First, my apologies for not getting all the prayers up that I pIanned leading up to Easter. I badly need a new computer at home. Hopefully soon.
Second, I think it is time to share a picture of my grandson, Noah, and his daddy, my son, Joshua. I can hardly believe that Noah will be a year old in June! My daughter, Kris, and granddaughter, Trinity (who turned five in January), and I will be visiting them next week. So excited...I don't get to see them often. I want Noah to know who Grandma is!
Third, a few people who read my blog once in a while and are also friends on Facebook but don't know me in "real life" have asked what I'm doing these days. When I resigned the pastorate of Jubilee AG (three years ago, not long before Easter) I expected that my "path" would become clear in a reasonable time. Why did I think that? I do not know. Wishful thinking, most likely!
I am still working at Veritas Financial Services, a small (but excellent) firm in Plymouth, Wisconsin. I started doing data entry and a little office support and figured it would last for a few months. I needed the paycheck, so that was fine. Three years later, I am still here. After I was working about 3 or 4 months I started doing more marketing, writing articles, setting up a blog and Facebook page, and other things too. Last year I decided to get my insurance license so that I could market Medicare-related insurance (a natural fit for me, but I won't bore you with why that's the case).
Recently, I decided, after much soul searching, that I would stop the marketing/office part of my job, so while I still have an office at Veritas I am not working "for" the company and not getting a salary. I get commissions on policies. It has been slow going and a "step of faith." However, I want to be able to focus energy on other things. I don't think that being an insurance agent is all God has for me...not that there's anything wrong with that. ;-)
I am almost finished with my novel, "Finding Little Big Foot" and hope to get that finished up and start looking for an agent--or otherwise getting the book published. Have ideas for two other books, and I would love to speak and travel. I have so much to share (at least, that's my story and I'm sticking to it). Not sure quite what to do about that or how to begin.
I think life is likely to change soon in another big way that I am not yet free to share, but I'm watching and waiting and praying. Isaiah 64:8 says, "And yet, O Lord, you are our Father. We are the clay, and you are the potter. We all are formed by your hand." He is the potter and I am the clay. Feeling a little smashed and not very useful lately, but refusing to take myself off the wheel.
I had a wonderful weekend, which I hope to share a little about soon.