Sunday, January 26, 2014

Perseverance -> Confidence -> Faith

Things I have learned from my wife Morgann over the last 6 to 7 months:

During Morgann's three years of teaching she would always wonder/ask herself if that really is her purpose?  Is that really what God wanted her to be doing?  Asking these questions to herself everyday for three years.  Then God decided to send Morgann and I on a new journey.  One in which I would be accepting another job and we would be moving, which lead to Morgann saying "I am going to try something new, I don't know what it is but I am going to put my Faith in God to find out what that is for me"

So over the last 6 months, Morgann has been searching, digging, and ultimately giving her life to finding out what God may want to her to do to work for Him.

It has been hard.

But these three things are in Morgann's heart and I had the pleasure of witnessing these over the last 6 months.

Each one lead to the other!

Perseverance - "steadfastness in doing something despite difficulty or delay in achieving success"
This isn't something I believe everyone has in them.  The will/drive inside them to make it through the bad days, knowing in the back of your head you could just take the easy way out.  Knowing she could just go teach and didn't. Knowing she needed to take a part time job at a grocery store to help us make ends meet.

Confidence - "the feeling or belief that one can rely on someone or something; firm trust"
She knew that it was all going to work out.  She would even begin to not talk to friends because of not wanting to tell them she still wasn't able to find a job.  So, Yes, some days were harder than others, but deep down with confidence she pushed through this, knowing God was on her side with a plan.

Faith - "complete trust in something or someone"
That is what she had.  True Faith.  Trust.  Knowing that God was going to work it out.  Knowing that if she put her confidence in Him.  Knowing if she persevered that He would work it out for the better.

During this time we lived by this scripture verse:
... we will walk by FAITH, and NOT by SIGHT... 2 Corinthians 5:7

Morgann turned down 3 jobs during this 6 month span, jobs in which we needed the money.  But we gave this opportunity to God as a teaching lesson for us, knowing that His plan would ultimately succeed in the end.  Walking by Faith in Him and not by what looks good in the moment for "us".

Last week Morgann started her first day for "Blackbaud", a company that is helping over 17,000 non-profit organizations excel in fundraising.  We are super pumped!!!

Do we know if it is a great fit?  Do we know if it will be where she works for more than 3 years?  Do we know if the people will be great to work with?  Do we know if she will enjoy most days?


But what I do know is that during this process of looking for a job, God helped Morgann:
-  Build more Trust in Him
-  Gain confidence to know she can do immeasurably more (Ephesians 3:20)
-  Persevere through a hard time in life and not lose sight of our real purpose here on earth, to live for His glory
 And to show me what REAL FAITH looks like!!!

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