Monday, May 12, 2008

A New Beginning

A lot has changed since my last post. I didn't want to blog about everything that has happened to me because I have mixed feelings, but after talking with my best bud, Valerie, I decided to go ahead. As of today I am...I don't really know what to call it because I've never been this way before...am I a stay at home mom? well I am at home...Do I call it self-employed? I am going to try and sell things on ebay...am I unemployed? I guess so...

To make a long story short, Friday was my last day with my father's flooring company. Business is just extremely slow, and really I was the most expendable person. It made my decision of 2 weeks ago pretty easy. Isn't it funny how God works? I have sent in many resumes to potential employers, but I'd like to be able to go back to my father's company when business picks back up so I really don't want to get a full-time job (unless I have to!) First things first, I had to make sure that my mind realized this wasn't a vacation. I had to get up and get started on my day. I came down to the home office and made a list of things that I have to do today.

Charlie, my wonderful husband, would love for me to stay at home. Of course, he knows that until we get some of our bills paid off that I'll always need to bring in an income or he'd have to work 2 jobs! He already works a full-time job, and volunteers as the youth pastor at our church so I don't want him to have to work 2 jobs.

I am a pack rat! Yes, I see things, think I just have to have them, and when I get them home I don't know what to do with them! This has given me lots of things to sell on ebay. Clothes, knick knacks, books, shoes, etc. Charlie is a habitual pawn shopper. He loves pawn shops. I tell him that it is an addiction. That means we have many things that he has purchased in pawn shops (that we really didn't need; like a set of left handed golf clubs when no one in our house is left handed!!) that I can sell on ebay. I probably have 2-3 weeks of income just from junk I can sell around the house!

My first 2 ebay items are for sale right now. The biggest ticket item is already up to $255 so I feel like I'm doing pretty good. Charlie says that really the item should sell for over $300, we'll see!

I also am a pretty good cook. I love to cook, and serve people. My sister, Charlie, and I have catered a few weddings. I am going to start marketing my catering too! I have a catering on June 14 that I'd already sold, but I didn't price it to make a profit because it is for a friend. I have also done a lunch delivery service in the past but it was always for church fundraisers. I have a few businesses that told me they'd buy lunch from me everyday if I'd do it, so I'm going back to those places today to try and market my homemade lunches, but only on Fridays. My first delivery will be this Friday. I am making Roast Beef with gravy, mashed potatoes, green beans, corn, a roll, and a homemade dessert for $7. We'll see how that goes!

I need a lot of prayer. I need to bring in about $400 a week for us to make it. I know that sounds like a lot, but with God's help, I know that I can do it! Charlie is also going to work as much overtime as he can and that will lessen the amount that I need to bring in.

I am thinking a lot today about trusting in God. I was reading in Psalms. Psalms is one of my favorite books of the Bible. I can always find verses there to help me through whatever I may be going through! I'll share some of my favorite verses about trusting in the Lord with you. I hope you enjoy them!

Psalm 9:10 And they that know thy name will put their trust in thee: for thou, LORD, hast not forsaken them that seek thee.

Psalm 18:2 The LORD is my rock, and my fortress, and my deliverer; my God, my strength, in whom I will trust; my buckler, and the horn of my salvation, and my high tower.

Psalm 32:10 But I trusted in thee, O LORD: I said, Thou art my God.

Psalm 37:3-5 Trust in the LORD, and do good; so shalt thou dwell in the land, and verily thou shalt be fed. Delight thyself also in the LORD: and he shall give thee the desires of thine heart. Commit thy way unto the LORD; trust also in him; and he shall bring it to pass.

Jeremiah 17:7 Blessed is the man that trusteth in the LORD, and whose hope the LORD is.

I am by nature a worrier, and you know that is not good because if your worrying you are not letting God do his work. You have to trust. Anyway...one Sunday in church our pastor was preaching and he quoted a verse in Psalms. It started with Fret not... All I heard him say was Fret not Krista! I try to remember that as I go through life. God doesn't want me to Fret (worry).

That verse is Psalms 37:1 Fret not thyself because of evildoers, neither be thou envious against the workers of iniquity.

I have also had some health problems, but I'll blog about that another day! I am truly trusting in the Lord about it. I don't even want to talk about it too much for fear that I'll doubt the Lord's healing power.

5 comments:

Jen said...

You know call up some consignment stores for your clothes or the kids clothes...I make about $500 a year consigning...its not much but comes in handy once in awhile. EBay will be good for you esp if you are a pack rat....you know Paula Deen started out with plate lunches......good luck and I will say a prayer for you. Glad to hear your Mother's Day was good. Enjoy your week.

Valerie said...

You go girl! I love it. I love all of your ideas! See we can reach way down inside of us and think of things to be a helpmate. You are probably the most energetic, smartest women I know. You can do it! I love you.

Mari said...

Wow - things have changed for you. I love your positive attitude and the things you are working on. I can say with assurance that God will take care of you. We have had a few episodes like this in our married life and each time, things were better after than before. God is at work - it's just that we can't see the end like God does. You'll be in my prayers.

Heidi @ GGIP said...

I wish you the best of luck. You sound like you are very innovative and I know you'll do your part and God will do the rest.

Mississippi Songbird said...

Kristin,
I love E-bay, so please let me know the link to your stuff so I can look..
E-mail me..
You're going to do great! God Bless you..Bunches of hugs...