The Journey Continues

Welcome to 2017! Yes, I know I’m a week late, but it’s been a busy two years or so. With my 29th birthday coming again later this week for the 17th time, I’m ready to move on a bit. My last day working my “second” job, which was in fact my third, then fourth job will come to an end. If you’re a little confused, I’ll explain from my perspective. My “first” job is the primary, full-time job that I use as my primary support for my family. Forty hours a week as a MIL-tec Mechanic at Fort McCoy, where I’ve been for just over eight years. As a requirement for the job, I’m also (still) an enlisted soldier in the Army National Guard. That’s number two, if you’re keeping track. I enjoy it as well, but since I only have to drill once a month and attend our annual training, I’m calling it number two. The “third” job, which became the “fourth” job is working part-time at Wal-Mart. I started there in September of 2014 with the intent to pay off extra debt, which has been accomplished. It became the “fourth” job when I was working there full-time in August of 2015 and was called into the ministry at Bible Baptist Church in Neillsville, Wisconsin. Because I truly believe that the ministry is my true calling, everything else that can takes a back seat, including Wal-Mart.

Despite having so much to do with three jobs and the church, the Lord has granted me the physical stamina as well as the emotional stability (most of the time) to accomplish this. One of my birthday presents (to myself, perhaps) is my last day of work at Wal-Mart. With that chapter behind me, I’m headed back to school, so I’ll still be busy, but doing what I enjoy more. In addition, I’ll be changing my schedule at the “main job” to work longer hours a day, but less days a week. The potential new job opportunity I wrote about in my last post didn’t come out as I had hoped, but did come out exactly as the Lord had planned.

This week will be a busy one, with two job interviews for a different job related to my military duty and my first funeral as a pastor. Overall, the ministry is going well. My family is adjusting to having me around more, and we all have more plans for the future. I’m excited to see what the next year brings. I do hope, that along with more opportunity for ministry, there will be more opportunity to write and share here. I hope to get back to posting once a week, though that may still be a few weeks away. There are still some moving pieces, so to speak, that will need to all come together and settle just a bit before I can commit to a regular weekly offering once again. I’ll see about keeping everyone updated here and hope to encourage and perhaps challenge you as well. For those who have been faithful readers, even through the really, really lean times, I thank you. Stay tuned in 2017, it should be a great year! May God bless, keep and guide you through the coming year!

About Joe Matthews

Born & raised in southwest Wisconsin. Lived and traveled a bit. Some military related, some not. Happily married to sweet Julie (Peckham) and blessed by the Lord with seven beautiful children. I love the Lord with all my heart and want to serve Him in whatever capacity He chooses to use me. Though it's taken a lot of years for the Lord to prepare and train me, He opened the door to full-time (bi-vocational) ministry at Bible Baptist Church in Neillsville, Wisconsin. I'm excited for more opportunities to serve the Lord and excited to see where and how He will continue to use me.

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