This is not a devotional today, but rather a personal note from me (Lisa), with a glimpse behind the scenes of Rest Ministries and the recent happenings.
Last week I received the call from husband at work.
“Well . . . it’s over.”
I immediately knew what he spoke of–his job.
A season had ended.
Nineteen years ago he began working for one of the top video game developers as a sound designer for sports-related games. As a trained musician who had previously been self-employed this job was a Godsend.
We had only been married a few months. I had finished my degree and financial aid was gone. It was time for me to get a job.
But as I interviewed, my illness of just 2 years kept getting in the way. I was looking for social work jobs in downtown San Diego. And these jobs were in old buildings that are from the 1940s and 50s . . . with doors and door frames that had been painted over dozens times.
After one successful interview I went to leave the office–and the door stuck. And with my hands of swollen from rheumatoid arthritis I couldn’t get it open. The interviewer said . . . “You have to be able to open the doors to work here.”
So yeah, we were out of money. We were doing everything right, but it wasn’t enough. And then my husband got a call. And within 3 week he was working. We could pay the rent.
A year later I bought my first home computer . . . and Rest Ministries began.
Over the last five years we have watched many of his friends at work be laid off. We knew it could happen. We never thought we were exempt. The last year we have lived extra cautiously for different reasons.
And then it happened.
Yes, we will be fine. God has already provided the gift of a bit of time.
And as my husband nears his 50th birthday this fall, we enthusiastically see this as an opportunity for God to give him . . . something. His passions abound–
but do they provide health insurance? Do they pay enough to live in San Diego?
Those have been the logical questions we have asked over the years.
Now, we wait.
Well, and we scramble a bit too. It’s been a busy 2 weeks. But spiritually? We wait–trust that God knows our needs. And He clearly knows the difference between our needs and our wants–which can be hard for us to distinguish sometimes. (Is the doctor I have who has given me a big chunk of life back in recent years really a want?– because it so feels like a need!)
So I write you to just ask if you will continue to cover us in prayer. So many of you faithfully pray not just for our ministry, but for my family.
That means the world to me.
The ministry will also be fine. God’s got this.
And in case you are wondering the ministry and my personal finances are separate. (The ministry is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization.)
However, it is because of husband’s work (and him giving me his blessing) that I have had the luxury of being able to pour my heart into Rest Ministries. I have not needed to work to help provide for us. And it has been our joy to be able make donations to RM.
I have no reason to believe God would change this, but we appreciate your prayers for what is ahead.
We are waiting expectantly to see a glimpse of God’s plans.
As I recently shared, I began homeschooling my son in October. Is God setting us up for something new? Or, as my sister pointed out–does God just not want me home alone?
But I am holding unswervingly to the hope that you have heard me profess, for I do believe that God has promised to be faithful and care for my family and
my ministry–both of which are really His –in the precise way that He knows we need.
Many of you have walked this journey of unemployment, losing healthcare coverage, and the many emotions that go along with it. Thank you for the encouragement some of you have already offered. I have seen you fully rely on God with patience and trust. I hope that I can cope with the kind of grace that you have portrayed so diligently.
There is a lot to look forward to!
I have a lot of projects going on. These are just a few that I thought I would share with you!
- Our new Rest Ministries app is about ready to publish for Droid and in the Apple Store.
- I have transferred over 12 GB of content from our Sunroom to the new Sunroom (it took 6 days, 24 hours a day to upload!). I will be working on the new Sunroom all week so we can soon have members participate in the new forum.
- I have FUN new Key chain charms and bookmarks coming soon that are the Pearl and Crystal colors for Invisible Illness AND some beautiful pendant necklaces that I hand-made (Crafting is my therapy!)
- I am about 60% done with leaders guides for our 2 bible studies. They will include leader’s tips, playlists on Spotify, and scripture printables for each week.
Thank you for being my friend . . .
for caring, praying, crying with me, and celebrating as well. God is good–regardless of our circumstances.
These were a few of my thoughts yesterday as I was considering circumstances:
“Whatever our circumstances of today may be, they do not have the power to alter the plans God that has for us.
Our circumstances, however, can influence the person we will become–the one who will be living out those plans God has prepared for us.
God does equip us for the future. But too many of us keep running from the lessons, and His tools, by letting our circumstances become our comfort zone instead of the classroom.”
PS: Are you financially blessed? We are doing a lot of very cool things here at Rest Ministries to offer support, products, training for HopeKeepers leaders, and tools (like the new app). But all of these have costs behind them, even when I wing it and donate 80% of the work. If you are able to make a donation and want to be a part our growth spurt this year, it is much-appreciated. You can make a donation of any amount–even a dollar or $5– here. Thank you!