Do you see a man who excels in his work? He will stand before kings; he will not stand before unknown men.
Sorry this is a late post, I tried to get it in time for Sunday, but speding time with my family was too important to me. John has been in California since early Thursday morning (4:30 am to be exact) and when he met us for lunch after church yesterday, wild horses couldn't have dragged me away from him.
Julia couldn't stop smiling at her daddy, and she kept saying, "I'm so proud of you, daddy." I love when toddlers say such grown up things. I think she was trying to say she was so happy to see him, but decided to say what we always are telling her when we are so pleased with her. It was so special between the two of them. She kept wanting him to hold her and kept grabbing his hand.
This week especially I want to remember to pray for John and his work. He has been pursuing a new field right now in finance and has passed two of his big certifications (Series 7 and Series 66) This upcoming week he will be in downtown, NY, studying at an insurance class from 9-5 everyday. His new position is Financial Adviser for Wealth Management for Morgan Stanley Smith Barney, and I could not be more proud of him! Julia is right...we are so proud of you daddy.
In Stormie Omartin's book, The Power of a Praying Wife, when you pray about your husband's work, we are seeking to ask God for a good balance between avoiding work altogether due to fear or lack of confidence and workaholism. John is by no means lazy, I mean he gets up at 5 am just to work out before heading into the city by 7am, and he comes home in the evening exhausted from the day of studying and commuting and looking for contacts. This past business trip was very successful because he not only landed a client, but he met up with a lot of potential clients that he is hoping to continue to reach out to.
John has been a successful Taekwondo instructor and owns his own school for almost 8 years. He loves his students and at his high point had around 280 students at his school. We have been so blessed by our friends and the families that allow their children to go to taekwondo. John, also knows that once our children go to school he would see them very little, like only on the weekends because when the kids are at school he would be home and then as he was heading to taekwondo, they would be coming home from school, this was how the first 5 years of our marriage was before kids...weekends were our main quality time. But with kids, that just isn't an option for us, so John wanted to pursue finance his major in college, and since he has successfully run and managed a school, I knew he would be great at it. He is such a people person and really seeks to honor God in all that he says and does. He has so much character and integrity and that is why people love him. There is not an ounce of pride in him and he is always seeking to spotlight other people's strengths.
Starting a new career can be scary for anyone. But I am going to be praying several verses into his life this week, not only because I adore him, but because I do want him to be fulfilled and happy in his work and more importantly I want him to be right where God wants him to be. I want to pray that the right people are put into his paths, and that any unsaved people at his office will not bring him down, but that he will be able to lift up and encourage and share his testimony (he's already had some awesome opportunities and I know God will continue to work here).
Right now, I am just very content and know that our life is in God's hands, and that is the safest and best place to be. I know that God will continue to guide John and give him wisdom.
Please bless the work of John's hands. Give him your wisdom and discernment. Help him to do well in this insurance class this week. Give him the rest he needs each night. Put people into his path that will encourage and bless him. Please keep him safe as he travels into NY each day. Allow him to meet godly men that can help him to meet good contacts. Help John to do well but not to be stressed in the process or to overwork himself. Please open doors of opportunity for him that no man can close.
Romans 12:11, Psalm 1:3, Psalm 90:17, Proverbs 23:4,5