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PostSubject: Re: Need some prayer   Wed May 17, 2017 3:31 pm

Praying here too.

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PostSubject: Re: Need some prayer   Thu Jun 08, 2017 3:36 pm

It's been a while since I posted an update and I'm sure some of you are chomping at the bit for some news! So, since I last posted I had 3 interviews. All 3 were no's. I ask for your continued prayers as I'm still looking due to the pending closure/consolidation of the facilities in the area.

However, I'm praying very much for direction about what kind of job to look for. I've been looking for HR/Leadership positions, usually in the healthcare field as that has been my education and experience. But honestly, I don't want to supervise people anymore. I'm going to enter ministry school this fall and I've been reminded several times that my purpose isn't my job - after all, Paul wrote 2/3 of the New Testament and he was a tent maker... not that I picture myself as a modern day Paul...

Anyway, those of you who are praying, please pray that as I evaluate my skills, passions and talents that God would lead me to a job that would be rewarding and appropriate for someone who will one day soon be a pastor, and obviously pay the bills. I don't think I could work 60 - 70 hour weeks and do pastoral duties.

That being said, I've actually taken on some of those duties already. I'm teaching our new member class, I've been discipling a member who got saved about a year ago for a few months, and I've been meeting with our head pastor for some mentorship and task delegation.
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PostSubject: Re: Need some prayer   Thu Jun 08, 2017 7:15 pm

You are still in my prayers brother.

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PostSubject: Re: Need some prayer   Mon Jun 12, 2017 5:51 am

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PostSubject: Re: Need some prayer   Tue Jun 20, 2017 1:20 pm

So I know some of you are praying while my wife is gone - and it's appreciated.

So funny story. Before she left, I made a joke about what to do if I interview and get offered a job before she gets back (and of course, I would tell the company that I need to discuss it with her when she returns). I said it to be silly and didn't honestly expect anything to happen.

Well, yesterday I got an email to interview for a position that looks very promising. In fact, in the email, the Recruiter said she was "very excited to talk" with me about the position and that I "look to be a good fit for our company culture."

If you guys would pray, I would appreciate it!
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PostSubject: Re: Need some prayer   Tue Jun 20, 2017 4:25 pm

Oh right on!  I'm praying for you now.  Smile
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PostSubject: Re: Need some prayer   Wed Jun 21, 2017 3:26 pm

So the interview went very well! At one question the recruiter said "Great answer!" and when I told her my salary requirements she said "Sounds reasonable."

Should hear something next week.
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PostSubject: Re: Need some prayer   Wed Jun 21, 2017 10:08 pm

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PostSubject: Re: Need some prayer   Wed Jun 21, 2017 10:25 pm

That's great. Hope you finally found something you'll enjoy.

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PostSubject: Re: Need some prayer   Tue Jul 04, 2017 5:11 pm

Well, found out that the promising interview mentioned above was a no. 

I've decided to just give up at this point. Apparently, God doesn't want me here as long as Jacob worked for Rachel(14 years, and I've been in the field that long), he wants me here as long as Moses was in the wilderness (40 years. Only 26 more to go!).
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PostSubject: Re: Need some prayer   Wed Jul 05, 2017 7:51 am

When I left Bridgestone to be a youth pastor, I had to "give up" as well.  I had reached a point that I had told God that I just gave up and He was gonna have to do it.  Then, the layoff came and I felt I should volunteer for it.  I did.  Then, the church I serve in called me.  They had received my resume through our state Baptist association.  I had nothing to do with sending a resume.  

I say all that to suggest that "giving up" may be exactly what you are supposed to do.  When you have nowhere else to go, that is usually when God shows you what is behind door number 3.

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PostSubject: Re: Need some prayer   Wed Jul 05, 2017 6:20 pm

I guess in a way I had been in the same boat of giving up. Looked for a job nearby for 3 years after losing mine. Kept asking God what he wanted me to do. Finally decided to just do something and he'd either come along with me or close the door. A few months after that, Katrina hit and I felt called to do relief work. A couple months into said work, one of my former bosses called to ask if I wanted to take over his contracting work.

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PostSubject: Re: Need some prayer   Wed Jul 12, 2017 11:05 am

Hello. I need some prayer for encouragement. Honestly, I feel like while God loves me, He doesn't like me very much. I feel like I'm dying inside a little bit everyday. Thanks.
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PostSubject: Re: Need some prayer   Wed Jul 12, 2017 11:42 am

Our local church body has been going through some rough times (a few deaths, health issues, etc.) and our pastor has been tying many of the sermons to a theme of us being pilgrims in this world.  While it's difficult to see loved ones suffer (and to suffer oneself), there is some encouragement knowing that this time is very temporary.  And relative to infinity with God, our time here is literally nothing.  (~80 years / infinity = ZERO geek )  It's solely by God's grace and mercy that any of us even exist, let alone are given eternal life with Him.  And all the earthly blessings are just minuscule little cherries on top.  God loves you ABUNDANTLY and any pain and frustration in this life will pass.

I'm not sure if that's very encouraging or not, but I hope so.  Smile
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PostSubject: Re: Need some prayer   Wed Jul 12, 2017 1:26 pm

That's encouraging but dude, you can't use math to help me for, like, at least a month.
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PostSubject: Re: Need some prayer   Wed Jul 12, 2017 1:43 pm

Hahahaha fair enough.  rendeer
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PostSubject: Re: Need some prayer   Wed Jul 12, 2017 3:02 pm

Sorry to hear you are feeling so discouraged brother.  Praying you will get some encouragement from our Lord.

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PostSubject: Re: Need some prayer   Fri Jul 21, 2017 1:37 pm

Hey guys.

So a couple things. My job is about to push me over the brink. My boss literally told me Wednesday that I "laugh too much", "enjoy jokes too much" and as a result am "very unprofessional". I'm sorry this makes her uncomfortable but I won't be a stick in the mud to make her more comfortable. I don't want to change my usually happy and joyful demeanor.

Second, I have a phone interview Tuesday of next week and I'll be honest. I want it. Not "Oh, that sounds neat." or "I bet I could that." - No. I want it. Bad.

That being said, I'm also looking for part time work. My wife was laid off and didn't qualify for unemployment so we can't even make rent this month... I'm tired of this and am ready to work however many hours it takes to take care of my family so we're never, ever in this situation again.
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PostSubject: Re: Need some prayer   Fri Jul 21, 2017 2:51 pm

Yikes!  Tough situation on more than one front.
Still praying for you brother, and hope God will help you find a way to meet your needs (both financially and with job satisfaction).

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PostSubject: Re: Need some prayer   Tue Aug 01, 2017 11:20 am

So my phone interview last week went really well (I've been super busy this week...) and I emailed the recruiter today to see what's happening. She is talking to the hiring manager this afternoon to discuss me and "a few other candidates."

Please pray that this door would open and I would be able to move on in this part of my life. I want this job so bad!
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PostSubject: Re: Need some prayer   Tue Aug 01, 2017 2:03 pm

Well, there's no need to pray anymore... just found out they went with an internal candidate.
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PostSubject: Re: Need some prayer   Tue Aug 01, 2017 2:48 pm

Bummer.  Crying or Very sad

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PostSubject: Re: Need some prayer   Wed Aug 02, 2017 4:37 pm

How incredibly frustrating.

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PostSubject: Re: Need some prayer   Thu Aug 10, 2017 8:22 am

Well, in the midst of all this crap with not finding a job, I have officially given up. I'm done looking and if God wants me in a different opportunity, it will present itself.

But the good news is that I mailed the check to enroll in ministry school, which is way cooler than a job change. In three years I'll be an ordained pastor!
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PostSubject: Re: Need some prayer   Thu Aug 10, 2017 1:27 pm

Bummer to hear about the job hunt going to poorly, I can certainly understand your frustration.

Very excited to hear about your pending edumacashun!  Soon you will have all the biblical smarts!

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