Thursday, February 7, 2013

I Got A Job


God has a sense of humor.

You see, for month's God had been convicting me to let go of sponsorship on my blog. I don't think that is necessary for everyone, but it was becoming necessary for me. But I was scared... and to be honest, I was mostly scared about the lack of blog income. Not that I need the income to survive or anything, but last year this little blog paid for all my blogging expenses (including conferences) which made it easy for me to justify the time I was spending on it. Basically it paid for itself which was a blessing. So when I started to think about letting go of that income I started thinking I'd have to let go of some blogging extras including conferences.

In particular, this meant The Influence Conference which I was crazy blessed to attend as a community leader last year. I know that if I asked Hubby, he would still let me go. But for a lot of reasons, especially knowing that Kendall would barely be 5 months old at the time oh just the thought of that trip with a tiny baby  and Reese would be just 2 and a half.. I just couldn't justify it. And it made me so sad. But I trusted what God was telling me and I agreed to follow his plan for this blog.

And you know what? His plan for this blog was so much crazy better than any plan I could have made for it. Because He gave me a job. Like, an actual legitimate job. A job glorifying Him. A job working with women that I respect and love. A job in ministry toward the hearts of other women. A job where I can use my crazy organization and delegation skills. A job that will grow me and stretch me but that I can do for Him. A job where I still get to attend The Influence Conference.

Just days after I posted about letting go of sponsorship I got a text from Jessi basically saying that Hayley and her needed to talk to me about something and wanted to check on my due date before they got into it. I knew they were going to ask me to do something to help out with The Influence Network  and I immediately started praying. I probably would've don't just about anything they asked but I was praying "Ok, God.. you told me to step back from good things to open myself up to better things. Please let them ask me to help out in some way where I am skilled. Let it be something that I enjoy and something where I won't let them down."

That day they offered me the job of Conference Manager which is so crazy right up my alley.. well, its crazy. God said "you're worried you can't attend the conference? Well, why don't you PLAN the conference?" Yeah, God has a sense of humor all right. I can't even tell you how perfect this job is for me and how much I love it and love the conference and am just happy like crazy. The rest of the core team: Moriah, Rachael and Lindsey are amazing and have worked so hard to make the network what it is and I am so happy to come alongside them.

Jessi said something that day that really struck me. She said "It's so funny.. we've been looking, talking, and praying about having a conference manager and couldn't think of who the right person would be. It's like we were blinded to you and when your name came up we were like 'YES!' " ((sidenote: AFTER I followed what I knew God wanted for my blog))  So I just want to encourage you out there. If you feel sure God wants you to do something but you are fearful because of XYZ reasons just jump right in and follow Him. You have no idea the blessings He has in store for you.

33 comments:

  1. Congrats!! And yes, it is amazing what God does when we let go of what we want to follow what He wants!

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  2. Yay! I'm so excited to hear this. I am really intrigued by The Influence Network and hope I'm able to attend the next conference. Praying God's will be done beautifully in all of your lives as you help guide so many women. <3

    xoxo

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  3. Beautiful post! It's just so true, sometimes I forget that His plan is perfect and wonderful, and I will be infinitely happier if I just let go and let Him take the reins. Can't wait to see what you do with the Conference :) I definitely am planning on attending this year!

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  4. THis is so exciting! Thank you for your sweet message and congrats on trusting God! And your awesome new job! I hope I get a job like that I would absolutely love it!

    Http://mylifeunmasked.blogspot.com

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  5. "If you feel sure God wants you to do something but you are fearful because of XYZ reasons just jump right in and follow Him. You have no idea the blessings He has in store for you."

    Ashley this encouraged me so much. First of all, I'm so excited that you will be the conference manager! I am really hoping to go this year. Secondly, this totally spoke straight to my heart as there is something I really feel led to do... but when considering all the different factors I freak out and shrink back. Thanks for sharing this testimony!

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  6. congrats! this is so exciting! isn't it crazy how God works?? :)

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  7. Ashley, thank you so much for this post today! It was definitely the encouragement I needed to hear :) And congrats on all the God-given awesomeness that has come your way! I hope I can attend the conference again this year (but, like you, I'll have a 5 month old on my hip + other obligations...so, we'll see!!). Have a fantastic rest of the day!!

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  8. I'm so glad you are on the team, Ashley! Love you girl! (and you're going to rock the conference, can't wait.)

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  9. What an amazing opportunity!! I love the ways that God works in instances like this, it makes me smile. Happy for you!!

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  10. What a wonderful, exciting picture of God's provision!! So fantastic!!

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  11. What a great testimony and example of putting to act the words "walk by faith". This is going to be such an amazing experience for you!!! Congratulations :)

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  12. So encourageing! God is always in control and has great plans for us :)

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  13. Oh man, God has a sense of humor all right. First, congratulations! It is so extremely fabulous God is so faithful and when He takes away, He ALWAYS gives back ten times fold.
    Second, this really blessed me. I know God is calling me to do something and that last sentence you wrote really screamed at me.
    Once again, congrats, congrats, congrats!! :)

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  15. horray for you! you go girl!

    ah. i seriously needed that word. i feel like God maaaayyy be telling me to take a leap of faith...but i'm scared!
    thank you for the encouragement!

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  16. "If you feel sure God wants you to do something but you are fearful because of XYZ reasons just jump right in and follow Him."
    yeah...so i really needed that. i've been feeling like God wants me to take a big leap when it comes to my job and future but i'm just scared and i don't know if it's just me wanting it, or His plan.

    also. HOORAYY! for the new job. you're going to rock at it.

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  17. I love this so much. You are such a wonderful, empowering example of a woman of God. I love your stories and your faith. You will be a wonderful conference manager.

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  18. I am so very excited for dear one :)

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  19. Congratulations! What a great story and so encouraging. I'm trying to save some money to come to the conference this year! Good luck at your new job, I'm sure you're going to do great!!!!!

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  20. This is amazing! God's providence right before my eyes. I love hearing these stories of how God works in peoples life. Makes having faith and believing so much more real.

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  21. I'm SO proud of you and excited for you! they couldn't have picked a better person for the job!

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  22. Congratulations!! Super exciting. He always does more than we could ever ask or imagine! Just about trusting and believing even if we don't understand it at the time. Thanks for the reminder!

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  23. WOW what a great gig for you! So exciting - congrats girl!

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  24. Congratulations! That's so exciting. It's amazing how God works!

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  25. That is so great! Congrats!

    Hugs!
    Kara

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  26. Congrats on the exiting job!! God certainly provides when one door closes :) have a great weekend

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  27. I just stinkin' love you. You are such an encouragement to me, thankful for your heart to follow the Lord!

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  28. What an awesome encouragement! Thanks for sharing this story. So, so excited for you!
    Alesha <3

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  29. Congratulations! What an exciting thing! It's amazing what God will lead you to when you put things in His hands.
    xoxo

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  30. This is fantastic. and such great advice as well (there's somethings brewing in my heart & soul as well). I was wondering what made you step away from sponsorship. I'm asking as someone who is just now considering getting into sponsorship. Would love to know your thoughts, the high/lows, etc.

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