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Thursday, July 9, 2009

wishing for frozen water


peters faith


I saw this cartoon quite a while back on a friend's site and immediately thought, "That's me!" Oh, how I wish it weren't, but sadly, it is.

I know it's been way too long since I posted about the goings-on here, but there's been lots of changes around here that have pulled me away. I'm back!

'Nuff rambling.

Let me tell you why I mentioned in the previous post that I am walking completely and blindly by faith.

I'm just gonna blurt it out. ::deep breaths:: Just gonna go out and say it!

Ok. Here goes.

Sweet hubby quit his job to go into business on his own.

Whew! There I said it! It's even scary to read in words. Yes, in this economy. He quit his job.

This is something that he's been wanting to do for a very, very long time. Scott is one of the hardest working men I know. God opened a huge door for him to step through. He prayed about it and now, we're on the other side of the door!

It's scary on this side of the door.

I have to admit that this is something I prayed very little about. Yes. You read that correctly. Very. Little.

You may remember my writing about God calling me to be a more submissive wife. This is something I continuously am challenged by, although to my credit, I must say I have moved forward in the "stepping back" department. I absolutely share my feelings and thoughts, but have definitely allowed Scott to solely decide what he feels is best for our family. My only request is that he pray about it. I know he does. I trust and love my husband. I trust and love God even more. But I waiver, about both, at times. (I think that's the human side of me.)

So, while God may have opened what appears to be some financial freedom for us, which we've desperately needed since adopting 3 children in 2 years, I think "the bigger door" was opened for me to walk through.

This decision was of gigantic proportions in my book, being that I'm the financial consultant in our home. Yet, I know God's decision of granting what I have been asking of Him for so long, to make me more like the virtuous woman in Proverbs 31, instead of what today's society believes a wife/woman should be, is even bigger than not having that steady-we-know-it's-coming-weekly income. I have to believe that these doors were opened because the sovereign and omnipotent God we serve has big plans for us.

I feel like we are walking in the darkest of nights with no moon out. But although there are moments where I am overshadowed by doubt and discouragement, I know that He upholds me with His powerful hand as He leads me, leads us, one step at a time. I just have to continue to let "thy word be a lamp unto my feet and a light unto thy path." - Psalm 119:105

If we come to mind during your day, could you please stop a moment and say a quick prayer for Scott's new business endeavor? Also, could you throw in another quick little prayer for me that I continue to remain obedient to what the Lord wants from me.

One last thought. Boy, how I wish the river was frozen solid when we stepped out of the boat!


"Trust in the LORD with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding;
in all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make your paths straight." - Proverbs 3:5-6


UPDATE: For those of you that don't read the comments, Scott responded to my post. I thought you might be interested in reading his thoughts on this.


The Husband!! has left a new comment on your post "wishing for frozen water":

"It's the husband everyone! How are you?? I'm excited! And my wife is sooooooo nervous! I think after reading my wife's post I would say to her, "Relax, honey, It's under control." And it is... just not my control. the Lord brought this to me at a time where there was doors closing for us to make ends meet. This is my God at work, He has ALWAYS been there for us and always will, because He is a loving God. His POWER has touched my entire family by showing us a new way to praise him ( our new church ), and a way to follow Him ( His new path for me ). Everything that comes my way is HIS works, not mine. I know this, which is why I have no FEAR for our future. It is acually BRILLIANT what He has done for us.

But just so you all know, I would NEVER ask for you not to worry and don't pray for this to become a success. Please pray for us, for me to have the strength and dedication to become stronger in my faith, and in my new business. And of course, for my wife not to have a nervous breakdown! :) Seriously, please pray for her also so that she can be strong in our future, to be strong as a mother and as my wife. She has come a long way, and has done so much for this family. Now its my turn, and with God leading the way, I can't fail!!

Thanks everyone!
( We now return you to your normal programming, already in progress! )"

25 comments :

The Princess's Mommy said...

Praying for you, my sweet friend. What an awesome journey of faith you are taking. Can't wait to see where it leads!!

Love and blessings,
Monica

The Husband!! said...

It's the husband everyone! How are you?? I'm excited! And my wife is sooooooo nervous! I think after reading my wife's post I would say to her, " Relax, honey, It's under control. And it is... just not my control. the Lord brought this to me at a time where there was doors closing for us to make ends meet. This is my God at work, He has ALWAYS been there for us and always will, because He is a loving God. His POWER has touched my entire family by showing us a new way to praise him ( our new church ), and a way to follow Him ( His new path for me ). Everything that comes my way is HIS works, not mine. I know this, which is why I have no FEAR for our future. It is acually BRILLIANT what He has done for us.

But just so you all know, I would NEVER ask for you not to worry and don't pray for this to become a success. Please pray for us, for me to have the strength and dedication to become stronger in my faith, and in my new business. And of course, for my wife not to have a nervous breakdown! :) Seriously, please pray for her also so that she can be strong in our future, to be strong as a mother and as my wife. She has come a long way, and has done so much for this family. Now its my turn, and with God leading the way, I can't fail!!

Thanks everyone!

( We now return you to your normal programming, already in progress! )

Holly said...

What a great hubby you've got girl!
I know God WILL supply all your needs.
I will stand with you and pray.

day by day said...

Hey Ohilda!!

Wow exciting stuff going on over there!!! I love that cartoon....sooo true! I look forward to learning more about your new business and also watching it blossom. Keep remembering...He is walking right along side of you in this new journey...

love you!

Jill said...

I know it must be nerve racking in today's economic times...but I am SO PROUD of both of you! Keep the faith, and remember, GOD IS GOOD! I will say a prayer for you both many times over!!!
Hugs, Jill

Amy - AKA - TigerMommie said...

It is a tough economic time, but that doesn't mean it's not the right time for such things. Very big best wishes to you........what a great adventure.
Love the cartoon......

Under the Florida Sun said...

What a great post!!

My DH is also starting in a new business adventure. He is awaiting the start up and will be home for a month. I look forward to getting things done around the house, but I also I'm spending a lot of time in prayer and I'm actually excited to see what God is going to do through all of this!!

Blessings to you on a great new adventure

Sally- That Girl! said...

Ohilda,

After reading your hubby's comment you must have peace knowing that your husband is seeking the kingdom of God and His righteousness and all things shall be added to you as it says in Matthew 6.

You must be so proud of him knowing he is putting God into this equation. So many women are praying for their husbands just to know God!

I am so excited to watch God's work in your husband and yourself!!

So email me about the new church!!!

The Byrd's Nest said...

First of all....I have missed Hubby writing on the blog....his comment is amazing and prayer filled and God driven.

Keep looking above the line Ohilda....yes you can be scared....I am absolutely terrified of what I am about to do and it is okay sister!

Keep your eyes focused on Him and only Him and everything will be fine...I love you and I am praying for this great new adventure!

geminirn said...

Well CONGRATULATIONS!!!!I will keep you all in my prayers.....sounds like a wonderful new adventure!!!

Hugs from Canada

Jewels of My Heart said...

Ohhhhhhhhhhhhhh big hug to you! God's peace my sister in Christ Jesus.... it is going to be ok!
As to your beloved Scott.... Well Done!
Well done for seeking the Lord and having the courage to follow Him in faith.
Well done for leading your family in the will of the Lord and giving Him the glory.
Well done in being sensitive to your loving wife and holding her hand as she stands beside you and steps out of that boat, during the storm and walks on water with you....
I just think you are both wonderful! OH, how you shine bright for Jesus!
You know I will be praying!!!!!

Kim said...

Ohilda, you have no idea how much this post blessed my heart. One of my biggest struggles is being a Proverbs 31 woman. I'm more a "grab the bull by the horns" person, while my husband is much more thoughtful and deliberate. Okay, I'll admit it. I also have some control issues! I've come to realize in the last several months that I often usurp my husband's God-given role in our family. I am working on it, but it is very hard for me.

I'll be praying for you, your family, and your new business endeavors. It will be exciting to read how God is working in your lives and providing for you in the days to come.

Leslie Jackson said...

Congrats on the new business. (That's for you and hubby!) Did I miss it in the post...what kind of business is he doing? (I'm sorry... I'm sure you told us already somewhere!)

Prays for you both during this exciting but nervous time!

Sherri said...

We are sisters.

My DH is quitting his job to go out on his own...within the next couple of weeks.

I so understand all of your fears, emotions, worries, etc. Kind of scary, yet exciting, isn't it?

mommy24treasures said...

what a wonderful Hubby, Ohilda! Mine walked away from his reg job 10 years ago and it was the BEST thing that ever happened to us. I know with Scott's faith this is going to be successful! He will bless what you put your hand to and His blessing maketh rich:)

waiting4Isabella said...

This is great...... Obviously, you know i've been there done that. And I Like you had had to take many many risks.... After working for the government for six solid years, five months of consecutive praying /attending mass during my lunch break and pleading with GOD to give me some sort of break.... HE DID & Boy was it WORTH IT. I Believe strongly that you & Scott both are listening to GOD's word... Stay focused don't rush ahead of HIM & let HIM lead the way. REMEMBE ALL WILL BE WELL IN HIM !

So excited for all of you during this transition. BE NOT AFRAID !

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sara said...

sorry I have been sparse over here (and every where), but after this weekend, I will be back. Anyway, YEA GOD!!! I am so excited for you and will certainly be praying!! What an amazing husband God gave you!!!

love ya!

RamblingMother said...

Praying for continued faith in this adventure. He is braver than I would be. It is wonderful but scary news!

Amy said...

Oh my, Ohilda, this is SO exciting for your family! I know, I know...and nerve-wracking, and knee-weakening, and stomach-churning...believe me, with the upheaval my own family has gone through I am walking right beside you with Pepto in hand, Sweet Pea. But this is WONDERFUL! I am praying for peace and strength for you and for wisdom and courage for Scott. And I am praying that through this new adventure, your family will be in all ways blessed and liberated!!! I love you so much, O. Chris and I will be toasting to your family's great future tonight! Always, Ame

Jill said...

OH! I am so FREAKING EXCITED for you and your family! And what SOLID GROUND you are stepping on with God as the lead! YOU GO and SCOTT GO and God will take you to the place HE wants you to be!
I am so eager to see this unfold!
YEAH!!!!! And, Congratulations on the next step of faith dear one!
Jill

David and Sarah said...

Wow! Beautiful thoughts from your sweet hubby!!

Blessings,
Sarah

Ladyblog said...

Wow! Stepping out in faith is so scary. I will be praying for your family! What kind of business? Is there anything your bloggy friends can do to help promote the biz???

Aus said...

Well prayers for you guys - I'd say for the sucess of your ventures - but that won't be necessary, knowing you guys I know they will be winners! If - in fact - ya'll ever have an IPO for stock let me know!

In the meantime - we will wish for you guys the Peace of knowing that you are going in the right direction - and with the Best Company!

hugs and loads of love -

aus and co.

Lanny said...

I hope you will pardon me when I say I am very very excited for you and your family. Not that you are now self-employed but that you are taking yet another huge leap. I will certainly keep you in my prayers but not out of worry, God holds your life for sure and that is not a source of worry. What an exciting journey He has for all of us when we are ready to let go of our earthly "securities."

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