If you’ve never watched Veggie Tale’s, “The Rumor Weed,” I would highly recommend watching it! 

This morning, with my husband’s permission, I am sharing. 

I am weary of having to explain this certain situation each time someone asks.  Explaining it over and over is like a dagger in my heart every time I have to tell someone.  

Due to some poor decisions on my husband’s part, his employment was terminated two weeks ago today.  It is none of anyone’s business as to why.  I am hurt to hear of speculations from friends, and catching wind of gossip that has already spread through “friends.”  Please, if you have any questions, call and talk to us.  Asking someone what happened and why is  merely a way to gossip.  If you want to know what we need, our phone number is (850) 292-3010 and our email is thepadens@cox.net.  If you want to know how to pray, just pray!  My God knows the big picture an He knows what He is doing.  There is no doubt in my mind about that.  Besides, if my God, who is the God of the universe (which I know He is), can form man from the dust of the earth, I think He knows what we need.

This brings me to my second frustration.  My Pastor, my friend, has done NOTHING wrong.  I do not want to hear another word of bad towards him.  There is a thing called consequences of sin.  It’s mentioned all through the Bible.  Stop blaming my Pastor, Chris’ Pastor, for this decision.  Chris takes full responsibility for his actions.  There is no doubt in my mind that good will come from and through this.  My Lord, My Jesus, My Savoir, He sees and knows the big picture. 

Please, please, stop speculating, stop harboring, and show forgiveness to my husband.  PLEASE reach out to him, encourage him, love on him, disciple him.  Please.  All it takes is a phone call, or a card, or stop by and hug his neck.

Chris has applied for numerous jobs.  He is considering going to PJC, I mean PSC, for some graphic design classes/IT classes/photography.  If you have ever seen his work, then you know he is truly naturally gifted with designing things and taking pictures.

I’ve spoken with Social Ministries at our church and am going to be taking the Compu-Care Class.  My Administrative skills are way out of date.  Until then, I am making Chicken and Beef Pot Pies, Lasagna’s, Spanish Delight’s, Enchilada Casseroles and whatever cooking I can do to make ends meet. 

Now, for those who have emailed or asked me about my weight loss journey, it’s stunk!  My last weigh in which was Friday I had gained 1 1/2 pounds.  These last two weeks I have stuffed and gorged and stuff and gorged.  The only thing I haven’t done wrong was continuing with my unsweet tea and water.  I am giving it, no, I am leaning on my Lord to help me, to strengthen me, empower me, encourage me to do what I know I need to do to get this weight off of me.  I will no longer be weighing in through WW as paying $13 a week is not an option anymore.  Besides, I know what to do, I just have to get my heart back on track.

Please be praying for family as we grow, not only closer with the Lord, but as a family.