Saturday, July 10, 2010

Well, it's official...

...I only use this blog to check in on other bloggers' views of the news of the day. This must be so, for I haven't blogged here (or my other blog) since January! I am addicted to Facebook, where it is so much easier to just give a quick insight into something which I feel is important and that others need to hear about. But for some reason, I decided to blog here today.

This is the first time this information has been put into cyberspace, but 3 weeks ago yesterday, I and another co-worker lost our jobs. I had been employed with that hospital for 12 years. The first 8 as an office manager for a pediatric office, and the last 4 as a physician coder. I find it very ironic that the very man who told us 2 years ago, "No one will touch our billing unless they are a certified coder!" is the very same man who now finds that little detail unimportant. The very same man who had me terrified 2 years ago that if I didn't pass my certification test, I would find myself unemployed, is the same man who decided my job wasn't needed anymore. (I DID pass that test after shedding of much blood, sweat and tears...LINK))

Don't get me wrong. I am not coming here feeling sorry for myself. On the contrary. I realize I have joined the ranks of millions of others who have lost their jobs due to "tough economic times". Funny how those words take on a different meaning when it becomes personal...I have a peace about this change of fortune...more than I would ever have thought possible. My only child is getting married next month and 2 step-daughters have their wedding dates set as well, so the timing couldn't have been worse, financially! But I am excited to see where the Lord is going to lead me this time. I am excited because I know He has my best interests at heart (even though I don't deserve His best!) and despite the money I was making in my last job... (the best pay rate I ever had or ever hope to have in this depressed economy with my limited training)... I sincerely did not like the work I was doing. (So be careful what you wish for! LOL) It wasn't a job I chose for myself. Now I see the possibilities are endless, in spite of my age. Not monetarily, but at least in terms of personal fulfillment.

Now that THAT is out of the way, here is the real reason for my blog post today. How many of you know Peter and/or Catherine Marshall? Catherine Marshall is the woman who wrote the novel "Christy", which was based on her mother's life. She wrote several other books, one of which, "The Helper", is a personal favorite of mine. Catherine was married to Peter Marshall, a well known minister in his day, who also served as Chaplain of the US Senate in the late 40's. I wanted to share this clip from the movie, "A Man Called Peter", (a movie only 2 years older than myself) which is based on the lives of Peter and Catherine Marshall. In this clip, Catherine (who has been in love with Peter for 2 years, merely by hearing his sermons) is called on to speak at a youth rally. Peter finally sees Catherine for the remarkable young woman she was.

This movie makes me yearn for simpler times...

Times our children and grandchildren will never know.

Jeremiah 6:16 (King James Version)

16 Thus saith the LORD, Stand ye in the ways, and see, and ask for the old paths, where is the good way, and walk therein, and ye shall find rest for your souls. But they said, We will not walk therein.


  1. Hey sue, I came over here from Z's site. I feel for you on your life change. Dishonest people are my sore tooth. They make me irrational and it sounds like your boss would make me downright bonkers.

    That said, I like your focus on God and family. It speaks well for you as does your choice of scripture. It pretty much sums it up for me too.

    It also speaks to the demonic forces that are pushing this country away from the old paths. I hope that you stop in from time to time at the Oklahoma Patriot and say hi.

  2. I echo everything Greywolfe said. Your healthy and spiritual attitude will see you through this Sue. By the way, it is a small world. I have one child, two step-daughters and one is medical coder. I heard all the same things you mention as she labored to pass her certification - which she did.

    I watched the video clip. First time I've seen it but I have read a lot about the Marshall's.

    Thanks so much for visiting my place and for putting me on your blogroll. I'm doing the same with Politics and Religion. Another commonality - we both admire Tom Tancredo:-)

    Keep us informed about your job hunting as you go forward.

  3. Hi Sue, I'm sorry you've lost your job! Maybe it's a good thing though? A smart, hard working gal like you won't have any trouble finding another one. I worry about the high unemployment rate. I still say it's at 16%. The government lies constantly now! Well, I pray you will be gainfully employed before the week is up. Please keep us posted?

    I haven't heard of the Marshall's but I only read the Holy Bible and Agatha Christie books (ther than blogs, of course). I'm so boring. *giggle*

    God bless dear sister in Christ. :)

  4. Thank you for your visit to my blog and your excellent comment.


  5. I'm so sorry to hear about you job loss and that of your friend. We never know what the future holds and as other have said, if God has allowed this door to close it is for a reason and I'm sure there is a window or door cracking somewhere that you can move through to what is waiting for you on the other side of this.

    From reading your blog I know that you are strong, resourceful, and love our Lord. All these will get you through this. Watching the joyful experiences surrounding your only child's wedding and new life, along with the future weddings of your step children will help put things in perspective.

    Best of all things to you and your family

    Right Truth