August 11 2017

Place (Five Minute Friday)

Do you know what or where your place in the world is? Do any of us really know our place? My place used to be at home, raising my kids. But the kids grew up, and it no longer seemed so important that they have a stay-at-home mom. So, where did that leave me? Well, hubby was tired of carrying the load alone so he wanted me to give up most of the unpaid volunteer activities that were filling my time and find something to do that would bring in an income. He wanted me to get a “real” job.

I worked on getting free of my many volunteer obligations and mentioned to the lady who owned the print shop where I took the quarterly journal I had been doing for the past 5 years to be printed, that I was giving it up. The owner of the print shop asked if I was good at computers. I shrugged and said something about how I had been doing the quarterly journal for the last five years, so I guessed I was decent enough. She mentioned that she might need some help doing data entry. She said would keep my number on file and let me know if she needed my help.

Four months later, just moments after getting my then 14-year-old back in school after getting hit by a car and breaking his leg to the point of it requiring a metal plate be surgically implanted, I got the call. She asked when I could start, and knowing I needed the rest of the day to catch my breath, I told her tomorrow, which, as it happened, was a Friday. I hadn’t gone looking for a job, but one found me. I had found a new place in the world, the working world. Nothing has been the same since. I have always felt that the job was God’s will for my life and that I should stay until he presented the next thing he wanted me to do. I’m sure he has put me here for a reason, and I still have yet to figure out what that reason is. I am starting to wonder if I had it all wrong somehow and maybe should have found a different job long ago. How do I know when my place has changed?

This post is part of the weekly Five Minute Friday link-up!
The prompt this week is: Place
The assignment: Write for five minutes on the word of the week. This is meant to be a free write, which means: no editing, no over-thinking, no worrying about perfect grammar or punctuation. Just write.

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Posted August 11, 2017 by Karen Beidelman in category "Five Minute Friday

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  1. By Julia on

    I think God knew I needed to read this today. This gives me so much hope that God makes us wait and there is a reason for it. I went to a job interview for the first time a few weeks ago. I didn’t want to do it. The woman there said they didn’t have something to accommodate my disability. I have a cerebral palsy and don’t have good use of my right hand and it was for a cashier position. It about crushed me when she told me that there has to be more than the volunteer work I’ve been doing for almost two years now launching books for authors. I love it and wish God could turn it into a job because I take it about as serious as one (as I do most things). I know she didn’t mean it meanly, it just stung. I stumbled into book launching from a friend I met through my blog and I didn’t expect I’d like it. It’s seemed too much like a God thing. But this gives me hope that God will provide the right job at the right time. I love what you said about the job finding you. I’d like that. And for it to be something I enjoy. Thanks for sharing this. So glad we’re neighbors on fmf. ☺️

  2. By Jeannie Prinsen on

    I agree it’s hard to know sometimes when our place has changed. Thanks for sharing about your job and the process that took you there. It’s good to know how things have unfolded for other people. Our journeys are all so different.


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