Monday, July 12, 2010

3 miracles



Jaime and I are grateful for the number of people who are genuinely interested in our faith journey over this next season of life. So I will do my best to keep this blog updated with posts design to inform you who are praying for us.
Seeing as we feel like this is the biggest leap of faith we have ever taken (quitting my job with no plan), it seems reasonable to pray with big and desperate faith. So Jaime and I have made a miracle list that we have posted on our fridge. Essentially these are 3 things that are impossible to accomplish on our own, 3 things that would be huge helps in our new life. They are as follows.

Miracle #1... Time to rest.
I feel drained, Jaime sees it. I need time for God to “restore my soul”. We have provision for the month of August, but we’re praying that God can miraculously give me a few more weeks off without fear of not paying the mortgage. Like I said, not something we can accomplish on our own.

Miracle #2... Perfect work
As of September 1, we have no income. Last time I checked, we still have a mortgage and 3 mouths to feed. I am under no illusion that my coaching practice will be able to provide for all this right out of the gate. Even with a full client load (which would be a miracle) I’m not charging enough for it to pay all the bills. So I will need some kind of work. Here are the “impossible” things we are praying for that make this nebulous work a miracle;
a. Work that allows me to pursue coaching with all my energy.
b. Work that pays ALL the bills
c. Work that is energizing, not draining.

Miracle #3... Certification
I am a fully trained coach. But I am not yet an internationally certified coach. Becoming certified with the International Coaching Federation would allow me to charge twice what I am presently asking. There is a 6 month program that I would dearly love to start, which would have me certified in 6 months time. This intense program of learning, supervision, and practice would help me be a much better coach. It costs $5000.

I know that there are a lot of good people suffering financially right now. People who would look at these miracles and think they are a dream. Why do Jaime and I deserve these things from God? Simple – we don’t! But His word tells us that we often do not have, because we do not ask Him. Jesus encouraged us to have faith like a child – so we ask. If God does not provide any of these miracles we will still trust, love and follow Him wholeheartedly. But what if He does? That would be so sweet!

4 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

I want comment but I can't remember my own blog account info - it's been THAT long! :)

Praying bud... look forward to updates!

Richard "Anonymous because he can't remember his account info"

7:25 PM  
Blogger Kyle and Maggie Ibsen said...

Hey Rob! I just discovered your blog, so we'll be keeping up with you guys and keeping you in our prayers- especially during this transition. If you and Jaime need a break and a free babysitter, I am very experienced and willing to take him so you can just have some alone time or go out. Kyle and I would be happy to have you over for some meals, as well. Hang in there :) We are expecting to see some miraculous answers to prayers for you guys.

1:53 PM  
Blogger Rob Petkau said...

Thanks guys!
It's looking like I have all of August to rest. That's a partial answer to Miracle #1!

10:46 AM  
Anonymous Brian said...

Hey Rob! I just ran across your Web site as I was searching for some images on Google. I couldn't find an e-mail address on your Web site to contact you, so I'm leaving a comment. Sounds like we are in a similar boat. I think you would find it useful and encouraging to read the latest post on my Web site:

http://briansbits.com/good_perfect.html

Wishing you all the best on the road ahead!

Brian

11:52 AM  

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