a bench with a view

a bench with a view

Wednesday, March 6, 2013

what I surrendered, how he answered

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!


35 comments:

Shelly said...

I'm so happy for you! And the ways He chooses to answer our prayers are always, always better that what our own minds come up with. Good things are coming to you, my friend~

Michelle said...

That is so awesome! Thank you for sharing this with us!

LynnMarie said...

Awesome news! Thanks for sharing with us. So glad for you.

Life in a Small Town said...

YAY! So glad things are working out for you. It would be nice to have a weekday off to do business that you can't do on the weekend.

I'm mostly known as 'MA' said...

Thank the dear Lord for His many blessings. How wonderful for you. Letting go of the burdens and turning them over isn't always easy, but is the best way for sure. So many times we worry and fret instead of surrendering our cares. I'd say that Bible study was meant to be.

Bijoux said...

Hallelujah! Great news, Betty!

The Brown Recluse said...

I love answered prayer!! He is so good! (Very happy for you!)

John DeBellis said...

Wow, I guess I better get to praying. Awesome news on the job.

Debby@Just Breathe said...

Betty, this has me in tears. What a blessing from God that you received. Answered prayers are the best! ((HUGS))

Verna Lantz said...

Wow! Such an awesome testimony. God is so good. He knows what we need and what we want. :)

Jeanie said...

That is an awesome outcome, Betty.
Your testimony is such a good lesson for us all. Enjoy your new schedule.

Chatty Crone said...

I think how awesome it is to ask for something - give it to God - and he answers better then what you even wanted. God is Good. I am so very happy for you! Congrats.

Hugs, sandie

Adam said...

it's a shame that so many jobs go offshore due to greed. Luckily my job can't be moved.

Pat Hatt said...

Yeah the off shore crap is annoying with them trying to save a buck. And wow indeed, ask him where my winning lottery ticket is would you? lol

Kathy ... aka Nana said...

Oh Betty, how fantastic! Praise God!!!

I'm glad you're enjoying that study. We just finished it ... I'm not sure what we were going to do next.

Sharon said...

Betty, this is good news indeed! So glad that things will be a little easier with work, and that God was faithful in answering your prayer.

He continues to be AMAZING. I always say that the impossible is really HIM-possible!

GOD BLESS!

Deals On Wheels said...

That is awesome news! God is good!

Betty W said...

So happy for you Betty. I need to practice giving up my concerns more. It is always good to "let Him" decide what is best for us.

Bobbi and Gracie said...

Wow!! Betty, this is powerful! God is so good!! Congratulations on your 'promotion'!

Dana said...

This is such good news! I'm so happy for you, Betty. ☺

TARYTERRE said...

CONGRATULATIONS. You deserve this.

jack69 said...

SWEET! Betty you are the best. Reading this has boosted my faith, which needed a boost. (((HUGS))) for posting, and thanks bunches.
The best to you and yours out on THAT coast!

Veronica B said...

This is so great for you, Betty!! Yeah to doing what you enjoy in a way you can keep on enjoying it!! Amen!!

Mevely317 said...

Woo-hoo!
That's really an interesting exercise, putting everything down on paper, then symbolically crossing it out and turning over. Much to think about here!
I'm so happy for you!!!

rmslil said...

wow

Karen said...

What a nice answer to prayer! And sounds like a good exercise in faith for me as well...

Lynda said...

PRAISE GOD! HE so blesses us way more abundantly than the events we endure. THANK YOU for sharing your answered prayers! What a great witness to all who read it and a phenomenal hug from HIM as encouragement to stay faithful.

Linda said...

Great news, thank-you Lord! What a relief concerning work. Thy will be done!

Veronica Lee said...

That is awesome news! Congrats!

God is great!

Lynn Proctor said...

that's the kind of God we serve, always better than we ask--i am so happy for you betty!!

M. J. Joachim said...

So happy for you! It truly is wonderful, how God answers our prayers!

Deanna said...

Perfect example of "trust in the Lord". This such a great thing for you and such a positive post. Thank you, Betty.

SweetMarie said...

I love this! I'm so happy for you!
Hugs,
Marie

Marianne said...

Fantastic news - I am so happy for you!!

Blondee said...

Chills right now reading this, Betty. What a testament to His undying love, His power, His knowing our every need.

Thank you so much for sharing!!