Dan & I have been married for 22 years and one of the things I've grown in through the years is viewing myself as his helpmeet. I'm afraid that the beginning of our marriage wasn't always the best Biblical example of a husband and wife relationship. In other words, I ran the show! I am a take charge type person and Dan has a very laid back personality. That didn't always make for the best marital relationship.
Twenty-two years later, I'm still a take charge person and he is still laid back. The difference is that I've learned to reign it in and get his opinion and try to actually take it! He has learned to step up and lead. I still have a tendency to run the show, but I've gotten a whole lot better!
Last week we ran into a mini-crisis. We found out that as of the end of December our financial situation will change substantially and Dan is going to need to find a part-time job because the church will not be able to pay him as a full-time pastor. In fact, he was going to have to find a full-time job which was going to greatly reduce his ministry.
However, the Lord dropped a wonderful opportunity onto our laps! I was at the middle school for 6th grade orientation when an acquaintance came up to me and told me about an opening for a teacher's aide in a Kindergarten class. After talking it over with Dan and following his leading, I decided to apply for it.
It will provide medical benefits and a small salary, which will free Dan up to work part-time and yet, still pastor the church part-time. I will also be able to be home when the children are home. I went on an interview on Friday and found out this afternoon that I got the job!
I'm actually excited about this opportunity. I love to teach and I love Kindergartners. They actually still love you at this age! ;-)
I'm learning that being a helpmeet sometimes means helping out financially. I love staying home. I love being able to do all the many things I do. However, the greater need right now is helping take some of the financial burden off my husband.
I still will be able to do most of the many things I do. One positive is that I will be interacting with the community on a daily basis. I'm glad that I can help my husband in this situation.
I start on Wednesday and I'm looking forward to it. I did feel a bit embarrassed about posting this because just last week, I shared about my ideas for a tutoring center next door. However, the door opened and we decided to take this while we have it. I'm still going to use the building for 3D Girls so it's all good! :-)