March 1, 2016 I lost a lot... Including my job, my finances and to be honest, a little bit of my faith. It happened all in one day. I've learned that life is going to cause you to lose some things but God will not let you lose what's necessary. You just have to worship "While You Weep" which is something that my Pastor taught me. So for a year now I have been doing just that. I've been worshipping, even while I was weeping.
I got more bad news from police report from an accident I got in a while back. The report said I tried to commit suicide, which wasn't true. This made it hard for me to find employment. I had jobs telling me that I was a liability to the company and that they couldn't risk hiring me. Even in my pain, I continued to worship.
You see, back in March 2016, I was in a very bad accident. I was driving an 18 wheeler, when my brakes gave out on me at the top of a mountain. So I want from going 30mph to 95mph, with no brakes. I lost control and I flipped, snapping my neck, breaking it in 3 different places. I also endured other injuries. These injuries presented great difficulty for me and my wife, Chrystal. She had to become my nurse. But after being in surgery, undergoing physical therapy, and having God in my life, I SURVIVED IT. I am completely healed. So it's a blessing just for me to be alive.
My testimony is that on last week, I received a call from a company here in Atlanta. They said "we are going to hire you." 2017 is the year of irrevocable blessings and I received it!
My 2017 irrevocable blessing testimony started at the end of 2016.
At the end of last year I received news that I would be laid off in May. I was really discouraged because I thought I had passed that test already. Pastor Merritt kept emphasizing to us not to count on our job companies to pay our bills. It was at that very moment I realized he was right and I knew that I needed a miracle. As he preached, Pastor Merritt told us to remind God of His promises because He can't lie. I told God "remember when I closed on my house and I asked that you would not allow it to close if there was anything in the future that would cause me to lose it...?" I reminded him of this daily.
I received my yearly review in February. Before my manager did my review he apologized and said he entered it in incorrectly. It was below "meets standards." I have never received a rating below "meets and exceeds" in my entire 10 years at my company. He told me to challenge it, which I did but to no avail. No one wanted to admit that they did not read it and just signed it. I was really upset. I felt like who would want to hire someone with subpar ratings on their job performance. I had three interviews and was confident I would get one and I didn't get any call backs. The feedback that I heard was "you had a perfect interview but the other candidate knows the job." I was really discouraged. I came to church and Pastor told us to "go back and it will work next time!"
As I received my severance letter I really started praying. My friends started sending me job opportunities from various companies. I tried again, and still didn't get the job. The interview panel called and asked me if they could recommend me for other positions.My Godson was released from foster care so I lost visitation rights. Feelings of discouragement flooded me, causing me to not want to get out of bed. I felt everything was closing in on me. Still I heard the word "go back again, and it will work this time." I did just that.
On June 1st I received my severance package final notice that morning and a job offer that afternoon. The company never received my review. The hiring manager said she remembered me from 5 years ago and loved my personality and my work ethic. Because of my low review (at my previous job) I got a .5% raise which was nothing. This job offered me a $6000 dollar raise, not to mention I will receive bonuses. As if that isn't enough, instead of working from home twice a week I will be home 3 days a week. They reinstated all of my vacation days (4 weeks) instead of prorating them. I was a little bummed because I didn't get to keep my severance. But I realize now a job with no severance is better than severance with no job. I got a call last week from a friend who stated that he loved the way that I was with my Godson and asked if I would be a Godmother to his twins due in August. Although I may be loosing one child, I will now have two children to love.
I know that this is just the beginning and that my story isn't over. God is yet opening doors that no man can close... I am ready to receive whatever He has in store.
A few weeks ago Pastor Merritt preached about Job and receiving Xs2 (times two). Additionally he's been preaching about speaking and declaring the Word. Well on Monday I had my employee review with my supervisor. In this review, because of the outstanding job I've been doing, she told me I will be getting a pay increase.
Just two hours after leaving my meeting with my supervisor, the Program Director called to inform me that I will be promoted to supervisor and will receive a salary increase. Then by 4pm that same day, I received a call from the Cheif letting me know that I will be getting a state car, with a gas card to take cover the amount of traveling that I do throughout the week. SPEAK THE WORD!!