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I think that God is really trying to teach me patience and tolerance. I work in a anti-Christian environment, trying to deal daily with evil people whose facade is one of being gentle and passive, but who are really only trying to pass judgement on those unlike themselves, and are looking for faults in Christians. I also have a close relative who is devout, and she and her husband are having their 7th child. Unfortunately, she has never been financially responsible and could not pay for the needs of even the first child. I am trying to find a balance in life, but I see evil and irresposibility on both sides. I can only turn to God to show me the way. He'll tell me what I need to do.
Anonymous,I praise God that he gives you wisdom to see evil. I think in our society people would sometimes think evil really doesn't exist. I definitely agree God will show the way. Thanks for sharing.
I work in an environment where I am the only Christian too~ The others aren't "evil", but they do not believe...they all think I'm a fruit loop!!! LOL, but I still talk about God anyway! =o)There is evil around everywhere and if satan knows that you are struggling with something, I do believe that he will work on it even harder. Take it to GOD in prayer and be happy that YOU know HIM. I have a friend like that...they seem to barely be able to make ends meet. However she never misses church!! Sometimes to me it seems to be bording on laziness, but that is something she has to work out with the Lord. That is a good topic that I would like to hear others views on...this friend I am talking about lives off of welfare ~ How are we to view that??jenlon
Before I got married I never understood how people could be complacent with their financial situations. Be it living off of WIC, medicaid...staying at home, instead of trying to make a difference in the world. I guess better said, I judged them. Then, I had to get WIC, and thank God for it, when I haven't had enough money to get the necessities. I do know that I haven't been a wise steward with many of my finances but, when I try, sometimes other things happen. There is nothing like being humbled. You are able to see people in such a different light, and I am grateful for what GOD has brought me through. It allows him to Trust him and not how much I have in my bank account. I still use WIC and am evergrateful for it. I have my daughter on Medicaid and need insurance myself. I tithe, and beleive that God will provide, I will not stay in this situation forever. I don't know what other people's situation is, being on welfare or any kind of gov't assistance, I do know that it is easier to assume things from the outside, as I once had, and still struggle with.
I do think it is truly hard to know one's situation when it comes to finances. Sometimes people have difficulty with finances due to high medical bills, etc. I do think there are people who abuse welfare, but there are a lot of people who desperately need it. Only God knows who they are. God sees our hearts and true motives. God can meet all our needs and sometimes they maybe through WIC or Medicaid.
Sorry I hope I didn't come off the wrong way...I totally believe in the system of welfare and totally understand the people who have to use it. I am also very willing to help friends in need when I can, but it is the ones who choose it as a way of life~ Her kids have new nikes(mine wear walmart) they wear name brand jeans (mine get whatever is on sale -ususally from walmart) they each have a TV in thier room with all the goodies to go along with it...nintendos, xbox, dvd players....and she has gone to college on grants but doesn't want a higher profile job because she will lose the benefits....Sorry I do get a little testy about it this time of year because she was jsut talking about the tax return they got...we are paying again! =o) I really don't mean to sound judgmental and I will pray for God to forgive me for this little outburst....hope you'll still 'love' me anyway!!
Of course I do...I was more reflecting on myself, than on you judging...I understand what you mean completely...thank you for your honesty
God is teaching me about accomplishing the right goal for my life. At the end of my life I want to look back & say sought hard after the Lord & I was a friend of God. Before I realized what my ultimate goal was - I would try to find answers to goals like- a good marriage; a good mom ; financially stable- it didn't work. If I seek God & his kingdom with all my heart all these things shall be added unto me. and.... I accomplish my ultimate goal.
Bebe,How wise you are and right on. If we seek God and glorify him in everything we do, all those other things will follow. Your comment reminded me of the song, "I am friend of God". Thanks for sharing your wisdom.
This has been a difficult year for me in every way. Last year at this time I was stalked by a women I had worked with and had befriended. In November 2006 I was diagnosed with a DVT. (blood clot) These are just 2 of the major things that have happened surrounded by the smaller difficulties of life. At one point I was in my daughters room and she had a note on the wall that read, 'God has every right, and my permission to re-arrange my life at any time... in any way... in order to fulfill His plan for it's influence, to His glory'. I think that is what God is teaching me right now. I hope I can learn the lesson quick and well as this is not one I will relish to repeat.
Tatme_f,I can't even imagine how difficult the past year has been. I only pray that 2007 will be a better year. It sounds like your daughter is one wise young lady. I pray that God was close to you even in the midst of tremendous difficulty. I often hold onto the verse that he will never leave us nor forsake us.
Dear Coach, Thanks for your well wishes and I feel truly blest to have children who have chosen such Godly paths for their lives. I must say however that I have not been praying for God to change my circumstances into more comfortable ones but that he will change my heart to accept whatever He chooses for my life. I can remember when getting to heaven was a good enough goal for my life, however it no longer is. I have tried to embrace the feelings of the psalmist in Ps 17:15 who said, ‘As for me, I will behold thy face in righteousness: I shall be satisfied, when I awake, with thy likeness.’
tatme_f,You are welcome. I couldn't agree more that Jesus alone is enough. That he will be sufficient no matter what the circumstances are. Also, you get to the crux of the matter. It is all about our heart and whether it is set on God.
tatme_f - I want to thank you for that line from your daughter's room about God rearranging our lives - my life is currently being re-arranged, and I was having a hard time with it, but I know that God is using this to teach me where my priorities should lie. That meant so much to me and put things in great perspective. God bless you.
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