Tim is now a mechanic (technically a technician) for Mustang Caterpillar. What a change! He has been working on a bulldozer (that's right, a bulldozer) since he started a few weeks ago. He leaves in the morning, but not as early as before. His commute is long, but shorter than most of his Austin commutes were. It's actually a nice drive too, other than the morning part being in the dark. He is home every night.
Every night. Every single night of the week my husband is home! The girls' daddy is home and tucking them in to bed! And he isn't a zombie when he is home! I think he's still adjusting to working five days a week, but I just can't get over the fact that he is HOME every night. He is off every weekend. The shop is CLOSED on holidays. Praise God.
Our budget is in shambles, but God will provide. He will not give us more than we can handle, and maybe we weren't handling higher pay well. I pray that if we are faithful with what we are getting now He will untrust us with more again. But I have faith that it will be enough. We just have to adjust our definition of enough.
We also moved into the bardominium a few weeks ago! I'm still slowly unpacking but I'm loving it. Here is just a peek.
While I appreciate my inlaws hospitality and know we can never repay their kindness ... I'm glad to be in our own home again. We never could have done this without them. Frankly, we'd have been homeless (well, or living with my parents - I doubt my parents would want to see us homeless either).
I find my chest tightens if I think too much about how we are going to repay them, get out of debt, and just meet our basic needs. Will we be able to afford the health insurance offered? Then I remember my favorite verses ...
Therefore I tell you, do not be anxious about your life, what you will eat or what you will drink, nor about your body, what you will put on. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothing? Look at the birds of the air: they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not of more value than they? And which of you by being anxious can add a single hour to his span of life? And why are you anxious about clothing? Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow: they neither toil nor spin, yet I tell you, even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these. But if God so clothes the grass of the field, which today is alive and tomorrow is thrown into the oven, will he not much more clothe you, O you of little faith? Therefore do not be anxious, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ For the Gentiles seek after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them all. But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you. Matthew 6:25-33
Then I start thanking God for my blessing and realize I am outrageously blessed, and have no reason not to trust that He won't provide what we need. And my heart is still and glad, filled with peace and joy that to many would seem foolish. But isn't that just how it should be? I can only boast in God's provision that way.
For the foolishness of God is wiser than men, and the weakness of God is stronger than men. I Corinthians 1:25