This is a “twofer” week. This post is part of the Five Minute Friday link-up and Day 4 (for me) of the Write 28 Days Blogging Challenge. Today we are using the FMF prompt BUILD and we write what’s on our heart, unedited  for five minutes (hmmm…).  

Start –

2 Timothy 1:7 For the Spirit God gave us does not make us timid, but gives us power, love and self-discipline. (NIV)

For years I was busy building a career by trusting myself and my ability to work hard, and it worked. I worked longer hours than most. I raised my hand for every opportunity. I was completely out of control with the desire to achieve. When I hit a wall in advancement, I went back to school full time, while working full time (that six years is just a blurry memory now). I did it! Did I?

After the career took a hard-left turn last year, and family responsibilities moved to the forefront, I realized that achievement on its own isn’t all it’s cracked up to be. Being a wife and caregiver is a harder balancing act than being at the top of any org chart and you don’t need an MBA to do it.

You need Jesus. That’s all. He is our portion and more than enough. (Lamentations 3:24, Ps. 16:5).

Jerimiah 29:11 For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope. 

That MBA, it’s not wasted. A thought I wallowed in for about six months. Recovering now, I know that everything was part of the plan for this new season. He brought me to an employer that still paid for education – 100%. Yes, really!  He arranged for me to go to a Christian college where bible classes were required. He developed certain skills in me like writing, researching, and time management. Then he softened my natural tendancies with self-discipline and commitment. Those things were not something I could have managed on my own, it was the power of the Holy Spirit in me (2 Tim 1:7). Jesus redeemed it all. He equipped me for a purpose (Jerimiah 29:11) and, in Christ, I intend to trust Him and live in it.

Can you look back at an experience that devastated you and see that it was all part of God’s plan for your new season?

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