Pressing into the New

Jeremiah 29:11 (NKJV)  For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, says the LORD, thoughts of peace and not of evil, to give you a future and a hope.

Over the last year my job became an extremely stress filled environment.  Although I was not the primary target for harassment, colleagues I worked with certainly were.  The reason for the harassment seemed to be because two of my colleagues were at the top of the salary scale. The administration was trying to push them out.  We had not one negative evaluation among us, no complaints, no obvious legitimate reason for what was happening to our department.  Union leaders told us we were protected or that they could not legally do what they were doing.  Yet day after day the situation got worse and worse.

I found myself each and every morning asking God to awaken His Spirit in me and put a guard on my heart and mouth.  Honestly, some days were better than others.  God is faithful but the flesh is so strong!!

Then September came.  I was hopeful things would be better but to make a long story short – it was not.  I cried out to God on one of the many sleepless nights.  Amazingly, I felt sure I heard Him say, “Why are you still there?  Resign and trust in me.”  I woke my husband at 4 am and told him what I believed the Lord was saying.  I told him that I didn’t want to do this anymore.  We prayed.  Even though our plan was for me to work another year and a half due to health insurance costs, he said, “Resign, God will show us the way.”  Later that morning I resigned.  We made a choice to stand on the promises of God.  What I was living and what I could project was not a destiny filled with a future or a hope.  Yet, I am well aware of the promise that God’s Word has for my future.

Within days of handing in my letter of resignation I interviewed for a job and found agencies that were interested in hiring me as a consultant.  At this point I am pressing toward a new thing as I will be working as a private consultant.  Clearly God has encouraged me that He is our provision, I need not allow others to treat me the way I had been treated.  He alone is faithful.

Are you living like you are a child of God under the Lordship of Jesus?  Do you believe God is faithful?  Here are some verses to consider while you press on toward the promises of God………

2 Corinthians 1:20 (NKJV)  For all the promises of God in Him are Yes, and in Him Amen, to the glory of God through us.

Ephesians 1:3 (NKJV)  Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places in Christ,

2 Peter 1:3-4 (NKJV)  as His divine power has given to us all things that pertain to life and godliness, through the knowledge of Him who called us by glory and virtue,  by which have been given to us exceedingly great and precious promises, that through these you may be partakers of the divine nature, having escaped the corruption that is in the world through lust.

Patricia L. Wenzel
WOC Graduate

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