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Discerning God’s Will

My Lord God, I have no idea where I am going. I do not see the road ahead of me. I cannot know for certain where it will end. Nor do I really know myself, and the fact that I think that I am following your will does not mean that I am actually doing so. But I believe that the desire to please you does in fact please you. And I hope I have that desire in all that I am doing. I hope that I will never do anything apart from that desire. And I know that if I do this you will lead me by the right road though I may know nothing about it. Therefore will I trust you always though I may seem to be lost and in the shadow of death. I will not fear, for you are ever with me, and you will never leave me to face my perils alone.


Let Go and Let God

As children bring their broken toys, 
With tears for us to mend, I brought my broken dreams to God, 
because He is my friend. 
But then instead of leaving Him 
in peace to work alone. 
I hung around and tried to help 
with ways that were my own. 
At last, I snatched them back again 
And cried, “How can you be so slow?” 
“My child” He said, “What could I do? 
You never did let go.”


Good morning,

I am God. I will be handling all of your problems. Please remember that I am here to help you. If the devil happens to deliver a situation to you that you cannot handle, do not attempt to resolve it by yourself.

Kindly put it in the SFJTD (Something for Jesus to do) box. It will be addressed in MY time, not yours. Once the matter is placed into the box, do not hold onto it or remove it. Holding on or removal will delay the resolution of your problem. If it is a situation that you think you are capable of handling, please consult with me in prayer to be sure that it is the proper resolution.

Because I do not sleep nor do I slumber, there is no need for you to lose any sleep. Rest my child. If you need to contact me, I am only a prayer away.

With eternal love,
God


God, give me eyes that I might see
the work that can be done by me.
God, give me ears that I might hear
the cry of those who need me near.

God, give me lips that I might speak
comfort and peace to all who seek.
God, give me a mind that I might know
how to help those who need me so.

God, give me hands that I might do
some large or simple task for You.
God, give me a prayer that I might pray
Thy help and guidance every day.
And, this one thing all else above,
God, give me a heart that I may love.


PEDAL

At first, I sat in front: Jesus in the rear. I couldn’t see Him, but I knew He was there. I could feel his help when the road got steep.

Then one day, Jesus changed seats with me Suddenly everything went topsy-turvy.

When I was in control, the ride was predictable – even boring, But when Jesus took over, it got wild! I could hardly hold on.

This is madness! I cried out. but Jesus just smiled – and said, “Pedal!” and so I learned to shut up and pedal and to trust my bike companion.

Oh, there are still times when I get scared and I’m ready to give up. But then Jesus turns around, touches my hand, smiles, and says, “Pedal”!


“Dancing With God”

When I meditated on the word Guidance, 
I kept seeing “dance” at the end of the word. 
I remember reading that doing GOD’s WILL is a lot like dancing. 
When two people try to lead, nothing feels quite right. 
The movement doesn’t flow with the music, 
and everything is quite uncomfortable and jerky. 
When one person realizes that, and lets the other one lead, 
then both bodies begin to flow with the music. 
One gives gentle cues, perhaps with a nudge to the back 
or by pressing lightly in one direction or another. 
It’s as if two become one body, moving beautifully. 
The dance takes surrender, willingness, 
and attentiveness from one person 
and gentle guidance and skill from the other. 
My eyes drew back to the word Guidance. 
When I saw “G: I thought of GOD, followed by “u” and “i”. 
“GOD, “u” and “i” dance.” 
GOD, you, and I dance. 
As I lowered my head, I became willing to trust 
that I would get guidance about my life. 
Once again, I became willing to let GOD lead. 
My prayer for you today is that GOD’s blessings 
and mercies be upon you on this day and everyday. 
May you abide in GOD … as GOD abides in you. 
Dance together with GOD, trusting GOD to lead 
and to guide you through each season of your life.


Have you ever considered that the Lord can cause any storm in your life to blow you to the place where He intends for you to arrive?

Many of us think that is is up to us to decide where we are going to be five years from now, or even that it is up to us to decide exactly what we are going to do tomorrow, next week, or next year.

If we claim Jesus as our Lord, then those decisions are up to Him, not us.

We can make plans, and we are wise to do so, but our plans must always be the result of prayer and made with total flexibility that if this is not what God desires for us to do, we will be quick to alter our course.


How do I turn things over to God?

Q. I don’t understand how to turn things over to God. Do I just wait for something to happen?

A. No. You must take action.

Q. So how do I know what action to take? Does it come to me in a dream or what? I just don’t get it. I cannot figure out how to turn things over to God.

A. Maybe this will help:

Whether in your job, personal life or now during your job search, ask yourself what God would want you to do. You are always faced with decisions. Ask yourself what God would have you decide. Ask how you should spend your time. Ask yourself “What should I do right now? How should I handle this problem or decision that is in front of me.”

Basic job search skills tell you that the road to your next job is personal contact with people – on the phone or in person. So get your marketing plan out, write it if you haven’t already, and make that next phone call or whatever is called for.

You generally know more about what the right thing to do is than you think you do. Or you know who to contact to ask for advice. God will help you make those decisions. Be ready to realize that some of the decisions you make will surprise you – that is God helping you. The more you ask for His help, the more help you will receive.

Spend some time in prayer at the beginning of each day asking God for His guidance during that day. Ask God to take your concerns and worry off your mind. Let Him know that you cannot handle the stress and pressure by yourself and you need His help.

Throughout the day, ask God fo


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St. Gerard Majella

What: SGM CEN NETWORK
          Career Development Series
          Comunication and Human Behavior
When: Tuesday, April 18, 7:15-8:30pm
Where: St Gerard Majella
          Catholic Church Building 2005,
          Parish Meeting
          1971 Dougherty Ferry Rd,
          St.Louis, MO 63122 Room 224
Please join us at our next Career Development Workshop, where Jason Mainard will lead an interactive discussion that focuses on ways to improve your communication skills. At this meeting, Jason will discuss the critical importance of asking questions and will provide numerous examples of “what” to ask and “how” to ask it. In addition, Jason will explain the “Pain Funnel” and how it allows you to become a better problem solver. Anyone involved in sales knows the importance of asking the right questions but these techniques can also improve communication with your boss, colleagues, clients and even your family. This is a class you should not miss.

Jason Mainard has 20+ years of training and leadership experience. He has 10+ years of solid sales, sales management and marketing experience including sales trainer with one of the nation’s largest home builders. Jason's sales and training experience enables him to offer a real world perspective to his clients. Jason has a strong passion for helping people obtain their goals and succeed in their careers.

This is the third and final meeting at which Jason has volunteered to speak about career development topics. We are very thankful and believe you will find his learning objectives to be critically important to you in your career development. And don’t forget, there is never any cost for our service.

We hope you will join us so we can continue to help and support each other! If you have questions or would like to help, please contact:
Steve Jones , or Ann Weinerth or Nick Wnuk or Barbara Axmacher

Our BJC talent acquisition team is hosting the second annual BJC Virtual Career Fair on Feb. 22 from 9 a.m.-7 p.m. We will bring together recruiters, hiring managers and potential job candidates in a convenient, online environment. Registration for the event is now open, and I invite you to share this career fair information with your teams, family members and friends. We will use BJC Today, BJCnet and local e-newsletters to ask our current team members to share Virtual Career Fair information with their friends and family who may be interested in making their career better at BJC. Employees may even be eligible for a referral bonus if they refer a career fair guest who is hired. This event is not intended for current employees looking for internal job opportunities. We will promote the event for people outside of our organization using several external channels, including our BJC Talent Network, digital radio, social media and career sites. Guests will access the online event using their computer or mobile device from any location. They will be able to:
  • Visit 25 virtual booths dedicated to different career fields.
  • Chat live online with recruiters and hiring managers.
  • Get real-time answers to questions.
  • Learn about BJC Total Rewards.
  • See how they can make their career better at BJC.
We ask of you: please invite your friends and family who may be interested in a career opportunity at BJC to attend our Virtual Career Fair and register in advance at bjchealthcarevirtual.org. Unemployed??? Visit www.catholicemploymentnetwork.org and sign up for CEN's periodic job postings on the Home Page.

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