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Trusting God With Our Plans

We have many plans for our lives. We have goals, timeline on how we want things to go, but almost always, our plans do not go as we pictured them. Sometimes things go worse, but when you have God in the center of your plans or life, things go much better than what you imagined. I had planned to start looking for a new job, a management position to be exact, at a new company by May 2020. I thought May because by then the wedding would be long over, the honeymoon would be long over, and I graduate from my Master’s degree in May, so that would be under my belt. But like almost always, God had other plans for me. I told myself that this year I will fully follow God’s lead in my life. Well, at the beginning of January, I received an email from Advent Health, one of the leading hospitals in Central Florida, to apply for a position in their billing/collections department. I was confused because I didn’t remember the last time I updated my profile with them since I had applied to the hospital years ago, but I thought about it and discussed it with Jonathan, my then fiancĂ© now husband, and he said it wouldn’t hurt to apply.

So, I applied thinking nothing of it and actually forgot that I had applied. That following Tuesday, I received a phone call from an HR recruiter to do a phone screening for the position. She then invited me for a face-to-face interview for the following Friday. I went and interviewed with the director of the department, and at the end of the interview, she told me she really liked me and wanted me to join the team. That following Monday, they called me back to offer me the position and send over the offer letter to accept. When I informed my then-current employer that I was leaving, my director had a meeting with me to see why I was leaving and if there was something she could do for me to stay. I told her that I wanted to work at the hospital and thought it was a great opportunity.

A few days later she called me into the office again, this time with my manager, to tell me again that she didn’t want me to leave and two new positions were opening up and she wanted me for one of them. She told me to think about it and that she will be able to offer me more money than what the hospital offered me. I’m not money motivated, I just kept thinking about the opportunities available at the hospital. I kept going back and forth on whether to stay at my current job or leave. I interviewed for both positions at my job. But when I went to the HR and health screening appointment for Advent Health, I got excited all over again about working at the hospital, so after that appointment, I made my final decision, I was going to the hospital. The following day I got a call offering me the Team Lead position at my current job with more money than what the hospital was offering, but I went to talk to my director and I declined the offer.

She told me she appreciated me telling her and that it would be a loss for her because she thinks I’m a great employee, but at the end of the day, she wants me to be happy. She mentioned that if the hospital is the route I want to go, then she cannot compete with that, there is no money in the world she could offer me. And she was correct. Something kept pulling me towards the hospital, even when I was trying to make excuses as to why I should stay, I kept getting this pull towards the hospital, and now I know it was God.

He provided this opportunity when I least expected it, but it’s such a blessing. Today I completed my second day of orientation, and tomorrow I start training at my department, and I feel like I am right where I belong. Yesterday before any of the programs began, we prayed, and today every segment started with a bible verse. I absolutely loved that. I genuinely feel like I am in the right place at the most perfect time. I cannot thank God enough for how he moves in my life and how he has moved. I am forever grateful to him, will continue to be grateful to him, and live out my life for Him.

Always remember to trust him in all of your plans and to place him in the center of them. Things may not always come out as you’d like, when you place your trust in Him, they will come out better.

PROVERBS 3_5-6 Trust in and rely confidently on the LORD with all your heart And do not rely on your own insight or understanding_ In all your ways know and acknowledge and recognize Him, And He will


Why Can’t We Celebrate Diversity?

From all the comments of the Super Bowl Half-Time Show and while listening to The Breakfast Club, I started to think, why can’t we celebrate diversity? Why can’t we embrace different cultures? This is what makes this country so beautiful, the difference between all the people. What other countries in the world do you know that are as diverse as ours? Why can’t we be more open-minded to accept differences, to accept diversity, to try to learn about other cultures, to try to understand their norm? God made us all different for a reason. There are different cultures for a reason. Being able to see a representation of different cultures is so beautiful to me.

What if we lived in a world where there was one culture? If we were all the same? That would be boring and dull. I challenge you to try to be a little open-minded, try to be a bit more accepting of differences, try to be a little more respectful of different cultures, you might learn something. Do a little research before you come up with your statement. Don’t be so quick to judge, dig deeper, and look at the bigger picture. This world is filled with so much information, so many beautiful people, so many fascinating cultures, and why not embrace it?

Just because it was a little different than yours doesn’t make it bad, or wrong, or inappropriate. God gave us two sets of eyes, two ears, and one mouth – to see more and listen more than we talk.

Let’s embrace our differences, not bash it. Let’s learn from each other and respect each other. We, the people, are what makes this country beautiful, all of our differences, and the different cultures we are exposed to. Thank you, God, for making us the way you did, and I pray this world could be a little more accepting.

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Planning With God & Planning Without

There is a big difference in doing things on your own and doing things with God being first and being the center. When you’re doing things on your own, you’re constantly worrying. It seems like things don’t work out how you pictured it, and there’s a lot of hurdles to jump over, and challenges keep coming, one after another, seem like you cannot ever catch a break. But when you pray first about what you want to do and it is God’s will for your life, everything will go smooth. Everything will aline with minimal effort. He will guide you, tell you what to do, and where to go. Everything just falls into place. It may not be when you want or how you thought, but everything works out in God’s perfect timing. You have to learn to trust him. Things will come out better than you expected when you let God take the lead. Trust him with your plans, release your worries to him, and let him guide your steps, it will be the best thing you’ve done. You won’t have to worry about anything because he takes care of everything.

Just. Have. Faith.