It has been a while folks, and for that I apologize but let me tell you this past month has tested and stretched me in so many ways. As I replay the events one word comes to mind NECESSARY. A scripture that I have been meditating on is “For I know the plans I have for you, declares the LORD, plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.”( Jeremiah 29:11)

I have been attending Syracuse University in pursuit of my MBA for the last two years. As I neared the completion of my degree, I began my job hunt. I have been on countless interviews over the last 6 months; some ended after the initial screening and others ended after 3 or 4 rounds, none concluded in a job offer. I couldn’t understand why, it became frustrating! Let’s rewind to last month when I lost the job I had for over 5 years; I was devastated. Now don’t get me wrong I had been planning to leave this job for about a year, but I wanted to leave on my terms when I was ready and have my dream job lined up. It was a humbling experience to say the least.

It has been about a month since losing my job and I can’t tell you how much God has shown up and has showed out in my life. I really debated on whether not to share my unemployment with the masses but honestly it was necessary. I had to lose my job, I had to do all those countless interviews for months, I had to go back to school and get my MBA two years ago; all to be where I am today. I’m saying all of this to say while I was going through it, I didn’t understand or see the bigger picture and at times I got so overwhelmed with anxiety that I couldn’t sleep; however, I knew God had me. He was not going to give me more than I can bare. During the times of frustration while interviewing, not knowing if my end of the bills would be covered, I remained prayerful. My husband reminded me daily that we would be okay and to just focus on what God is trying to tell me through all of this. God began to calm my anxiety and show me the path He has for me.

To God be the glory, I got an offer for another job almost a month later! The role is the opportunity I prayed for and prepared for by completing my MBA. Everything I went through was necessary. God had a plan, I had to let go and allow Him to work. Losing my job forced me to focus on God. I am also thankful for my husband who supported me and ministered to me, he continuously encouraged me through this. I don’t know if someone reading this is in the same boat as me or will just find inspiration in my testimony. I felt compelled to share and illustrate just how great God is. Trust in Him and He will not fail you! To say I am thankful is in understatement. God has seen me through so much and for that I am so grateful. I pray you find inspiration and strength in knowing the presence and ability that God can and will have in your life if you let him.

– Cheryl


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