Thursday, 23 May 2013
Have any of you ever had a trying time with your significant other? Ever reach an area of life together where you find yourself lacking that loving feeling? Well, if you decide to, it doesn't have to be the death of your relationship with them. Marriage is about so much more than just love. I knew that before I married, and I am discovering new assets to it with each passing year of marriage. And, I hope you know that truth on some level too. Anyways. I have been reading a Devotional for Couples... by myself. Got some things going on right now where I felt I needed something to help me draw some strength and to understand the situation I'm in a little better. It's been a good read so far! Look it up & buy a copy if you're in a relationship. It has some truly good points. Devotions for Couples by Cecil Murphey. I definitely recommend it. It's been worth the read so far! I'm thankful I nabbed a copy for my kindle. :) I almost wish I had it in book form so I could highlight & quickly flip through it and such. Nothing compares to a real book in it's ease of use, in my opinion. Anyways! Back to the point of this post. :)
So, I was reading a couple of nights ago in it, and it brought something to my attention. It was a devotional on how real love allows us to make allowances for our loved ones. The scripture used was from Ephesians, chapter 4. The focus was verse 2, which says "Always be humble and gentle. Be patient with each other, making allowance for each other's faults because of your love" in the New Living Translation of the Bible. Anyone who knows me knows I like to get to the heart of the scripture by seeing what the original language means whenever the translations vary any on the wording of a scripture. So, this one was no different. I looked up the word "bearing", because in the translation I most often use, the NIV version, it says "bearing with one another in love." So, to see about the true meaning, I began to look up the heart of what that scripture line was saying. Here's my reference point, if you'd like to read it for yourself: http://biblehub.com/niv/ephesians/4-2.htm It says basically that we are to bear with each other, regardless to our short-comings. The word bear can be defined as to remain up or hold firm under weight (thank you, dictionary.com!). So, that means that we are to stand firmly with one another, not letting something knock the other down without support. That is super important for Christians across the board to do, but even MORE so in marriage, I believe. Why? Because without it, we wouldn't unconditionally love each other.
And this is what it brought to my mind. I tend to think that I am the more loving one in our marriage relationship. That I tend to show the most love & support & such. However, I've noticed that isn't always the case. While I may make more effort, it doesn't put me at the top of our list. My husband, I believe, has more strength in this particular area... In the area of allowing room for my differences. He does this better than me in our relationship, I believe. For example... I feel as though I am constantly trying to get him to do things for me, such as to be more loving, considerate, & kinder with his words to others and such. So, while I'm trying to encourage him to be better, I am still trying to get him to be slightly different from the normal of what he is used to. And I need to fix this, and learn to love him as he is. And I do. But sometimes I get hurt when I think about the shortcomings of our relationship. And I don't need to focus on those here lately & have been trying to redirect my thinking. This scripture helped me on that day I read it! It showed me that my husband loves me & makes allowance for some of my differences from him. For example... He knows that I am completely different from him. And yet he never really tries to get me to live up to his expectations. He never pushes on me what he thinks I should be as a wife. And that never really clicked in my head. While neither of us is perfect, we do love each other deeply. And my husband has shown his love for me over the years by never really asking me to be different from who I am at the heart of things. Sure, there may be some things he wished I would do, such as being more neat around the house & not allowing papers to pile in my little cubby areas... But he has never asked me to not be who I am. And I love him for that. That is one of his strengths. :)
So, if you find yourself in a hard spot like we have, do yourself a favor. Stop thinking of all the short-comings, and start trying to, instead, find the good things in the other person. :) It may help you to rekindle the feelings you have for each other, and if not, it may at least allow you to respect each other a little more. :) And realize some things when you take the time to look at them from a different stand-point! So, try it. :) If you want, tag me in a journal entry so I can see the effort you have made if you try this out. :) I'd love to see others on this journey.
Lord, help me to love my spouse like you love the church. Help me to love him where he is, as you love us. And while I encourage him to do the right things, help me to be happy with him as he is. Help us to love each other, and to learn to love You too! And help me to stop trying to make my loved one conform to my image of the ideal husband, and live by my rules. Help us to have a happy, joyful, blessed marriage. May we each see the others strengths, and provide allowances for the others weaknesses. None of us are perfect. Help us to try to perfect ourselves only, not our spouse or SO. Lord, and be with any whom may make the decision to start on this journey too. :) Show us the way, and guide us. Help us to be the lover our spouse needs!!
In Jesus' Name, Amen!!
Wednesday, 22 May 2013
My first was last week, via phone. It went well, but I don't think I fit the need of the company. Why? Because I am looking for something that pays at least what I get paid now, and has a steady flow of hours. Neither of which that company seemed to offer. Sad to say. I really liked the place! Oh well... On to other agencies. So, I was called in for an interview today for an adult day care facility. I believe the interview went well. I'm now in the process where I wait to see if the background check clears, and if I get the job offer, basically. :) I'm kind of hoping for this place. It seems like a good place to get my feet wet in the waters of being a CNA. It offers a fairly stable schedule, with every Sunday off (unless I go into the homecare side of it eventually, which they have as well!), and I'd only have to work one Saturday a month, with maybe another one where I simply do the morning driving route. I'd only work 4 days, 12 hours a day, 6:30AM - 6:30PM. It sounds ideal. And from touring the facility, finding out about their training process, etc, it just sounds like it would be the perfect starter job for a field like this. So, HOPEFULLY! Not counting my chickens before they hatch, though. I will be calling the lady by Friday morning to see if they've finished the background check and to see if I got the job. Even if they offer me only $9 an hour starting out, I think I'd make more yearly than I do at Walmart, earning $9.50 an hour. We shall see!! I shall let you guys know something as soon as I know something. All I'm praying is for the Lord to allow me this job if it's His will, and if not, then to please give me something BETTER! :) We shall see how this cookie crumbles. Hehe :)
What are you guys up to here at the beginning of summer? Let me know!
the Cheerful Angel
Wednesday, 15 May 2013
As some of you know, I recently obtained my CNA licensure. Yay! So, now starts the fun part. Trying to find a job!! Please be praying for me. I'm interested in Hospice care, but I don't know if I can find a job with stable hours in that area right now. I'm going to start looking at some hospitals & making some calls tomorrow. Please pray for God to open doors that need to be opened, and closing doors that need to be closed. Thank you!!
Any tips from any of you guys for someone looking into a CNA career? On how to put yourself in front of other candidates & such? Any tips at all would be appreciated at this point! :) Thanks a ton! I hate having no professional experience in the jobs I want, yet having tons of personal experience. Haha. Oh well! Hopefully someone will give me a chance. :)
Wish me luck & say a prayer! Hopefully I'll have a better update soon. I'm just tired right now, but had a spare moment... So, I thought I'd update you guys with what was currently going on in my life! Looking for a job!
How about you? What's going on in your life?
the Cheerful Angel
Saturday, 04 May 2013
Okay, so I was talking with a friend the other day about tithing. I don't remember how it got started or anything, but the fact this friend said this: "A tithe is too much." I simply paused and looked at the friend for a moment, and was shocked. Truly. That's like saying you have 10 M&Ms, and a friend asks for one... And you say he's asking for too much. Really? God wants to leave 9 M&Ms in your pocket, and have one given to the church to help them help others... And you think it's too much? How does that even work? I think part of this friend's problem is they typically want to wait until the end of the year and tithe all at once. No matter what you earn, that will always make it seem more, especially if you don't think to include it as though it's already given each month. A habit I've found to help is to tithe each paycheck. I try to let my tithe check be the first money out of each paycheck, so I don't get caught up in including it in my budget matters, so to speak.
But yeah. What are your thoughts? And if you tithe, what is your process with it? Do you tithe each paycheck, do you tithe once a year? Do you tithe first, or only if you have anything left over? As I said, what's your process? :) And do you include it in your budget?
Happily Givin' God 1 M&M,
Tuesday, 09 April 2013
And, as of around 9:15ish this morning, I have officially PASSED the written exam for the GA CNA program. And as of around 5:15ish, I have officially PASSED the skills exam for the program!! Woo hoo! Sincerely praise to God for the second. I truly believe He helped me out there. And I am so thankful that He allowed me to pass, even after I convinced myself in the about 15 minutes of wait time we had to endure after our exam to see if we passed that I had failed... Miserably. LOL I would have taken a picture to display, but my Hubby has confiscated it to the safe until I get my official copy in the mail. Hehe :)
So, that's a sigh of relief before the next road of the journey. On my next days off, I plan to set into motion calling around to see if some places are hiring. If so, I'll schedule a time to stop by & check out the facility to see if I think I could work there. And if I do, then I will apply. That's one of the joys of having a job already... There's no real rush, so I can take my time to find a GOOD job this time. :) Thank the Lord for it!
Ask the Lord to guide my steps. To allow me a job where He wants me to work. :)
Enjoying a moment of peace tonight,
P.S. Anything you have in life recently that gives you a feeling of peace or rest? :) Let me know, guys! Thanks.
Until my 2nd exam, the skills part. Today is the date for my CNA State exam. :) Say prayers! Lord's will be done, regardless. :) I passed the written exam this morning. I am now awaiting until the time for my skills exam. Trying to calm my nerves & simply go forth and do my best, you know? I'm hoping to pass. If so, I can begin to look for a better job. If not, I'll simply have to pursue a new path of prayer in finding out what God has for me. :) Wish me luck, either way, I guess! Haha. :) My skills exam starts somewhere between 1:30 & 2:30 (times given were approximate, so, yeah...).
The lady who is giving the exam toured us around the clinical setting room where our skills exam will be held. It all seemed to be in order, working, and like I should be able to find everything easily & quickly. So, here's to hoping for the best! :) I will be posting on here whether I passed or not sometime after I get home this evening. Not sure exactly when, due to not being sure when I'll have time to sit in front of my computer again. My test will be over no later than 4:30 she said... And me & my Hubby will be getting our hair trimmed around 5:30ish... And if he's up for it & I pass, I plan on treating us out to Pizza Hut to try that new pizza they have. :) But yeah! So, I will post later... Just not sure when! I plan on posting to my facebook immediately following, and calling some people to share the news, good or not as good. :) So, yeah. :)
Prayers appreciated!! Miss you guys. :) If I pass, I'll begin looking for a CNA job. Prayers for that path as well, for God to clearly guide me. And hopefully I'll have some time to hop on here and update soon! I just hardly have time anymore. :( Hopefully soon!! :)
What all is new for you guys? And what is one thing you are looking forward to this summer?! :D
Wednesday, 27 March 2013
Oh my goodness... So, yep. It's that time of year I truly LOVE again! Spring time! I take spring cleaning seriously. It's kind of hard to living in this house that isn't mine... Because for me, spring cleaning is more so a deep clean of EVERYTHING in sight, and even not in sight. Haha. But yeah! So, I had hoped to start last week on my days off, due to it being the official beginning of Spring. How appropriate, right? However, some last minute things came up, so I wasn't able to start like I had hoped. I had to post-pone to this week. I already have two large projects mostly under my belt now. Woo hoo!
In our bedroom upstairs, I have been cleaning, organizing, vacuuming, and dusting everything I can reach adequately without fear of breaking it. haha. :) The fear of breaking comes into play around some of my hubby's items. :) So, yeah. I've done the best I could do so far today, and got two of my big projects under belt for our bedroom. Tomorrow, I plan to vacuum our closet, and start re-arranging my part of it into more order. Hopefully! We shall see! I'm excited. And I also plan to branch off into downstairs. I'd like to completely clean & organize everything that's on the floor so I can vacuum down there as well this week. With the little carpet freshener too. I ran out of the Hawaiian scented kind, so I guess I'll have to use just the plain old joe one down there.. I think it's called "Clean Linen". Anywho! I don't plan to actually jump on organizing that until the next time I have off from work after my exam on the 9th. I may start while I take breaks from studying, but that would be more rare & less of a necessity until this exam stuff is over. Wish me luck! I still have SO much to perfect! Anywho.
I love the details of spring cleaning. I love getting into every little nook and cranny & getting it all clean and neat and orderly. I don't have much free time for deep cleaning, so I usually reserve that for around my spring cleaning time. Allowing myself to focus on the little details instead of just the big picture, which is what I have to do most of the year.
Do you "spring clean"? If so, around what time of year? And what are your standard spring cleaning projects?
I've encountered (& CONQUERED!!!) so much DUST today! Goodness. I don't think I've ever lived in a place that gets as dusty as this one does. o.O; It's beyond me. haha. I can't reach the fan so I can't clean that... :( But I got most everything else. Thank God for the guy whom invented the little nozzle head attachments for vacuums. They help work wonders! ;) That's one of the things I like most about spring cleaning, I guess. Dusting. It just seems to help everything in the home come to life again, you know? :) Anywho.
Well, I gotta get going! Have some more stuff to tend to! See you guys in a bit. :)
All My Love,
the Cheerful Angel
Friday, 22 March 2013
Here's a prime example!: http://t.now.msn.com/punxsutawney-phil-groundhog-deserves-death-penalty-says-ohio-prosecutor
Seriously, dude? Asking for the death penalty for a groundhog whom has no idea what seeing his shadow means? We attach meaning to something the poor animal does, and you want to kill the poor thing for "lying" about spring coming? Please tell me I am miss-reading this article on you. People here wonder why people outside of our borders view us as idiots. I don't think this man is helping our case. I'm just amazed. o.O Really? Anywho. Just wow. I read this today as I was getting ready to log into my email account, and thought I would share. I hope the court throws the case out. This is just silly. Seriously, people? Anywho. That's just my two cents!
I wonder how many whom jumped on Jesus' name were "Christians"? I find it difficult to admit that a person of a different faith would honor my Savior's name more than some of His own followers... And I hope that the Lord blesses that boy for his faith & his willingness to honor the name of Jesus. And I hope that Christians can find strength to stand up for the guy whom stood up for them. Whom placed all of our troubles and wrong-doings on his shoulders and offered to carry them with us if we chose to walk along side of him. Lord, give us the conviction & the strength we need. Our world needs change, and change can only come when we decide for it to. :)
My golden birthday will be 2 years away from my birthday this year... I'd love to plan something SUPER special for it. Such as... A TRIP TO IRELAND!! :D I doubt I'll be able to get it together & afford it by then, with our hopes of purchasing a home next year... But yeah. It's nice to dream. :) I wish I could think of something epic to do to mark that year... I typically always do the same thing for my birthday. And while I love the family stuff... I'd like to seek an adventure one year... To do something I've always hoped to do. We shall see!! Hopefully! Who knows?
My bucket list: exploring Ireland while I'm still young enough to get around and explore. What's your's?
OH! By the way, good news! I got my confirmation in the mail today!! That means my test to become a CNA is officially April 9th, 8 AM for the written exam, and sometime between 2 & 4 PM for the skills exam. I requested the day before & day of off today as vacation time, since my husband's family can't seem to get their plans together for vacation this year. Haha. :) And lucky me! The weekend before the exam, I am already scheduled off, so that will give me 3 days to do NOTHING but review!! That is SUCH a relief. I just don't have enough time to focus on studying... It's hard to study when the hubby's home, and on my two days off during the week, it's difficult to study because of all the work around the house I have to do. So, yeah. Here's to hoping! I'm trying to review a skill a day, at least. Wish me luck & send up prayers! If I pass, I can begin to look for a better job. Something that is more in my heart's calling -- helping people. :) You know?
Best wishes to all of you!,
the Cheerful Angel
Friday, 15 March 2013
... Really? I thought sick-leave was your's to use however you wanted, so long as you had a doctor's note/orders kind of thing. According to the bottom of this article, this man was told by his doctor to take some time off of work. So, he did. He planned a nice vacation with his wife and used his sick time. I understand needing time away from the office, so to speak, for the sake of staying well. I find it ludicrous that someone can be fired for "not appearing sick" on their sick-leave. Really? In my opinion, it's their time that they have earned. They can use it for whatever the heck they wanted. I can't believe that someone would fire someone for not being "sick" on "sick-leave". Is that even right? Here's the story:
Basically, he signed up to take sick leave due to his doctor telling him he needed to take some time off of work. So, he planned a trip to Australia with his wife. While there, he is photographed & recorded in the act of saving a girl from a shark... And is fired when he comes back home for "not appearing sick" on his sick-leave. Does that seem fair to you guys? I can't even make sense of it. Sick time is their time that he had earned. His doctor told him he needed time away from the office, so he heeded the advice... Got away to relax... And ended up without a job. Really, company whom fired him? I hope there was something else going on for you to fire him for. Otherwise, shame on you, you idiots. How can you be so cruel? I hope that the Lord helps him to find work, and helps to keep their heads up. Being jobless in this world is a scary thing. :(
What are your thoughts on this, guys? Do you see it as being fair? How does your company handle sick time? Mine typically, for the first time or two won't raise any hassle for you. Won't even require a doctor's note. It's only if you call out constantly to take sick time that they require that kind of stuff. Their view seems to be a "you earned it. Don't take advantage of it every day, and we'll be fine." What about you guys?
P.S. Do something caring for someone this week. Right a note or give a call to an old friend... Treat a friend whom's going through a hard time out to a meal, and just enjoy chatting with them for a bit... Just d something nice for someone. I dare you! :)
Wednesday, 13 March 2013
Happens for me, normally, about once a month. No, I'm not talking about my period... Although, that can classify as a long week as well. But to remain more positive, let's just focus on the topic at hand! LOL Anywho. So, yeah. With the way our scheduling is set up, I have the first weekend of every month off, normally. Which means, the week after the weekend I have off is LONG in order for me to have my two days off together without inconveniencing my boss. So, I'm off Saturday & Sunday, which means I have to work from Monday to the following week's Wednesday. 9 days straight. Well, that long week was made even LONGER by my clinicals here recently. I worked it out with my boss to where my two days off could be my clinical days, so that way I wouldn't have to miss paid work. So... That means I worked from Friday the week before my first clinical until the following Sunday... Had Sunday off (thanks to my amazing boss. I originally didn't request it off due to not wanting to screw up scheduling any more than I had to. She thought it better to allow me a break, though, I think. haha), and then worked Monday to this Wednesday, straight through. So, that means in the past 12ish days, I've had 1 day off... Today marks day 13, and I have it off. Whew. That was rough. I need rest occasionally, I think. Haha. Anywho. Hopefully no one can ever say I didn't work my hardest at whatever I tried. :) I always try to give you my best. If it's not done to your liking, I'm sorry. It's the best I had to offer. Anywho!
So, yeah. Clinicals ended this past weekend. I mailed off my paperwork today in the hopes of having it go through in time to be able to take the exams on the ninth of April. Wish me well!! Only about 20% pass this exam first try. I'm hoping to be part of that 20% because I can't afford a second attempt anytime soon, and I really need to find a job soon doing more of my calling -- helping people. I think the Lord may be looking out for me. Today as I was cleaning downstairs, I stumbled upon some health care organizations I got cards from back when I was enrolling in school, trying for the Nursing degree (which I got wait listed for AGAIN). So, if my Plan A doesn't work out, I at least have some other organizations now to try for. Hopefully! :) We shall see. I'm praying for God to guide my steps. I have no clue where He wants me to go, so I'm simply asking him to lead this blind woman. :) Wish me luck, and say a prayer! Woo hoo. :) Anywho. Tomorrow, I will be diving into studying more intently for the exams. Hopefully I can find ways to get it all to stick. :)
I love my hubby very much! I can not wait to begin looking for a house together. Or, better yet, a HOME together! :) Hopefully early next year we can begin looking! We filed our taxes, so hopefully we'll get something back to help us out with our house payments & such. *sigh* I'm trying to not stress over money here lately. We could be worse, you know? :) At least we're on our way!
To update you guys, my little sister is still doing better. Keep those prayers coming! Unfortunately, while she's better, I still wouldn't classify her as well off, so to speak. But thank God she's better than she was! :) Still needs prayers, and thanks to those of you whom are still lifting her up. Know I send my thanks out to each of you. Where two or more are gathered, there He is. So, Father, hear us & help us, according to Your will. :) Also, keep those prayers coming for my Mom & Dad! They're dealing with stressful things... In a week or two, they'll be headed to Disney thanks to one of those organizations that minister to children whom are sick like Harlie, and typically don't have long to live. So, my parents will be traveling with four little girls... Pray for their safety, and that Mom & Dad can find some relaxation time while they're there... Some time free of worry for a moment. The girls will enjoy themselves, no doubt. What little kid wouldn't enjoy Disney?! But ask God to bless my parents in a special way... For them to be able to see His hands with them wherever they go. :) Thanks a million, guys! I love you all dearly!!
Ask God to grant me a job with people whom I can respect, working for good people. I hope to find a job that allows me to help and encourage people. That is my heart. So, Lord, please bless me with it at a company that truly honors you! Thank you, sweet Jesus.
And Lord, help me to get my life in order! I'm starting in the basement, trying to sort stuff out. Literally. :) Help me to figure out what I should keep & what needs to go, and set up patterns to help me to keep from becoming a clutter bug. I need to establish patterns and stop putting off 'til tomorrow what can be done today.
Thank God for friends! Me & a friend whom is moving soon are getting together tomorrow for lunch. Chinese! How I enjoy it. :) Hoping things go well, and that I can encourage her, and she can encourage me! :)
Let me know if I can be praying for you!
Love you guys,
the Cheerful Angel