Hey SUM family, Tiffany here!
I know there have been some people asking progress on my journey with running for the local school board. I honestly don't have a lot of information at this time. However, it is really great to have people reach out from my community and share that they have voted for me. I can't help but smile when I see the love and encouragement in this endeavor. This is a headshot that I had taken for the campaign. I am so pleased with how it turned out! It is exciting and nerve wracking at the same time. I am in uncharted territory! I hope to share more at a later time; however, today I want to talk about something else.
Some of you will remember that I shared about my job. I currently work at my local state patrol doing fingerprints for background checks. Almost four and a half years ago God pushed me through the door. Just a recap, at the time I wanted to be a stay at home mom. It was a struggle during that time because my husband wanted me to work. After a couple of months I reluctantly started applying for jobs. This job was the ONLY one that opened up for me.
There were many different phases of learning from the Lord. Learning to hear His voice and see Him communicate in unique ways. Having the ability to actually study the Bible during work hours. Being able to do homework and review class notes for ministry classes. I look back and I think there is no way that I would have been able to experience this if I were at home with my children. God really did know what He was doing!
All this time later, I am now at a crossroads. The atmosphere has changed. I won’t go into all of the details but I believe that people are working against me to push me out of my job. This once enjoyable workplace of mine is no longer. In many ways it feels like Daniel. These last few months, I’ve been thrown into the lion’s den. My prayer has been, “Lord, shut the mouths of the lions that are looking to devour me.” Do I stay or do I go? Time will tell. One thing I do know is that God is faithful.
I have to be completely honest with you. I started getting a stinky attitude about my job a couple of months ago. We’ve talked before about the Jewish calendar. This last Jewish year was the “year of the mouth.” Sadly I have not used my mouth properly for most of the year. I have complained. I have spoken harsh words. I have even used profanity – this is not something I tend to do!
Why am I bringing this up? I am bringing this up because I know you’ve gone through hardship too. Maybe you are right in the thick of it now. It may be a job situation like me. It may be with a family member. It may be with your marriage. Whatever the circumstance, I feel your pain.
I believe that if I would have used my mouth in the Spirit instead of the flesh than I would have spared myself a lot of grief. I allowed a foothold for the devil. He swung it wide open and invited many friends. Bitterness (wow wasn’t Lynn’s post so amazing on this!). Envy. Strife. Anger. Discontent. Pride. Selfishness.
On Friday I want to unpack some things that I have learned during this trying time. I want to share things I should have done and things I should have avoided. My hope is that you will have some take aways that will be useful for future situations. For today, I want to leave you with this:
4 I sought the Lord, and He heard me,
And delivered me from all my fears.
5 They looked to Him and were radiant,
And their faces were not ashamed.
6 This poor man cried out, and the Lord heard him,
And saved him out of all his troubles.
7 The [a]angel of the Lord encamps all around those who fear Him,
And delivers them.
8 Oh, taste and see that the Lord is good;
Blessed is the man who trusts in Him!
9 Oh, fear the Lord, you His saints!
There is no [b]want to those who fear Him. (Psalms 34:4-9, NKJV)
What are some ways that God has delivered you from trouble? What are some passages of scripture that have been your anchor in hard times? I really would love to pray together for our community. Let's meet in the comments.