How I Stepped Out On Faith and Moved Half Way Across The Country
I've shared this portion of my story via Instagram and Facebook. So most of you that follow my journey know the synopsis of the story that is about to be told. But for those of you who don't, I hope that I will in someway encourage you to embark on your own journey of faith.
After searching for a job for over a year, I received a job offer as a News Producer at my local TV station. It wasn't necessarily my dream first job, but I took it as the opportunity to gain experience to get to where I wanted to go.
I trained for my position for about two weeks before being switched to a work schedule of 11pm-8am. This was probably the worst experience of my life. My body just would not adjust. On top of that, I was driving an hour to and from work when I could barely even keep my eyes open. I cried every day on my way to work, and sometimes I had to pull over in parking lots after work just to take a quick nap so I could try to make it home.
After about 2 months, I decided that I just couldn't do it anymore. I left my job with no concrete plan of what I was going to do next. I prayed, I contemplated, and talked with those whom I trusted the most. And I decided to move to Houston....within 3 weeks.
Although I had family in Houston, this would be my first time ever living outside of North Carolina. I had traveled and spent summers away from home. I went off to college 3 hours away from my hometown. But this was completely different. And I was terrified.
Of course there were a few moments within those 3 weeks when I questioned was this the right decision. I had even at one point decided that I would only go to Houston for a couple months and then come home.
Right before I left for Houston, I received a call for an interview at Dillard's. I had made up in my mind that I did not want to go back into Journalism. I wanted to explore another one of my passions: cosmetics.
I left my home of 22 years on Tuesday May 3rd. I arrived in Houston on Wednesday May 4th, and had an interview with the store manager of Dillard's on Thursday May 5th.
With no experience in retail or cosmetics, I was offered a position as a Business Manager with one of the top Estee Lauder counters in America; one that grosses almost $1 million dollars annually.
Did I also mention that I am making WAY more than I was as a news producer?
Right before I started my job as a producer, God allowed me to upgrade from a 1997 Saturn station-wagon to a 2010 VW Passat (with all of the features I wanted), with no money down. And I was also blessed to be able to still pay my bills on my own, even after I left my job.
I always hear people tell me that they admire my strong faith. I am always sharing how I trusted God for something, and took a step, not knowing the outcome. And even though my flesh sometimes tries to intervene and interject worry and doubt, I know that deep in my heart God is able to do exceedingly and abundantly above what I asked of Him.
But my strong faith didn't just fall out of the sky on a random day. Oh, if only it was that easy! God had to take me, DRAG me through some really tough situations only for me to be the person that I am today. People love to ask the question "why do bad things happen to good people?" Or "why is this happening to me?"
Everything that you are going serves a purpose. My absolute favorite verse reminds me that no matter what I may see at the moment, that God has a plan to prosper me and not to harm me. (Jeremiah 29:11)
And not only has God used my hard times as building blocks for my strong faith, He has also allowed me to use my stories to encourage others. What you're going through may not even be for you, as crazy as that sounds. But it could solely be for you to change someone else's life.
Trust God and the promises that He has made you. Because when You step out on faith, God will reward your obedience.