I had a lot of uncertainty at the end of 2009. It started with headaches that lasted for weeks. Then came news that I would probably lose my job. My husband was to retire from the military soon, and I didn’t know what that would mean for him paying child support. My Dad had a heart attack.
Well, life goes on. And we get through! And God is faithful.
First, my Dad is up and around and recovering. I got to see him over Christmas, because he bought my son and me a plane ticket to California. What a treat to see my family!
I had a neurology follow-up appointment on Friday and got to report that I haven’t had one headache to speak of in the month of January! It’s amazing how much freedom from pain helps my outlook! I went back on a preventative that I used for about a year three years ago — and it’s working beautifully. I am so pleased.
As for my marriage, I was right. My husband’s retirement does mean he’s planning to cut child support. And it turns out I can’t get half the marital portion of his retirement unless there is a court order, which I can only get in a divorce.
So — I’ve decided to file for divorce. It was a hard decision to come to, but I feel better and better about it, that the time is right.
Part of what made it difficult is that I truly believe that God has told me that my marriage with my husband will be restored some day. That I am not supposed to look for a replacement man. It’s a matter of obedience, for my specific situation, from the specific guidance God gave me.
However, I also believe that God has told me that I need to let my husband go. That when he comes back to God it will be because of God’s work in his heart, and not anything I have done.
I also have to let go of my fantasy that he will come back because of his loving, forgiving wife who puts up with anything. There are many laws protecting women in my situation — but only if I invoke them by filing for divorce. If I just put up with getting along with what my husband sees fit to give me, it doesn’t increase his respect for me. He concludes that he is right, that that is all I deserve. It is time to respect myself enough to say that’s enough, that our 23 years of marriage deserve some respect.
Though I admit I wish it hadn’t come to this.
That leaves the job situation. And this week, I applied for a promotion, for a Librarian III position. I hadn’t thought I’d be eligible, since I am only a Librarian I, but my boss encouraged me to apply, and when I looked into it, sure enough, I do qualify. And Librarian III’s are not going to be cut if the proposed budget cuts go through, so that would mean I’d keep my job, get to stay in the public library, and get a pay raise.
I brushed up my resume on Wednesday to get my application in before it closed on Friday. In the process of doing that, I convinced myself I can do the job, which is the first step! Although I only have two years experience as a full-fledged librarian, I maintain that my eight years at Sembach gave me a wonderful variety of experience that would apply. And my ten years teaching math, while not exactly supervising, is still that same type of experience. So we will see if I can convince them!
But either way, the experience interviewing will be a great thing. It was also wonderfully therapeutic to focus on my good points and my abilities! Gave me something to think about that was not the divorce!
It also reminded me how many times God has brought my way the perfect job at the perfect time. I have been very blessed. I do not need to be afraid of what the future will hold.