6.14.2012

A Little Bit Thursday...

Before you ask, I don't have the first clue what the title means, but it popped into my head and I liked it, so it's staying.

This week. This month. This year has been a roller coaster ride. Not in a bad way, just never knowing when we're going to loop-de-loop or go around some crazy corner or have the whole thing drop out from under us.

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Six months ago, we were feeling stagnant, trapped, bored. Applications were sent out - literally - all over the world. If we could have hit the fast-forward button (is that showing my age?), I'm sure we would have been amazed to see ourselves today. From frustrating, seemingly dead-end jobs, to fulfilling careers

In January, I defined my dream job: working from home as a writer/editor, utilizing social media (somehow), and getting paid for it. You know, the job that doesn't exist. In April, I shared that dream (on a whim) and got a very unexpected (but God-ordained) response. On the morning of my last day at the pharmacy, I received a job offer from Weaving Influence, which would allow me to work from home, writing and editing content through the medium of social media. I'm still stunned at how it has worked out.

The best part of this story? It's not just me. Peter started a new job in April, and I have never seen him happier. God never promised that Christians would be happy all the time, or that we would always enjoy our work, but I've always been encouraged by the passage in Ecclesiastes:

So I decided there is nothing better than to enjoy food and drink and to find satisfaction in work. Then I realized that these pleasures are from the hand of God. For who can eat or enjoy anything apart from him? {2:24-25 NLT}

While God doesn't promise that life will be sunshine and daisies, I recognize that every good and perfect thing, every pleasure of life, and even finding jobs that provide satisfaction - these are all gifts from God, and I want to publicly praise and thank Him for them. 

What have you seen or experienced that fills you with Gratitude for our Creator?

6 comments:

  1. Funny that I read this on a morning when I woke up with a stomachache about my job and was googling things like "Does feeling incompetent make you less motivated?" and things like that. I am so glad you have found a job that is a great fit! And so perfect that Peter also is happy with his own changes. I think it's hard when one person in a marriage is in a slump (work-related or otherwise) and the other isn't.
    Hurray for things working out so well!

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    1. Oh Virginia - I have SO been there!! I can't think of a morning that I didn't have a stomach ache when I had to go to my job at the pharmacy. I felt incompetent and frustrated on a regular basis. Perhaps it was those 15 months of working a job that made me feel like that, that makes me all the more grateful for my current situation. I wish I could help you, but I promise that I will pray for you! May you look at your job as an opportunity - a stepping stone - to something better.

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  2. At the end of last year I had to move away from my church and friends to another city several hours drive away for a while. Things didn't really go to plan and I ended up stuck there as I lacked somewhere to live in my old city. While back visiting friends I had a bit of a meltdown at God while driving between activities because no opportunities to move back appeared to be coming up and I was sick of having to commute so far for a social life. Only days later, a room in a shared house came up that was perfect- Christian housemates, affordable on my limited budget, near public transport and on the right side of the city. I realized that it was definitely an answer to prayer when I put it into Google maps and noticed it was only a few blocks from where I had been in despair a few days earlier!

    It's been a huge blessing being here. While we occasionally have our disagreements, I really love my housemates. Their supportiveness has been wonderful in some of the challenges I've been facing lately. They are also so much fun. Living here has also been great ministry wise. One of my housemates is on the same ministry team as I am. We come up with so many ministry ideas while doing stuff at home.

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    1. That's an awesome story, Joanna! Thanks for sharing it and God Bless!

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  3. Very motivating post Carrie. Glad things are going so positive for you and Peter. = )

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    1. Good to hear from you, Irish! Hope you got my messages that I never received your email. :-( Praying that you are learning and growing where you are. Blessings!

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