We're in a pretty tough spot right now financially. We have never been able to raise quite enough money coming in every month. And then last fall we lost two of our biggest supporters. (One passed away, and the other's one year commitment was up.) So, our little nest egg that we had been drawing a little bit from every month in order to pay all of the bills began to dry up more quickly.
Knowing that something needed to happen, Bret took up substitute teaching. This has helped, but in order to make all the ends meet, we were needing him to sub pretty much everyday. And since he already has a full-time job with church planting, in addition to his work on a doctorate degree at SMU, in addition to his work with I-Teach Texas to become a certified teacher, in addition to a couple of other little gigs that he does to make some money on the side...well, subbing everyday just hasn't worked. Not to mention that substitute teaching doesn't pay very well during the summer!
Then he ran into an old friend from high school on Facebook. They got to talking, one thing led to another, and it led to a new job opportunity for Bret. We really feel like this may be the answer to our "What do we do now, God?" and "How do we do this church planting thing that we feel like you have called us to but still pay the bills?" prayers.
He's now selling roofs for Quick Roofing. Not putting them on -- "just" selling them. :) But it's been a pretty time-consuming training process, is requiring quite a few on-the-larger-size purchases to get started, and has been eating up quite a bit of gas. And we're still waiting for that first paycheck...
It's been very interesting that this time of financial hardships has really hit hard during our commitment to "40 Days." God has really been making some relationships with non-Christians flourish, and more than ever we feel like this is what we're supposed to be doing. Yet, we haven't had a "full" paycheck -- church planting and subbing combined -- since mid-December. We were already on a pretty bare-bones budget, but more things have been cut, and things like gas, getting everything on the grocery list, being able to go out with or host some of these new non-Christian friends have really been a struggle. We finally had to start drawing a little bit out of savings -- which we had promised ourselves that we were not going to do, but we're maybe feeling okay about doing (?) since this roofing should start paying pretty well very soon -- in order to make all the ends meet.
Bret, bless his heart, has been working so very hard for us. But he's stressed, too. And tired. We feel like Date Night is more important than ever. But to sell roofs, you have to talk to people at their home, and in order to talk to them at their home they have to be there, and most folks are only home in the evenings. So we never know if Bret will be home in the evening or not, it just depends on how roofing is going on that particular day -- and if people honor their meeting times and appointments.
So, at least until the roofing job gets established, the paychecks start coming in, and the financial stress is once again at least at bay, regular Monday Night Date nights probably won't be happening. We're still going to try to do it every week though...we just may not know when we're doing it until it happens though!
So this week it's ended up being Tuesday. And even though part of the point of Date Night is to really try to do something together other than just watch TV, we're both tired. And sometimes just resting on the couch and watching Lost -- together -- is about the best we can do.
So here's to Tuesday Night Date Night. And prayers for God to bless our finances just as He's blessed us with some new relationships with non-Christians...