Today I searched online for a Christian counseling agency near me. My seeking involves locating an opportunity working as a therapist and becoming licensed in Washington state. It would not take more than a few years to pass the exams, in my estimation. I was able to find a few agencies in my area but they do not hire non-licensed therapists.
My angst has been that I could never become licensed through the state of California, not getting consistent supervision hours while I worked as a therapist registered intern. I skipped over trying to become licensed because it was so hard to get the supervision hours I needed and began working on a doctorate degree in psychology instead. I taught at a University, where I taught in-class and online college courses in Human Services. I loved the work but once I left California, there were many reasons why it was next to impossible to find work in my field.
Instead of explaining all the details, I thought today about how I could increase my wages to pay housing costs and begin a business I have in mind that I have begun working on. Using my skills and education, I feel qualified to start a school.
Housing provides a place to work at a desk. Living in a van does not give me this opportunity and so I’ve checked around seeking affordable offices to rent but could not find any without commuting into Seattle, a horrible and long commute that seems like a waste of time. My dilemma now is how to work in a work-space where I can work uninterrupted by children or other people, and be able to work into the night. I thought of a large church that I want to pursue asking permission to work in. I could sit in a lobby even to create material and a website.
Tonight I’m in my van parked on the side of the road in a residential area typing this blog post. My cell phone provides a hot spot so I am able to get online. I suppose this is a crude office space that I hope is just temporary. You might say I’ve created a workspace at no cost which fits my budget. I try to be thankful to the Lord Jesus Christ where I can. He helps me stay strong and optimizes my resources, He gives me ideas and generally helps me stay at peace. I don’t have to impress anyone.
Today I am happy to report that I bought a domain name today and have the web host paid for. I am not going to give the name out at this point but hope to launch this site in the coming weeks.
Today I’ve decided upon a company I’ll start on my own; that of lay-counselor and teacher of adults. I’ve done both lines of work, and am very excited at the ideas coming across my mind which I believe are God-inspired.
As you may know, I’ve been struggling with finding sustainable income, and today I’d been thinking of working in Seattle at a better rate of pay. In my van it would mean finding a parking area that I would transfer to and most likely take the bus into downtown Seattle.
I was contacted with the request to answer a temp-to-permanent office job that pays well above what I am paid now, as a temporary employee, and thought, “it’s time that I earn more money, God, so I can find a better place to live”.
It hasn’t been long after that when I decided to found a business where I could use my counseling and teaching skills and create my own company that I could do on the side while I continue with my job I have now which I think will go permanent.
I live local to my job so would not have to commute on a bus for an hour, like I would if I applied for the job offer in downtown Seattle that I received today in an email. Using the time I would not have to commute would give me the time to build a company.
Thanks to the Lord Jesus Christ! I have found my answer. It is by God’s will that I do this job, using my skills and training and following God instead of going back to an old career that is Godless and that I don’t believe in.
May you have the things you dream about come true for you, in the name of Jesus!
So many things have been blogged and articles written about money and earning a profit. A Christian blog might be just about money and how you work with the Lord Jesus Christ in making money, enough to feed a family.
Many people’s lives, especially those of us who grew up as unbelievers, make unexpected turns somewhere along the line and they wind up doing different things in life than they had hoped, or planned for when they were young. Some of us even had no plans at all when we were in our 20’s, and let the wind blow us where it would.
Letting the winds blow us around his not the best plan for life is not the best plans for us; having God in our lives will give us the best chance at having a successful life, if we watch for God and pay attention to go where he wills us.
Command those who are rich in this present world not to be arrogant nor to put their hope in wealth, which is so uncertain, but to put their hope in God, who richly provides us with everything for our enjoyment. – 1 Timothy 6:17
My problem is, now knowing God at this point in my life where I’m a mature adult, I’ve missed the years I would have relied upon the Lord Jesus Christ to direct my path. My life took many turns I did not want and honestly, were extremely painful, but now at least I have a chance to walk withe the Lord and improve upon life. I’ve had to cut back and give up on a lot of things; a career as a Mental Health Clinician and moving on to become a Licensed Clinical Psychologist. I did not want to fail at life, only become successful as was the promise of attending college and finishing graduate school, and partially finishing a doctorate degree.
That was the hope at least, what the world taught but yet that did not satisfy my want to be a helpful person, to truly help someone. I like supporting other people’s dreams, yet I have some of my own that have gone unfulfilled and I’m wanting to do more in life while I have it on this earth.
Many of you have probably contemplated creating your own business and working for yourself, independently. I can think of no better dream when it comes to earning income. But we have to pay our bills, and making a transition to owning your own business may take some time to work for another company while you plan your business and see it launched and become productive.
In their hearts humans plan their course, but the LORD establishes their steps. – Proverbs 16: 9
The bible says the Lord determines, or directs, our steps, and that’s the way I plan to go. It’s hard going at the pace I’ve been but I’ve learned to “wait upon the Lord” and He will come to my aid.
I waited patiently for the Lord; and he inclined unto me, and heard my cry. – Psalm 40:1
I’ve got myself into a better position financially, at least, but living in a car or a van is not something I would recommend over the long haul, pun intended.
I’ve got a long way to go, but every day reaching for my goals in life to feel happy about my living situation gives me joy. I can see the progress and I know that the Lord is involved. My plan is to keep working part-time, then do something I want and enjoy doing for income.
If you’ve got to make room for something new in your life you may have to give up something to make room for whatever the new thing is, such as rehoming a cat or dog which takes time and income away from a new, struggling business venture. You may have kids or have obligations such as taking care of a spouse. There is no time to give it thought, taking care of other things so that there is little to no time of making decisions on shaping your life to increase income by owning your own business. Cutting back on responsibilities can leave time and space to perform new ones. I have to know what I’m willing to do, and that’s wait on God.
What do I ask God these days? I have financial difficulties and I’ve lived the gypsy life moving around the country and from job to job, seeking better pay or better people to work with. A better avenue with God has opened up. I work for a nice company that’s part-time, giving me enough time to blog. The hope of building a better life through blogging and other forms of communication gives me great joy, to finally have the life I want.
For which of you, intending to build a tower, does not sit down first and count the cost, whether he has enough to finish it—lest, after he has laid the foundation, and is not able to finish, all who see it begin to mock him, saying ‘This man began to build and was not able to finish’? – Luke 14:28-30
I believe in my heart that Jesus has said I should use what’s fun and I have the skills to do, and make money off of my writing ability, because I believe that God gave me that strength for a reason. Owning a company would provide time to think about the Lord Jesus Christ and work with Him on my writing.
I have thought about the things I think He would need me to say to a dying world. Who needs to read His Word, maybe who has not read it in several years and wishes take a vow to always follow Jesus, and to reawaken their desire to please God? And what issues do we face in today’s world? I think all Islam is a real big issue that has to be addressed. He’s teaching us, His people, to reach out and then tell the people about God’s love for us in that He offers everlasting life in heaven and with Him, instead of punishment for the rest of time.
As a new Christian, a relatively new one, my guess is that I must wait patiently upon the Lord.
The plans of the diligent lead to profit as surely as haste leads to poverty. – Proverbs 21:5
In their hearts humans plan their course, but the LORD establishes their steps. – Proverbs 16: 9
My priorities are, to seek God first, and serve Him always, no matter if this means I give up all my possessions and follow Him. Isn’t this what the bible says when Jesus told the rich man that he was to sell his possessions, give to the poor, and follow Him? (Matthew 19:21). If we are to find Jesus we must want to remove all other priorities from our lives, and seek Him first and try the best we can to find Him, daily.
For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also. – Matthew 6:21
He said that if we seek Him in all earnestness, we shall find His love, and I have from my heart.
Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you: For every one that asketh receiveth; and he that seeketh findeth; and to him that knocketh it shall be opened. – Matthew 7:7-8
He is here with me now, real, and ever ready that I find Him when I seek and pray in all earnestness, to my savior and Lord, Jesus Christ.
Today I found myself walking in Lake Hills GreenBelt Park, in Bellevue, Washington. Getting used to my new camcorder, a Kingear, that I was able to buy from donations for this site: thanks, you’re awesome, guys!
You really help me progress, giving me hope and making me think that people will read my blog in the first place. I pray for your continued success writing, and in whatever else you do!
But what I was thinking about in the last several days is how I may use my counseling skills in a new venue, to earn a living in a way I want to, that I feel I am created to do.
Of course I am in prayer about this daily and I feel God has led me to create this blog. Writing has always been a strength and something I’ve liked doing. My reports as a Mental Health Clinician and Social Worker always got me pats on the back. Those were what I was given credit for the most and the most consistently. Some of us are writers, some are talkers, and some paint, some create music or sing with beautiful voices. We are not created all the same and so finding my way to a life led by God is what I enjoy praying about and seeking.
Finding our avocation, doing something that suits us and earning a living from it is what I’m very interested in learning about now. I don’t want to do the work I’ve been doing, that’s for sure. It’s boring and it does not use my skills.
Why have I gone off my path and for so long? When did I decide to be worldly, working in a worldly field, depending on mankind to tell me what was right and wrong? Why let man tell me what I should do for a living to be valuable, or successful in life? We’re not all made to be accountants, ya know, or doctors, or lawyers, officers of the law, or school teachers.
God is developing me; I know this. He has a way of letting Himself be known to those who love Him, seeking Him out every day.
So in my video, the link is posted above, I talk with God while discussing with you out loud why I don’t want to work in the Mental Health field any more. Even with better pay, I don’t feel it’s the right match for me. I have thought about this before and even created a little video here where I talk about not wanting to go on in working in Mental Health. I may have said some of the same things, I don’t know – it was months ago. Where we belong in life is best decided by God, trusting in Him to show us the way.
For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, saith the Lord, thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you an expected end. – Jeremiah 29:11 (KJV)
Thou shalt surely give him, and thine heart shall not be grieved when thou givest unto him: because that for this thing the Lord thy God shall bless thee in all thy works, and in all that thou puttest thine hand unto. – Deuteronomy 15:10 (KJV)
I’ve lived in my car for over four months and I am deciding that God has a plan for me, and I will search for it with all my might every day.