So often when I pray about something my prayers are answered in ways I never would have anticipated that are even better than I could have hoped for. John is the finest example of that! Recently, another has come into play, just a small thing but it's making such a difference for me...
Since I began my job here I've been working 9-6 Monday thru Friday and Saturday mornings. Business has been very slow in recent months so the company has cut overtime. I am the only one in the office on Saturday mornings and after 5 on weekdays so they need me to be here then. To eliminate overtime, my new hours were to become 10-6. I asked if I could work 11-6 instead without taking a lunch break, and my supervisor and boss agreed. I've been doing it for a couple weeks now and I love it!
At first I was worried that it would be hard to work seven straight hours without a real break, but the truth is that the day seems to go by faster. To come in at 10 and then go to lunch two hours later doesn't make sense. Now I am only away from home 8 hours a day (including driving time) instead of ten. An big plus is that I eat breakfast at home and then bring a sack lunch to eat at my desk mid-afternoon. This eliminates the expense (and obvious health issues) of breakfast burritos, lunch out, and afternoon vending machine snacks. The savings nearly compensates for the lost overtime and I am eating healthier. Also, it's hot outside and now I don't have to go out and melt during lunch hour. I can stay inside where it's nice and cool!
Most importantly, I am still getting up at 7:30 AM most mornings, but now have time to make a little breakfast for John and visit with him before he leaves for work (I used to go before he was out of the shower.) I can make the bed, wash a load of clothes, do a bit of cleaning, run errands or grocery shop, schedule an early appointment, and still be into work on time. I am loving it!
In recent months I had become increasingly frustrated by the lack of time to accomplish very much at home. We have yet to finish organizing the house since we really only have Sundays to work on it. Most evenings find us tired and ready to relax rather than kick it into high gear with projects. Also, after 18 months of living on my own, I missed having a bit of quiet alone time to read, respond to email or whatever. I am a morning person and I love starting the day out slowly, playing with the cats and just collecting my thoughts for the day. Since it gets so very hot here during the day (already over 100 yesterday), I will now also be able to go for a morning walk while it is still a bit cooler. I need to get myself motivated to start that!
Already I am feeling more relaxed, and like some progress is being made with the housework. The workday feels shorter and it is also nice for the office to have me here to cover whenever either of the other two admin folks want to go to lunch, run errands or whatever. We don't need to schedule around each other's breaks. Since it is slow right now, is also an hour less to fill time each day (though we are allowed to read, play games on the computer, or whatever).
I am so thankful for how God continues to meet my needs and respond to my wants in such good ways. Yes, the paychecks will be smaller, but they are so small already compared to what I used to earn that it hardly matters. I have learned to live with less. A change of hours seems like such a little thing, but it is indeed a very big blessing in my life!