I have come to the conclusion that God loves whirlwinds. He loves to walk with us and whirl us around! Life has bought another change my way and the past week has been a "hang on" time for me.
About two weeks ago I was reading the local newspaper and as I finished, I began to talk to God. I carry on conversation with him out loud...I sometimes think he is the only one who really wants to listen to me!
Anyway, I said to him, "Lord, I feel like I have done what I can do with my parents, I feel rested and I am ready for something else. I can't keep living on my savings. Is it time to work?" I began to look for jobs in the paper and immediately saw something I thought would be interesting. I made a phone call and was told to get a resume in by the next day because they were already interviewing. When I got an interview, I was told there was another position they thought I was better qualified for. Wednesday I found out that I got the job and I began work today! I am the Education/Employment Specialist for BCFS Human Resources new Youth Build Program. Although BCFS has been in Kerrville for a while, Youth Build is new to our community. It is a construction training, educational, life skills and leadership program that reaches out to 16-24 year olds. I am excited about the opportunity to work with them.
It has been a whirlwind as I have quickly gone from my 6 month season of no real schedule to the alarm again! The four days I have had to prepare to go back to the work force have been packed with activities and things to wrap up. It has been a sudden shift but I think I am ready for a new adventure.
Last Thursday would have been my 32nd anniversary if Joe had still been alive. I went with a friend and her daughter to get a manicure/pedicure which was a wonderful treat. Joe would have wanted me to do something special for myself. I wore my wedding ring part of the day in honor of the life we shared. I went to dinner with friends and Price and we had a fabulous time. All in all it was a great day with only a moment of tears. It was much easier than last year. I am moving on.
Although I had not really planned to start a new life in Kerrville, it is where I feel peace. It is a new life. I started a new job today, spoke at Cowboy Camp Meeting tonight on the topic of grief and will speak this Saturday at a community wide breakfast for women at Hosanna Lutheran Church on High St. in Comfort, TX. It is an annual breakfast and the public is invited. They have asked me to speak on the topic of gentleness so I will talk about the power of gentleness. God has been speaking much to me on the subject. It is at 9:15 and is free so I hope you will come!
Whirling around but hanging on!