JM’s Journal: I Don’t Want to Learn About Bugs and Creepy Crawly Things

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JM’s Journal: I Don’t Want to Learn About Bugs and Creepy Crawly Things

But I’m Doing it for the Love of My Hubby

by J.M. Troppello

I dislike insects and creepy crawly things of all kinds! If you’ve followed some of my columns, you may have read about how we moved a few years ago to an older home in the country, near a field. We’ve had to deal with an unusual amount of Wolf Spiders. Thankfully, my husband works for a pest control company. He is permitted to do the pest control treatment in our home. It’s helped.

But Spring is coming, and I’ve been waiting (NOT excitedly) for the first appearance of my nemesis in the home or garage.

Anyway, that is not the point of this article in my JM’s Journal column. I’m writing today about overcoming your fears – and moving forward as you step in faith.

Diving In

My husband recently told me that his area manager is working to help several team members get prepared to take the licensing test to become a licensed pest control technician. If my husband passes the exam, he will be compensated with increased pay at work.

So, it’s a good thing if he can pass the exam.

The bad thing is that he’s not the best test taker. Neither am I. Yet, he really wants to do well and get his license. I volunteered to help him study. That means I need to review each chapter before he reads it (since I’m better at reading than he is – although, he can run circles around me calculating figures in his head) and highlight the important points that he needs to know very well to pass the exam.

Thankfully, I’m good at scanning written content and getting a good grasp of the context. I’ve reviewed two of the eleven chapters. It took 45 minutes for a review of each chapter. However, it really helped my husband retain the information more easily with the highlights and notes I took.

The first chapter detailed the basics of pest control management and the different types of pest management. The second chapter discussed the Federal regulations for pest control and why regulation is necessary.

Step of Faith

The step of faith for my husband is to set aside time each day after work to digest the content, take the practice tests, and prepare for the exam in 1.5 months. The step of faith for me is to add more work to my already busy schedule – because I know it will help him and us as a couple. The second step of faith I need to take is to start reading the remaining chapters because that content gets deeper into the actual pests being controlled.

I don’t really want to read about insects and rodents etc. I don’t want to see any photos on the pages. Thankfully, the pages are in black and white, and the study guide has been photocopied so the images are not totally clear. However, just the thought of bugs and creepy crawly things makes me shudder. It can be very debilitating for me dealing with insects – and even just thinking about them.

I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me. (Phil. 4:13, NKJV)

I’ve memorized this verse a long time ago. However, it’s been an encouragement to me to step out in faith in this area—as well as in other steps I need to take in my writing career.

10 But I rejoiced in the Lord greatly that now at last your care for me has flourished again; though you surely did care, but you lacked opportunity. 11 Not that I speak in regard to need, for I have learned in whatever state I am, to be content: 12 I know how to be abased, and I know how to abound. Everywhere and in all things I have learned both to be full and to be hungry, both to abound and to suffer need. 13 I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me. (Phil. 4:10-13, NKJV)

For added context, I’ve listed the entire passage of scripture from this section about Philippian Generosity. Paul thanked the Philippians for their generosity to him. In verse eleven, he shared that he has learned to be content in all circumstances he finds himself in. In verse twelve, he shared that he has been abased (belittled or degraded) and has abounded. He’s been full and hungry. That leads to verse thirteen where he says he can do all things through Christ who strengthens him.

Dependent on Christ

That leads me to ask this question. Are you dependent on Christ today? Is He your strength? As I’m taking several steps of faith, I hope you can take steps of faith in your own life – trusting that God is your strength, peace, and hope each day.

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J.M. Troppello is an author, writer, and poet. She is the publisher of the online Christian lifestyle magazine, Mustard Seed Sentinel.

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