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My New Job!

I didn’t plan on blogging twice today, but Dayne is working late tonight and I’ve already eaten my homemade dinner by myself, I’ve got Seinfeld on in the background, and I’m waiting for my raspberry-filled mini-brownies to cool. I think I’ll light a candle…

…Back.

I thought I’d tell you faithful readers about what transpired over the last week!

If you’ve been reading over the past couple of weeks, you’ll know that I was home sick from work last week with an awful sinus infection. That gave me some time to browse some jobs on Craigslist, even though I had all but given up on my job hunt. I came across a job posting for a position that I had already heard about: a Student Services Receptionist position at a local charter school. I was surprised to see it on Craigslist because I had heard about it weeks ago, and of course, in this economy, jobs tend to fill up fast.

I had resisted applying before because I was lazy and discouraged and didn’t think I could get a job in a school without a background in education. My friend, who is one of the teachers there, had emailed me about the job opening while Dayne & I were up in the Poconos. I was intrigued, but being away definitely put a delay on things. Once we came home, I just didn’t think I would get it, so I didn’t apply.

Then I saw the job posting on Craigslist, and I had nothing pressing going on, so I emailed the supervisor with my resumé. I got a call back the very next day, and went in for my first interview when I was finally starting to feel better last Wednesday. I interviewed with my would-be supervisor, and I fell in love with the job and the school and the staff. I was suddenly nervous when I left that interview; I’m not sure I’ve ever wanted a job so badly. It was also the most thorough interview that I’ve ever been a part of, so I knew that the school, and particularly my supervisor, were on top of things, which really impressed and simultaneously intimidated me.

I only had to wait a few hours before I got a call back for a second interview with the CEO (no pressure!).

I honestly have never been more nervous for an interview in my life.

Friday afternoon rolled around, and thankfully I had been put at ease a little by a fun girls’ breakfast that morning with four women and a baby from Dayne’s family. I met the CEO and his assistant, and my would-be supervisor was there for the interview as well. I was asked some really tough questions, and I asked some questions, too. It turned out that each person in that meeting room was a Christian, which made me even more excited about the job — we talked about ministry, and the CEO gave me some great advice about life and relationships in the midst of the interview.

Then he asked me how badly I wanted the job. I had been praying for clarity in case they would offer it to me, because I really didn’t want to leave my innkeeper position; I was trying to make the best decision for Dayne & me, in which more hours and higher pay would definitely be preferred. Thankfully, at this point in the interview, I felt absolute clarity and enthusiasm for the job, and I was very upfront with him about how I felt about the position and how nervous I had been because of how badly I wanted the job. I was asked to leave the room for a few minutes, and when I came back, I was offered the job. It reminded me of when Dayne proposed, actually – this would be a major life shift for me!

The job is amazing; in fact, I already love it, and I haven’t even started yet. I can’t think of one single thing I’d rather be doing, and the benefits and pay are better than I could have asked for. I’ve discovered through the past few months that I’m created for working with and serving people; it really brings me a sense of fulfillment and purpose. I also am ridiculously on top of things and detail-oriented, which is great for an administrative position (and maybe will channel some of that energy away from Dayne ;)).

The downside is leaving my job at the inn – I’ve loved my co-workers and the staff there in a way that I haven’t experienced in any other job. I walked out of the inn very happy almost every day. I hope the same for my upcoming job.

I have a week & a half left til I start at the school, and I can’t wait.

What was really impressed on my heart over the past week is just how sovereign God is. I didn’t find a job when I was really striving for one, we didn’t get the house we wanted when we were trying really hard to get it, and I just had to learn to trust that He knew what was best and was holding out until He could give us what was best. We (I) had to be patient. And He provided. He always provides.

It reminds me of one of my favorite verses that I have a harder time living than loving:

Unless the LORD builds the house, its builders labor in vain. Unless the LORD watches over the city, the watchmen stand guard in vain.” – Psalm 127:1

The LORD’s plans are best, and they’re the only plans that will work. The psalm goes on to say:

In vain you rise early and stay up late, toiling for food to eat — for He grants sleep to those He loves.” (Psalm 127:2)

Amen. We can rest in Him.

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The hunt for a job and a house.

Not too much small stuff happening this week, but an overload of big stuff! Besides Dayne & I making the sooner-than-we-expected decision to replace his car, here is a little update on what’s been going on:

My job hunt has had its ups & downs. Mostly downs — I don’t do well with job hunting at all. I start feeling like I picked the wrong major in college and that I chose the wrong jobs ever since. Dayne made the point that there are so many things in my life that wouldn’t’ve happened, and I wouldn’t even be the same person, if I had done things differently. He’s right; when I’m tempted to regret majoring in Youth Ministry, it really helps me to remember how much I spiritually gained from my ministry classes, my internships, and my Biblical studies classes. When I’m tempted to regret nannying for years, Dayne reminds me that the relationships I developed are so special to me, and I may not have met him if things had happened differently. He’s right, but it’s still very hard to find value in things that the world makes look like nothing. In worldly terms, I don’t notice the character growth as much as I notice the lack of years of experience on my resumé.

^Apple picking with Dayne last fall. It helps to look back
on all the ways I’ve grown personally & professionally
since then.

I do have to shift my focus and realize that while I don’t have specific experience in many business arenas, I do have valuable skills and talents. I also have a unique personality and character that has been shaped by my education and experience. While that may not be incredibly valuable in the workplace, it is at least valuable to the people around me, such as my husband, friends, and family.

Anyways, all that to say I have an interview tonight that I’m pretty excited about. If it’s legit, I am very optimistic. If it’s not, hopefully I’ll be able to learn something from it and not be daunted in my search. One thing I was nervous about, which I mentioned to Dayne’s mom yesterday, is the “long term” commitment. I don’t know when Dayne and I are going to have kids, but I know that I want to stay home with them. Most likely, I won’t be working, or I’ll be working very limited hours while Dayne or our parents can be with the baby. That being said, I didn’t know how I would respond if I was asked about my long-term commitment to a job. Deb just advised me to be honest; if it’s the right job for me and God wants me to have it, that won’t stand in the way.

Topic shift: Dayne and I are meeting Kay and Dayne’s brother (Chad) and my parents to look at a house for the second time later this afternoon. I love this house. Dayne is a lot more apprehensive about it; there are some major things he doesn’t like. Bottom line: it is the nicest single family home we’ve found in our price range. The only other option we’ve seen are townhouses, some of which we’d like to see in person before putting in an offer on any house, but hands-down this is a great single family home in a great location for a very good price. I’m interested to see how today’s walk-through goes; I’m praying about it, and if I have to let go of the house, I have to let go of the house! I just pray often that Dayne and I will be led in the same direction; it’s very hard on a marriage to be divided on big decisions. Thankfully, God has been faithful recently to lead us to the same church, and I think He desires for us to work together in these areas 🙂

That’s about it! The struggle to discipline myself to blog came back the last couple of days, but today I defeated it! And that is a small victory for me 🙂 I read a great blog entry from Donald Miller the other day that I’m hoping to write about soon, and I’m also in the process of reading The War of Art: Break Through the Blocks and Win Your Inner Creative Battles by Steven Pressfield. Incredible book so far. Here’s to all the upcoming small – and hopefully big, too – victories!


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Work.

From today’s devotional:

“Some people love what they do, but most merely toil to survive.  As a result, we’ve come to think of work as a result of the Fall.  Many endure a life of futility and anonymity in the bowels of some large corporation.  We yearn to be fruitful, to do something that flows naturally out of the gifts and capacities of our own soul.  But of course – we were meant to be the kings and queens of the earth.” – John Eldredge; Knowing the Heart of God

I’ve been thinking a lot about laboring to make money vs. doing something that I end up loving because I’m good at it and it’s fulfilling. I realize most (maybe including me) don’t have a choice. But I think everyone wants to do something they love. I think that’s what we were created for — whether it’s in our 9-5 or outside of it. Because when we’re doing something we love – when we’re exhibiting our gifts and talents and feeling purpose – we exhibit our Creator.

Fruitfulness…

What does it mean to be fruitful?

“Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for human masters… it is the Lord Christ you are serving.” – Colossians 3:23,24 (NIV)

“For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.” – Ephesians 2:10 (NIV)