Last night my husband & I were reminiscing on the seasons we were in, when we first began dating. He was over-worked/under-paid, and yearned to have his nights and weekends off. I was working a job I absolutely HATED, but saw no way out.
I literally had a breakdown in the bathroom at work one day and knew it was time to leave. I called my husband (who was my boyfriend at the time), my mama, and my BFF. None of them talked me off the ledge. They all encouraged me to take a leap of faith and quit my job. I literally had nothing lined up, but… I did it. I was so scared I’d have to leave my apartment and go back to my mother’s house, but I was willing to do it.
Two weeks later I was able to secure my own clients who paid me to create content and run their social media. I had just enough money for rent and bare necessities. 4 months later, Steve asked me to be his wife. We knew we wanted a beautiful ceremony, but the way our bank accounts were set up… I didn’t have much money, but I had a respected blog/brand. I was able to work out deals with vendors who wanted ads on my blog & product reviews, and were willing to provide what we needed for our wedding and reception. I’m not Essence or Ebony. I’m just little ole me, but God went before me and touched their hearts to say yes.
One month after jumping the broom, Steve’s car died. And although we were both working, it wasn’t adding up, but somehow we made it. Something needed to break, before I did. We stayed in consistent prayer. During that time I was writing #WhenGodSaidYes, but to be honest, most of the time I was too discouraged to write. How was I going to pay for the book? And a launch was definitely out of the question.
6 months later, God blessed Steve with a new job. Remember I said he REALLY wanted his nights & weekends off? He works in education, so he now has his nights, weekends, holidays, summer, AND winter break OFF. God didn’t open a door. He opened a window.
But God also had me in mind smile emoticon He blessed me with a position doing what I LOVE. I create content for clients in Chicago & Philadelphia. I’m also able to focus on my brand: www.tanikia.com #TheGoldenLife heart emoticon I was also able to have not one, but TWO book launches for #WhenGodSaidYes thanks to God giving me favor with sponsors, etc.
What am I saying? As I look back on my entire life, I see a pattern. There was a time where I had to have faith God would provide a way for me to go to college; and He did. After college, I had to have faith that God would bless me with a job; and He did. When I felt like I outgrew that position, I had to have faith that God would open a new door for me. Do you know how hard it is to get a job? Especially in Chicago? However, I felt God leading me to quit my job (without anything lined up) and trust Him. Just like Peter, that season taught me that it is indeed possible to walk on water, as long as I keep my eyes on Christ. I never had to go back home to live with my mama. God literally gave me my daily bread to sustain me in that season. Such a good father.
For therein is the righteousness of God revealed from faith to faith: as it is written, the just shall live by faith! Romans 1:17
It doesn’t matter what you see. Are you living by faith?!?!
P.S. Do you have a “faith to faith” story? I’d love to hear it below <3