Wednesday, August 13, 2008


At LONG last...a permanent, full-time job!

I accepted an offer today for the position I've filled as a temporary since mid-May. The pay rate will be over 50 percent higher than what I've been making as a temp. I will be eligible for most benefits immediately, including very good medical and disability benefits. I begin banking paid time off immediately and can begin requesting the banked time off after 90 days. I start on August 25th.

There is much rejoicing among Psalmist and her friends. If it would not have been an unacceptable breach of office propriety, I would have shrieked my delight so that this notice would not even have been necessary! However, since I received the job offer in the middle of the work day, I had to let a few very discrete phone calls and several e-mail messages suffice at the time.

But now:


In all seriousness, praise be to God. And much gratitude as well goes to my boss, who reveals himself a man of remarkable character and goodness more every day. He made this happen, though he has told me that it's my own hard work that led him to do so. (See...he's even humble!)

Several readers and commenters have told me they've been praying for me in this regard, and I do very much appreciate those prayers--and you who offered them on my behalf.

Now, I'd better get home and to bed (I've been working at my OTHER job, the one that's kept me from being homeless these last four years--serving my dear church). Tomorrow holds a very important board meeting, and I have to be in early for it.

Thanks again, dear friends, and thanks be to God for this great blessing in my life. I pray--and invite you to join me in that prayer--that God will guide me clearly in how to use this blessing to, in turn, bless others. Blessed to be a blessing...that's what it's all about, no?


ProclaimingSoftly (PSanafter-thought) said...

I can't imagine a better situation: not only a "new Job" but one where you already feel confident of your skills, and where you already know the boss and other workers. Yoooooo Hooooooo! {Can that count as a prayer?]

D. P. said...

"O give thanks to the LORD, for he is good; for his steadfast love endures forever." (Ps 107:1)

Anonymous said...

Blessed be the Lord God Almighty...who was and is and is to come!

I am so glad to hear of God's provision and your faithfulness. Taste and see that the Lord is good.

Love of Jesus fill us.
Holy Spirit guide us.
Will of the Father be done.


Psalmist said...

I happen to love "Yooo Hoooo" prayers, PS!

Thanks, friends, for joining in my rejoicing.

To quote the late Leonard Bernstein's paraphrase of the Psalms in "Simple Song" from MASS,

"Lauda, laude, all of my days."

Anonymous said...

Thank-a-de LAUDE!

stinuksuk said...

Congratulations!! Rejoicing to hear the good news.
Gloria Dei!

Anonymous said...

How does it feel? I was just thinking how you didn't have to go through interview outfits and such!
Paisley At My 2 Cents

Psalmist said...

Hi, Paisley.

My start date got pushed to next Tuesday, because of some scheduling problems with pre-employment appointments. But I'll let you know how it feels. ;)

Actually, I have to wear near-interview=level outfits every day. It's the first long-term job I've had where business professional is the dress code. So oh, darn, I'll have to shop for clothes at some point with my new income. Really, I've been cobbling together outfits, most of which don't quite qualify as business professional. So a-suit-hunting I must go...

And weight-losing as well, I'm afraid, as I can't fit into the tapestry jacket suit anymore. It's been way too warm for it anyway, but winter does eventually come to Texas.

Thanks for asking!

Anonymous said...

Happy first day.

Singing Owl said...

la la la la la la lala! I'm singing and dancing with you. :-)

Psalmist said...

THANKS, everybody! I'm now oriented and completed my first week, and will get the check to prove it on Friday.

Ps, officially a member of the Happy Campers Club

Anonymous said...

WooooooooooooooHooooooooooo!!!! Well, due to the BlueCross BlueShield debackle (sp?) here, I am not late on all my own medical, when you are ready, let me know and we'll schedule a mammogram on the same day! Won't it be fun! :) I just have one rule: no matter what, even if I am on a diet, on mammogram day, I get to have a pecan roll and coffee as a treat.

Psalmist said...

Ah, yes...the big squeeze. >:(

And this coming year is the one in which I get to have even more fun, with a baseline colonoscopy.

But really, what a blessing it is to have access to the testing again. I don't like the discomfort, but I'm sure I'd hate the diseases they help prevent even more.

Gonna set up an initial visit sometime in October, after my benefits start. Remind me, and I'll try to hunt up "Ode to a Mammogram" sometime soon.

zorra said...

Sorry I'm coming so late to this party.
But congratulations!!!!!!!!