Saturday, June 22, 2013

June 19, 2013

Good morning all-

Sorry I haven't been on in a couple of days, lots going on at work.  Actually, my story today will be about my job and God's faithfulness.   Have you ever had a time in your life you made a really bad decision and the consequences were high?  I have and I'm sure many of you have too.  Well, my boss made a strategic move several years ago that cost him his company.  His partners were dirty and wanted the money more than the business.  Because he believed in them and the decisions he was making, he lost everything.

Two years later, he started his own business.  He had saved his former company in a lawsuit and then decided to start a competing company.  I was told by the management that he was stupid, didn't know what he was doing and would never be a success.  Fast forward to today, he has the smartest tech from his old company, the best salesman and a wonderful project manager.  He treats people well and they follow.

I prayed a lot before I went with him.  This is a small company and it's hard to say what direction it will go.  My former company had great benefits but just didn't offer the challenge.  I knew the risk would be my reward and yesterday, I watched as God helped my boss and showed him that He was real.  We were able not to lose a huge client, I got a deal with one of my old customers and soon  I will get more and I even have a crack at another customer.  It was a really good day.  I leaned over to my boss and said,"You better thank God because He's done all of this for you."  He agreed.  I called him after I got off the elevator and he said he felt like crying.  I told him that God is faithful and when he leads well God will be there helping him.  That's exactly what happened.  He got on his knees last night and thanked God for the blessings.  See, we're not sure we're going to make it.  Small companies come and go, but yesterday, I knew we were and that God was leading the charge.

We aren't always going to be blessed.  We aren't going to understand why God does what He does?  And more than likely, we won't know we've been blessed until it happens.  I don't wait to see God's hand, I pray and ask His will to come and for Him to direct me.  I have been praying for this company before it ever got started.  I have been asking God to help my boss since the day everything came crashing down.  I have hoped beyond hope that this business would become a great success because the man leading the company saved my former company.  He didn't do it for the new owner or for all the management that left him, he did it for his employees and because they had stood behind him when the crisis began.  I admire that kind of leadership and now I'm seeing it unfold right before my eyes. We won't get everything we touch but we will get some things we touch and for every deal that comes in, I know who to thank.  Jesus has been there from the beginning, working behind the scenes, orchestrating this business and as long as Christ goes before me, I know my path will be set.

Do I worry about the future?  Amazingly, no.  I think that for the first time in my life; I'm giving it to Jesus.  Before I would give part of my direction, part of my mind, part of my commitment and then I would take the rest, worry, fear and walk on pins until I could see the outcome.  It's crazy as I write it but it's true.  I have to keep reminding myself that I didn't get here overnight and that this business is God's.  I continue to try to be a light in my company.  It's hard to be a leader.  You have to do things you don't want to do.  You have to be strong when you want to fall apart and you have to be in control when things don't look in control.  My boss is good at it.  We were facing a financial crisis with the mistake that happened and through prayer, I could see Christ comforting Him.

My goal today is just to be with Jesus.  I have missed writing this week and every time I sat down, I had to go to a meeting.  I worked 15 hour days and loved it. My only problem is this blog got pushed aside and as you know when this gets pushed aside, so does Christ.  I love Jesus and I want to give Him the time He deserves.  While waiting on clients, I was able to read some Scripture and because prayer is such a big part of my life, I read the words in Matthew 6.  I don't think people realize how important prayer is.  Long before we had the Word, we had prayer.  Adam and Eve walked in the Garden of Eden with God and the disciples walked with Jesus but the rest of us only have one way to walk with God, that's through prayer.  Our communion, even in busy times, relies on prayer.  So in my hotel room, I prayed when I got up and I prayed when I went to bed.  I heard the words of Jesus and I stayed faithful in prayer.  My Father and I are one and when I come to Him, He is near.

I pray that your faithfulness has been good this week and although I didn't write that you spent time with Christ.  I know you did because every time I strike a key, I feel your presence and ask God to bless and keep you.  I've missed you this week my sisters and I hope you missed me too.  Write if you feel like it, I would love to hear how God is moving in your hearts.

Matthew 6:5-6 NIV

     "And when you pray, do not be like the hypocrites, for they love to pray standing in the synagogues and on the street corners to be seen by others.  Truly I tell you, they have received their reward in full.  But when you pray, go into your room, close the door and pray to your Father, who is unseen.  Then your Father, who sees what is done in secret, will reward you.

My prayer today:

O, Lord, You are mighty!  My words are few today but they are full of praise and worship.  Thank You for being near when I am lost.  Thank You for guiding me when I'm confused.  Thank You for washing peace over me when I am anxious.  Thank You for listening in the dark and providing light the next day.  Thank You for taking me by still waters and for fortifying my soul.  Thank You for wanting to be in relationship and for giving me the Holy Spirit.  Thank You for standing beside me in times of trouble and for healing my heart. Thank You for being faithful when I'm faithless.  Thank You for just being You.  In my heart, You are the way, the truth, the light.  Keep guiding me, Jesus, through all my days.  I give my sisters to You today.  They live in every nation and the one thing we have in common is the cross.  Continue to make us strong in You and give us the tools to be Your mighty warriors.  In Jesus name, AMEN

Until tomorrow...

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