Everyone has a story to tell. When we make the connection between our story and God's great story, we come away with HIStory, which involves each and every one of us.
I agreed! I verbalized my promise and I was being held accountable to it. Our agreement was that I would go back into the workforce once my youngest was in kindergarten. But I didn't worry about it too much. I was in the moment, raising my two beautiful toddlers. Kindergarten seemed so far away - didn't feel like a reality at the time. Well, wouldn't you know, not long after this promise, my oldest, Arianne, started kindergarten. Just a short year later, my youngest started. Oh boy, I had to follow through with the promise I had made. It was time. But I wasn't ready and it all seemed to start spiraling out of control. I tried to take control of the situation and reel in all one-thousand of my emotions.
Was I really done changing diapers and visiting the park daily? Was I certain this was the right decision? The questions were endless. The truth is, I didn't want to think about it. Change is hard! This particular change was monumental. After attending college, getting married, and working in corporate America, transitioning to motherhood had been easy. I found meaning in life and melted at the sight of my girls. But as the saying goes: "the days are long but the years are short" - and this had been confirmed. I struggled for a while with this topic. Can you relate? Are you facing a change in life that you are struggling with?
Well, God had other plans for me. I became physically ill around this time. That lasted another 10 months and then I was left with other questions like, why is this happening? Well, without a doubt what was intended to ruin me and bring me down, God used to mold me and show me the direction He wanted me to take in life. For one, I started this prayer blog. I would have never felt I had anything to say about prayer until it was all I had to hold on to - prayer and faith that He would accomplish His will in my life.
Fast forward a few months and now my youngest is halfway through first grade. Now the time has come for me to follow through with my promise. While I began to feel that same struggle again, this time I knew that God's timing on my life had always been perfect and I needed to trust that again. So I began in prayer to our Savior. I had several groups of friends helping me pray through this process as well. "Lord, you know how I feel about going back to work. I feel like I'm finally in a good place with all my projects and ministres from home. Change my heart and align it with Your will. Please confirm in my heart if it is Your will for me to go back to work. If that is not Your will, please change my husband's heart." That was my prayer! And yes, I prayed He would change my husband's heart :-) But He didn't! Instead, He changed my heart to the point that I became excited and motivated to search for a new opportunity. God is so gracious that He sent friends to my rescue who supported me with my resume and search (I hadn't interviewed in over 10 years)! Needless to say, it was through a dear friend that I was offered a position and start tomorrow!
I am sharing this with you, not because I want to share a personal journal entry, but because I want to underscore God's faithfulness in our lives. He wants to be in the big things as well as the small things. When you pray His will for your life, He shows up in all His glory and guides you in the direction you should go. He aligns your heart's desire with His will for your life. It's incredible!
This past week as I studied Abraham through my Bible Study, I was reminded that God's promises to Abraham are His promises to us. He is a pact-making, oath-keeping Savior. Can you remember a time when you were hurt by someone who broke their promise? I confess, I had a hard time keeping my promise! But we can rest assured that God's promises are certain and eternal. His promise to Abraham was this:
“I will make you into a great nation,
and I will bless you;
I will make your name great,
and you will be a blessing.
I will bless those who bless you,
and whoever curses you I will curse;
and all peoples on earth
will be blessed through you.”
- Genesis 12:2-3
You can rejoice in this, that His promises to Abraham, are His promises to you this very day:
And now that you belong to Christ,
you are the true children of Abraham.
You are his heirs,
and God's promise to Abraham belongs to you.
Hallelujah! We can cash in on this promise!
As I prepare to go back into an office setting after 6 years, I feel peace, joy, gratitude, motivation and excitement. One year ago I would have cried at this very thought. But today, I stand firm, with confidence and assurance from my Savior because this is His will. He is with me each and every step of the way. He allowed me the most rewarding job in the world - being home with my young babies through their toddler years and now in their elementary years - toughest job in the world, hands down! Now I enter a new period in motherhood and He has prepared me. The sweetest part is that I walk in harmony with my darling and sweet husband who has always supported me.
A dear friend of mine sent me this prayer today and I want to share it with you. If you or someone you know is going through a transitional period in life, pray this prayer today:
(enter your or your friend's name where mine is stated)
"Thank you for the new mission field You have assigned Damaris to! I pray that You will make Damaris into a great nation with great influence in all she does. At her workplace, may You make her name great and that she will be a blessing to all. May You bless those who bless Damaris and curse those who curse her; thank You for Your protection over her! May her new company and it's business be blessed through Damaris! In Your precious Name we pray, Amen!" - sweet friend Jane
In His Great Love,
And now that you belong to Christ, you are the true children of Abraham. You are his heirs, and God's promise to Abraham belongs to you. - Galatians 3:29
Damaris U. Avila lives with her loving husband and their two inquisitive and sweet girls. Through personal storytelling, she invites women to share and see themselves in God's story. She leads young girls through BeYOUtiful Girl Time, a sisterhood where girls are encouraged to become the women God designed them to be.
"And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests. With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all the Lord’s people."