Thursday, March 11, 2010

The Searching and Waiting is Over


I have a feeling that this is going to be a long blog post. So, don't feel obligated to read the whole thing. I just need to be able to record how awesome God's timing is and how he brought this all together.

It has been 14 months of waiting... Waiting for a job... Waiting for God's provision... Waiting. The long waiting ended so abruptly, I haven't really had time to process it all. All I know is that Cory went in for an interview on Tuesday, was called back today and starts on Monday. Amazing!!

He will be working as the Operations Manager for Ripley's Believe It or Not on I-Drive. His hours will be 8-5, M-F. He will get Health benefits. He will leave his work at work. He will NOT be waking at 3 am to go to a part time job earning minimum wage! Praise You, Lord!!

The last couple of months had really started to discourage me and God had to remind me of his faithfulness and he gave me the faith to trust in him no matter how I felt. I couldn't see the light at the end of the tunnel, but I could feel His arms holding me close. I could hear His voice calling me to trust in Him.

As I look back on this waiting time, I am so thankful for everything God has taught us. I know I will continue to see more and more of His plan in it. But for now, this is what I see:
-He brought 2 lukewarm believers to their knees.
-He strengthened our marriage.
-He strengthened our family.
-He gave me a renewed longing to cherish the time I have with my husband and children.
-He humbled me to be the person receiving charity from others.
-He called me into fellowship with Him daily. I didn't always answer, but I sure heard Him loud and clear!
-He showed me the support system that I have and how blessed I am.
-He changed my identity .
-He gave me a new perspective on life.

When my husband called me today to tell me the news, I laughed and cried at the same time. I never knew I could display such emotion over a job. I am awe-struck and relieved. I feel as though I can breathe again.

It has been such perfect timing as well that I have been going through the Beth Moore study "Stepping Up". Every week and day has been like a walk through my life. It is a pilgrimage up the Psalms of Ascent. Here are some verses that have spoken to my heart on this journey.

Psalm 120:1 - "
In my distress I called to the LORD, and He answered me."
Psalm 121:2 - "My help comes from the L
ORD, the Maker of heaven and earth."
Psalm 123:3 - "We're watching and waiting, holding our breath, awaiting your word of mercy. "
Psalm 124:1 - "If
God hadn't been for us..."
Psalm 126:4 - "And now,
God, do it again— bring rains to our drought-stricken lives."

And He did!! He brought the rain! Today had to be one of the most rainy days in Central Florida this season. He brought the rain figuratively and literally. My dry, drought-stricken life has been rained on today. My soul feels refreshed and I see the buds blooming. Thanks you LORD!! Thank You!!


Brownskyn said...

Sweet Cassie,
I know we haven't spoken in great lengths about the trials and this chapter of your family's life. But I am encouraged by the refining our God has been doing in your lives. Thank you for sharing, in brief, what God has done, is doing, and will continue to do in your lives individually and as a family. So glad to be able to share in your joy. Tears of excitement, relief and contentment are welling up in me right now for what
God has provided. I'm glad that in events like these, I can truly understand what it means to be in the family of Christ.

Brittani said...

praise God! I am so excited for you guys!
Bonus: His job is now a great place for you to take your kids on a homeschool field trip :)
I am just thrilled for you and I am so glad that your kids have been able to witness you both trusting God through the pain and praising God through the joy. Awesome!

Brittani said...

praise God! I am so excited for you guys!
Bonus: His job is now a great place for you to take your kids on a homeschool field trip :)
I am just thrilled for you and I am so glad that your kids have been able to witness you both trusting God through the pain and praising God through the joy. Awesome!

Jaime said...

So humble, so vulnerable, so moving and inspiring...I've been blessed with Goosebumps...LOTS of THEM! Best blog post I've EVER READ!!! Love you! And CONGRATS!!! Yippee!

Terri said...

Praise God!!! Congrats.... so happy for your family.

Leslie said...

Thank you for this post - it is promising and encouraging for me specifically. Praise God for his provision in your life! It is wonderful to be able to praise Him for what we see He's done to change us. I love growing, and we typically do the most growing during the hardest of times.

Jackie Sue said... all that He has done through this time. you will never be the same. love it!

Brandi said...

So proud of you for what HE taught you in the meantime. The waiting is oh so hard!

Yay!!! SO thankful for His provision!!

Love you

Abby said...

SO happy for your family. I know how long and hard 14 months of unemployment is!!

Flamingo Mama said...

you bet i'm going to read this whole post!! yyyyyeeahh!! so excited for you. and how awesome that this strengthened your marriage! it would be very easy to have it fall apart during such a time.

praise god for normalcy:)

Chantelle said...

That is awesome! Your testimony is also a great encouragement!

Anonymous said...

God is good ALL the time. Praise be the Lord!
Congrats on the job
God bless you

Anonymous said...

God is good ALL the time! Praise be the Lord.
Congrats on the new job.
God bless you.

Amanda said...

Cassie -just happened to click on- haven't been on in some time. I am so happy for you and family:) We went thru some family issues last year and I totally understand how even though you "know" God is in it, it is still so difficult to see how he's in it in the day to day life. Congrats to hubby-will you continue on at store? (fellow blogger - we met while you were working last year!)

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Ruth MacC said...

I am so glad for you and your family... Great to see you thanking God!