A Week Full of Blessings

This week has been a great week! Lots to celebrate!

I am enjoying my new job. The first three weeks have been all about acclimating to the new job. Learning about all the different aspects and responsibilities. This last week, I have been assigned to multiple projects. I am even getting to take part in a workshop this next week, which is a great way to learn more about the company!

Wednesdays are days I have started to look forward to the most! During lunch on Wednesdays, I get to fellowship with other women that are believers. This last Wednesday was a time to get to know one another while we planted herbs. (1st and 2nd pictures above) We got to choose from a variety of herbs. I picked lavender and rosemary.

Did you know that…

Lavender = Devotion

Rosemary = Remembrance

I knew flowers had different meanings, but I did not know that herbs had different meanings as well.

After Wednesday, I got inspired by planting these herbs. I decided that I wanted some greenery for my desk at work. Just a short trip to Hobby Lobby and I was able to get supplies to create a terrarium. (3rd pic) All the greenery is fake. I still think it livens up my desk. A couple of my coworkers made hilarious comments:

  1. I love young people. They do all the cool stuff.
  2. Are you moving in?

No, obviously I am not moving in at work. I have lots of stuff on my desk because it can be a great conversation starter. I want to be able to get to know the people where I am working.

Lastly, the bonus to working where I am is there is a Starbucks blocks from the office. When we had a cold front come through, of course I needed to go get a hot drink. (last pic) Lol!

Hope y’all are having a marvelous weekend!

Until next time…

Bethany

Friday Favorites

#1 Podcoin

Podcoin is an app where you listen to podcasts for rewards.

I started a new job a few weeks ago and have become addicted to listening to podcasts again. Love this app!

10 = 2P

After a week of listening, I am at 109P. I am going to use my points for a $5 Starbucks Gift Card (just 1900 to go 😂).

If you love listening to podcasts, why not? Right?!? Earn rewards! 🎉

Here is a code that you can use to get started: Bethah8r

Use this code when you sign up and get 150P! 🎉

**App available for iPhone and Android users.**

#2 Rose Gold Glitter Sneakers

I know these are or were really popular. I tend to doubt how $20 sneakers can be super comfortable to walk in.

I park and walk four blocks to and from work everyday so I needed to find some sneakers for walking. My feet are small. I wear size 5 or 5 1/2.

I went to Target to buy sneakers, but they do not carry my size. I ordered these rose gold sneakers. They are really comfortable!

Bought them through Jane.com

(This website is a resellers’ website like Zulily. Deals come and go. These sneakers are a popular item and are sold frequently by different resellers or boutiques.)

Hope y’all had a great week!

Until next time…

Bethany 🌹

Tea in a Tea Cup

What is it about drinking tea that is so relaxing? It helps me to de-stress, slow down, and enjoy the little things.

Lately, I have rediscovered what fun it can be to drink tea in an actual tea cup. 😱😆 It is like the cherry on top, adding that extra bit of happiness to this relaxing afternoon ritual.

So…Enjoy the little things!

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