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Tuesday, March 01, 2005

A Prayer Request

Okay, folks.

I did say prayer is about the pray-er and about changing people, more than it is about changing things.

So, why am I making a prayer request?

First, I am s-t-r-e-s-s-e-d o-u-t!

Losing two jobs in three years can be a soul-sapping experience.

Second, it's not just I don't have a job.

Fact is, without a job currently, many other things are coming apart at the seams at the moment. Believe me when I say, "many other things" but enough of that for now... (did I say I am stressed?)

Third, I so need wisdom, faith and courage to make the right decision.

Finally, what if I am wrong? And prayer is really about changing things? If so, I want you to pray that things around me will change! (ok, ok, I was just kidding about this point, really I am!)

So, seriously, I am asking for your prayer support. The Scriptures do say, "pray for one another" (James 5:16), and Paul himself asked for prayer.

I am asking that you join me in asking that "the peace of God that passes all understanding will guard [my heart and mind] in Christ Jesus."

(Funny, that the passage says to make your requests to God. It doesn't say what those requests consist of. But it does say to make your requests "in everything" and not to be anxious about anything. Yet, it doesn't promise answers if by answers we mean positively having our requests granted, or negatively not having them granted. What it does promise is the peace of God. So, do we pray for the peace of God to fill our hearts? Or do we just pray about the things that so trouble us? Perhaps, all God wants for us to do is pray So, onto my knees I go. Please join me, if only in spirit...)

Now, what am I praying about specifically?

I have so far a couple or three good leads. I have already gone to one interview, and I had a good phone interview with another place. Both places are technology companies. Both are sales gigs. The salary packages are not that hot, though both promises the sky's the limit with their commission plans. I have been there, done that, yet the optimist part of me say, oh, yeah! Go for it!

Today, I have one of my places that I really am very interested about call me for a phone interview. It is a Christian ministry with a difference. It is a financial institution serving Christian organizations, churches and the Christian public.

As far as I can see, it is actually an ideal organization for me in terms of my previous experiences, my commitments, my skills and passion. To say I am excited is understating it.

So, I am asking for wisdom not only for me but for my phone interviewer, Linda. I am asking that both Linda and I will be able to see God's hand in the entire experience.

So please pray with me.

Let me know if you are interested in updates as I may just do so via e-mails rather than via my blog.

I am looking forward to a miracle taking place as God unfolds His plan for our little family and as He leads us through this very difficult place. I do want to share that experience with you, for we know that blessings are shared when we together experience the struggle and then see God working it all out.

So, I invite you on my journey if you care to come along for the ride.