Your stories are important; and,
big or small,
We want to hear them all.
Make that, we NEED to hear them all.
Most of the time when we testify, we are telling of times God answered our prayers with a "yes." But there are two other answers He gives sometimes, and those are "no," and "wait."
Sometimes a "no," means a better thing is coming. I had just such an experience about 10 years ago.
Things were looking pretty bleak at my first church and it became apparent the church could not afford to keep me as a full-time employee anymore.
I was fed up with some of the things that had happened and felt it was time to go get a secular job once more. I wanted a job with benefits! I needed job security, insurance and retirement and I told myself that working for a corporation, hospital or university would be the way to get those things.
I prayed and asked God for success and then I sent out a ton of resumes and applied everywhere that met my criteria for a perfect job. I worked hard at applying of jobs but a month later, I had nothing to show for it but one interview that did not go well.
I was beginning to panic and prayed harder. After all, God knew how much my family needed my income.
Desperate for work, I even looked in the little small weekly newspaper that never seemed to have any job listings other than nursing home aide positions. That particular day, there was an ad for a church secretary. Even though I wanted a secular job, I sent in a resume and ending up getting the job the very next day.
I found out later the day I saw the ad was the last day it was going to be in the paper. If the church had not found someone, they were going to try using an employment agency.
I thought I wanted a secular job but ten years later I can tell you it was sure a blessing that I didn't. My church has been a huge blessing to me, and I can't imagine doing anything other than being a ministry assistant.
God said no to a secular job but yes to something better - full time ministry.
Now it's your turn. What has God done for you lately?
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