Steve Schappell-My Blog

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Friends....

"Friends are friends forever if the Lord's the Lord of  them...and a friend will not say never, for the welcome will not end.  Though it's hard to let you go, in the Father's hands we know, that a lifetime's not to long to live a friends."
-Michael W. Smith

That song by the gifted Christian artist Michael W. Smith talks about friends and moving on.  It also speaks of the power of friendship.  As people come in an out of our lives, what we make of that time matters.

I had a friend tell me to talk to God and hold him to his promises.  Promises like this I received via email today:
“For I have plans for you, plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans for hope and a future…” Jeremiah 29:11

Since this process began over 2 weeks ago, the level of friends, both old and new, coming out in support has been amazing and a blessing to me.  Daily check-in's, FB comments, texts...words of encouragement, and in some cases, job leads. 

One of my friends said yesterday that I am being paid to stay at home and find a job.  And that is what I am doing.  Working at home, sending out resumes, following up on leads, learning about new things online and looking at schools.  Now I see opportunity and a chance to improve my situation for myself and my kids.  To find something with regular hours, or work closer to home.

Just an update, while I take a quick break to write this posting.

Friday, August 5, 2011

The roller coaster ride begins....

It is Friday and Day 5 into my job search.  See I told you that this blog is more than just about relationships...

Now that my parents, kids and ex are aware, I can let everyone know and begin to network.  Using Social Media, LinkedIn, Twitter, emails and contacts, I will get the word out.

Close friends now know and are providing support.  God has been at work this week too, re-connecting me with friends I have not talked to in some time.  I know God has plans for me and I will not lose the faith.  He has given me skills and a mind to do the legwork while I wait on his voice for direction.

The question I keep getting is "What happened?"  This is not the main concern.  What happened is done.  I need to move forward and look with hope at the next opportunity in my life.

As always, there is and upside and downside to everything.  Some of the upside includes:
-Saving Gas by not driving every day
-Seeing my kids more (taking my son to 2-a-day soccer at 7:00 am daily)
-Having some time to really consider going back to school and what I want to do
-More time with God to find out what he was in store

Downsides?
-Loss of income
-Loss of self-image related to where I work and an identity related to that
-Loss of some friends and colleagues I talked with sometimes daily

I am not going to get depressed and curl up.  I am awaiting information on unemployment and if I will receive it or how much, and then how much I can work PT while maintaining benefits.  I will ask God what I am looking for and ask him to deliver on his promises.  If we are faithful and believe, we have promises from God and can ask him to deliver.

This is the start of a new journey and I am excited, but getting prepared for a lot of work ahead.

Wednesday, August 3, 2011

Seeking employment...

45 Year old man seeks gainful employment to maintain his house, car and kids.  Resume available upon request.  Some of my background includes:

Trade Show/Event Management
Sales Management
Banking/Financial Services

Computer Skills
Trademark and Licensing
Creative Broadcast Skills

If you hear of, or have any leads, it would be much appreciated.

Tuesday, August 2, 2011

Asking for prayers....

Hello everyone,

I am waiting on my current job situation, as this may change soon.  I will keep you posted.

I am asking that God's will be done in the coming days, weeks and months.  I feel really alone right now and any prayers you say will help.