I believe that there is a God of the Universe and beyond.
Faith in Him is the biggest part of my life, along with my love for my family. I have often considered putting together a page of devotionals and prayers for job seekers, but just never made it happen.
But lately, I have been trying to listen to the promptings of my heart, which I believe are the promptings of His spirit.
Seeking a job or change in life circumstance can be hard obviously, and too often, I didn't come to God to ask for help.
Truly, I felt it was a foolish thing to not ask the God of the entire Universe, who I believe has all things under His control, to help me out.
But still, finding a job was one of those things I just set about doing, myself.
I felt I could find one. I had all the tools, I put together a website about finding a work from home job for crying out loud!
As my old work at home job came to an end (we were all being laid off), I started looking for a new job.
It had to be a work at home job, due to my family's schedule and it had to pay a certain amount per month to meet my family's budgetary needs.
I started applying, and I had job interviews, however, for one reason or another, the jobs I was being offered were not going to be a good fit for me and my family.
That's when I realized that finding a work at home job was hard.
So I started praying. I had no other choice, there were no jobs on the horizon and I had to find a job because my current job was ending in less than 2 weeks. For a few fleeting moments, I started to panic, thinking I wasn't going to find anything that would work, and I started talking to my husband about finding a "real" job (lol) , aka, a job outside the home.
It would change things in my household dramatically. Kids would have to walk to school and walk home. After school activities might be cut out, everyone would have to pitch in to get dinner on the table (something that should have been happening anyway, but that's a story for another day), my husband and I would be like 2 ships passing in the night. Bottom line, things would be different.
That's when it started to dawn on me that I had no other choice but to pray. The time for depending on myself to solve my own dilemmas was over. It was not going to work this time; I didn't have the answers.
Looking back on all this, it makes me shake my head at myself. Being independent, trying to solve my own challenges and succeeding is something that I take pride in. And it's not a bad thing necessarily, but I believe there comes a time in everyone's life where we just don't have the answers, we don't have the resources and we don't have the solutions, only God does.
I reminds me of the scripture in Philippians 2:10:
"that at the name of Jesus, every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth..."
So I prayed, and I prayed and prayed. And what do you guess? Just a few days later, I got a request for a job interview for a job I had applied for over a year before, when I was happy and secure in my old job and had no need for a new job. In fact, I don't even clearly remember applying for this position. The only reason I'm sure I did is because I occasionally apply for work at home jobs just to write about the application process for this site, in order to try to give others an idea of what the application process may be like.
I went in for an interview, and then a second interview, and then a third interview, all with different leaders in the company. And then a week later, one week before my old job ended, I got offered the perfect work at home job for my family and our life circumstances.
Isn't that how God likes to work?
It was truly a miracle, and I knew this miracle did not come from any of my efforts. I was working so hard, applying, and interviewing and working on my resume, and God didn't allow my new position to come via any of of those avenues.
He allowed it to come via an old application that I didn't even remember filling out, via an old dumpy resume that I hadn't even given a second thought to when I submitted it to this company and yet he allowed it to fulfill all of my specific prayer requests and then some.
That's not to say that I shouldn't have tried all those other avenues. Remember the old saying:
"Work as if it depends on you and pray as if it depends on God"
But that's a whole another devotional!
Since that time, I have slowly been renewing my prayer life. I have learned some amazing things about the character of God. He's so much bigger than I ever knew and he loves us all so much.
For those of you who are looking for a job, or a change in your life circumstances, or anything at all else, I recommend that you simply turn to God and ask.
"So I say to you: Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives; he who seeks finds; and to him who knocks, the door will be opened."
Here's my prayer for you (and for me) today. God bless.
I praise you that you are our Father who loves and cares for us as your children. I hold to the promises you proclaim in your scriptures, knowing that you never lie and you are the perfect Father, wanting to bless us and wanting to help us come to a perfect relationship with you. Praying to you and getting to know you through your scriptures has been the biggest joy of my life. I pray for others to participate in a relationship with you, so that they are able to experience the complete love that only you can provide. We know that you are able and you are willing. I pray that I will remember to come to you and ask. I pray that I will not constantly try to solve things by myself. It's a heavy load to carry and it's not necessary, as you are there, you are able, and you are willing.
I pray that you will open doors for us, whatever doors they may be, whether it be a new job, or a raise, or a schedule change at work or a change in life circumstances. Maybe it's just the door of having and starting a relationship with you. Lead us to the right people, the right circumstances, the right places, the right time. Help us to trust and follow the promptings of your spirit. Help us to constantly seek you and pray to you, not just in the morning when we rise or at night before we go to sleep, but every minute, every hour, stay in our thoughts and give us the strength to endure, to communicate with you and others in a loving way and to walk through the doors that you open for us.
Help us to come to you not just in the bad times but in the good times also. Help us to cone to you in praise and thanksgiving as much as, or more than, we do for supplication. Help us to consistently try to make an effort to remember how much you love us, how much you have given up for us and how you are ready and waiting for us to have a deep and lasting relationship with you. We love you.
In the name of Jesus we pray,
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