Saturday, November 15, 2008

Living Simply Saturdays

Today's post on living simply is about worry. I shared in last week's post how I find myself worrying about financial matters. It seems that God threw another "test" at me this week. My former principal called me at home a few days ago and asked me to come back to work starting Monday! He lost his counselor and needed someone to start as soon as possible. It is a truly amazing situation....any school counselor's dream. It is a small K-4 campus of 287 students (only 16 classrooms!). The campus is rated "Exemplary" by the Texas Education Agency for high test scores. It is in a very nice, safe, stable neighborhood. What more could any school counselor ask for? And to boot, the principal is great to work with! And, oh yeah, the salary is about $10,000 more than I was making when I quit a couple of years ago.

Todd and I talked and prayed about it for a long time before I called and told him no. Although it seems like the perfect answer right now in many ways, it is not the best answer for Grace. Perhaps God was testing our commitment to keeping Grace at home with me. I'm sure there will be a time when I go back to work, but now is not the time. Since I've been home with Grace, we have seen such wonderful changes in her. Beyond the normal growth and development. I am able to teach her, play with her, discipline her, and answer all her (many!) questions from a Biblical perspective. If I went back to work, I'd have to put her back in a daycare, and I just can't stand the thought.

So, we faced the challenge head-on by saying no. Now the challenge is not to worry and trust that we made the right decision!


judy said...

Wow! What a choice and perhaps a test. God honors our priorities. Our first calling is to Him, our husbands, and our children. Hang on tightly and closely to God's Word. His promises are many and He is faithful! Hope you have a wonderful weekend and love on that husband who is leading your family!

Stephanie @ Keeper of the Home said...

That's awesome! Great decision, and how blessed Grace is to have a Mommy and Daddy so committed to caring for her the best they can. I know that God will provide for your needs as you obey and trust in Him! :)

Mrs. Sprinkles said...

I'm glad you didn't take the job, because I look on you as a role model--WWJD? What Would Joanna Do?
I'm only half kidding.

I can see your passion for Christ in your decision.