New Year, New Outlook.

My last post ended with me not knowing how or if God would provide the money I needed to pay off my school bill so I could get my tuition reimbursement. Well, He provided it through a family member who was willing to loan us the money. So I didn’t lose the reimbursement money, and I get to continue with my Bachelor’s in Nursing program. Thank You, God (and thank you, unnamed family member…I didn’t get permission to name names, so I won’t)!

A lot has changed since my last post. I was notified that I have been hired for a “PRN position” (PRN is an abbreviation for the Latin phrase “Pro Re Nata” which means “as the circumstances require” or “as needed.”). What does this mean? It means that I can work my scheduled shifts at my new job, and pick up all the overtime I could ever want at what is essentially “my old job.” And since both hospitals are owned by the same company, all the hours go together so I get overtime. They told me I could start picking up overtime again effective December 25th.

I started working OT again with a vengeance. That first week I worked 72.5 hours. Then last week I worked about 60 hours. With class starting again, that will limit me to only five days a week, which will be nice for my sanity. I am thankful that God has opened up this extra work for me. Sometimes God provides for our needs by providing work for us to do. Someone tweeted a few weeks ago, “opportunity is missed by most people because it is dressed in overalls and looks like work.”

At Christmas Best Buy had a sale on a 40” 1080p Westinghouse TV, and I was able to use some Best Buy gift cards I had earned through work to pay for most of it. So now we have a bigger television, which is nice, since I’m getting older and my eyes are getting worse. Ha ha ha.

So then I called Direct TV and asked about getting high definition added to our package. The short version is that when I threatened to cancel my service and move to cable they gave me a HDTV package for less money than what I’m paying currently. After watching other people’s high definition for years, I finally have the opportunity to have it in my own house, and for less money. So I got that going for me, which is nice.

And then Best Buy had another sale where they had a “buy one get one free” for 32gb iPhone 4’s (not the newest model, but who really needs to pay extra to have some woman named Siri nag at you all day?). As my long-time readers know I have had multiple issues with Sprint and their phones, so I decided to switch to Verizon some months back. I sold my iPod on eBay for the same price as the two iPhones from Best Buy.

It’s really strange what a difference a few weeks made in my situation. I am planning on working as much as I can over the next several months so that we can catch up on our bills and then pay off our debts so that I don’t NEED to work overtime. May God give me the strength. Either that or send the prize patrol to my door. Either way, I will praise Him for His goodness.


About Steve Picray

I am a conservative Baptist Pastor in the midwestern United States. Every day I commit my life to Jesus Christ. This blog is my view on life. My prayer is that, by reading what I write, you will learn more about me, more about God, and be assisted in becoming the person God means for you to be. If you have a question, just e-mail me at spicray AT gmail DOT com. God Bless!
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