Life Always Works Out on Its Own – Quit Trying Too Hard

I’m currently at a crossroad in my life.

I just graduated college. I wanted to enjoy my last summer vacation but I was broke. School was pretty stressful so I wanted to have a good time but I was really broke. I was starting to get pressured to help with the costs at home.

(Cultural background info: On this side of the world, the children in a household are not expected to move out unless if they’re moving to work in a faraway place with better opportunities for work; and whether they move out or not, they are expected to help the parents with the expenses at home, especially if there are siblings, usually younger, who remain as dependents.) I’m not complaining with that idea as I WANT to help. I believe that as you get older, as children enter the working arena, parents should have to be able to relax more and eventually not worry about finances at all. But as it turns out, you can’t easily get a good high-paying job, even if you’ve graduated from a good school.

Financial pressure, from obligations and own desires, was caving in. Added to my frustration was boredom and little nuisance from other family members. Being at home way too much when you’re living with other people can really cause minor annoyances to tick you off.

Thank God for spiritual involvement. Just before graduation, I started attending a non-traditional Catholic community. However, it still took a few months for me to really start to let go and accept that a lot of the time, things are not going to go the way I want it to, no matter what I do. And it’s actually for the better.

I came to this realization because I found a job opening that I think is perfect for me. It’s exactly what I’ve been looking for. Though, I’m not sure how much it pays, I know I’ll love it. It’s an entry level job in what seems to be a good company with an office that is located in a great part of the metro and they’re willing to train in the field that I love – marketing. And not just marketing but the exact kind that I’ve been looking for – Search Engine Optimization!

This is a real jackpot since there aren’t many opportunities for that field for where I live.

I’m praying and praying and praying that I get this job. I’ve just sent out my application today and have not received word yet from the company. The real downside is they’ll be accepting applications for a few months so there’s a lot of waiting. Thank God I was able to get my hands on a part-time job that offers some cash and a little experience related to the job I’m applying for.

While I’m still praying that I get this job, I’m staying optimistic. I’m just feeling so good right now that I found such an opportunity. Again, praying and praying and praying.

To those who are going through something out there, here’s an email that I received first thing this morning from a good friend that might help you, too.

Cast Your Cares 

TODAY’S SCRIPTURE 
“Cast all your anxiety on Him because He cares for you.”(1 Peter 5:7, NIV) 

TODAY’S WORD 
God cares so much about you today. Not only does He love and care about you, He cares about the things that you care about as well. If you have concerns, worry or anxiety about something in your life today; finances, relationships, your job or anything else, know that your heavenly Father already has a plan to take care of those things for you. It’s a good plan, and He wants to show Himself strong on your behalf. 

The scripture reminds us that the lilies of the field and the birds of the air are cared for, how much more will your heavenly Father take care of you? Today, cast all of your anxiety on Him by choosing to trust that He is going to take care of you. Refuse to dwell on your problems and don’t allow them to steal your peace and joy any longer. Instead, choose to meditate on His Word and confess God’s promises over your life. Cast your cares on Him and experience His peace, joy and blessing all the days of your life! 

A PRAYER FOR TODAY 
Father, thank You for caring for me. I choose today to cast my cares on You and trust that You are working behind the scenes on my behalf. I bless and magnify You in my life today and always in Jesus’ name. Amen.

Wattpad, Anastasia, Samantha and Erin saved the day

It’s amazing how life works.

It’s amazing how God works.

When you can’t see what He can, he takes you by the shoulders and gives you one mean wake-up call (and I mean that in the best possible way). And not just once but He’ll keep at it until it digs into your system.

You see, I was looking through my blog, “reviewing,” if you will, all the posts that I’ve made, comments and the other comments that people have made, the ones that got likes and everything. Then I realized that I was lost again. Yes, I knew I wanted to write and go after my dream of becoming a writer but I had been floating around for a really long time, not knowing what to write, not knowing what step to take. Realizing that only made me even more lost.

So I took a step back to reassess things and just ended up not blogging again. Until now.

I just discovered Wattpad. Yes, I’m the one who wrote about hating eBooks and how much real books are better, etc. I just couldn’t help but take a chance as I thought it would give me something to do pass the time. There was one particular book that I found I could relate to.

“I am Anastasia” by Erin Latimer.

It’s a story about a girl who chases after her dream of becoming a published writer even if she had been rejected numerous times by different editors, even if her father doesn’t believe in her and says she’s “wasting time.”

And in the end? Well…I’m not telling. It’s not the ending you’re expecting anyway. You’re just going to have to read it.

But it did inspire me. And you know what? I’m just going to go for it. All the way.

UPDATE: If you’d like to check out Erin Latimer’s site and see what she’s up to, click this link http://elatimer.com/

Having somethin…

Having something to say and wanting to share it is not narcissistic. It’s actually a very generous thing [because of the impact your words have.]

— Jeff Goins, founder and teacher of Tribe Writers

I can’t remember the exact words he said but I’m having a hard time trying to find it in the video  I finished watching. http://www.takepermission.com/tribewriterslive (Don’t be surprised if it doesn’t play. I posted this on the last day that video was supposed to shown. Or at least that’s what it said.)