Life as of 07/05/2012

I thought about making a separate post for all these things, but then realized that they weren’t long enough individually, so here.

WORK: I’m back on night shift.  But it’s only for three days. You see, they didn’t have any overtime available on days, and the only way I could get any was if I switched to night shift for this week.  Fine, but I’m not going to make a habit of it.  And my PRN position has effectively ended, since they haven’t needed me in weeks, so I don’t qualify to work there anymore. Hopefully I can continue to get overtime at my full-time job, or maybe God will provide so I don’t need OT anymore, right?

WEIGHT: I’ve lost 15 pounds since June 11th when I again quit eating refined carbohydrates. Then the weight loss plateaued, until Monday. On Sunday July 1st I decided that I would start running again.  I ran Sunday, Tuesday, and Wednesday.  I’m doing the “run 2 minutes, walk three minutes” (for five reps). So far it’s working, because my weight loss has started again.

NEW HOUSE:  We went to look at several homes for rent this past week. There are three or four we crossed off our list and we currently have three on the list: a house close to where I work, and two townhouses. The townhouses are as follows:

  1. A cheaper one that is further away and has grungy carpet and bad appliances.
  2. A more expensive one that is equidistant from work and church, and has nicer appliances, better floor plan, nicer neighborhood, a pool, etc.

The house close to where I work is really close. 1.5 miles close.  As in, I could walk to work in 15 minutes. So we saw that one Tuesday. And it was kind of weird, because the current renters are still living there.  Evidently the parents were at work, because the babysitter let us in to look at the house.  We didn’t feel free to talk about the different parts of the house; what we liked and disliked.  We were not able to look at one of the bedrooms because “the baby is sleeping.”  So we still don’t feel like we have a good feel for that place. We are going to look at an apartment complex next Saturday.  Kim says that if we are supposed to move at the end of the month, it’s possible God hasn’t revealed the right place for us because it’s such a great deal that it would get snatched up before we were ready for it.  I hope so.

CURRENT HOUSE:  After seeing the house (or, most of it) on Tuesday, our realtor informed us that our buyer is showing signs of being flaky again.  She hasn’t paid for the home appraisal, so the appraisal hasn’t been done.  The mortgage company won’t lend her the money until after the appraisal.  If she doesn’t get a mortgage, there’s no sale.  She also has still not come up with the earnest money.  We have a contract in place, so there’s no legal way she can walk away without penalty at this point.   The realtor thought we’d be upset by all this, but I told her, “God is still in control.  Everything happens for a reason. We’ve already decided that if this sale doesn’t go through, it’s not the end of the world. We’ll just take the house off the market for a while and then try again.”  

SCHOOL:  I’m three class periods and four assignments away from getting my second bachelor’s degree.  My application (complete with professional references) to the University of Indianapolis’ nurse practitioner program is complete.  I am now waiting for them to process it. Will I start this fall, next spring, or not at all?  I don’t know.  Stay tuned.

I got to thinking about how I don’t like uncertainty.  I have no idea if we are going to be living in our current house a month from today or if we will be living somewhere else. If we move to a new place, where will that be? Where will I be working in a few months? Will I get into nurse practitioner school? What’s my next step if I don’t?  I like planning things out, and right now there are just too many variables for me to feel like I have a handle on how my life is going.  But one thing in my life is certain:  God is not surprised.  He loves me, and He has a plan for my life, which He is working out for my good and His glory.   

If you think about it, the fact that I’m uncertain about X or Y in my life doesn’t really change the reality of it.  We as humans get to where we expect certain aspects of our life to continue as they have in the past unless we change them.  You could say, “I’m going to live in my current house for the next five years, and then we will sell it.”  The truth is, any one of a number of things could happen in your life that would render that statement invalid: fire, tornado, flood, divorce, death, etc, etc.  Do you feel secure in your job, your house, or your relationships?  Realize that these things are fluid and undependable. God is the only universal Constant.

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About Steve Picray

I have been many things, but right now I am a registered nurse attempting to pay off my debt so that, God willing, I can be a pastor again someday. I have a wife and three kids. I am a conservative Christian (of the Baptist variety). This blog is about me: the things that happen to me, the things that interest me, and the things that bother me. If you have a question, just e-mail me at spicray AT gmail DOT com. God Bless!
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