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Not Luck But My Work Ethic

New Life Alert: I found a job and have been working since December. YAY!!

A true blessing in the mist of the pandemic. The story is quite amazing and only God could have orchestrated the events.

Let’s go back 8 years. Fresh college graduate with dreams of being an attorney. Where to start..I did not know.

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My proud mom of a new graduate was telling her boss about my aspirations. Her boss said “I have a cousin who’s a lawyer. Let me call him.” Let’s call him Lawyer X. I got Lawyer X’s contact and emailed him. My mom’s boss said “He’ll be expecting you.” I emailed him, interviewed with him, and I became his intern.

It was a great experience. Being a lawyer is not like the television shows. It takes hard work and preparation to give adequate representation for a client. He was a quiet man but wise, really smart, and a Christian. I learned the best professional lessons of life from him.

Though it was only for the summer, we still kept in touch over the years. Always great encouragement and sage wisdom whenever we talked and emailed one another.

Let’s fast forward to November 2020 (I know..bad memories but bear with me). I was still looking for a job which was already hard as it was. I contacted Lawyer X and just asked, “If anywhere is hiring, please let me know.” He said he would be on the lookout. In mid-November, he emails me that there is a job opening: part-time and a lot of work but it will give me good experience.

I applied. I got an interview. I got the job. YAY!! (Mom gave me the biggest mama hug. She’d been praying really hard for me.)

I get there. I am getting acclimated to my new position. I talked how I was referred to this job by Lawyer X. My supervisor said, “Oh Judge X, we love him.”

HOLD UP, WAIT A MINUTE!!! I did a “That’s So Raven” vision vortex space out (90’s-00s Disney Channel reference) and remembered a few years back Lawyer X said he was a Judge at one of the local courts, part-time.

***Leaving vision vortex. Back to reality***

I totally forgot and did not remember which court Lawyer X (now Judge X) was at. Could Lawyer/Judge B have told my supervisor about me!?! Maybe… I did not know. When Judge X came to court for his hearings, we would talk some and get to our work. He never mentioned if he had anything to do it. But, I knew Judge X would never tell me if he had a hand in me getting hired.

About a month ago, I was doing some work for my supervisor. She complimented how I have been a big help and she is so glad Judge X told her about me. AHA! He did have something to do with it. My supervisor said how she was asking Judge X if he knew anyone who needed a job who was organized and a hard worker. Well not to toot my own horn, but I did a darn good job as a summer intern. She was hoping that I applied…she even said she waited for my application.

WOW! An internship from 8 years ago got me the job I have now.

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I know this is a long story but here is the purpose. My parents have always said ” A strong work ethic will bring you far in life.” It does and it did.

Yes, God worked in His providence to get me my job but also, my work ethic was my calling card and my resume. Showing your best work and skills will work out in your favor. It may not be immediate…it may take years but don’t fail to work hard in whatever you do.

Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for human masters,  since you know that you will receive an inheritance from the Lord as a reward. It is the Lord Christ you are serving.- Colossians 3:23-24

Whatever it is you are doing at a job, volunteering, serving your community, or a summer internship, DO IT WELL.

No matter how big or small your job is, your best work can lead to a bigger blessing.

I received rejection letters from countless employers. I was almost used to the rejection but God’s plan was bigger. My past experience led me to my job. My humble internship was not in vain. Lawyer/Judge X took notice and remembered and God made him remember me.

So it’s not luck that I got my job, it was evidence of God’s mighty hand through my work ethic as a former intern that got me where I am. I am truly in awe of how amazing all of this came together. But, I guess God makes things happen that way…and He’s not done yet.

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Blissfully,

Bianca

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The Lord is faithful to His promises, not our expectations.

As humans, we have expectations. It’s normal. But the problem is where our expectations are entitlements and demands that God must follow. I say this because as a high school graduate, I had all these expectations that I would be a career woman, wife, and mother by 30 (crazy? I know). It was less about God and more of me boosting my ego. Well, God just LOLs at me because He’s got the plan.

I have come that they may have life, and that they may have it more abundantly.-John 10:10b

This can be construed as God is my genie and will give me all I expect and all I want. NO!!! Step away from that idea.

God’s faithfulness is not what we want. God sees beyond our expectations and it is ALWAYS better. God ALWAYS provides according to His Will. He does not need our permission to carry out His plans. We have to wait on the Lord (Psalm 27:14).

Easier said than done but hear me out…

If the Creator of the Universe can create everything out of nothing, what makes you think that He will not do the impossible for you?

Preaching to the Choir? Yes. I am learning that in my own life. My expectations are small in contrast to God’s great plans.

The Beauty of God’s Plan: Every time, God has given more than I thought, come through in too many ways I never thought, protected me from destructive, alternative situations, and opened my eyes to something new.

So consider that. Not our expectation but His great promise for our lives. God has never steered us wrong and never will. Keep going and God will show you the Way.

Blissfully,

Bianca

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A Blissful Reminder

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In this season of giving, do not forget to give. Christmas can get commercialized and lose its meaning in the hustle and bustle of Christmas excitement. Something I like to do is give Christmas cards. Yeah I know…I receive Christmas cards all the time, you say. Yes, but I hand-write my cards with a specialized message. AND I love giving the cards in person if I can. You can never go wrong with giving someone a handwritten card. The look on a person’s face always makes me giddy. This is just one example. It is the simple things you can do for someone that makes Christmas and every day special.

Blissfully,

Bianca

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I Thank My God For…

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I will give thanks to you, Lord, with all my heart;
    I will tell of all your wonderful deeds.-Psalm 9:1

It is November, the season of thankfulness and pondering on the blessings of life. Now, every day should be a day to give thanks, but I know things are emphasized more during this season.

There is enough going on in the world to gripe and complain about. International crises, famine, poverty, injustice, political regimes, racism, and everything in between. It is enough to make your head spin and ask God, “Where are you in all this?”

But the truth is: He is in the midst and still working. Though things may be bad, there are good things God is doing to and through us.

Whether it is a new job, new baby, financial provision, new relationship, or something just as simple as waking up with breath in your body, God is doing good…no…GREAT THINGS in each of us.

It is important to speak on the blessings that God grants us. It does something to you and me. And it is biblical. All throughout Scripture, we see followers of the faith speak on God’s greatness because He truly sustains humanity and our world. And so will I.

I will speak on the goodness of Jesus Christ because He truly blesses me, sustains me, and keeps me going.

Join me on this journey of thankfulness this month for “I Thank My God For Series.”

Blissfully,

Bianca

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Believe with Bianca: Hopeful Words

via Daily Prompt: Hopeful

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So many people have been vocal about how 2016 was horrible. But, there is always hope in Jesus Christ for every need at any place in your life.

I will combat the negativity of 2016 with some Scripture on hopefulness for 2017.

This is what the Lord says— he who made a way through the sea, a path through the mighty waters, “Forget the former things; do not dwell on the past. See, I am doing a new thing! Now it springs up; do you not perceive it? I am making a way in the wilderness and streams in the wasteland.-Isaiah 43:16, 18-19

For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.-Jeremiah 29:11

Now faith is confidence in what we hope for and assurance about what we do not see.-Hebrews 11:1

Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.-Matthew 11:28
Be strong and take heart, all you who hope in the Lord.-Psalm 31:24

Not only so, but we also glory in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance; perseverance, character; and character, hope.-Romans 5:3-4

Even youths grow tired and weary, and young men stumble and fall; but those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength.They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint.-Isaiah 40:30-31

Know this hope. Speak this hope in your life. Our world and society can be a dark place but the light of Christ can change and transform that darkness into LIGHT.

Blissfully,

Bianca