When I first set out on this journey of re-discovery and empowerment, I had no idea what God had in store for me. I was taking a leap of faith, based on hearing the “still small voice” that He spoke into my spirit on the day that I
found out that I was being laid off. If you recall, I mentioned in a previous post that I heard God’s voice speak into me, “Peace be still, you are my child!” Having finally learned to listen to His voice, after many years of not listening or paying attention to what God was trying to teach me, this portion of my life’s journey has allowed me to really take a long hard look at myself in the mirror of my life. In doing so,  I have had to face the realization that for the most part, I have been a “Hot Mess” over the years! What, you say? I’m okay with saying that now because I am not afraid of facing the truth  and have also grown up enough in my walk to be able take the “spiritual whipping” that God sometimes has to give me for my disobedience!
If you are a parent as I am, then you know that from time to time, it is necessary for us to discipline our children in hopes that they will grow up to be functioning, responsible and productive adults. I often times find myself explaining to my children that the reason why they are being disciplined is because I love them and only want what’s best for them. However, most times, in the heat of the moment it is hard for them to see or understand that rationale  but  I know that one day they will. Just as I have come to appreciate how my parents raised and disciplined me.
So, when you stop and think about it, isn’t that what God tries to do for us? I mean really stop and think about it! There really is no difference. Personally speaking, there have been so many times when I knew that there was something
that I shouldn’t have been doing but because I was more interested in allowing my emotions to get a vote that it turned into a situation that God had to discipline me for through a lesson of hurt or pain. And don’t get me wrong, it’s not that God wants us to be hurt, but it just seems that the only way that He can get our attention is in the midst of turmoil. This type of vicious cycle has led me to believe, “In order to have a testimony, there has to be a test.”
This leads me to a conversation that my 11yr. old daughter and I had one evening while I was helping her study for a bible test. She said to me, “Mommy, do you know that God often times uses the number “40″ as the time needed to
teach us a lesson about ourselves.” I had to think about it for a moment then I asked her to explain further. She then referenced the story about the Israelites journey from Egypt to Canaan which should have only taken a few
days but ended up turning into ”40 years” of wandering in the dessert because of their disobedience. It makes perfect sense doesn’t it? WOW, all I can say is out of the mouths of babes! Later on that evening when I thought back
about this very profound conversation that I was privileged to have with my daughter, I actually started to chuckle. I laughed because I realized that I didn’t feel so bad now because here I am now in my “40′s” and I finally get it!
I guess better late than never!
Let’s take this one step further. I have to be honest, all the pain and hurt that I have endured throughout my life has made me a better person. What I have also learned is that even in the midst of my hurt or pain, God has used it to birth something new in me. I have even heard it put this way, “Whenever there is a wound, God will turn it into a womb and birth something good out of your pain.” As I think about this and relate it to being laid off, I see that
God used it to show me a way out. For months leading up to the layoff, I had been praying and asking God to show me what my true purpose is. As a result of my prayers, He saw fit to close a door but in doing so He also opened
a window. The lesson that I saw in this was that “Rejection by man often times leads to God’s new direction in your life.” There is Life After Layoff has been a journey of re-discovery and empowerment that has allowed me to really get to know God and also serve as an inspiration to others. I am just so thankful that He has entrusted me with the
vision which has allowed me to take something bad and turn into something good!
 


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