What a week, guys! First week of working full-time (although I’m not at work today), done! Today I want to share what my faith looked like through the whole job process and through my first week of work.
Firstly, the reason I made it through this week alive is because God was here for me 24/7. I could and did rely on Him when I needed to. The whole job application & interview process was stressful for me because I wasn’t sure if I should take the job. Both my husband and I agreed that prayer was the best option for figuring out if I should take the job, but we also had a very limited amount of time before I had to give them my decision.
Thankfully, God worked quickly and helped me decide to take it. I felt good about consulting the Lord for the job process, because in all honesty, I’ve made decisions like that in the past and not included God in it. It was refreshing to actually be so dependent on Him for answers. And part of me feels like, as stressful as the whole process was, that it was His intent for me to rely completely on Him for answers & strength through that time, and now in my time of adjustment.
As for this week, I mentioned it yesterday a little bit, but I am kind of amazed that I managed to get my act together so quickly and so well. I have been on time every day this week, beating the traffic. I have managed to streamline my morning so I feel prepared instead of frazzled. I prepared a good lunch for both me and my husband. And I’m for the most part getting a workout in before work. All of that may sound simple to some of you who work and do all that all the time, but for me - none of that was happening around a full-time 40 hour a week job. I have never had this many hours for any job, and this is my first full-time job. So again – it’s a huge change.
Because the change is so huge (and because I’m a perfectionist, ya’ll), I was thinking that this week could easily turn into a disaster, leaving me frazzled, frustrated, and discouraged. But instead, this week has been so good. It’s still an adjustment. It still feels weird. But I’m doing it. And I’m doing it without huge amounts of anxiety or totally screwing up!
I may not have a lot of time with the Lord these days, but that doesn’t change the fact that He is still here to help me. I pray on my way to work, mostly about being prepared for work and to help me do a good job with a smile on my face. I’ve gotten a little stressed out at times, and if I have a moment to run to the bathroom or have a little time by myself, I say a quick prayer to stop being overwhelmed and be filled with the Spirit. On my lunch, I read a devotional and get some much-needed scripture in my day. He’s always available.
“Yet I am always with you; you hold me by my right hand.” ~ Psalm 73:23
The Lord has delivered so much for me this week and answered so many prayers. I have been catching on so quickly at work to a very new, overwhelming system of phones, paper work, faxes, scans, printers, people, and places – all of which I feel incredibly confused about and unqalified to manage. But yet I am managing it well. The girl I’m replacing has complimented me multiple times a day on how well I’m doing. He is answering. His strength lives in me.
“The Lord is my strength and my song; He has become my salvation.” ~ Psalm 118:14
He has poured out so much of His strength in me this week alone. I’m encouraged to have had a good first week, despite how unprepared I felt when I started. The verse I always keep coming back to is Jeremiah 29:11-12, which says:
For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. Then you will call upon me and come and pray to me, and I will listen to you.
I know He has a plan. I see His strength imparted in me. I can rely on Him at any time.
Thank you, Lord, for how you work, for the beauty of your grace.
Questions for You:
- What amazing strength has God provided for you that you didn’t know was possible?
- What’s hard in your life right now that you need to allow God’s strength to penetrate?