My biggest dream came true less than 12 hours ago – an answer to prayer raised in a heart to heart with God on July 10. I was disappointed at not getting a job I really wanted, but I learned so much about myself through the interview process. I scored 100% as a people person, and creative and leadership abilities shined through. I was not considered a match for a job thought to be too mundane for me. I went to CHA Chicago disappointed and confused.
In the hotel room on that Thursday afternoon I had a heart to heart with God. I asked Him – "What am I supposed to do with my life Lord? You’ve given me creative talent. I love talking to people. I enjoy teaching. I have a business idea, Lord…but have gone that route and I don’t want the stress of owning a business again. Point me in the direction Lord. You closed a door I really wanted to go through – so it is up to you to open a new one.”
So many of you have been my cheerleaders – and you have blessed me SO much with your words of encouragement. Many of you were certain that God had something better and more perfect in mind for me. Oh how wise you are my friends!
Fast forward to yesterday, August 20 when the owner of a local and successful scrapbook store offered me a supervisory job that will lead into management. I will be paid for sharing about my passion with others. I can help people who have overwhelming projects to scrap, I can rub my mojo off on them (LOL), hold new product in my hand before many of you (wink), create with it for store display, and be compensated.
The hours will work out well for my family. I will put the kids on the bus, and my husband will be there to greet them off the bus. There are some weeknights where Abby will be asleep when I come home, but I can have lunch with her at school before I go to work. This job is a new career for me, and one that is in all matters – perfect for me.
In appreciation for all of your wonderful support – I am going to have two giveaways. My husband just built me a new shelving system, so I am purging. Yes…I am finding things to give away. (LOL) I will have a RAK (don’t know what it is yet!) to the first person who can guess the name of the store owner (hint: things may be a little confusing at the store). (LOL)
Secondly, I have been saving a Fiskars Threading Water border punch to be given away for the day when I can shout out, “I have a NEW JOB!” Celebrate with me by leaving a comment, and a number will be randomly drawn to select the winner. I am sure there will be something besides a punch in the package. Comments left on this thread will be accepted until midnight September 14.
Many search their whole lives seeking their purpose, and I have just been blessed with an opportunity to live my passion, and the purpose for which God has made me. I will be using the gifts God has given me to glorify Him and begin a new ministry helping others preserve their memories. Because of the schedule I will have more time for myself (exercise!), family (because when I get home from work I will have already scrapped for the day), and my Lord (come join me for a Friday morning bible study using scripture challenges from Faithsisters.com!).
God answered my prayer raised on July 10 in a very forthright manner. It has been so obvious how God has been working for me when I seriously considered finding a new job five months ago. He is the Compass for my journey. He aimed the needle and gave me a little shove in the right direction. The Lord is in the driver’s seat and I am simply a passenger on the ride, living my life for Him. I pray that everyone I meet in my new venture will feel His presence as I serve, and help them preserve the memories of their own journeys.