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Sunday, September 21, 2008

Heading in a New Direction

I am grateful today for the new direction we have been given for Jeff's Career. For the last 4 months he has been unemployed. For about 3 of those 4 months, he has been interviewing with Target and a few weeks back they finally offered him a job! Jeff starts his first day tomorrow as an Executive Team Leader. He has 6 weeks of training and just in time for the Holiday Rush will move into his own store. His responsibilities will include all the hardlines(Definition: A store department or product line primarily consisting of merchandise such as hardware, housewares, automotive, electronics, sporting goods, health and beauty aids or toys.) of the store.

For the last 10 years Jeff has been working at FranklinCovey in the specialty retail field and Target is considered "BIG BOX" retail. So, this is a totally new retail experience, good for rounding out the resume! So, forget about Wal-Mart everyone! You all know Tar-get is the best in the business...come support Jeff's new company!

We are so excited at the possibility of him not having to travel far and getting to come home every night. Eliza's first comment after we told her Dad got a new job was "are you going to come home now?" Traveling has taken its toll on all of us.

With Jeff's first "summer vacation" in over 15 years, he is ready to get back to work. It has been so nice to spend time together as a family. Despite the stress of no job, we were provided for with a generous severance package and wonderful family and church support.

Since accepting the position 3 weeks ago, we have felt even more comfort and peace that the Lord's hand is evident in our family's life. I can tell you that the Lord does deliver us. A few months back I wrote a poem that my sister then put to music which explains only a part of this learning process for me.

Deliver Me

I trust in God to deliver me,
If I am still, then I will see.
His hands are ones that take my life,
As I am willing, there is no strife.

He makes of all my day to day
problems, that only melt away.

These challenges,
have become
what I need,
to become
who He is
and who
I want to be.

Thank you Lord, for delivering me.

Allison changed the lyrics a tad and here is our song: Click on the link below.


I trust in God to deliver me,
If I am still, then I will see.
His hands the ones that take my life,
As I am willing, there is no strife.

He makes of all my day to day,
a cleansing wind to brush away
the dross and burdens that I bear
Every moment says He’s there

have become,
what I need,
to become
who He is
and who
I want to be.

Thank you, Lord, for delivering me.

So, as life is meant to teach...we have been learning!
And we are happier, closer and the better for it all.

Thank you Lord, for teaching me.


Amber Ostler said...

Thanks for your post! I need to remember too, that the Lord is leading all of us. . . myself included. I can hardly wait to see what paths he has in store! I am so excited for you and Jeff. Also, not to mention that I LOVE Target! :) Probably the amount of money I spend there each year could fund part of his salary!

Mary Kelly said...

Thank you for sharing your experience. It was especially meaningful and motivating to read since Spencer recently lost his job so we are at the beginning of the unemployment phase.
We are so happy that Jeff has a job that is so promising. I'm sure you have been in contact with Adam- I think he has a similar position at Target too.
I hope you don't mind but I copied down your poem and will be reading it often. I just need to keep in mind that this is all part of the plan. You and your family are so inspirational!

Jen said...

YEAH!!! So happy to hear about the new job. I have been thinking of you and hoping for the best. I LOVE target. I do wish that I lived in a place where they had a super target, but no luck.
I appreciate the inspiration as well.

The Hull's said...

Congratulations! I love Target and will definatly be a supporter of Jeff's new company...I'm only there just about every day!

Maia said...

We are loyal Target shoppers!!! I am so happy Jeff got a job with a GREAT company!