Last Thursday, Feb 8th, 1yr to the date of his layoff last year, Brian was told that he was selected as the final candidate for the Dallas sales position!!!!!! It’s officially official and he started TODAY!!!!!!!!!
I just can’t get over God’s goodness, the reality is still hitting me and it’s so surreal. Thank you all for standing with us during this season. If God gave me a choice and said “You can have a deeper relationship with me, hear my voice and I’ll tell you secrets in this desert OR Brian keeps his job.” I would have to choose the desert, and that’s the beautiful picture He painted these last 12mo.
12 months to the date on the 8th:
The meaning of 12, which is considered a perfect number, is that it symbolizes God’s power and authority.
The number 8 in the Bible represents a new beginning, meaning a new order or creation, and man’s true ‘born again’ event when he is resurrected from the dead into eternal life.
Every single one of your prayers were heard, and they were answered in His perfect timing. God provided in ways we never thought were possible. We have been blessed by strangers, friends, family and our community that we do life with. I knew coming into 2018 that walls were going to be coming down, mountains were going to be moved and chains were going to be broken. I could literally feel breakthrough coming, and this year has just begun you guys!!!
Last year at my church’s women’s conference we were all handed a card when we walked into the first service that night. All the cards were completely different and the ones that put them together prayed over each card individually asking God to put the right cards into the right hands. This is what my card said:
“The Lord will restore your fortunes. You will dream, laugh, and sing songs of joy. Your testimony will be a witness for others. “…Then our mouth was filled with laughter and our tongue with singing…. the LORD has done great things for us, and we are glad.” (Psalm 126:1-3)
This afternoon, Brian walked into our room and said “I missed a clause in all of the paperwork I just signed.” I was kind of concerned, like what could it possibly be? I mean there’s obviously no non-compete issues with being out of work for 12mo right? He said “There’s a non-refundable 100% commission guarantee for the first 3 months of my job!” And that’s the moment when I pulled out this card and said, not only have our prayers been answered but HIS promises have been fulfilled!
Here’s a couple of snippets that the Lord shared with me during this season:
It all started yesterday with a friend assuming Brian had already gotten a job. I said “no, he hasn’t, but God has been so faithful to us. We just need something to happen soon bc I don’t want to question His faithfulness.” Then I sold a lot of stuff, we pay for the preschool (God providing). 3 people pray with me over our situation (God proving His faithfulness). And then this morning, both of my studies, BOTH, were about the Israelites in the desert and how God provided/was faithful to them in their “in-between”. It says: “In-between times are necessary. They are the bridge between what He has done for you and what He’s preparing to do in your future. This is the phase where you learn to draw close to Him, where He teaches you how to depend on Him for everything, even when another path seems preferable, and certainly more pleasurable…. but trust God. Believe that if He has positioned you in-between for now, this is where you’ll grow nearer to Him and where you’ll be best prepared for what lies ahead.”
“God is able to make every grace overflow to you, so that in every way, always having everything you need, you may excel in every good work.” 2 Corinthians 9:8
I like to live my journey in life out loud because I know that what God says and shows to me will not only help just me but those that I do life with. I sat on the couch this morning, like I do every morning praying for the day, putting on my armor, and I said to God “I want you to tell me why it’s almost been a year since Brian’s had a corporate job, and I want you to tell me what you want for him, what’s your plan for him God? And I’m not leaving here until you tell me, because it’s been way too long. I’ve learned a lot and I’m so thankful, I’m ready to move on.”
I picked up one of my devotionals that I never read first, I always read it second and in it this is what it said “This is why we must have confidence in His “overflowing” grace and provision and be content with what we have- because what He has given is what we need, and what He’s sovereignly withheld isn’t necessary to the completion of the task. Otherwise He’d have given it. Whatever He’s given or not given, He’s done for a specific reason- a reason known only to Him perhaps, but a reason you can trust with full confidence, sight unseen… Are there any ways in which you’re behaving from a posture of lack and deficiency? How can you begin to proactively reverse your mindset and bring it into alignment with God’s abundance?”
So in summary, God’s told me that He doesn’t have to give me a reason, but I need to trust Him and stop behaving as though I’m lacking, and start thinking of the abundance that He’s given to me and my family.
That day last year, February 8th, 2017 when Brian’s position was lost in an acquisition restructure, I was devastated. That night at our church that we spent 10yrs growing in, building the foundation of our marriage in, they had the first night of their yearly leadership conference (it’s usually NEVER that week, it’s always the next in the 12yrs we’ve been a part of it), and that’s where we ran to. We ran straight to the house of God in our most desperate time of need. And what do you know, this year the conference was back to its normal dates and we were there last night, the night before Brian started his God-job. There’s NO better place to run to than His house and there’s no place I’d rather be than in His presence.
All the Glory to GOD!