Happy New Year EmpowerMoments family! We have surely missed you! As we kick off the new year, we are beginning with a series entitled “Testimonies & Lessons”. We believe Revelation 12:11 when it says that we overcome by the word of our testimonies. We pray that our testimony and lessons from last year will EMPOWER you to triumph this year! May God bless you and make 2014 the greatest year of your life thus far!
A Canaanite woman from that vicinity came to him, crying out, “Lord, Son of David, have mercy on me! My daughter is suffering terribly from demon-possession.” Jesus did not answer a word. So his disciples came to him and urged him, “Send her away, for she keeps crying out after us.” He answered, “I was sent only to the lost sheep of Israel.” The woman came and knelt before him. “Lord, help me!” she said. He replied, “It is not right to take the children’s bread and toss it to their dogs.” “Yes, Lord,” she said, “but even the dogs eat the crumbs that fall from their masters’ table.” Then Jesus answered, “Woman, you have great faith! Your request is granted.” And her daughter was healed from that very hour. (Matthew 15:22-28 NIV)
During, “My Church Experience” the guest preacher shared the above scripture. She said many would’ve been offended if Jesus called them a dog but Jesus gave the Canaanite woman something that she wasn’t supposed to have. She continued stating that God’s grace will slide you a deal that you don’t deserve. He will send people that don’t know you to fight for you. He will give you things that no one, including yourself, will understand.
On New Years Eve 2012 I decided to bring in the New Year watching my church online, instead of heading out with my family. 2012 was unexpected and a bit of a rollercoaster and I just wanted 2013 to be different. My pastor said that 2013 would be the year of supernatural. I jumped, screamed and cried believing that 2013 would be everything I prayed it would be. I just wanted stability. The first quarter of 2013 was everything I prayed AGAINST! I was in a dark place of hurt, disappointment and discontentment. I felt like I was losing everything that I cared about: friendships, relationships, status and understanding. I truly had to live Matthew 6:34 NIV “Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.” There were many days I told God I wouldn’t take my life but if He could take it and heal my family from my absence that would be comforting. But just like the Canaanite woman, I didn’t want to give up.
After being unemployed for 6 months, a friend sent me a text letting me know that she was interviewing for a position and encouraged me to apply. As God would have it, a friend from college worked in Human Resources (HR) at this company. I reached out to her about openings in the marketing department. Although she informed me of an opening and asked me to submit my resume, I was getting to a place of contentment and a part of me was just tired of disappointment. I never looked into it. When my friend inquired about why I failed to submit the resume, I really didn’t have a good answer so I decided to finally review the position. I remember looking at that job description and it reading, “Dene’ this is your job.” Once I got down to the bottom I saw something that has stopped me from applying to jobs before -experience: 5 years. I had roughly two years of experience but only through internships. I’m not sure why I decided to submit my resume. I don’t even remember submitting my resume. I just remember one day getting a call to set up the interview.
It seemed like God opened a door, window and vent because I had options. A few days later two additional interviews came up. I asked God for wisdom on choosing the right position. A week before my final interview at the job I really wanted, I received an offer from another company. I was conflicted. Should I should pass up a for sure job for one that was just a maybe? The current offer wasn’t offering the pay or the opportunity that I expected but I figured this is where young marketing professionals start. Should I take the “sure thing” or have faith for the job I really wanted? Against the advice of friends, I declined that offer. I knew what God had for me. I had to walk in faith praying that the job I felt in my heart would come through.
I’ll never forget praying that God provided the other applicants with a better opportunity because this one was mine. I was claiming it! When I received the call a couple of weeks later, I hung up and jumped up and down saying, “thank You, Lord!” then I fell to my knees and wept for joy.
This job is everything I’ve ever wanted. My salary is more than I expected even with my little experience. My supervisor is an amazing woman who pushes me to grow and develop into who God wants me to be. I’m the youngest person to ever work in my department and one of the youngest at my entire company. Since I started my team’s performance has seen more than a 600% increase in growth and 100% increase in engagement. (That’s favor not me!) I didn’t have 5 years of experience but God used my supervisor to give me my dream job with a deal I’m still trying to understand.
I thank You for continued grace, favor and wisdom. God I thank You for a daily humbling and for trusting me with this assignment.. Father, it’s humbling to see a plan You whispered in my ear come to pass. Your love is shown everyday in the people I work with and the care of those who advise me. I am reminded everyday that You will never leave me nor forsake me. You will make a way out of no way and always see Your promises to pass. In Jesus‘ Name, Amen.
Ladies, I share my testimony to EMPOWER you to remember the supernatural things God has done in your life. Every time something goes wrong remember the moments that God bought you through. Every morning we wake up to grace and walk into favor and it’s not just the jobs, the cars and other material things. My job reminds me every day that God specializes in the supernatural. He knows the desires of our hearts so keep the faith refusing to settle on anything less than the grand prize. That includes anything that isn’t from God whether it be a car, a man, a job or a mediocre relationship with Him. Be steadfast knowing that when God’s promise comes to pass it will blow your mind!
Has God done something “supernatural” for you? Share your story with us.
Ms. Dené B. is a student of life who enjoys human studies and social media. She graduated from Loyola University Chicago where the motto is “Preparing People to Lead Extraordinary Lives,” She took her education and school spirit to heart and now is a young adult striving to live an extraordinary life while helping others achieve the same. With a Bachelor of Arts in Advertising and Public Relations and minors in Sociology and Visual Communication, Dené worked at a top PR firm but her greatest accomplishments resides in volunteer work with Autism Speaks and Big Brothers Big Sisters. Currently, she finds herself pursuing a vision God placed in her of starting her own business. One of her go to scriptures is, “Rejoice always, pray continually, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is Gods will for you in Christ Jesus.” (1 Thessalonians 5:16-18 NIV)