Sunday, February 1, 2009

  {Needing some Prayer}

Hey Everyone!

First off, I want you to watch this music video. This song has CHANGED my life. I used to pray for myself and my family and our prosperity, but now, in my time of need, God has put it on my heart that when I care for others, they reach their hands out to me. Once you have watched it...THEN read the message below! :)

So this weekend I went to San Antonio for a conference. I wish I could tell you it was an awesome conference full of amazing bloggers and I got to learn all kinds of great crafty stuff...but that's not the case!

I went to an amazing seminar, don't get me wrong. And I learned some really great "projects", but I wasn't there because I really wanted to, I was there because I NEEDED to be! I went to go see Dave Ramsey. I have messed up BIG time when it comes to money. And to be candid....I am bringing in WAY less a month than what the bills add up to! I try as hard as I can to live on a very strict budget, we have taken out things that we don't need. I don't go shopping anymore, we cut our food budget...if you haven't noticed, there haven't been any craft projects on this blog in a while. I just simply can't afford it.'s not the death of the blog...OH NO! It is the start to something entirely new.

I have decided to go back and get another full time job, so I am hitting the pavement full on this week. I will be learning to balance this blog, a new job, plus my graphic design! It should be a whole new adventure! Hence the merge of Gourmet Momma with PDB.

And to tell you the truth, I am really excited! I am pumped about getting to go back to work. (well...I have a FEW hesitations, but not many!)

But the best part about it is, I am getting out of debt so I can give Lagan a brighter future. Because as it stands now, she doesn't have one. She wont be able to go to college, she wont be able to get a car when she is 16, etc. I want her to do those things and not pay for it, literally, for the rest of her life!

So here is where I am asking you all for your help. Please pray that God will direct me and use me in a way that will impact my life and the lives of those around me in a positive way. That I be put in a position that I really like so I have good work ethic and that I am able to get out of this HUGE cloud of debt I have hovering over me.
And also, please pray for everyone out there that is job seeking in this terrible economy.

However, I am not worried about the economy or a bad job market, or a slow hiring process. People that say it doesn't look good.....They don't know MY GOD!!! :)

I love you all and thank you SOOO much for your prayers!

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Ashley said...

Good luck on the job hunt!

And if you have already, look into Upromise for Lagan. That's a great way to earn money for college.

Amanda said...

this is one of my favorite songs! (Of course I have many!) ;) If I could get jealous, I would be. I'd LOVE to go to a Dave Ramsey conference. I've read his money makeover book and it's revolutionary! I've seen changes already and it's been since Christmas that I got! It'll work!!! :D

Shell in your Pocket said...

Realizing what you need to do is part of the process...wishing you a good job hunt!!!
-sandy toe

Anonymous said...

You are in my thoughts and all I can say is.
Go get it girl!
You sound like nothing is going to stop you.
One thing I have learnt is you can't stop a determined mother.

Dana Tate said... seriously have a fantastic outlook. You are putting your trust in the ONE the ONLY, our GOD. You are so right God will look out for you and HE already has something for you!!!
I will be praying for you!!!

Anonymous said...

Friend, I will SO be praying for you. I am so proud that you understand the need to change to be the best role model for Lagan. You are a great mom and will find your perfect solution. Greater things yet to be done....

ko said...

We will be praying for you! I know how you feel to an extent...i was never a single mom...i cant imagine! dave ramsey works i here! so love you sweet friend! praying for you! God is good, and is going to put you somewhere that you will love!

Unknown said...

Thank you for being so honest. We were where you are a few years ago before we took the Financial Peace University. It change our lives. We no longer fight about money (DH being the spender and I the saver) and we actually have money in savings. Praise the LORD! I know that you will find a great amount of success in change your life because your attitude has already changed toward spending and money. I'm praying for your job hunt!

Since we're talking about not spending money, doncha need something for free? Come over and leave a comment on my give away post! :)

TriciaNae said...

The hubs and I start Financial Peace University in a few weeks. We are so excited because we have heard so many wonderful things from people who have followed Dave's program. We will be praying for you!

Doris said...

Nikki, sweet girl! I enjoy your blog so very much. And you are such an inspiration to this "old lady".

I am doing Financial Peace at church with my kids, and we are loving it. I wanted to go to the Ramsey thing but it "wasn't in the budget". lol Kind of ironic.

If you can do the 13 week course, I highly recommend it. If cost is an issue (it was with me, but I got help from my ex to pay for it), please see if there is some type of "scholarship" available.

It has truly been life-changing, not only for me but my kids as well (they are teenagers). It has given them information that will prove to be life-saving financially speaking. And their mindset on spending and saving has completely turned around!!! In less than a month!!! Cool, huh?

One thing for sure...FOLLOW THE STEPS, IN ORDER!!! Don't try to do it your way right now. That hasn't worked before, right? ;-) Do it Dave's way for a while. It gets frustrating and sometimes outright scary, but you will see changes and they are amazing. Rely fully on God, and then do your part!

I'm so proud of you. You have an amazing future and so does Lagan! I'm praying for you both, honey!

ElizabethClare said...

I am praying for you. Know you aren't the only one out there in this situation. My husband and I are lucky enough to have no debt except for our house, but we would love to pay that off in 15 years instead of the 30 year term. We are all tightening our purse strings and really seeing where all our money goes. We've been scared a couple times that my husband might lose his job, which would really set us back, but I just keep hoping and trusting in God. I know he is there for me (and you) and anyone else who wants him. Pray, trust, and have complete faith. He will see you through.

Blessings your way,

Jona Giammalva said...

We are starting on Dave Ramsey this month and I'm excited.

I don't let "the economy" stop me anymore either. We have suffered when the economy was "good" and prospered when it was "poor". So we figured out God doesn't really care about the Dow Jones average. He cares about His people!

I'm excited to see what the future holds for you!

Shannon said...

I like your new look and I'll be praying for you and your job search!

Lora @ my blessed life said...

Good for you!! Taking control of the situation-that's awesome.

And you're right, God is WAY bigger than this terrible economy. My husband has been out of a regular job since last July and I have just been so amazed by the faithfulness of God. It's just incredible!

kristi_temple said...

We did Financial Peace University over the summer and it was life changing for us. Follow the steps exactly as Dave lays them out and you will be surprised at how everything falls into place. We will be praying earnestly for you to have wisdom in choosing a job and adjusting to going back to work.

Luke 1:37 says "For nothing will be impossible with God."

If I may be so bold as to offer you some wisdom that comes from overcoming some serious financial issues . . . Make sure that you are tithing. When you give your tithe, God redeems the other 90% and He rebukes the devourer. Your money will go a much longer way and you won't even understand how it is happening. Read Malachi 3:8-12. God says to test Him and I can tell you from experience that He always keeps His promises.

God Bless,

Lisa @ Crazy Adventures in Parenting said...

*hugs* I have faith, you will find the perfect job, economy or not! :)

The Beauty Bargainista said...

Hey Girls!!

Thank you all so much! You have no idea what this means to me!! :) good thing I AM doing right is titheing! You are so right, and I make sure that I bring the tithe into the storehouse!

Britt said...

I know God has the perfect job out there for you. He has watched over our family more times than I can even count, He will not let us down now! Don't stress too much, I know that's easier said than done but just remember all those other times you were freaking out & they worked out for the best. God is holding your hand & will never let go! I am so proud of you for doing what is right & what is best for Lagan. You are teaching her a huge lesson on responsibility that will impact her life forever. You know we are praying for you ;) Love, your big sis

Lacy said...

Dave Ramsey has changed or is changing our lives Nikki! You are so brave and I love reding your posts. You can do this and in your new adventure you will minister to so many. Your doing such an honorable thing and as the hunt is on Ill be praying for you a job where you can impact a business and people, along with your sweet daughter! Good Luck. You have a super outlook!

Empty Nest Full Life said...

We serve a God who is able, and you are in my prayers. Jackie

Nicole said...

I admire your wanting to get your family more financially secure. You are such a sweetheart, I know you'll be able to do it.

Kris said...

Gazelle intensity is what it's all about girl! You've got that fire in you now and I have no doubt you are going to overcome!! Go get 'em!

O said...

Hello :) I just found your blog. Awesome song...I haven't heard that one before but I've loved every song I've heard Chris Tomlin sing. I love your attitude. Yes, our God is greater and bigger than any debt. I'll be praying for you. I have the same issues as you. May I ask that you keep me in your prayers for the same things? :) Thanks for sharing yourself.

The Beauty Bargainista said...

Hey O, I will most definatly be praying for you!! thank you for sharing with me! :)

Beki - TheRustedChain said...

Good for you!

I think this is a great move. :)
Will you email me? I have an idea for ya.

GingerLouise Clothing said...

Good for you--I have had very hard times the last few years--sometimes just taking the action to look for a job will bring your hearts desire--good luck!

queenbee said...

I am working on my budget as well. I havent been to a Dave Ramsey seminar, but have read his book and go to his website on a constant basis. Good luck with the job search, I know that God has great things in store for you.

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