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The Amazing News I’m Really Excited to Share – Part 4

Guys, this one is BIG! Like, I sat stunned and unable to move as the reality of it set in, big! And if you read about the stress I expressed in Part 3, and have joined me in prayer about it, I feel I owe you something lighter and happier. So here it is! Ah – I’m so excited!

Part 4 of the amazing news I’m really excited to share involves finances!

My family had talked about moving for over a year. We’d been budgeting with moving in mind. Let me provide some context.

Employment

My husband does IT work. He has worked remotely, from home for almost 20 years. Thankfully, he can live anywhere and stay employed.

My job is different. I do hands-on work in a lab. The company I work for has other sectors which offer remote opportunities, but when I looked, I quickly realized I wasn’t qualified for any of them. I understood I would have to quit my job when we moved.

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We thought we were adequately prepared.

We made a budget to live within my husband’s paycheck until I found employment in our new town. If we were careful, we expected to be able to live on his income, for a while.

Moving expenses

Last fall (2021), we priced things out to be sure we were saving enough for moving expenses. The demand, from so many people leaving California, had driven costs up, so we were thankful we’d estimated high. We felt comfortable with the way we had budgeted.

But oh, my goodness! As you know, prices have drastically risen in the past 4 months. When we went to schedule the services for which we’d budgeted, we were shocked! Here is an idea of what we found:

  • Rent: the average rent in our new town, for the small homes we were looking at, is now $500 per month more than it was last fall.
  • Cleaning: move-out house and carpet cleaning prices are 40% above what we were expecting.
  • Gas: gasoline is up $1-$2 per gallon. Higher gas prices mean the cost of driving ourselves to our new home will be significantly more.
  • Movers: the prices charged by movers are astronomical – due, at least in part, to the ginormous gas guzzle of their trucks. Most moving company estimates we received were more than double what we were quoted last fall.
  • Groceries and goods: the movers will not take pantry items. And we have decided to allow the kids to ‘pillage’ for what they need amongst our goods. The truth is, we can afford to replace small appliances and such more easily than they can. But if you’ve been to the store lately, you know that the prices for all of these things have risen, and are rising, significantly!
  • Utilities: we are all dealing with rising energy prices, but in California, it is unreal. The price of natural gas in our region has increased 90%! Settling our winter utility bills will hurt more than expected and we will likely find increased energy costs in our new place of residence too.

Accepting new realities

All of this affects my kids as well. It is hard on anyone living on a tight or fixed income. Suddenly, asking my son, who lives in Southern California, to come home and help us move, is way beyond the scope of his monthly gasoline budget. And higher rent has been a definite factor for my girls struggling to find affordable apartments.

We wished we were in a place to help our children more. But we didn’t even know if our funds would be sufficient for our own costs, when all was said and done.

I’d been hoping our savings would exceed our estimates. I wanted money leftover for visiting the kids and helping them come visit us. Not only were our funds depleting quickly, but planes, trains, and automobiles, were going to be affected by high gas prices. It was hard to imagine moving and not having the means to see our family.

An unexpected miracle

A couple weeks ago, I received an email from my boss’ boss’ boss. He (somewhat casually) asked if I would consider continuing my employment from Arizona! I still feel my eyes widen in amazement when I type that! I asked a few clarifying questions and learned that he was forming a new team and was extending an invitation for me to join it. In this role, all my work could be done remotely.

He asked if I would consider continuing my employment from Arizona!

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Why does amazing news makes our eyes and mouth open so wide?

I received permission to think about it for a few days, over which time my husband and I prayed. We compiled a list of questions, mostly regarding scope and logistics. The answers to those questions were even better than the best-case scenarios we’d considered.

The amazing news I’m really excited to share is that I am staying employed!

I had a phone call with upper management and accepted the position. By the time I hung up, I was just incredulous. I sat stunned and unable to move as the reality of it set in.

God had been working behind the scenes, unbeknownst to me, for months! All the time the prices were climbing, He was preparing my continued paycheck. He was creating a brand new role for me.

The grateful lump in my throat was so big, I could barely talk to my husband. He choked up too. We hadn’t realized the pressure we were feeling, until it was suddenly lifted.

God had been waiting for us to step out in obedient faith so He could step in and bless our family. We couldn’t have imagined what He had in store. If we had, we never would have waivered or delayed.

Don’t we know this about God? I mean, hasn’t He rewarded obedience in amazing ways down through the ages? Looking back now, I feel so foolish for giving in to the doubts and hesitations of my own heart.

This story is ongoing, so I hope you’ll stick around and continue reading. There is more amazing news I’m really excited to share, and even I don’t know what it is yet!

It means so much to me to have the opportunity to share life with you. Thank you so much for being here!


My friend, what are you relying on God to provide right now? Have you done your part? Have you stepped out (in obedience and faith) so He can step in (with assurance and provisions)? He is always working. Be encouraged and realize that God is moving, even now, on your behalf.

Even when I don’t see it, You’re workin’
Even when I don’t feel it, You’re workin’
You never stop, You never stop workin’
You never stop,
Jesus You are

Way maker, miracle worker
Promise keeper, light in the darkness
My God, that is who You are

excerpted from “Way Maker”, song by Leeland

“And my God will meet all your needs according to the riches of his glory in Christ Jesus. To our God and Father be glory for ever and ever. Amen.”

Philippians 4:19, 20
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Do you Hope for Pleasant Ways and Peaceful Paths your Whole Life Long?

“My son, find wisdom…
Long life is in her right hand; in her left hand are riches and honor.  Her ways are pleasant ways, and all her paths are peace. She is a tree of life to those who take hold of her; those who hold her fast will be blessed.”

Proverbs 3:16-18

My beloved child,

Do you hope for pleasant ways and peaceful paths your whole life long? I desire this for you, so much! Wisdom keeps the keys to these luxuries. Don’t settle for counterfeit knowledge, which will over-promise and under-deliver. Acquire the wisdom which radiates from God Himself.

Embrace wisdom with every ounce of you. As her arms encircle you, take hold of the long life that is in her right hand and the riches and honor she has for you in her left.

Stay beside her because her ways are pleasant. She traipses on paths of peace. Oh, treachery will come! But you will be unshakable if you have wisdom. Meander with her and you will experience her wonder.

Do you hope to be whole and full of life? Wisdom is the tree from which grow the blessings you seek. Take hold of her, put your roots down with her. Hold fast and you will thrive.

It is my hope for you to enjoy pleasant ways and peaceful paths your whole life long. I pray you always persist in your pursuit of wisdom; that you hold her fast, come what may. You are blessed. You are a blessing.

You are truly and deeply cared for.


“But the wisdom that is from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, willing to yield, full of mercy and good fruits, without partiality and without hypocrisy.”

James 3:17

This post is part of a series which was born the day my son moved out of the house. Please read Wait, one more thing! for the backstory.

Other posts in this series, which you might enjoy, are:
Live Long and Prosper
Fear the One You Trust
How to Measure your Treasure
Don’t Despise Discipline from the One Who Delights in You
Why Wisdom Wins ‘Best Choice Award’ in Every Value Match

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Why Wisdom Wins ‘Best Choice Award’ in Every Value Match

“My son…
Blessed are those who find wisdom, those who gain understanding, for she is more profitable than silver and yields better returns than gold. She is more precious than rubies; nothing you desire can compare with her.”

Proverbs 3:13-15

My beloved child,

Wisdom will always win. It is the single item of greatest and unmatched value that you will ever acquire. Seek it, find it, guard it. This will be the recurring best choice you will ever make. Nothing would make me prouder than to see you sitting on a fat stack of Godly wisdom!

It is possible – no, it is likely – that you will be tempted by that which glistens more seductively. Silver seems profitable, gold promises returns in any market, and precious gems lure you with their very name and ask for your desire. But these things will vanish and fade.

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Do not be deceived. Wisdom wins in every value match, every time. It is proven to be unsurpassed in profitability and promises superior returns for your investment. It is that precious item whose desirability is incomparable. Collect wisdom. Stay the course. Build your stash, precept upon precept. It will equip you always.

Believe God when He tells you that wisdom is better than wealth. Obey Him when He tells you how to find favor. God says “blessed are those who find wisdom” and this is why wisdom wins ‘Best Choice Award’ in every value match.

You are truly and deeply loved and prayed for.

“The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom; all who follow his precepts have good understanding. To him belongs eternal praise.”

Psalm 111:10

This post is part of a series which was born the day my son moved out of the house. Please read Wait, one more thing! for the backstory.

Other posts in this series, which you might enjoy, are:
Live Long and Prosper
Fear the One You Trust
How to Measure your Treasure
Don’t Despise Discipline from the One Who Delights in You

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How to Measure Your Treasure

“My son…
Honor the Lord with your wealth, with the firstfruits of all your crops; then your barns will be filled to overflowing, and your vats will brim over with new wine.”

Proverbs 3:9-10

My beloved child,

Let the Lord teach you how to measure your treasure. If you honor Him with your wealth, He will see you as a trustworthy candidate for more. He said, “Whoever can be trusted with very little can also be trusted with much, and whoever is dishonest with very little will also be dishonest with much.” (Luke 16:10)

But don’t exercise faithfulness with your money just for increase. Learning to measure your treasure goes so much deeper than that.

When you bring the first part of your paycheck to God in tithes and offerings, your heart will connect with His. Isn’t that what He said? “For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.” (Matthew 6:21).

When you measure your treasure by His ability to use it, you will begin to see that what you have is more than enough. You will be content; therefore, every new blessing will be overflow.

God may choose to increase the amount of your wealth as you honor Him with what you have, but you can bank on this for sure: what you have will be magnified when you view it from a heart in step with the Lord. Let God show you how to measure your treasure; it will go far, and so will you.

You are truly and deeply cared for.

This post is part of a series which was born the day my son moved out of the house. Please read Wait, one more thing! for the backstory.

Other posts in this series, which you might enjoy, are:
Live Long and Prosper, and Fear the One You Trust.