Hello everyone hope all is well in the New Year for you.
I woke up so refreshed today as I literally slept for 10 hours straight. (Thank God) Sleeping has been rough over the last 12 months, I woke up this morning knowing that I had a huge 2nd interview at the Art Institute of Dallas at 3:30pm today so I got up and decided to eat and get in the Word of God! As you know I am going through Proverbs and today was a good one. As I was cooking my steak and eggs this morning I anticipated the good ole feeling of having a quiet time while eating my steak and eggs at my dining room table. At last the food was done and I was able to take my seat at the table, turn the page on my Bible that I keep on my dining room table and get to reading. As the word was cutting me up left and right I came across a scripture that made me feel like I had at least a little wisdom. “The fruit of the righteous is a tree of life, and he who wins souls is wise.” Proverbs 11:30 Scripture of the Day! I feel like this is what my life is about and this is what I try to do on a daily basis, so I felt good about that. However I was and have been challenged every day in my heart by proverbs. Today in particular it was Prov 11:20-21 “The LORD detests men of perverse heart but he delights in those whose ways are blameless. Be sure of this: The wicked will not go unpunished, but those who are righteous will go free.” and this just cut me up because deep down inside I know my heart is wretched and I want to delight in righteousness. I was humbled by the fact that I was reminded that sin has consequences, The wicked will not go free! I really have been challenged lately on my character. I think I have allowed discouragement and apathy to set in and I haven’t been on top of things at my house like I should, I haven’t been on top of pushing bible studies like I should ( I’ve been setting them up but not with the urgency I need to) I have been living out of my car (at least it looked that way til last week when I got it organized) and I just have been caught up in my own issues (financial, job, bitterness) and not in the lives of the people God has put in my life to help. I asked myself the question: How am I gonna respond, am I gonna continue to get down like I have been or am I gonna MAN UP and kick the snot out of Satan and Life and stop letting Satan and life kick me like a wounded dog!
It was then off to the gym where I hit my advanced bicycle cardio workout for 20 minutes and let me tell you, that bicycle machine we have in our gym is insane. My legs were screaming and I had to keep going another ten minutes. The only thing that I could think of to keep me going was that Jesus didn’t quit when he was being crucified. After my 20 minutes were up I jumped the fence into the closed pool area so I could go look over my favorite spot to pray at. There I spent some time in prayer and went back to get ready for my interview.
This time when I went to interview it was the interviewer who was late as I waited 15 minutes past the scheduled time of our interview. The President came in and we had a brief laugh about me being late yesterday and him being late today. We went into his office and he asked me what motivates me to hit my numbers, i shared money and he shared that the pay is the same here whether I do well or not so what motivates me, I said the opportunity for advancement. He did a role playing interview with me and I think I did ok. At the end we found out that we had a little in common as I was on the WSU track team in college and he played college football. He asked if I had any questions for him and I shared that I did have a few traffic convictions on my background check (as I was worried that those convictions may be whats been keeping me from getting hired) he responded by saying as long as I declared them on my application (which I did) that it wouldn’t be a problem. He told me I would be getting and online survey and background check request in my email and to fill it out and I will know shortly. I’m thinking please Jesus help me and keep the prayers coming because I am down to my last $150 and I have to drive to Bastrop tonight so I can make my court appearence in the mornin. It was off to the Chiropractor and then off to Bastrop as I barely escaped rush hour traffic to get out of Dallas. You know I actually am enjoying all these trips to Austin. Six hours of me and God each way. Adam called as I was driving down and we had an intense talk in which some deep seeded hurts of mine came out and my attitude towards them came to the forfront so much to the point that Adam told me I was way out touch on one of them. I knew he was right and am glad he called so we could hash it out like men. Adam’s a studd! Iron sharpening Iron, gotta love it! Once I got to my Grandma’s in Bastrop I opened the door saw my bro in law watching T.V. and was amazed at how cclean the place looked. I went into my grandma’s room and was greated by an amazingly cheerful grandmother who told me that she thought that was me in the living room and that she is feeling fine and has no back pain (chiropractic care and prayer) and she was super joyful. Also to my surprise, Princess our cat was still hanging on. ( I think she will make it a little longer than the 7-10 days the vet gave her but I would be surprised if she makes it another month. It was grat seeing her in a little more lively state. Of course my niece and nephew came runing out of their room and bombarded me. It was off to bed as I reclined in my Grandma’s recliner and finally clocked out at 2am.