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"You are the light of the world. A city on a hill cannot be hidden. Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house." Matthew 5:14-15

"Again, the kingdom of heaven is like a merchant looking for fine pearls. When he found one of great value, he went away and sold everything he had and bought it." Matthew 13:45-46

Tuesday, July 15, 2008

Surprised by Joy

On Sunday my oldest son left for camp to work, and my youngest son and husband headed to the next town down the road. This week they will serve with Chambersburg Project. This is an annual youth work camp that serves the local community. They are staying at the local middle school and each day they work on various projects in homes in the community: interior/exterior painting, roof repair, general home repair, plumbing, electrical work, etc.

It has been a quiet time at home for me, since I am all alone. Yesterday my husband borrowed someones cell phone to call me because he needed some various tools for the job site. It struck me as I heard his voice. I realized how much joy he was experiencing through doing this project this week. That joy surprised me - not because he was having a good time, but I realized how long it has been since I have heard joy in his voice.

I have shared a little about the amount of stress my husband has been experiencing in his job. It has been oppressive this past month, but I realize that even before that he was showing signs of stress. We have decided to devote ourselves to prayer this week. We are seeking God's face in regards to our future. I really don't feel that my husband can maintain the level of stress he has been under without experiencing some major health problems.

So I am asking my bloggy friends. If you happen to read this, will you please pray for my husband and I to have wisdom and a clear answer for where God is directing us concerning my husband's job? We will be so blessed by your prayers. Also if you have a prayer request please leave it in the comments so I can be praying for you as well.

Thank you for blessing us! :)


Anne said...

We definitely know the stress a job can bring. Mark's place of employment has been laying off engineers and there are whispers of 2 more rounds of layoff by years end... But we place our lives in the Lord's hands, since He knows what is best for us. And then we try to lay our treasure in heaven....

Many prayers going your way!

Marilyn said...

I've just said a prayer for your husband and yourself. He is indeed blessed to have a praying and supportive wife like you are!

I do have a prayer request but I'm afraid it will have to remain an "unspoken" one as it's something I can't really write about on the internet. Thanks!

Marilyn in MS