I remember how I agonized over that decision! I had truly come to believe what I had heard almost all of my adult life — “that it takes two incomes to get by these days.”
At that time the only work-at-home opportunities that I was aware of were telecommuting and selling Avon (which is what my neighbor did when I was growing up). The company that I worked for at the time didn’t offer telecommuting and I KNEW that I didn’t want to do Avon-type sales (not that there’s anything wrong with sales, if you enjoy it).
However, I felt that I was losing touch with my kids and I really missed them during the day when I was gone. Often at night we were all cranky and tired and that “quality time” that I had hoped for just wasn’t there. Plus, the company I worked for was requiring more and more overtime.
A friend and I prayed and prayed about what I should do about my job. I lost sleep over the decision. I remember taking well over a month to make up my mind.
I was at a crossroads in my life. What finally helped me decide was this verse in Jeremiah. That verse really spoke to me. I felt that the path I was following, trying to juggle too much, was a new and unproven path.
I won’t say that it hasn’t been scary at times. There have been months when I wondered whether we would be able to pay all of our bills. I have to say, though, that the Lord provides. I have discovered ways to earn money with my writing skills that I never would have dreamed of when I was employed in the corporate world.
To close on a somewhat funny note (at least to me), I remember what my manager said to me when I left corporate America. “I’ll give you thirty days before you discover that you’re so bored that you don’t know what to do.” Well, the joke is on her because it’s been five years and I still haven’t run out of things to do.
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