Got Job?

As most of you know, I’ve been looking for another job for several months. And resigned from my last job a month ago to pursue finding another full time.

I start my new job Monday, a job that appears to fit me perfectly!

How I got my new job seems, to me, like a pretty amazing story, so I wanted to share…

We temporarily moved in with my husband’s brother and sister-in-law, so I could be in town for interviews. My sister-in-law invited me to a Bible study she attends Wednesday mornings, Bible Study Fellowship International. I went to their introductory class the first week. They have you fill out a form if you are interested in participating. I figured, or rather hoped, I would not be available for much longer… You know, hoping to get a job. But I chose to sign up anyway. It sounded like something great to be a part of, even for a short while.

My sister-in-law told me she wouldn’t be able to make it the next week, and I almost considered not going. But chose to go, knowing it would be good for me, and she needed me to pick up the next lesson for her.

My last blog entry, Got Stress? Got Bible?, described the “feeling like crap” obstacles I faced the morning of that second Wednesday. And when I typed that entry, I realized why the devil might not want me at the Bible study, but didn’t want to post something I felt might happen.

That second Wednesday, I shared my search for a job as a prayer request. The women in my small group asked what kind of work I was looking for, etc. so they could keep their ears/eyes open for me (which meant a lot). That evening my small group leader called and asked if she could give my phone number to one of the members. They were possibly interested in me for a position at their company.

What ensued was a great phone call, application via e-mail, and a very enjoyable interview that included our spouses. Both my husband and I felt this was the position God had for me. It was my number one choice. At the same time, I interviewed a couple other places. Good practice and nice to have backups!

I knew one of the other places was going to offer me a job, and hoped they would do so after my number one choice hopefully did the same. It was not to be. When I got the call, I told the other position my husband and I had a couple determining factors to figure out and asked if I could let them know later today. Then my husband and I prayed, and I called my number one choice. I told them I had been offered another job. And the reason I was letting them know was because they were my number one choice. I knew it wasn’t fair to put that kind of pressure on them, but wanted to know if they had someone else in mind for the position, or if they were thinking of hiring me. They told me they had written up a job offer letter for me last night! And just hadn’t sent it via e-mail yet! Wow.

So… They sent me the letter. I accepted, of course!

Do you know your destination?

So. The “reason” the devil didn’t want me at that Bible study:  I would have never found out about the job God specifically wanted me to have!

Thank you, new bosses, for seeing what you needed in me. Thank you, my husband, for believing in me. Thank you, sister-in-law, for starting it all by inviting me to your Bible study.

And most importantly, THANK YOU, GOD!!

Now we just need to sell our house….

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Got Stress? Got Bible?

I woke up Wednesday morning not feeling like going to the local women’s Bible study (I had visited for the first time last week)….

Got Stress?

I woke up late. I felt like I had woken up at least twenty times in the night. I had a headache. But I got up anyway because I told my sister-in-law I would pick up an extra lesson for her.

I got ready. I opened the door and saw my car covered with frost. Ugh.

I defrosted the car, scraped the windows, and headed out. Late. On the way, I took a wrong turn. On a toll road. Ugh. Very late.

I need an attitude adjustment when I find myself driving the wrong direction. And for a brief moment considered just going back to the house, to my warm bed. But told myself, this is something I needed to do.

I arrived 40 minutes late. Fortunately this was Bible Study Fellowship International. Which means I only missed the opening and songs, and a few minutes of the actual study.

I was able to meet the members of the group I just joined, take part in the study, and listen to the lecture after. Sitting in the lecture, I realized this was something I needed to hear. God wanted me there that morning.

I also remembered that sometimes when God wants us somewhere for a specific reason, the devil tries everything he can to keep us from discovering that. And sometimes he succeeds by making us feel miserable. Now, it only makes me want to plow through.

We studied I Thessalonians. The three points our speaker made were:

  • The Holy Spirit gives the power to lead a holy life.
  • Believers multiply through abundant prayer and abounding love.
  • In view of Christ’s return, Christians are to live to please God privately and publicly.

We were also encouraged to memorize I Thessalonians 5:16-18:

“Rejoice always, pray continually, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.”