“For I know the plans I have for you”, declares the LORD, most favorite and applied verse in my life.

“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

This Bible verse that really helped me a lot on how I should see things in life, how I should react on every rejections and how I should accept the fact that EVERYTHING HAPPENS FOR A REASON.

The very first time I kept on thinking about this verse, was when I decided to live with my boyfriend, which is now my partner for 7 years. We started to live under one roof when I was 17, it is not actually planned. We just decided that I’ll be staying on their house together with his parents for the meantime because of the accessibility of the area going to my work.

Time pass by, I hardly go home to my parent’s house. Until one day, we talk about having a baby. Even though we’re not married yet. April 2015 when we found out that we’re expecting a baby! He was so happy and so am I.  Our daughter is now 4 years old. Super jolly and smart.

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Right as of the moment, me and my live-in-partner were still together, for 7 years now. The bond is so strong, the mindset of each and one of us are so matured that we barely fight. I really can’t remember the last time though. He’s very familiar with my attitude, how to handle me, and so am I to him. On this part of my life, this verse really put me on realization that, part of me was grateful even though we chose not to get married yet and started living together early. You want to know why? It’s really good for us to know how our husband-to-be or wife-to-be will act when they’re angry, when there’s no enough savings left and all. It will be really good if we will be able to know all kinds of attitude they have. In that way, it will be easier for us to adapt on everything. Right now, we are already planning our wedding and thanks to God we already have our rent-to-own house as well!

Aside from that journey, this specific Bible verse also helped me in this situation, in which I was rejected by three BPO companies first, before I got my very first call center agent position on one of the company in Quezon City. Back then, I’m not losing hope, I didn’t feel down not even once, because I always keep in mind that EVERYTHING HAPPENS FOR A REASON.

Lastly, my latest experience that this verse helped me as well. It’s when I decided to resign as a call center agent during this pandemic, just recently. I decided to try home based jobs in which I really prefer as a mom. I created my Upwork profile, at first it was rejected. But, like what I believe, God knows what’s best for us. What we need might be delayed but He will still provide it. I tried to resubmit my profile and it was approved after twenty minutes! After that, I had a hard time looking for a client, I submitted total of 10 proposals only for two days and didn’t receive any response. So, I was praying to God by that time, I know He has big plans. I’ll still strive for what I really want to have. I researched how to get clients easily, one of the resources I found was, it’ll be great if I have Certificates of Achievements and all. That’s when I decided to enroll for the General Virtual Assistance Training. I’m actually enjoying everything, from the learning videos to activities. Then one day, I decided to put this online course training on my Upwork account as on-going training. After just couple of days, I received an invitation to submit a proposal from one of the agency in Upwork. I submitted, got interviewed by the CEO, and I passed! I’m now part of this agency and the CEO helped me to find a really great client! So for me, that is God’s way of saying, I should be patient in everything, take one step at a time and wait for His great perfect timing.

That’s just some of the journey in my life that this verse helped me to realize everything. That God will not forsake us, but He will provide what He really thinks best for us. Everything, indeed, happens for a reason. Keep that in mind!

Arlene Garces, child of God. 

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