Our small group has been doing Living a Praying Life by Jennifer Kennedy Dean. I actually started the study on my own, then our group started it a few weeks ago, so I'm a few weeks ahead of them. Its a great study; I'd recommend it for anyone interested in living such a life.
Anyway, one of the assignments a few weeks ago was to write out a situation you are going through that you would pray about. Write it out with what the problem is and how you want God to answer it. Then with red ink you are supposed to write through the prayer "Surrendered to the Father. Do your will in your way in your time."
I wrote out a prayer daily for the course of the week on different situations I was facing, wrote out how I thought God should answer the prayer, and then wrote out the saying about surrendering it to God.
On 01/11/13 I wrote this prayer:
Dear Lord, my job. I want the hours I want, easy dictators, work not going offshore. I worry about it Lord, unemployment, lack of health insurance, dwindling bank account. Lord, I think you should give back the _________ account onshore, open my schedule to work 8:30 a.m. to 5 o'clock p.m. 5 days a week, increase my pay. (I purposefully left a line with the name of the account I was on before for privacy issues here in my post but I wrote it in my prayer journal).
Then with a red pen I wrote that I surrendered it to God.
Work, as many of you know, for me has been a roller coaster ride over the past year with work seemingly drying up since October and I was worried about what would happen, especially in an email received last week from my supervisor hinting to all she supervised that changes could be happening. I even mentioned my concern in my Truth Is Thursday post last week.
Imagine how my heart started beating when the phone rang this morning right when I clocked in to start my day and caller ID said it was my work place. I thought "okay, this is it, I'm being laid off".
My supervisor identifies herself when I pick up and then says "I really hate to do this......." and I'm like "okay Betty brace yourself, its okay if you get laid off".
And then she tells me I'm being moved to another account that needs extra people. She hates to lose me because I'm a good worker, etc., etc., etc., really wished she didn't have to but she is overstaffed. I'm like "its okay, I understand" and I thanked her for her being my supervisor when I got transferred to her a few months ago.
The transition would take place sometime this week.
Later after lunch, I got a call from my new supervisor, welcoming me to the team. Gave me a few facts about the account I would be working on. Told me it was an account that had been offshore but recently brought back onshore because of quality issues. (that made me happy work was coming back).
Asked me if I had any questions, concerns. I told her my schedule of work, in which I work 6 days a week, but half days Friday and Saturday and how that was getting harder to do the older I got. I asked if down the road if there was an opening could I be moved to a 5 day a week schedule. She told me I could do it now if I wanted to.
I could either work Sunday to Thursday or Tuesday to Saturday. While I would like to have Monday through Friday because its the more traditional schedule, I'm going to be changing over to Tuesday to Saturday soon, giving me 2 complete days off a week. She said she thinks people need to have those 2 days off; I totally agree.
So remember my prayer above......how I thought God should answer it......
Account that makes good money (this new account is easy to format, good dictators so far, I was told not a lot of English as second language doctors).
Work not going offshore (this account came back from offshore).
Open my schedule to 8:30 to 5 for 5 days a week (see above).
I wanted back the other account in my prayer and I wanted an increase in pay. God chose not to answer my prayer as I prayed it, but he answered it SOOOO MUCH more better in his exact right time and will and way.
Thank you Lord!!!!
I am beyond happy right now......truly amazing how God works!