It was a beautiful 2019 here at the Homestead! We are looking forward to 2020. May you all have a blessed New Year! Check out our last video from the Homestead of 2019. God bless!
Well last Friday was my last day at the company I had worked for over the past three and a half years. It was a sad day and one that I didn't think would come. I had loved working there and planned on retiring from the company. It used to be a fun company with an amazing culture....but that all changed about 8 months ago.
The company was broken up and sold and the business that I was in became it's own separate entity. It became a stand alone company with a ton of new leadership. My manager moved out west and a new manager came in who just didn't like me at all. This was despite excellent evaluations for almost 3 years. It was miserable. He caused me a lot of stress and pain and drove me right out of the company. It was heartbreaking.
Our zone, since he took over, has over 50% turnover! It is incredible how horrible the culture has become. It is sad. Many of my colleagues are looking to get out and many of those who I managed are looking to get out. It has become a miserable place to work. You never realize the importance of a dynamic CEO until they leave. I hope they can turn it around, but with the current leadership in place I doubt that will ever happen.
So now what? A lot of decisions are being made. A lot of prayer is being offered up for guidance. A lot of working hard towards forgiving the company and particular individuals who caused so much pain. The Bible says in Colossians 3:13:
Forbearing one another, and forgiving one another, if any man have a quarrel against any: even as Christ forgave you, so also do ye.
I've learned through the years (and the Bible teaches) that forgiveness is a choice. It can be a very difficult choice, but it is something as a Christian I am commanded to do. Forgiveness does not mean restored relationships or that the pain goes away, it just means that you have chosen to move on and not dwell on the harm that was done to you. It doesn't mean that there aren't consequences, or that the behavior is condoned. It is a conscious choice to move on and not seek revenge.
I do believe you can forgive someone AND seek justice for a wrong. If someone has wronged you or even broken the law, there should be justice and a penalty. That is different from forgiving someone from a wrong they have done to you personally.
I am definitely fighting bitterness and anger, but I have chosen to forgive. God is in control and that is good enough for me!
I have poured out my heart in this blog post, so forgive me if it was a downer. Blogging is therapeutic to me. I really can't explain it. I have always blogged or wrote in a journal. Writing/typing my thoughts out brings a lot of healing. I've went through some hard times in my life and I like going back and reading what the Lord brought me through! The Most High is so good and merciful!
So on to more uplifting stuff! Our little Payton is doing great. This was her first Christmas and it was amazing. We are so blessed to have her and she brings so much joy to our family. It was a wonderful celebration of the Messiah's birth. What a celebration it was. Getting together with my family and with my in laws was amazing. I am blessed!
I have decided to expand the Homestead Welding Shop. I am a certified welder and I have been kicking it around for a while. Check out the new page on the website here. The page is under construction but will have more content over the next few weeks. I'm very excited about it. I am trusting in the Lord and putting it in His Hands. He will have to provide the extra equipment I need as I will not go into debt to expand.
I will also be incorporating our YouTube Channel into the business. I hope you will follow along and see what happens! If you haven't subscribed, please click here.
Thanks for checking in and please continue to pray for us! And please reach out if you need prayer. We would count it a privilege to pray for you. The Bible says in James 5:16 that we should pray for one another. What a blessing it is to pray for one another!
Check out the latest video from the Homestead! God bless. - Steve
It was a very nice Thanksgiving here at the Homestead! We ate a big dinner at my in-laws and then spent the evening at home. We did a little shopping but not as much as we normally do. It was truly a time to count all of our blessings. Today at church we had a message from Psalm 100 about being thankful in all circumstances, not just when things are good.
It was a very powerful message and my older kiddo's really liked it as well. We do have so much to be thankful but we are a complaining people. I am going to make an effort to be more thankful and to give the Most High thanks everyday for His wonderful mercy and grace. What a blessing it is to be forgiven! All praise and glory to the King of Kings!
In other updates around the Homestead.....I put my notice in at work. It was an agonizing decision, but one that I needed to make for my family. I will be working until the end of the year. I had always planned on working there until I retire, but there was a big shakeup about 7 months ago and it has gone downhill rapidly. What was once a thriving culture has now become very rigid and a grind. For the first few years I was there, I felt like I was part of something....that I had a part to play. Those days have gone. I never realized how critical the vision of a dynamic CEO is until he is gone. We had one of the best, but he is no longer with our business.
Now some major decisions have to be made and I would love it if you would pray for me. I have no idea what I will be doing in about 5 weeks! I have put out some resumes, but nothing is exciting me. I am praying and trusting that the Most High God will provide the right position! He is in control and I love that He will lead me. What a comforting place to be!
Finally, my prepping series is still coming! I have been trying to find the time to put out these videos. I need to film a little more and do some editing. I think the information will be helpful to many out there, especially to those who know that things are getting worse, but don't know where to start. We NEVER have to live in fear as Christians, but the Bible is clear that we are to know the signs and prepare. Trust in Him and His mighty Word!
Check out the video below of us cutting down our Christmas tree! It was a fun time. Thanks for checking in and give thanks to the Lord today! -Steve
Stephen and Janel Cook from The Cook Family Homestead