Greetings, readers! More than a Mrs. founder, Jennifer, here. This post will be a quick one (yes, I know the blog is overdue. Alas, life happens). As the title suggests, I’d like to convert a private victory into a public moment of praise.
If you’ve read the brief biography that accompanies the More Than a Mrs. blog, you may be aware that I’m a chaplain’s wife. Confession time and side bar: Being a chaplain’s wife does not always translate into indelible, unquestionable faith! Faith is a characteristic I continuously strive to improve, and likely will struggle with for the rest of my life, to be quite honest. Everyone has their moment and if they say otherwise, they’re either not being honest with themselves, or with you. *insert Kanye shrug*
Back to the subject at hand:
If you’ve read previous posts authored by me, you may have also been waiting on the edge of your seat for me to fulfill a promise I’ve made, at various times, to share more of my personal story (or, you may have forgotten, which is totally fine because, again, life happens). Either way, here’s the partial fulfillment of that promise.
Precisely one year ago, last week, I sold my home and moved from Atlanta, Georgia, where I had an office with a view and a “senior attorney” title, to work for the State of Nebraska…in a cubicle. I was doing good work, including assisting the governor, but the move came with a significant pay cut and an hour-long commute.
Everyone on base, it seems, knows about my commute and God has been faithful in sending tangible words of encouragement to me in the form of the angels that walk in the military community.
He also spoke to me directly in his silence, and told me to wait. God told me to wait because He always has something better in store for his faithful children. I did as he asked but, as my husband will attest, I did not do so without struggle.
Fast forward one year.
Since that time, I’ve seen a real promotion and title award above and beyond that which I had in Georgia, I’m due for an office in January, on the receiving end of “Senior Leadership” emails and, although I still have a long commute, I actually ENJOY what I’m doing.
To clarify: I’m not bragging. First, none of this came about as a result of my solo efforts. Cue “God’s Plan” (I’ve never heard the song, but the title seems appropriate).
Second, due to the nature of the military spouse life, I could literally be unemployed next year – for the next 3-5 years, or more.
That’s because milspouses often sacrifice their careers, dreams, etc., to be with the one they love and, NO we didn’t know what we were getting into. And YES, it is totally worth it. No, this isn’t a brag post. What this is, is public thank you and a reminder to myself regarding what God can do. It’s a reminder to watch Him move the next time I find myself in what seems to be an insurmountable situation, or, you know, complaining about my commute. I love my husband but today God is my #mcm.
Now, it’s your turn.
What has God done for you lately? Have you given him the praise He deserves? Take a moment where you are to make sure you’ve given Him His due. Then, feel free to share. I’d love to hear from you!