Trust in God, believe in yourself and dare to dream

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Found this card among my collections of cards. Yes, I collect cards besides quotes and short stories :-)

I am going through a big change now in my life, at the age of 42. After so many years of dreaming a life like this, I have finally and providentially, taken the step to do it.

I have always wanted to do freelance work in which I can make use of my skills and earn a decent living. And have time to serve God, more time to spend with my family and to reach out to others.

Through a relapse of severe depression in July last year in which my employer decided to scale down her businesses, I was led to leave my job of 4 years and to look for a new one. Bipolar, depression and other mental health disorders are very much a stigma in Singapore. I have difficulty finding a fulltime job. I did temp job for a short while, my depression worsened and then I took time off to recuperate.

It was during this time of break that I was able to learn to understand my condition better and how best to manage it so that I can be more functional. I began to enjoy brisk walk, photography, catching up with friends and making bookmarks and other crafts.

When I was ready to return to work in February 2008 this year, God provided me with a part-time job. It was short term but this part-time job provided me with freelance opportunities with them. I am thankful to God that through this freelance assignment plus helping my friends, I am able to earn some income to support myself and my mother. Freelancing do have its own stress in terms of instable income and tight project deadlines, and I do have so much more to learn on this and much patience to wait for progress. But I am grateful, very grateful as I can learn to manage my condition better this way when I can work at my own pace and take breaks as and when necessary.

I am so happy to use my skills in typing to do my freelance typing and transcribing work. And also to use my skills in making bookmarks and other crafts together with photography, to give to my friends, and maybe one day to sell these items too. I enjoyed these very much.

And by doing freelance work, I have been able to continue to serve God through some small work for my church as well as writing and visiting some church members. I have been able to take better care of my mother and spend more time with her as I usually works from home.

I am also grateful to God that I can continue to share God's goodness and mercies to me on this blog as it is therapeutic to me. And it is so wonderful to know so many friends through our blogs. Several kind people also wrote to me and now I have a handful of penpals from several parts of the world!

All these are so wonderful and amazing. I never thought my dreams can come true! Thank and praise God.

7 Kind thoughts:

Michelle-ozark crafter said...

I will pray that God bless you even more dearest Nancie. May His angels guide you and comfort and keep you. I know there are wonderful things in store for you. God loves you very much and so do I my sister in Christ.

Jim said...

In the Bible, God uses people with the right life experiences by putting them through the right spiritual directions and teaching them the right spiritual lessons. I am glad that God has helped you and directed you to a path that will help you in many ways.

Jim

Diane J Standiford said...

Jim --what he said, only add my philosophy: Our reason for being is to better others and ourselves; to do this we must be as a sponge, always ready to soak in what life presents to us as opportunities. And then put what we learn into action. Just what you have done!

Paula Joy said...

It's awesome to see how you use the gifts God has given you to bless others. Bless you as you minister to and share your talents and gifts with those around you!!
Thanks, too, for your encouragement. You are a blessing to me as well!

my life with bipolar disorder said...

Thank you, Michelle, Jim, Diane and Paula, for all your prayers and kind words of encouragements!

All praise and glory be to God for enabling us to know Him and serve Him in small ways, despite our limitations. Though we are weak, He is strong! May God bless and keep all of you near to Him :) To God be the glory.

marja said...

I'm so glad things are working out for you and that you feel fulfilled. When I was 40 I also took on freelance work and it worked out very well for me. We can always turn down assignments if we're not well, without having to explain. I wish you well - lots of good health - lots of good work. You are an inspiration.

my life with bipolar disorder said...

Thanks, Marja. You are an inspiration to me. To read of how you are coping by looking to our Lord Jesus Christ despite the difficult ups and down of bipolar, and continuing to help others with mood disorders is very encouraging. May God continue to strengthen you, and to make you a blessing to others. Take care.

 

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