August 2016 September 2016 November 2016 May 2017 March 2017
About 3 years ago, at an Equip in Denver, someone was speaking into the area of personal finances/financial freedom. At the time, I was finishing up university and my almost $15000 student loans were heading into repayment. They were supposed to take 10 years to pay back and the idea of that weighed heavily on me. While standing with those declaring victory in the area of finances, I felt God say to me that my loans would be paid off in less than 5 years. I’ve held onto that word knowing it would only be possible if God took care of it. Even until recently, it seemed so far off. And yet!!! Yesterday, I made the final payent on my loan. God has been faithful to provide and in less than 3 years since God spoke that word to me, I am now debt free!!!
God is in Control
Back in January 2017 I was reviewing my financial situation. I realized that my consumer proposal debt would end soon. Then I could start to save for a new car. Mine was 10 years old and had 200,000km on it. I was hoping it would last 2 years as I save for another. Feb 27th, debt paid in full and for the first time in 52 years, I am out of debt! On March 11th I had an accident, which was the other drivers fault, and my insurance company wrote off my car. I struggled, with no money and bad credit, to understand how I could get a new car. My insurance company gave me an incredible settlement. This allowed me to put down a large sum for a deposit. This time my debt is different – with Jesus guiding me, my debt is not controlling me. God knew the end result. Do It Again, Lord!
After working for the bank on contract for 3 years, I am finally hired as full-time employee. In spite of the fact that the bank is going through re-organisation and lay-offs, I definitely feel that it is God’s gracious hand in my life to make this possible. Praise The Lord!
He’s Our Provider
God is faithful! This Tuesday I start a full time job working at Farm Boy! Thank you God!!
Risking for Him!
God has spoken to the church this year about risk, about what we are willing to risk for him. For someone under the age of 40, changing jobs is probably no big deal. In many cases, it would be perceived as riskier to stay in the same job. For someone like me,, over the age of 60, changing jobs is a different proposition, especially if you have been with the same company for 12 years, all your previous jobs averaged just 2 years, and you anticipated retiring from your current company. The choice I faced was to stay put where I have been for 12 years, doing what I am good at or to leave the comfortable behind and go to work for someone different doing something I haven’t done before; to go from being a senior staff member to being the new kid; to go from being proven and trusted to being untried. Looking back over the past year and a half, I see God’s fingerprints. He has worked in various ways to loosen my grip on my current job, and to open my mind to the possibility of being somewhere else. I didn’t go looking for something else or even somewhere else I was for the most part content. The something else can looking for me. I believe God has opened the door. I think I have it in me (with God’s help) to prove myself at least once more. On Monday I start a new job as a Practice Advisor at the Ontario Association of Architects. I will no longer be practicing architecture, rather I will be working for the governing body, helping other architects to practice well, and helping to support the profession. I don’t know what God intends to accomplish through this, I just know that my sphere of influence, my oikos is changing. I am looking forward to the change and to the challenge. April 2016
Back in January I was given a permanent position. At that time my boss said that she was pushing through a raise, as I did not qualify yet for the merit bonuses since I am just coming on as a permanent employee. Last Thursday I was given a letter that said I was getting a raise for merit in my position and that the raise would be retroactive to the start of my permanent position.