He will provide

I am blessed, Jim the Tolerable, Mr. Tolerable, My life, The job hunt

I’m not the most religious person in the world.  I’m a Christian, that is true, but I have a hard time spouting phrases like,

“What great fellowship we had.”

“That song really spoke to me.”

“I feel I’m being led by God to  ________.”

There are times, though, when I cannot ignore the “Old Man” as my hubby likes to call him.  My family is going through what should be total turmoil but I believe God will provide for us (another phrase I usually would not spout).  Today Mr. Tolerable called me and said his boss told him he did not have to work out his full 30 days he gave for notice he was leaving.  Honestly, we were hoping that would happen because it does not affect his pay and allows him to spend some time with the family before he starts a new job.  The HR department has assured him his commissions that are due to him for the next 3 months are his regardless.

On this same day, Mr. T also found a position that he is so excited about.  He has already submitted his resume  It is at a local horse racing track as an administrative manager.  I know it might sound like something not everyone would be excited about but for my husband it is a great opportunity.  There are MANY responsibilities such as hiring, firing, organizing, training and (his favorite part) making sure accommodations are made for the horsemen, owners and trainers.  He will get to meet (if he got the position) those that he reads about and looks up to.  It would be the “in” that he has been looking for.

I have a hard time believing this is all coincidence.  If I were to make a made up position that I wanted my husband for, I would have put almost the same things as what was on this position AND it’s at a horse racing track.  Divine intervention?

As I type this, Mr. Tolerable is packing up his belongings from his office to come home.  Saying goodbye to a job that he did well, very well.  One that only a year ago he enjoyed.  But after almost 7 years, going through ups and down.  The original company being bought by a bigger “better” company.  We can both finally say, “Good bye and GOOD RIDDANCE.”

Do you out there think God works that way?  That He creates opportunities for us?  Or, are we just reading into these events and since we like them we think they are from Him?  Have you ever had God show you a path to take and DID IT?  What was the outcome and do you regret anything you did?  Did you ever NOT do something that you now see probably was an opportunity opened up by God Himself?  Why did you not follow that path?  What happened afterward?  I guess I am just looking for someone out there to confirm to me that we are not completely insane!

Maybe I am just full of ignorant optimism and in a couple of months we will be living in my parents back yard in our camper eating Ramen noodles and beans.  Maybe then I could break out my plastic high heels and bracelets and head down to my local Wal-Mart and apply for a job.  Heck knows I’ll be there enough with my dirty, shoeless, shirtless kids buying my Camel Lights while my kids scream that they want a WWE Nascar toy.  Nothing against people who work or shop at Wal-Mart; I go there all the time.  That is why I know what the patrons look like.



  1. SAHW  •  Aug 20, 2008 @12:35 pm

    I do very much believe that this is the wonderful way that God works…it’s that whole concept of what’s just around the corner (I just posted about that :) – we don’t know what’s there, but I believe that God does, b/c it’s all part of His plan, and somewhere many years down the line, we’ll look back and see how it all came together just as it was meant to.

  2. Farah  •  Aug 21, 2008 @4:26 pm

    I very much beleive that this is one of many ways that God works. Here from Icomleavwe!

  3. InDueTime  •  Aug 22, 2008 @12:04 am

    Coming over from ICLW…

    I think some things do happen for a reason.

    I am a little nervous about giving my notce at work too, for that reason though. I am going to give a 3 week notice next week! Scary lol

    Hope things go well for your family.

  4. Sam  •  Aug 22, 2008 @12:27 am

    Hi — here from ICLW!!!
    I hope your husband gets that job…..my husband would love a job like that too. He likes the races!!!!!!!! SAM

  5. smejce  •  Aug 22, 2008 @3:35 pm

    Mandy- You know me and how think I believe in God very much and have not always followed the path of him. But I do 110% that he does things for a reason. He does things to open and close dorrs for us all!! I do not think at all that Jim and you are insane. You both have had struggles, everything will be fine.
    And you go to Wal-Mart all the time. You worked there while in high school. I saw you go in there with no shoes on LOL

  6. stephanie  •  Aug 24, 2008 @9:38 pm

    I also happen to believe that God always has a hand in our lives. The times when I’ve most regretted not doing something is when I knew I felt the prompting of the Spirit to take a certain action and I didn’t. It isn’t always easy to live by faith but I sure can see the blessings that have come from it.

    Good luck to hubby on the Race Track gig.


  7. Arpee  •  Aug 28, 2008 @1:27 am

    Wow, Bobby…it is sounding like Mr T’s next job might be what he was looking for! Wish you all well as you wait on this.

    Meanwhile, re your many questions… my examples are not work-related.
    Do you out there think God works that way? That He creates opportunities for us? Or, are we just reading into these events and since we like them we think they are from Him?
    >>I believe God indeed create opportunities for us to test us, mold us and even reward us. But the key thing that we need to remember is that He does this for His own purposes, which may not be necessarily because he wants to make us happy.

    Have you ever had God show you a path to take and DID IT? What was the outcome and do you regret anything you did?
    >>>I was on my late 20’s when I started dating my then boyfriend (who is now my husband of 5 years). I was not getting any younger so there was a time that I was persistently asking God whether he had the single life planned for me instead. God taught me to look to him and trust him that he will take care of me. It took 7 long years of dating before my then boyfriend got to the same conclusion as God and me! I did not regret putting back my focus to God and waited for my then boyfriend. God prepared us well for our marriage! I am so thankful that my husband is whom I married!

    Did you ever NOT do something that you now see probably was an opportunity opened up by God Himself? Why did you not follow that path? What happened afterward?
    >>> will have to think about this a little bit more…

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    My children called me Bobby when they were toddlers due to not being able to prounounce "Mommy." They are now 7 and 8 years old and I am Mommy. But my real name is Mandy. I just do this so I can keep in touch with the REAL me. Being a Bobby is a dream I thought I may never realize and I do not take it for granted. I homeschool (more specifically unschool) my two children and it's easy to lose yourself in the tasts of the day. I just want to make sure that after 19 or so years have passed,and my kids have moved out, I'm not stuck looking in the mirror and squinting in hopes of seeing Mandy again.