Stormy Days are in the Rearview
Wow! It’s been a really long time since I’ve written a post on my blog…probably two years or more now! I know this post is long over due, but there’s been so much changing, so much shaping and molding going on in my life over the past two years…it’s taken a lot to get to the point where I am now, but I can barely express to you in words how thankful I am to be here!
God has been so good to me, so kind, so loving, so merciful!
For some reason, this morning has caused me to reflect a lot on my past, the ups and downs, and what the future holds. I believe the Holy Spirit has been speaking to me in that still, small voice, reminding me of God’s goodness, greatness, and mercy.
This morning, I’ll admit, is not a normal Saturday morning for me. Usually, I’m enjoying my Sabbath by sleeping in, then drinking coffee with my wife, but today, on this particular Saturday, I’m riding in a Greyhound bus out to Fort Worth, TX to pickup my mom’s car. I recently purchased my mom’s ‘06 Nissan Sentra (pic of car here) when she bought a new vehicle. We already own a ‘15 Chrysler Town & Country, and I have my company tool truck, but our boys will have their drivers license soon, and we needed another car in the family, plus the deal was too good to pass up. So…I’m on the way out to pick it up. I’ll be driving the return trip home from Fort Worth, TX to Plantersville, MS tomorrow morning, Lord willing.
Sun is Shining Now
I know I keep saying this, but it’s really hard to believe where I am now, compared to where I was 12-14 years ago! God has delivered me from bondage, addiction, sin, financial stress and strain, vehicle problems have been solved, and now, he is blessing me once again by restoring a dream I’ve held onto for a long time!
The Lord is blessing me with my own cabinetry business! I’d tried starting my own cabinet installation business previously in ‘07. However, despite a few, early successes, ultimately I was not successful in that attempt. I credit my failure in that business to my worldliness, lack of respect for the Lord, and my love of self. I was not a good person during this time in my life. For the most part, I only cared about Matt, and no one else.
Today, this year, this time around, everything is so much different! With the Lord at the center, through much prayer, patience, more prayer, more patience, and lots of hard work (which I really do enjoy), God has blessed me with a new start. Things are different now in other ways also. I have a legitimate business (LLC) with the state of MS, I have a website for that business, I have a wonderful tool truck (more about that in a future post), and most importantly, I have customers calling me! It’s not me calling on customers, they’re calling me! Also, the types of customers that I’m attracting this time are, let’s say: “More capable of ordering, and paying for a much more expensive, custom product. This will be great for the stability and longevity of my business, due to a slightly higher profit margin than I had in my previous attempt.
A lot of my friends and family may not understand why I want my own business so badly when I had a relatively good job. Well, the reason is multi-faceted, but primarily it was so I could be a ‘man of my word’, produce a high quality product, and exceed my customer’s expectations. Also, I’d like to be rewarded for my hard work, not stuck in a position that offered absolutely no chance of advancement or pay raise! I know that’s a mouthful, but many of you reading this will most likely be able to read between the lines into the real deal behind my situation.
Well, this post wasn’t meant to be some really long, drawn-out, babbling session about my life, so I guess I’ll be wrapping it up here in a second. Thank you for reading my first update in over 2 years, and I look forward to writing several more posts on this and other cabinetry related topics in the near future. Don’t forget, give Glory to the Lord in everything you do! God bless!