<![CDATA[Bless the Work of Our Hands - Encouragement Blog]]>Sun, 11 Mar 2018 20:53:11 -0700Weebly<![CDATA[Prayers for Your Career - Word Power]]>Wed, 18 May 2016 03:46:25 GMThttp://blessthework.com/encouragement-blog/prayers-for-your-career-word-powerWatch what you say about yourself and your career. Use the WORD OF God daily 
and you will see His power manifest.

John 6:63 says "It is the Spirit who gives life; the flesh profits nothing. The words
that I speak to you are spirit and they are life."
<![CDATA[One Thing to Do When You Hate Your Job]]>Sun, 27 Mar 2016 03:52:58 GMThttp://blessthework.com/encouragement-blog/one-thing-to-do-when-you-hate-your-job
According to Forbes magazine on June 24, 2014, 52.3 % of Americans are unhappy at work based on a report by the Conference Board. The top three areas of dissatisfaction are job security, wages and promotion policy.

On wages, “Workers making more than $125,000 were the most satisfied with 64.1% saying they were happy with their compensation.” Conversely with those making less than $15,000 only 24.4% of those workers were satisfied with their jobs. Frankly, who could blame them? It is difficult to make ends meet making less than $15,000 in the US. Low wages one of the main issues discussed among the presidential candidates and it has generated the support of many Americans.

Job security is the biggest concern of employees. Only 46.6% of employees are confident in their job. In this age, no one works for the same company from being hired to retirement. According to the Bureau of Labor statistics report “Number of Jobs Held, Labor Market Activity, and Earnings growth among the Youngest Baby Boomers: Results from a Longitudinal Survey,” published in March 2015, younger baby boomers held an average of 11.7 jobs from ages 18 to 48. Since younger Americans are working longer and loyalty to employees is even less than in the Baby Boomer years, the average number of jobs will be higher for generation X, Y and the millennials.

The third area of job satisfaction is promotion policy. Many workers believe there is a glass ceiling and promotion policies have unwritten rules. Employees face many challenges when it comes to promotion. One of the biggest challenges is actually asking for a promotion or raise. According to CNBC, January 12, 2015, “Only 43% of the 31,000 respondents in a survey released by Payscale.com said they’ve asked for a raise. Another recent survey by Salary.com found 55% of employees didn’t ask for more money during the last 12 months and 23% more have never asked.”

Given the previous statistics of job satisfaction, people must realize the final decision is with the man (or woman) in the mirror. If they are not satisfied with their job, they must start out asking God for direction for fulfillment at work. Next, they have to listen for His answer. The answer may come in the form of a new idea on processes at work. Or the answer may come in a still small voice giving guidance as to the next steps that should be taken. The answer may even be as simple as a scripture read during a quiet time of meditation. One thing is certain, God leads us to a new level of satisfaction when we ask. His promises are true.

Prayer for the unhappy employee:
Father God,
“I will bless the LORD at all times; His praise shall continually be in my mouth.” (Psalm34:1 NKJV) I am grateful for Your many blessings. I am thankful for my current job. But, I am not totally satisfied with my career. I feel as if there is something missing. I feel that I am not where I should be. God, only you know what is best. You know the path I should take to fulfillment at work. Please anoint my thinking and assist me in making wise decisions. I trust You with my life. You know everything!  Thank You for leading me to a better employment situation. I stand on your word in Psalm 32:8 (NKJV) “I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go; I will guide you with My eye.”
In Jesus’ Name I pray,
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<![CDATA[Breaking through the glass ceiling at work]]>Sat, 25 Jul 2015 14:04:07 GMThttp://blessthework.com/encouragement-blog/breaking-through-the-glass-ceiling-at-workPicture
Many times after being employed in an organization for some time, workers may conclude that there  is no more upward movement in sight. They may get frustrated and give up on seeking promotion. If you fell that you have reached a plateau in your career, you can do three things to change your situation:

1. Pray for the break through---Prayer is the key to a successful career. Communication with God will lead you to make better decisions in the work place. Focus your prayers on the steps you need to make next.

2. Focus on innovation -- When you create new processes and change the way of doing things for the better, you position yourself to be noticed.

3. Network with people of influence - Many times one word can make the difference...when that word comes from a person of influence.Don't be afraid to invite people who may have influence to lunch. One lunch could change your life. Don't be afraid to make new friends at work.

The following is a prayer for those who are determined to break the glass ceiling:

Heavenly Father,

You are King of Kings and Lord of Lords. I come to You because I feel that there is a glass ceiling in my organization. Lord, I need Your help to calm the frustration on the inside of me. Holy Spirit, please give me Your wisdom and impart creativity into my daily work. Lord, show me how to innovate the usual methods and processes. I thank You that people who have influence and will  boost my career recognize my strengths and abilities. I operate on the next level in my work today because as you said in Proverbs 23:7 “For as he thinks in his heart, so is he.” I think on the next level.  I set the standard for the next level. By Your grace, I will break through to be a success at the next level.

In Jesus’ name I pray,


<![CDATA[Prayers for Your Career: Surviving Job Search Silence]]>Thu, 30 Apr 2015 01:03:20 GMThttp://blessthework.com/encouragement-blog/prayers-for-your-career-surviving-job-search-silenceFather God,

The majesty of your name fills the earth! I have to be honest that I am frustrated by not hearing from all of the positions for which I have applied. I repent if I am showing impatience. However, I need faith to continue on this journey. Give me peace as I wait in silence for calls from employers. My confidence is in You, Lord. Thank You that my name is at the right place at the right time and the right people are attracted to my skills and abilities. I know that You are aware of my every concern. Your word in I Peter5:6 (NKJV) brings peace to me. “Therefore humble yourselves under the mighty hand of God, that He may exalt you in due time, casting all your care upon Him, for He cares for you.” Let my career be a testimony to show God cares.
 In Jesus’ name I pray, Amen.

<![CDATA[Top 6 SECRETS to Writing a Resume that will get the JOB]]>Sat, 18 Apr 2015 03:09:33 GMThttp://blessthework.com/encouragement-blog/top-6-secrets-to-writing-a-resume-that-will-get-the-jobPicture
For the past few weeks I have been working with a professional resume writer in order to update my resume. I have learned a few things that I think that are worth sharing. So here are some secrets to resume writing that I had to pay for, but you are gaining for free because you read this blog:

1. Research and find the name of the hiring manager. This is crucial to writing a winning cover letter to accompany your resume. Many times you may know someone that works for the organization that you are applying with and they can assist you with obtaining the name of the hiring manager. Also try LinkedIn because you may know someone who knows someone.

2. Watch your keywords. While I do not encourage you to make false claims on your resume, it does not hurt to use the same language that is used in the job description to explain your own skills and experiences.

3. Make it tight. Don't use phrases like "team player" or "hard worker" Keep it brief and use bulleted lists to explain your experiences.

4.List your skills and abilities first then list a full description of your work related experience later in the resume.

5. Use a "younger" font to not appear dated. The Times Roman and Courier fonts are things of the past....go wiith something like Arial.

6. Use the STAR technique to describe your accomplishments.
Situation or Task - Describe the specific situation or task at hand.
Action - Describe the action that YOU took.
Result - What were the positive results? What did you accomplish?

<![CDATA[Prayer for Your Career with Sonia Cameron (Prayer for Job Search)]]>Wed, 11 Feb 2015 02:21:18 GMThttp://blessthework.com/encouragement-blog/prayer-for-your-career-with-sonia-cameron-prayer-for-job-searchPicture
Heavenly Father,

Your kingdom rules over all and to Your name be all glory. I thank You for giving me laser like focus on the right career path. Lord, give me an understanding of places where I will thrive. Show me the types of environments that enable me to do my best. I only want to be in Your perfect will for me. You are a God of mercy and You know my strengths and my shortcomings. I praise You for allowing me to discover the right position that will highlight my strengths and veil my weaknesses. If the right position for me does not exist, I thank You for creating it for my sake. I stand on Your word in Psalm 103:17(NKJV) “But the mercy of the Lord is from everlasting to everlasting on those who fear Him.”

In Jesus’ Name I pray Amen.

<![CDATA[Watch Your Mouth - 4 things to say when you don't know what to say about your career]]>Sun, 17 Aug 2014 22:35:14 GMThttp://blessthework.com/encouragement-blog/watch-your-mouth-4-things-to-say-when-you-dont-know-what-to-say-about-your-careerPicture
There are many times in life when we face challenges and we may want to complain about our work situation. However, that is not the time to have diarrhea of the mouth. In difficult times it is crucial to watch the words you speak. Proverbs 15:23 says “A man (or woman) has joy by the answer of his mouth, And a word spoken in due season, how good it is!” (NKJV)

There are 4 things you can say when you don’t know what to say:

1.       “Bless the Lord.” 

Psalm 34:1 (NKJV)  “I will bless the Lord at all times; His praise shall continually be in my mouth”
No matter what your career looks like, cease to complain. Only bless the Lord at this time. This phrase may be difficult to say when all “hell” is breaking loose. Remember, your future depends on your mouth.

2.       “God Reigns.”
Exodus 15:18 (NJKV) “The Lord shall reign forever and ever.”

Many times we fear what may happen in the future. Change is always present and sometimes a change in your career or work situation may bring stress and concern. The thought that a change is from God is a new approach to uncertainty. Nobody thinks losing a job is a good thing, until they get a much better job.

3.       “My season for success is coming.”

Ecclesiastes 3:1 (NKJV) “To everything there is a season A time for every purpose under heaven”

I believe you only get a miracle when you expect one. It may be  challenging, but you must keep an open mind with a heart full of expectation. Don’t go backward, keep moving forward to your miracle.

4.       “I server a Mighty God.”

Psalm 150:2(NKJV)  “…Praise Him for His mighty acts; Praise Him according to His excellent greatness!”

Sometimes your fear will trump your belief that our God is a mighty force. You must trust in the truth that the God you serve is the same God that put the Universe in place. He is the same God that made the mountains and the sea. This mighty God sent His only Son to die for you. He cares about what is important to you. Believe that your God is mighty enough to handle every situation you face.

<![CDATA[Are you riding a career roller coaster?]]>Mon, 16 Jun 2014 23:58:04 GMThttp://blessthework.com/encouragement-blog/are-you-riding-a-career-roller-coasterGet off of the career roller coaster! Picture
There have been days when I have felt on top of things at work. However, I also have days when I feel a little inadequate and wonder if I am capable of handling everything that comes my way. Some say it may be burn out. I choose to believe that it is a sign that I must take inventory of my skills to see if I need to improve my skill set. Attending a class or an online event motivates me to see new ways of solving problems. When you feel like you are on a career roller coaster,  seek God about how you can improve your skills. Let God lead you to a class,  or webinar that will inspire you in your present position. Maybe you will even get inspired to seek out a new role altogether.

Here are some practical insights from the Chicago Tribune: "How to tune up a tired job" by Joyce Lain Kennedy

And here is a prayer to encourage you: /prayers-for-your-career.html

<![CDATA[Book Review -- Desperate Prayers for Desperate Situations by Alfred 'Bisi Tofade]]>Sun, 20 Apr 2014 21:36:50 GMThttp://blessthework.com/encouragement-blog/book-review-desperate-prayers-for-desperate-situations-by-alfred-bisi-tofadePicture
Desperate Prayers require extraordinary steps more than just the status quo. In Desperate Prayers for Desperate Situations, Dr. Alfred ‘Bisi Tofade outlines a framework for us to persist in prayer. Dr. Tofade is a pastor of Jubilee Christian Church International in Durham NC. He and his wife have assisted many people to persevere in prayer. Desperate circumstances require behaviors that activate our faith.

Dr. Tofade supports his belief that desperate prayers are answered by giving examples of individuals in the Bible who use prayer to escape tough situations. Blind Bartimaeus cried out for mercy. Hannah made a vow unto the Lord when she asked Him to open up her womb. Desperate Hezekiah turned his face to the wall and pleaded for his life. Elijah prayed seven times for the heavens to release rain; he would not accept defeat. Jacob wrestled with God until his name was changed along with his destiny. Each of these people experienced the power of prayer become real in their lives.

This book demonstrates there are several different ways to build your faith in prayer. According to the author, there are secret methods that move the hand of God. One method is fasting which keeps us from danger as proven by Esther and Jehoshaphat. A second way is making a vow. Jonah made a vow so that he would be released from the belly of the whale. Another method is to give a sacrificial offering of praise and even money. Dr. Tofade covers every aspect of praying in a crisis. How to “see opportunity in the adversity”. He states “God’s open doors are often disguised as problems.” According to Dr. Tofade, PUSH stands for Pray until something happens. When there seems to be silence about your situation, keep praying. John 16:24 says “Until now you have asked nothing in My name. Ask, and you will receive, that your joy may be full.”

In this book, Dr. Tofade stresses the difference between worry and prayer. He points us to the scriptures which encourages us to “cast our cares” on God. This book points the reader to places in God’s Word that give evidence of powerful prayers being successfully answered. This book is a weapon in the warfare of life because it gives directions on how to pray with prayer points. 100 prayer points for different desperate situations including: Financial Situations, Family and Children, Fighting for Marriage, Health and Fighting Sickness, Spiritual and Demonic Attacks, and When Facing Dangers and Troubles.

As a believer that has faced many challenges in life, I sometimes doubt if God is listening to my prayers. Reading a book like this one encourages me to continue praying. This book not only gives examples of desperate prayers being answered, it persuades us to apply desperate prayers to challenges in our lives. I use this book to pray for a difficult situation in my life. Each time I utilize the prayer points in the back of this book to boost my talk with God. Sometimes when I do not know what to say, I read aloud some prayer points and say “God listen to this.” Next, I quietly listen to God guide me through my difficulty. This book is teaching me to see prayer more as a conversation; not as a grocery list for God.