My little brother posted a testimony (which I actually made to him) on his Facebook Fan page and I wanted to share with you all. His wording was a bit incorrect (you know how stories change the more they are told – LOL) so I have minimally edited some parts to reflect the story more accurately. At the end he posted a song of inspiration, which he sends every Sunday to his fans. I am so proud of him and happy that he could find inspiration in my story.
As a preface, I was laid off in fall of 2009 and hired for a new job before the end of the year. During my job search I WORKED HARD to find job opportunities and listings while pulling from my steadily growing network of industry friends, family members and former clients. My hard work paid off, as I had a number of interviews with some great companies for some awesome positions. As I started interviewing, I began to listen to my own voice… What did I want in a job? What did I not want in a work environment? What sacrifices was I not willing to make and where was my flexibility? I learned so much about myself and realized the path I wanted to be on and the type of workplace I was looking for. To have so many options, especially in this economy, was TRULY a blessing and a testament to the time spent over the years building a career foundation that would carry me through potential hard times.
After a long talk with my brother to tell him the story, he posted this on Facebook:
Welcome to 2010… I know it’s still early, but I am already saying “What a year!”. These last 3 days have brought me to 1 realization… that 2009 is no more! Let’s get ready for a breakthrough family…WE will have SO many testimonies this year!! I have already seen multitudes of friends and patrons being blessed beyond their understanding!! YESSS!!! (Pumps arm*) lol My sister has given a testimony for the New Year that I must share… hopefully she wont be upset.
After being laid off from her company, she contacted a recruiter to help her find another one. Being the faithful woman she was, she didn’t hesitate to cry, instead she went FORWARD and pushed until she received two job offers that exceeded her credentials as an Architectural Engineer. Not only did they offer her a job, she received a call from the Mayor of a smaller city and from the upper level management at the one she accepted. This was all without the help of the recruiter, without being in practice for 2 years and with everyone telling her she was out of her league, including friends & family. She has yet to look back and is moving FORWARD faster than ever!!!
THIS is your first chance to move forward. Where do you want to be right now? What is holding you back? Why are you letting it? Where will you be if you let it for too long??? Your past is over, you ARE NOT going back there!! God is placing your thoughts against you for a reason, he is limiting your space so that you HAVE to move…there is no choice! You must have the same faith my sister had that NO MAN can tell you how far you can go in YOUR life. I don’t have any analogies tonight…just a testimony… a testimony that “staying there” is not moving FORWARD…it’s simply “staying there”. Even if you don’t reach all your goals, You’ve gone higher than you would have if you hadn’t set any… This is your first word of inspiration for 2010… may you be blessed in it and receive YOUR testimony sooner than you expect. Happy Sunday. Here is your song: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JO4ISkFGrEs&feature=related
The key word here is “FAITH”. While my family was in a panic about how my bills would get paid and where I would work after my last day, I stood strong and prayerful and put in the work on my end. When i walked into my first interview at the company I decided to accept the offer from, I knew right away that’s where I wanted to be and I made it clear to them in every way possible! When it came down to it, I trusted that I was making the right decision, and everything else fell in place even better than I could have expected it to!
For the item of the day, I am going to recommend a Facebook app. Yes, for those of you who know me personally, I made a number of comments about being anti-apps on Facebook. But there is one that I truly enjoy, called “On this Day, God wants you to know…” and each day or so it gives you a message of inspiration. Though small and random, these messages gave me such an unexpected motivation at times of stress. Like little reminders that the situation will be resolved. If you are on facebook, click here to sign up.
As an example, here is my message for today:
On this day of your life, Cherish, we believe God wants you to know … that you are exactly where you are meant to be. Trust in God that everything is exactly the way it is supposed to be.
Just as a child has to pass through a tiny channel on its way from the womb into life, so are you on your way to God.
Have a wonderful 2010!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!