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Topic: Graduation (08/30/04)

TITLE: A Resume ī Fit for a King
By WENDY DECKER
08/31/04

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My goal to finish college and become a writer took a detour when I left the job that had been footing the bill for my college education to become a stay-at-home mom.

My other goal had been to become a stay-at-home mom. However, my son arrived sooner than later, so I attained my goals in reverse. Incidentally, because of the reversal I needed to supplement the loss of my income to help provide for my new blessing with a part-time job.

My husband had just graduated college himself and had not been making enough money to off-set our new expenses at the time.

So, I went to the best employment agency I could find, my Heavenly father. I told Him my needs, which He already knew, and during the span of twelve years God provided me with a slew of jobs that afforded me the extra money I needed, as well as trained me to be the writer Iíd originally hoped to become.

Ironically, I hadnít even realized it until the day I decided to update my resume and re-enter the full-time work force.

The first part-time job that God provided for me had been as a typist for an insurance company working from my home. When my son became a little older I ventured outside of my home a few evenings a week and worked as a receptionist in a gym.

Not long after that I felt led to become a fitness trainer instead. I had been an exercise instructor during High School, therefore, I decided to get re-certified. Unfortunately, the gym had no openings for a fitness trainer, but God had a better opening for me elsewhere.

One day a woman called the gym and asked if I would be willing to fitness train in her home. She didnít even mind if I brought my children; I had two by this time. That job worked out well for quite awhile and provided me with more money, which of course I needed now that I had two children.

After a good span of time I eventually gave the job up because I became ill and needed a break. However, God did not abandon me. I sat praying one day and wondered where Heíd planned to lead me next and my phone rang.

A friend of mine worked for a production company that produced videos for a celebrity, fitness trainer and needed someone to work as a staff writer on her website. The pay was right and the place perfect.

I worked from my computer at home using my writing skills in conjunction with my fitness training experience. Little did I know Iíd be using my experience as a Christian as well.

Everyday multitudes of letters from desperate women filled my in-box seeking my advice. While many of the letters pertained to the removal of love handles, saddle bags and flabby arms, amazingly the majority of the questions were from women seeking spiritual advice.

This job gave me insight to the minds and hearts of women all over the world. The Lord provided many part-time jobs for me during these years, too many to list. He even paid me for singing, which is another one of my passions.

I looked at that job as a special bonus from my employer, not that I deserved one, but Heís a great boss.Iíd have done it for free.

Preparing my resumeī I became concerned a potential employer might think of me as a job-jumper or unsure of my direction in the work force because of the many different job titles I held.

Who knows, maybe the fact that Iíve always had the same employer, "God" would work in my favor. Iíd also worried that having no degree would work against me as well.

I never did graduate from an accredited college, but I did get an education and have graduated to a new level of writing.

Iím still a full-time mom. But God has provided my husband with a position that no longer requires me to work part-time for a salary. Needless to say, I have no plans to retire. I will always write. Therefore, I will always work, and I will continue to work for Him.

And the payment I receive has long been paid for in advance. In actuality, after looking over my resume, although quite diverse, it is consistent, and in my opinion it is a resumeī that has been fit for a King.


Member Comments
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Joanne Malley09/07/04
Wendy, A perfect story and reflection to how God always provides! It's wonderful for those who can look back and realize the important role God played in leading us to where we are.
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darlene hight09/07/04
It's amazing the way God provides sometimes without us even realizing and for things far above our basic need.
Kenny Paul Clarkson09/07/04


It's always great to hear stories of God's provisions through times of uncertainty. Very encouraging.

Guess one could call you a physical fitness trainer and spiritual fitness trainer!
L.M. Lee09/08/04
what a positive way to view the non-traditional path that God has taken you.
B Price09/08/04
really did enjoyed this story... it shows when we leave it to the LORD, HE will guide us and show us which way to go.

this story gives hope to those that are weary.

PS> HELP? as I need your free service of flabby arms.
it is amazing how we go down one path and GOD will give us another misson as we travle that path, as HE did with you as you advice those women who were looking for spiritual advice.
and Praise GOD you were there for them.

thanks for sharing the story with us.

Desert Rose09/08/04
Wendy, Your article would be an inspiration to the many women I have talked to that want to stay home, but think it is impossible. If only they would seek the same employer that you did. If we seek His will, He will provide for any of our needs.
Lucian Thompson09/10/04
Wendy, Your testimony is one of faith and devotion to God. Yes, He is a great employer, isnít He?