Sunday, July 20, 2008

Part 5: A Wise Woman Builds Her House

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"A wise woman builds her house." This is what Hannah told me I was doing by staying home. I really did focus on my family that year when I was home with them. Jason had been worried that Stephi was growing up too quickly. She was 15 and had been hanging out with a boy that Jason really didn't like, and I was finally starting to see things that way my hubby did.

I started making Steph and Paul go to youth group at the church. At first they weren't very keen on it, but after a while they enjoyed it. They became invoved in the teen small groups at our church and Stephi even sang for the teen worship service. That year Steph and Paul really blossomed into a couple of nice, clean cut kids. And I felt good that I was finally giving them the kind of parental guidance that they deserved.

I really felt God working in our lives. Jason and I found a great small group also. There was even a gal in our group that used to practice Wicca like I did. I really connected with her and we felt that God had put us together for a reason. He showed us that we didn't have to be ashamed of who we used to be because now we were His.

So, we grew together as a family that year and we were all baptized as well (except Henry because he was too young.) I started volunteering with the kids youth group and even read through the Bible for the first time.

But my time at home with my family didn't last forever. Eventually Jason stopped selling Xray equipment because the market dried up and he was forced to return to hospital work. This meant that I had to return to work too. I was surprised to see the Christian nurses that I used to work with at the skilled nursing facility(SNF) at my church one Sunday. I didn't know that they went to my church! They were so happy to learn that I had changed my ways and told me that they had been praying for me. I told them that I had been off work for about a year, but that I was looking to return and they said there was a night position open at the SNF.

So the next day I applied and 2 weeks later I was working there. Just 2 nights a week. It was perfect. I'd probably still be there if Jason hadn't have been offered the job with ARAMCO in Saudi Arabia.

15 comments:

Z's Mom said...

Funny how everything works out! How exciting!!!

Ronda's Rants said...

Kendra, thanks so much for sharing this. We are struggling right now with our business and I needed the reminder that God goes ahead and places people and circumstances in our path for our good and His purpose.

Sue said...

I just finished reading all of your posts about your past and your journal to Christ. Thank you for sharing things you may not be proud of.

Hooray and praise God for saving you and your family!

Jennifer said...

Oooh! Saudi Arabia! I can't wait to hear!

Z's Mom said...

Hi Kendra...I have a bloggy award for you on my site...when you get a chance...come and get it!

Hot Tub Lizzy said...

Wow - this story is really wonderful...

Maria Diane said...

I love keeping up with your story!

jennifer said...

God is good. Love hearing how He was working in your family.

Jen

Cara Starr said...

What a great testimony! And your blog is adorable. I was reading your profile before i got here and
1.) i also "collect" purses,
2.) i LOVE Saving Silverman. "doesn't one and only mean like one... and ONLY?"
3.) I read that book "House" by Dekker and Peretti and omg... I had to sleep with a nightlight!
Thanks for visiting me!

sassy stephanie said...

Still reading. Just wanted to drop a quick comment. Your friend, the one that stopped talking to you, the other that "in the end" it all didn't mean/do anything. Keep praying. You may not be meant to open their eyes. Only God can do that, really. You are however, a vessel he uses. A seed he has planted in their lives.

As for the no cross crap...it is just that. Crap. I think that is illegal or something. Thank God for Hannah being by your side through that, so that you did not creep into a shell but realize you were doing nothing wrong.

off to part 5!

sassy stephanie said...

oops. Posted the above on the wrong part of the story. Anyway, Kendra. Thank you thank you thank you for sharing this testimony. I pray that many others will hear it. What a touching story. It brought tears of joy to my eyes. How wonderful that your whole family came to Christ through your experience.

Kendrawolf said...

Thank you guys for all of your encouraging comments. Tomorrow I will post the next part.

Heather said...

This is an AMAZING testament to the power of prayer.

bethany said...

thanks for visiting me!! Yes, I do read.

It is awesome to hear about all that God is doing in your life! Thank ou so much for sharing :)

bethany said...

thanks for visiting me!! Yes, I do read.

It is awesome to hear about all that God is doing in your life! Thank ou so much for sharing :)