This living by faith thing really works. (If you don't know much of our story we'll fill you in as we go.) Wednesday we got our yearly auto insurance bill in the mail. We can afford it, but it will be tight. We prayed for jobs & within 2 days we got calls from 2 people with 3 job offers that will pay about half of our insurance bill for the year. One of the jobs was cleaning a construction site. It was hot & dirty & all 6 of us were there for 5 hours of hard work.
It reminded me of a radio interview I heard on Focus on the Family about a wealthy man who was having trouble with his son. One time they were driving along & saw a poorly dressed family doing manual labor. He told his son, "See what happens when you don't get an education. You have to do hard jobs like that all of your life." I couldn't help but think if someone driving past us that day thought the same thing about us. My wife & I have degrees in math & science education, yet we chose this lifestyle to be together as a family, live simply & be available for God's daily calls. Am I using my degree? A few days ago we started digging holes to build a barn for our new horses & I showed the kids how to use the Pythagorean theorem to make sure all of the angles were 90 degrees. The degree I'm more interested in using, however, is the one God has given me to lead my family & train my children. I pray for that daily.