Tag Archives: James 1:27

God’s Hand In Michele’s New Job!!!

As you read this, I will be starting my last two weeks at my call center job.

On May 26th, I will start a new job in a new industry – the relocation industry.  I will be doing customer service, marketing, and office administration for a company that specializes in moving executives.

So I get to add another industry to my varied career background, a background that includes:

  • retail sales
  • banking
  • collections (mortgage loans, lines of credit, automobile loans and leases, and student loans)
  • grief support
  • outdoor products

I have the ability to learn different industries and learn them well enough to be known as the go-to person if someone has a question. The exception to this is the outdoor products. I can answer basic questions about systems and decipher what customers are talking about, (“the rope that goes around the circles that spin the knives.”) but there is a whole lot of technical knowledge I do not possess that would require me to attend lots of training classes.

Over-joyed But Surprised

Surprised is a word that describes how a lot of people felt when they got my email or phone call. Everyone wondered how this came about because there were no requests from me about having an interview and needing prayers that I have all the answers to the questions.

This went down quickly. I got an email from a friend I met while volunteering. She knew I was struggling and needed a break. So when this position came open, she got in touch with me and asked if I was interested. I told her yes and we exchanged emails and phone calls about the company and my role.

I completed the application and submitted it and my resume, along with the background check form and went for a drug test. I was running a few minutes late going to work after the drug test when I got stopped by a train. I sat there for 11 minutes as a train with hundreds of tanker and box cars crept along the tracks. I was not the only person late for work that day. Guess God knew that it would not look suspicious when numerous people were late.

Then came the text that told me everything was fine with the background check and drug test so go ahead and submit my 2-week notice.

Everyone at work is happy for me but hates to see me leave.

Living The Bible

My friend offering me a break is an example of someone living out Proverbs 3:27 and James 1:27

Never walk away from someone who deserves help;
    your hand is God’s hand for that person.

Proverbs 3:27

(The Message) 

and

 Religion that God our Father accepts as pure and faultless is this: to look after orphans and widows in their distress and to keep oneself from being polluted by the world.

James 1:27

(NIV)

There were numerous people in the past 6 years of career instability who had a chance to be the hand of God to me but instead turned their back, but that is a subject for another post.

God’s Hand

God’s hand was in this situation from the beginning. After all, He placed Isaiah 43:19 on my heart earlier this year. I just could not see “a new thing” until 2 weeks ago.

See, I am doing a new thing!
    Now it springs up; do you not perceive it?
I am making a way in the wilderness
    and streams in the wasteland.

Thank you God for doing a new thing in my life that brings me out of the wilderness. Please forgive all my grumbling.

May you see God’s hand at work in every aspect of your life.

* “the rope that goes around the circles that spin the knives.” translates to “the deck belt that goes around the pullies that spin the blades.” Pullies are attached to spindles and the blades are attached to the bottom of the spindles on riding mowers.

A Simple Way To Live Out James 1:27

There is nothing wrong with adopting a needy family this time of year. However, there is a forgotten group of people that need adopting – widows.

My Mom and I agree the life of a widow is lonely because friends leave you once your spouse moves to heaven.

They leave for various reasons including:

  • They do not know how nor do they want to know how to help you.
  • The wife feels threatened.  She believes you are going after her husband.
  • They believe you have “cooties” and their spouse will pass away if they associate with you.
  • They were friends with your spouse before you came into his life and only became friends with          you because of him. Now that he is gone, they no longer feel the need to be around you.

Both Mom and I have made new friends, but it is still a lonely life when you are the 3rd wheel.

So if you know of a widow at least send her a card to let her know someone cares and is thinking about her. It is a simple way to live out James 1:27.

Religion that God our Father accepts as pure and faultless is this: to look after orphans and widows in their distress and to keep oneself from being polluted by the world.

Living In The Spirit of James

This post was originally going to be entitled “Oh What A Feeling!” but I decided that should be the title of my post about my first kiss.  Yeah right!  That is never going to happen and I am slowly but surely becoming okay with the idea of no more “sucking face.”

Instead I decided to tell you a little bit about the surprise gift from someone I have not met – yet.  What I got is greatly appreciated and not as important as the spirit behind the gift – James 1:27 (NIV)

Religion that God our Father accepts as pure and faultless is this: to look after orphans and widows in their distress and to keep oneself from being polluted by the world.

Now distress can be anything from financial, household, automotive or just the fact a woman is widowed.  Being a widow is distressful in and of itself  after all people leave you in their dust because:

  • They do not know what to do for you and don’t want to learn how to help you.
  • You have cooties.  What happened to you will happen to them if they are around you.
  • You are no longer “safe” to be around.  You are now single and got your sights set on every woman’s husband to see which one you can snag.
  • They were friends with you only because they were friends with your husband first.  Since he is no longer around, there is no need to be friends with you.

A Rarity 

It is rare when someone acts in the spirit of James 1:27 and when it happens, it will usually be someone new God has brought into the widow’s life.  Someone who shines brighter than the Star of Bethlehem.

So to my new friend – thank you living in the spirit of James 1:27 and being a shining star which brought me great joy.

As Joe would say:

“Live long and prosper.”

 Spock

(Joe was a Sci-Fi geek)

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