#WednesdayWisdom

My Favorite Quote

“Not all who wander are lost” – J.R.R. Tolkien

Yes, really…This is my favorite quote!

I love the scene in The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring, after the meeting in Rivendell, the fellowship is officially setting off towards Mt. Doom, and Frodo does not know where he is going and has to ask Gandalf.

It is okay to not know where you are going. We are part of journey or rather an adventure called life. It is unpredictable and filled with so many ups and downs and twist and turns. Frodo and Sam made so many mistakes along their journey to Mt. Doom. Spoiler alert: Eventually, they made it to Mt. Doom and The Ring was destroyed!

During days like today, where I experienced a bump in the road, I am back to wandering again and trying to figure out that next step. I know that everything is going to be okay because I recognize that all of this is just part of the adventure of my life.

My encouragement to you is this great quote from a man named Winston Churchill.

“Never, never, never give up!” – Winston Churchill

Let us encourage each other along the way! After all, Frodo would not have made it to Mt. Doom without Sam.

Hope you are having a great week! Happy Wednesday!

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Until next time…

Bethany 🙂

A Familiar Road

This is a road I am all too familiar with, being unemployed and looking for another job.  I honestly thought that after having a great job for a year and gaining good experience that it would take no time for me to find another job.

Life looks a lot different from my expectations. I know this is God’s will in orchestrating all these unknowns in order for me to learn and trust Him more and more with my life.

The events below have recently fully unfolded so I could share a little bit of my story with you. I do not usually share stories like this, but I felt like this time it was important to write this down (or type) for unknown reasons I do not yet know.

Here is a Little Bit of My Story

After weeks of fervent prayer, I found a job posting with American Airlines for an Instructional Design position (This is the career field I am currently looking for work.) The requirements for this position fit my experience to a “T”. I applied and a week later I received a phone call from American Airlines wanting to do a phone interview. It went great, and I was pumped about making it to Round 2!

Then a week or so later I received notification that I had been pick for a face-to-face interview. A-mazing! I was 1 of 4 candidates chosen to interview. The face-to-face interview did not go perfect, despite prepping for a week. You can never can fully prepare for an interview since you do not know the specific questions that will be asked. I prayed up! Made spending time in The Word and with God a priority. I had faith that if God wanted me to have this job that He would give it to me.

After the interview, I continued with fervent prayer and quiet times. I really wanted this job and I wanted God to know I did! I knew it would be 2 weeks of waiting. Let me tell you that waiting to hear a decision about this kind of momentous opportunity was the worst. Oh boy, did God use this time to teach me more patience and more trust. Bottom line, I was trusting and hoping that He was going to give this job.

I thought that Friday I would hear something from American Airlines. It had officially been 2 weeks. By the end of the day, I was so bummed out when I did not hear back. I will admit during Thursday, Friday, and Saturday I had started to feel a peace. A peace that was familiar. It was a peace I had come to recognize and know as God’s way of telling me “no” about something. Despite this feeling of peace, I continued to have my prayer and quiet times anyway. People, I really wanted this job!

I do not always check my email over the weekend. On Saturday, I kinda did it without even thinking about it. Before I knew it, I was staring at a rejection email from American Airlines. I did not get the job. Tears started to flow freely. Great sadness over this disappointing news. Lots of family and friends had been praying for me during this whole process. They knew I not only really wanted this job, but I needed it.

The next thing on my mental list was letting them know. This was not easy. I called, texted, Marco Poloed (video chat), and received a lot of encouragement in return.

The next day, Sunday, I did not mean to miss church. Y’all it was so cold. I was in my warm pjs and robe drinking my 2nd cup of tea. Relaxing was a really good thing after the news I had received the day before. Well, I looked up at the clock and realized I had 15 minutes to get ready.

I am the type of gal that can get ready in 15 minutes if I laid out clothes the night before. On a cold day trying to find what to wear along with ev-er-y-thing else. It did not happen folks.

When I miss church, I either watch YouTube sermons or Oakhills Church Live. This Sunday I felt the Holy Spirit leading towards YouTube.

This is what I watched: Even If He Doesn’t – Bianca Juarez Olthoff

Y’all the Lord knew what I needed to hear!

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This is the main take away from this teaching by Bianca Juarez Olthoff. Is that not crazy? After the day I had on Saturday, this was and is a great reminder! Y’all…I still do not know the why, but I know the who! Since I know God is the One that is in control of my future, I am going to trust that He knows what His plans are for my life.

Philippians 4:6 (NIV)

“Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.”
Thank you for reading a little bit of my story!
Bethany 🙂

 

My Sunday Playlist

Great worship songs for today! 🙌🏻

  1. Good Good Father by Chris Tomlin
  2. No One Like You (version by BarlowGirl)
  3. My Glorious by Delirious?
  4. Holy Spirit (version by Francesca Battistelli)
  5. Give You Glory by Jeremy Camp
  6. You Invite Me In by Meredith Andrews
  7. Anything by PFR
  8. More Than Conquerors by Rend Collective
  9. Sing Praises by Third Day
  10. Living Water by Ellie Holcomb

Hope y’all have a blessed Sunday!

– Bethany 🙂

A Lesson from Stryper

There are just some days when God uses certain songs to speak to my soul (He knows I love music!). Today was one of those days.

I had gotten through a long hard day at work. As I walked out the door (end of the work day), I found myself in a funk.

Why was I feeling this way? I don’t know. Yes, I had a hard day at work. My definition…A hard day, in my opinion, is when you get lots of good work done (accomplish what you need to for that day), but you may have made a mistake or two.

I was letting this work day weigh me down on me like a sack of bricks!

My routine before I pull out of the parking lot at work is to turn on whatever I am going to listen to on my iPhone, start the car, and drive home. Today, I wanted to listen to my music. I have my different playlists I create on iTunes. The one I have been listening to the most is my 89.7 Powerfm playlist. I made sure that ‘To Hell with the Devil’ by Stryper was on it.

Driving down the freeway, it was the second song that came on (purely God’s timing!). While the intro was playing I realized the sole reason I was in this funk was only because of the Enemy. He was using this hard day and trying to turn it into a miserable one.

I just had to laugh!! I cannot believe I fell for His schemes. It is so easy to get sucked in, isn’t it?

So thank you so much Stryper! That song spoke to my soul today.

Bethany 🙂

 

School Buses 

We avoid them. Don’t want to be stuck behind them while driving. Some of us purposely go a different route to try and get ahead of them (I do!). But…

A bus full of crazy kiddos brightened up my day.😂

At one of the stop lights on my way home from work, I was side by side with a school bus. Kids were waving like crazy and make funny faces. It was exactly what I needed! Lots of laughs!! After a long day of work, God knew that was the perfect medicine!

– Bethany 

The Happy Hour with Jamie Ivey

My friend told me about the #happyhourwithjamieivey. I highly recommend it! She does two weekly podcasts, one is an hour long and the other is a half hour.

All the women she has had as guests on her show (that I have listened to) are Christian women. They all have different backgrounds. Some are married and some are single…It is encouraging to me to hear honesty about what their walk with Christ looks like in different times of life. 

Refreshing to listen to and very encouraging!

Hope you start listening to The Happy Hour! I listen during my commute home from work!

Be blessed!

Bethany 

 

 

Prayers and Jalapeños 

How many of you have allergies?

Today was my day for the ultimate allergy attack. I have recently started a new job so this was an adventure of how to work and be productive while feeling horrible.

Early this morning in SA there was a small front that came through. Lots of wind! Felt great, which is uncommon. Wind = Sinus Problems for me.

Midmorning, I started to have a sinus headache. Then I suddenly felt my left eye burning from the wind. Seriously people, my eye was bright red and burning. As I felt my eye beginning to burn, I asked my coworker if my eye was bright red. Yep, it was. There were no eye drop in the med kit at work so I just rinsed out my eye with water. I felt a lot better!

I was still in so much pain that I was crying involuntarily.

What would you do if this happened to you?

Not only did I say a short prayer after I rinsed out my eye, but I also said Phil 4:13 out loud to myself. Then I texted my parents and sister and friend Alicia to pray for my relief. After all, I needed to get back to work at full speed! So what happened…right?

Within 5 to 10 minutes, I received most of my relief. Prayer is a powerful tool in the Christian walk. Do not underestimate what God can do when you pray (and to clarify, pray in complete faith)!!

Thank the Lord lunchtime arrived pretty quick, and I was starting to feel better.

Of all thing to have brought for lunch, I had Chuys poncho nachos. I had plenty of jalapeños, pico de gallo, and guacamole to put on them too. So sorry if this is making you hungry.

Did you know that if you suffer from sinus issues spicy foods help clear your sinuses? I covered my nachos in all of the left over jalapeños. Yes, Chuys jalapeños are super spicy. But they really helped.

If you would ask me today what things I am really thankful for, I would tell you prayer and jalapeños.

What an eventful day! It turned out great!

Phillipians 4:13, “I can do all things
through Christ, who strengthens me.”

– Bethany