Thursday, June 19, 2014

Sharing some more BIG news {career change}

I loved this picture, but could not find it's original source. If you know where it came from I will gladly reference it!
Ever since I was a little girl I dreamed of being a classroom teacher. I taught my stuffed animals, always bought pointers at our school book fairs and had a huge heart for kids. The last 6 years I have been a classroom teacher and I have loved it. I have been so blessed by the students and by my amazing coworkers. The long hours and small pay check made things harder, but I knew I was where I was supposed to be and honestly I thought I would be a classroom teacher forever.  In March, all that changed. My school was making cuts and I found out the news that if another teacher did not retire, it was me who was going to be out of a job.

The days that followed that news were a complete blur. I was hurt, confused, lost, disappointed...and let's not forget pregnant. But all the while I knew God was going to take care of me. I prayed and sought God's plan for me and in less than a week had sent out my resume to a ton of new schools. Then there was this one application I sent out to my church.  A church my husband and I had only just started attending a few months prior because we felt God leading us there. My husband had mentioned seeing a job posting for an Elementary Coordinator on our church website and when I looked at the description I immediately applied. A week later I got a phone call from the church, then a phone interview, then a face to face interview, then 3 more interviews...

After my last interview with my church I found out that my position at my school was once again open for me to go back to, but I decided to turn it down and wait on the Lord. Something in me just knew he had allowed this craziness to happen for a reason.

You can probably guess the ending of this chapter of the story...I got offered the job at my church. So the day after school ended, I packed up my entire classroom and 2 days later, started my new job.  God has surprised me in a big way with a career change, but that is just how he works. I'm completely in love with my new job and could have never in a thousand years planned for things to work out the way that they have. I now have a job that is more flexible for being a new mama. I have a job that is fulfilling, a boss who is incredible and a new community of people to meet and love on. I am so incredibly thankful for a God who knows the big picture and has the best in mind for me always.

My days as a classroom teacher are over for now, but part of my new role is still teaching kids so my teaching days are not over. God continues to surprise me with his goodness. Whatever you are going through right now, just know that God will take care of you. He always wants the best for you and trusting in him is the best thing you can ever do. He hears you. He loves you. He wants to comfort you and take care of your needs.

Has there been a time in your life recently when it felt like things were crashing down all around you, but then God turned it into a huge blessing? I would love to hear about it.

21 comments:

The Heart Of A Woman said...

This is so amazing! It sounds like a dream job! Alan and I were in the process of adopting a little girl two years ago. It fell through and we were heartbroken. The day it fell through I had the urge to pray very strongly that Gods will be done. God prepared my heart for the news, but when we found out we weren't getting the baby it was still so hard! A few months later I found out I was pregnant with Landry. We would have gladly taken both babies, but God knew what was best for our family.

Becky said...

I'm so happy to hear everything worked out! That must have been a crazy time but you're right - always trust that things will work how they are supposed to! I'm glad it is a good job being a new mom too :)

Elise @ Cheers Yall said...

Amazing. God is so good and always right on time!!! xx

Katie said...

Wow, I can't believe how difficult (and emotional) that must have been. I'm so glad to hear you found something you are so happy and excited about. Congratulations to you!

Karla FNW said...

This is truly awesome. God's plan is always unexpected, but beautiful. I wish you so much luck with your new job. :)

Erika said...

Good for you! Working and being a mama is hard… hopefully you will find a nice balance in your new position. Congrats!

brittany @ g squared said...

Yay! Congrats girl. I am sure that awesome boss and flexible schedule will make being a new mom much easier. It's crazy how everything really does happen for a reason!

Kayla MKOY said...

That is amazing!!!! :) working for church's is SO rewarding. I'm so excited for this new journey of yours and can't wait to hear updates :) God is so good, all the time!

Kristen said...

Wowowow! Love this! SOOO like God! You are so right, He totally has us! I feel like this has happened to me a million times in my life, so I've finally learned to just sit back and trust because He never ever fails! I'm soooooo incredibly happy for you and happy that you'll have more flexibility as a new mama! He is good!!!!!!!

Katie Cook said...

Hooray! I LOVE LOVE LOVE how you had the courage to wait on the Lord! So encouraging. You are an amazing woman Allison, and it's so neat to see the Lord providing for you in a way you couldn't even have imagined. I'm so happy for you, and can't wait to hear more of how it is going!! xoxo Katie

Shelley said...

congrats on the new job! i can't imagine what a crazy time that had to be for you. so glad you're loving the new job and still getting to teach in some capacity!

Kathrin@shopschoolsleep said...

congrats on the new job!! it's crazy how God can turn situations around for the better....i'm still praying for a change in my job since i am a middle school teacher right now but don't want to be...i'd rather go back to the high school level...just waiting and praying for that opportunity to arise

Jenna Griffin said...

Ah, I'm so happy to read this. As you know I've been through something similar and God has taught me so much through it. I'm so thankful He provided for you and quickly! Yay!

Amanda G. said...

It's so amazing how God pulls us toward what HIS plans are for us. Congrats to you for your new job!! Sounds so exciting. xoxo

Brittany said...

Congratulations and I'm so, so happy for you! What a perfect fit! This post is exactly what I needed today. Lately, I have found myself in serious doubt and heartache, but this is a wonderful reminder that things do work out - just not always in the way you planned or when you want it to happen!

adesertgirl said...

I have chills! This sounds like THE most ideal position for you. Amazing. God is very, very good.

-Amy

changeismyonlyconstant said...

Congrats on the new job, it is where you are meant to be!

God really does watch out for us and is amazing in so many ways!

Always,
Katy

Lexilooo said...

exciting!

Rach @ This Italian Family said...

I know we've talked about this already, but I really am so happy for you. This is such wonderful timing! And I love hearing how perfect this job is for you! :)

Anne said...

Congratulations - even if a little bittersweet to leave the classroom, this sounds like it's perfect for your passions AND your upcoming life with baby... exciting!

Katie said...

Congratulations. What a wonderful blessing. The Lord always provides. I struggle often with remembering that.