stands forever. 

Isaiah 40:8

Words like:

  • Genesis 1:1
  • Deuteronomy 33:27
  • Leviticus 18:22
  • Job 22:2
  • Proverbs 3:5
  • Ecclesiastes 7:10
  • Song of Songs 1:1
  • Jeremiah 28:9
  • Lamentations 3:22
  • Habakkuk 3:2
  • Malachi 4:6
  • Matthew 1:1
  • Luke 5:31
  • John 1:14
  • Romans 8:28
  • Ephesians 5:17
  • 1 Timothy 5:8
  • Revelation 22:21

All these verses and those in between them are the word of God. You may or may not believe them but they will last for all eternity.

What man says and the rules and laws he institutes will not last.  They will go bye-bye.

The words of our great, loving, generous and forgiving God are forever and that brings me great joy.

31 Days of Joy: Day 19 – My Version Of My Pastor’s Sermon

Well it is 8:15 a.m. and I have not started getting ready for church.

Truthfully, I feel called to go back to bed. Not sure if it is God, the devil or my pulled muscle behind the left knee telling me to go to sleep.  Even a slightly injured body needs more rest, especially when the body belongs to the only person who does the household chores.

My pastor is preaching about raising kids even though your life is a mess. Never having parented human kids, the topic does not appeal much to me.

Here is my version of the same sermon.

  • We are human – therefore
  • We are imperfect – therefore
  • We are a mess.

The true question is -

What are you doing about your mess?

Recognizing your life is a mess and turning to God to fix it is you showing your kids how to fix a mess.

It is you leading by example, which in my opinion is the best kind of leadership for kids young and old.

What mess are you joyfully turning over to God today?

This concludes Michele’s version of her pastor’s sermon.  (I bet you did not fall asleep during my version.)         ;-)

Now I am off to bed to rest and heal my pulled muscle mess.

Thank you God for your healing power over pulled muscles and of all things that make our lives messy.

Michele’s Benediction

May the God of Hope fill you with all Joy and Peace as you trust in Him. 

Romans 15:13

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