Sunday, October 4, 2009

I am still here.

It's been over a month since I have written anything here. The truth is I didn't have much to share and I didn't feel like doing posts religiously. My primary source of encouragement and spiritual food is usually books and I haven't been reading a lot lately. Reading is what usually keep my mind alive and helps me to focus and stretch my thinking a little.

On September 30th, I became officially unemployed and my wife is unemployed since Aug 30. So in the past few weeks we were spending a lot of our time and energy to upgrade our skills set, posting resumes, attending calls etc. To get a job in this economy, especially here in Motor city, we ought to be very competitive because there are not many hiring and those who hire, hire only the best of the best.

On the otherside, the whole ordeal has been very humbling and it gives me time to reflect upon the lives of people who are struggling without job. It helps me to slow down and spend more time with kids. I am not 'on the go' all the time now.

There are couple of options (contract positions) pending for me which I will have more clarity next week. So I am still waiting. If everything goes well, I will have some official confirmation sometime next week. I don't know what God has in store for me. I will post an update later next week.

I also find myself picking books back again since last week. I am currently reading "Loving our kids on purpose" by Danny Silk, which I am liking very much. It's about parenting from a grace-perspective - love, trust and freedom; just the contrary to much of the worldly parenting principles. I am glad it's not a 'how-to' book.

Thats all for now. Thank you all for the prayers, thoughts and encouragements. I have a lot of unread blog posts in my google reader and I am planning on catching up some of my blog reading in the coming days. Much love, grace and peace to you all.


Joel B. said...

I love and miss you, my friend. It sounds like life has changed quite a bit in the last two months, and you're on my mind a lot with all that you and your wife are going through. It sounds like you have peace in the midst of uncertainty, and that's wonderful.

I know what you mean about not posting religiously! That's a great place to be, where you're not posting just because you feel you have to post or say something. :)

All the best, and indeed keep in touch, and post any updates as led.

Leonard said...

Thanks for adopting us and keeping us all in your loop. Soon I hope some employer is gonna get stuck with the Best ...

Gary Kirkham said...

Hi Bino,

Sorry to hear you and your wife are without jobs. I will continue to pray for you and your family.

Just out of curiosity, and I hope you don't mind me asking, what line of business are you in?


sparrow girl said...

I hope that the job situation improves for you and your wife very soon!

Bino M. said...

Thank you all!

Gary - By trade, I am a Software Developer.

Joe said...

Bino, my brother. My heart goes out to you. I've been out of work since mid-July. I completely understand what you're going through. It's not easy.

I'm doing my best to trust in God's provision. To rely on Him and His plan. He knows what lies in store for my family and I and I know He has something in store for you and for me.

I will keep you in my prayers, brother.

Steve said...

Hang tough, Bino.

Something will come through for you and your wife soon.

God bless you and your family.

Anonymous said...

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Jamie said...

It is so WONDERFUL just to hear from you!! I have missed you terribly.

We are all praying for you, Smita, & the children and are believing for a lovely position for you both.

I'm glad that you didn't feel you had to force up a post; I think we can all identify with that feeling of just needing a breather. Sometimes I want to write and others I just need a break. I'm glad you were authentic and not bound by "duty".

I think we can all be honest enough to admit that life doesn't always exactly stay within the lines we sometimes thought it would but that is OK!! God is FAITHFUL wherever we find ourselves and He isn't ever surprised by life's changing directions. Thank goodness! :)

Love and blessings to all.

annie said...

Hello Bino,

I have been a silent reader and an admirer of you for some time. You taught me a lot, most important of all the Father's Love. You hooked me into reading wonderful books like Waking the dead, Shack, Loving our kids on purpose etc. You may not know what a wonderful ministry you are carrying out through this blog. You surely helped me to find the purpose and meaning of my life. Even though I was seeking for a long time I was lost. I would like to thank you from the bottom of my heart for all you have done.
You, Smitha and kids are in my prayers. Trust in God, He will never leave you nor forsake you. That is His promise.

Sincerly yours in Christ

Anonymous said...

Bino, I feel you dawg, I have been out since may, my wife also. May the Lord provide for you, do not define yourself by your job. Define yourself by Jesus!

Ike said...

Just for you....Bino!

Ike said...

Bino...Will...Joe...Ike...Old Adam....seem like we are all in the same boat. Thank the Lord our hope is not in Obama:) Maybe BO will share part of that 1.4 million he got for bringing "peace" to the world!?

Ordinary Guy said...

Hey Bro, just now reading your post. I lost my job 10 years ago. It was one wilderness experience that I’m glad I experienced. It was NOT a pleasure at the time, but there is no question I learned to depend on God more than I ever had. He proved Himself faithful.

My wife and I share our testimony of His goodness to us during that time. I pray your experience will be as fruitful. - Keeping you in my prayers.

lydia said...

Any news on the job front yet Bino?? Thinking of you!!