By Kevin Brennfleck and Kay Marie
National Certified Career Counselors and Life Calling CoachesSM
A job search or career transition has its exciting moments, such as when you make a great contact, are called for an interview, or are offered a new job. Making a job transition, however, also has its challenges. At times, you might find yourself feeling discouraged. After all, change is seldom easy.
In times of increased challenge in your life, you need increased support to stay motivated. Support can come from many sources: your career coach, friends and family; a "buddy" with whom you regularly talk about your job search; leisure activities to renew your body, mind and spirit; and your faith. Your job search can be a season of deepening your faith and your trust in God.
God's words can encourage and sustain you. These verses are from the Message version of the Bible; we pray you will hear God's voice in new ways as you read and meditate on them.
"Meanwhile, the moment we get tired in the waiting, God's Spirit is right alongside helping us along. If we don't know how or what to pray, it doesn't matter. He does our praying in and for us, making prayer out of our wordless sighs, our aching groans. He knows us far better than we know ourselves, knows our pregnant condition, and keeps us present before God. That's why we can be so sure that every detail in our lives of love for God is worked into something good." (Romans 8:26-28)
"I know what I'm doing. I have it all planned out-plans to take care of you, not abandon you, plans to give you the future you hope for." (Jeremiah 29:11)
"The fundamental fact of existence is that this trust in God, this faith, is the firm foundation under everything that makes life worth living. It's our handle on what we can't see. The act of faith is what distinguished our ancestors, set them above the crowd." (Hebrews 11:1-2)
"Don't fret or worry. Instead of worrying, pray. Let petitions and praises shape your worries into prayers, letting God know your concerns. Before you know it, a sense of God's wholeness, everything coming together for good, will come and settle you down. It's wonderful what happens when Christ displaces worry at the center of your life.
Summing it all up, friends, I'd say you'll do best by filling your minds and meditating on things true, noble, reputable, authentic, compelling, gracious-the best, not the worst; the beautiful, not the ugly; things to praise, not things to curse. Put into practice what you learned from me, what you heard and saw and realized. Do that, and God, who makes everything work together, will work you into his most excellent harmonies." (Philippians 4:6-8)
Are you in need of more support in your career change or job search? Professional career coaching can make a big difference in your career and life. One study from Lee Hecht Harrison found that "People who work with a Career Coach find jobs 15-46 percent faster than those who don't". Kevin and Kay Marie Brennfleck, National Certified Career Counselors, are available to help you. After reading about their career coaching and testing services, schedule a free career services consultation session to discuss which career services would best meet your individual needs. We would consider it a privilege to help you do the work that God has designed you to do.
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