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I GOT MY FIRST JOB!!!

Journal Entry: Sun Jan 5, 2014, 4:12 PM


Today was a marvelous reminder of God’s perfect and amazing timing. For the last year and a half, I have not had a job because of schooling. My elderly grandmother and her sister have been supporting me month to month and I constantly believed the lie that I was selfish and ungrateful. I constantly guilt-tripped myself and told myself I couldn’t do it. I couldn’t do anything right.. I was consumed by fear of making mistakes.

I have never worked a job in my life. Yea I do informal jobs like cleaning a persons house or babysitting, but never anything in public. I am 20 years old and I have never worked! Lol!

So I began to cry out to The Lord about it last year around summer vacation. My family was harassing me and telling me I was selfish. But I heard God through the midst tell me, “don’t worry about it Alex. Don’t even search for work. I have it under control.” “But God- what about when I am done with ministry school?!! I can’t even do-” “Alex. I said don’t worry about it.”

What I have found is that God often tells us what is counterintuitive to what society tells us. “You have no job? Look for one- freak out about your joblessness because money equals power equals pleasure.” But God did a complete 180 and said “nah. Don’t even go job hunting. Just do school and continue following me. I don’t care about the recession and how ‘hard’ it is to find work. I am The Lord and I will provide.”

So after many months grappling with this and not searching, I began to feel hopeless. Obviously, not everyone can just get a job by doing nothing. It can’t just fall in your lap, and work is definitely involved. But was that the case for me? I would sometimes fantasize and say, “you know what God? You know what would be cool? If I got a job in a Japanese restaurant and after ministry school gets out if I studied the language and became fluent! Yeah that would be awesome!” But could the job I most wanted actually be available? I’ve asked for job applications before in Asian restaurants and sadly they’re mostly family owned and want to have nothing to do with anyone else. I fought with worry for a few months recently, until Christmas break.

My roommate had let me know that a sushi restaurant in town was hiring part-time, and said they wanted me to come in for an application. I was not looking for work, merely praying about it.

Terrified, I went in as soon as I got back from visiting family for Christmas. I wrote my name and number down and that was all they asked for. Today, I got a call to come in for an interview. I couldn’t believe it! Here I was doing my own thing and suddenly this opportunity shows up. “Wait a minute God..you actually HEARD my desire for a job at a Japanese restaurant and you actually CARED that I wanted such a job??”

I went in shaking with excitement but also a level head knowing that they could say no to me. I had prepared myself for the worst and the absolute best. I went in, had my first real interview in my entire life, and got the job.

Yes they knew I never had a job before. Yes they knew I was going to school. Yes they knew I was going to need lots of training. But they took me anyway!!!

That is unheard of in the state of California!!! It is so hard to get any work anywhere. And if you’re lucky you can get hired at a fast good joint. But a formal sushi restaurant?? A popular one with a bar and everything?? For a first job with no experience to your name??

Jesus was plastered ALL OVER this event. He told me to not look for work. He told me to rest in him and here it is- a job-seemingly falling from the sky and into my lap. I don’t encourage others to do what I did unless God told them. But what God told me to do I did and he was faithful!!!!

I start work on the 11th at a “dream job” of mine, working part time. I am so excited and so nervous at the same time my heart is full of joy!!! The Lord has supplied and he has supplied well. He has not only given me just any job, but THE job I fantasized about!

Our Lord is AMAZING and Powerful and often times unorthodox, but He loves all of his children and loves to provide! Thank you Lord!! :) 



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Angel-Dust-Ryuuki Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2014  Student General Artist
Talk about extremely inspiring. Lately I have been praying more then usual too. But nothing so much specific other then to watch over my family, friend and pets. Especially Gypsy my cat whom is over 17 years old. She is my first pet and now has to eat food I blend together since she throws up solids.

I've been wanting to get a job. I have to apply though which I have not gotten to since I have a boat load of HW to do. I really don't like my Accounting class, I just don't get it. But I need that for a business associates. I feel as if homework is suffocating my life. Especially since a lot of what the teachers give us is more busy work. Where really they give you too much and takes up too much time. Sometimes in learning, less is more.
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shock777 Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Haha two days after working they laid me off XD but god works all things for my good! I'm dealing with my grandmas death and I probably wouldn't have been able to maintain a job anyway... This is the worst season of my life
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Angel-Dust-Ryuuki Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2014  Student General Artist
So much for that. I'm so sorry to hear about your grandma. I just lost my grandma too and she was the one I was close to. I completely understand not being able to work cause of that.
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Ravaar Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2014  Student Digital Artist
Congratz! that is so awesome! God has certainly blessed you. Thats a really inspiring story! It's so easy to feel like God doesn't care and be self loathing. BUT this encourages me to keep faith and trust Jesus with my life. :) I hope you do well in your job!
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starleogirl09 Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2014
Congratulations, Alex!
Hope you have a wonderful first day :)
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KingdomOfLight1 Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2014  Student General Artist
God works in amazing ways doesn't He? ^.^
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naruhinalover1855 Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2014
Woop Congrats 
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hyuuga000 Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2014
Congrat! I'm happy for you!
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naruto9000believeit Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2014  Student Digital Artist
You may not always see it, but God's always looking out for you Shock =D Congratulations on getting your dream job!
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Math449t Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2014  Student Artist
That is awesome. Congratulations with the job. God is awesome, that he handed this opportunity for you. :3

God bless you, now and in the future :D
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myomi-chan Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2014
Wow, congrats, Shockie!!!! :D Welcome to the workforce XD ANd in Cali, no less. ._. Getting a job there is a mircale in itself, haha! 

You're in good hands. :) God will help you in your new job, training, and continuing your studies. :heart: (plus hey, discounted sushi. omnom.)
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ChaliceTheif Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2014  Student General Artist
That's awesome Shock! It just goes to show how much God is really on our side. 
I really hope one day I can have faith like yours. :)


Oh! What sushi restaurant did you get hired at? I love sushi. :D
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shock777 Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Yama Sushi's :) 
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ChaliceTheif Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2014  Student General Artist
Awwww, okay. :P I was hoping against hope that it was the one right near my house, Gatten Sushi. :P

Where's Yama Sushi?

lol not to be a total stalker. :P
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shock777 Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Yama sushi is in Northern California ^^
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ChaliceTheif Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2014  Student General Artist
Ahhhh. :) Cool!
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redcarstudios Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2014
Hallelujah! :D

If I'm ever in California and want to get sushi, I'll know who to call. ^__~
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shock777 Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
;) hahahaaa~ :heart: yama Sushi! 
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FeyAnime Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
That's pretty awesome, Shocky!
I wish you the best of luck with your new job. (Though with God backing you up, I'm pretty sure, you'll be fine either way ;))
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Meje2 Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
... you seriously have God on your side. That is just really awesome, especially since you weren't exactly job hunting and even GOT the job despite all the training you need and all. I have always been in the circle of 'you need more experience so we don't hire you - I need to get a job to get experience'  talk about crap =X
Good luck at your job, hope you have a lot of fun =)
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Windysonic508 Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
\0/ wooh!!! You're not the only one actually. I'm 21 and up until August I had never really had a real job. Kinda still don't because I'm a work study now, but I was having those same "You suck" thoughts creeping in. God can be a boss at times!!!
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shock777 Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
yeah! 
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sokiane Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
So long :o and those colors >_> but nice you have gotten a job :iconinekoitplz:
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MrNukedDuck Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2014  Student Digital Artist
Encouraging. That's really all I can come up with. It goes to show that God really does provide for his children. Hallelujah, and congrats on the job. Even though I don't like sushi, it sounds like a really cool one.
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ArutyuuroSG Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2014
ˇˇFelicidades y que disfrutes mucho tu primer trabajo!! (Congratulations and enjoy very much your first job!!)
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shock777 Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Gracias!!!!
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Shippuden23 Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2014
Congrats on the job.
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NaruHinaSasuSaku4evr Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
you are awesome. and God is awesome. :D
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MewHarmonia Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2014  Student Filmographer
Aw, congratulations! :D That's so awesome!
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remuko Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2014
grats!
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ThetaSigma7 Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2014  Student Digital Artist
He makes us go through trust exercises sometimes to remind us that our ways are not His ways.
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PonchoFirewalker01 Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2014
Good deal girl, good deal!!! :D :hug:

Speaking of jobs, I would like prayers for me 'cause I am trying to get a job at a vet clinic in Fort Collins (I need it because I'm getting low on money and working with animals is the only job I can deal with) and an internship at the Denver Zoo (I volunteered in a zoo before and LOVED it; and I need an internship for me to graduate).  Could you pray for me?
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ChaliceTheif Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2014  Student General Artist
I'll pray for you too! :)
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PonchoFirewalker01 Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2014
Thanks :D
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ChaliceTheif Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2014  Student General Artist
No problem. :)
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shock777 Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
sure!!!
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PonchoFirewalker01 Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2014
Thank you and May the Lord continue to bless you and your family :D
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Smokelesseyes Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Congrats!!!!
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Alicia-x-Itachi Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
Good luck! And may the heavenly Father continue to watch over you!
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tatsunin Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2014
Great Job
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fire-inu-princess Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
congrats, I wish you luck ^-^
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Lizlovestoons12 Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2014  Hobbyist Artist
That's "Cover California", for you! Good luck at your new job!
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FreakyFanatic101 Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
Whoo! High fives all around!
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FelgrandKnight34 Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2014
Congratulations :) I remember I got my first job at a Boy Scout Summer Camp during my Freshman Summer year, and boy was it fun :) I hope you have fun at your job as well :)
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sonicgamer127 Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2014  Student General Artist
That's awesome
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