Thursday, February 22, 2007


Tenacity is more than endurance, it is endurance combined with the absolute certainty that what we are looking for is going to transpire. Tenacity is more than hanging on, which may be but the weakness of being too afraid to fall off. Tenacity is the supreme effort of a man refusing to believe that his hero is going to be conquered. The greatest fear a man has is not that he will be damned, but that Jesus Christ will be worsted, that the things He stood for - love and justice and forgiveness and kindness among men - will not win out in the end; the things He stands for look like will-o'-the-wisps. Then comes the call to spiritual tenacity, not to hang on and do nothing, but to work deliberately on the certainty that God is not going to be worsted.

If our hopes are being disappointed just now, it means that they are being purified. There is nothing noble the human mind has ever hoped for or dreamed of that will not be fulfilled. One of the greatest strains in life is the strain of waiting for God. "Because thou hast kept the word of my patience."

Remain spiritually tenacious.

--Oswald Chambers, My Utmost for His Highest

I'm telling ya, good old Oswald always knows what I need each day. :) I can't believe I haven't written about this yet, but I'm employed! I hate the phrase "God thing," but if I were a person who used it I would totally say that this was a God thing. :) After an extremely frustrating month and a half of job searching, Monday I had the idea to send my resume to the local big school district (LBSD). They called me the next morning for an interview that afternoon, and they hired me to write curriculum for their ESL program! I'm STILL in shock about the whole thing. The job is so well suited to my interests and talents, and the best feeling of all is that they actually wanted me! I am finally unrejected! :) I start on Monday. Thank you all for your prayers and encouragement. Some of you know how much the job hunt was wearing on me, and God provided in his own time and way. And he provided so many wonderful friends to cheer me on, help me, and now celebrate with me. Yippie for tenacity!


rebekah said...

good for you! congratulations! it's so scary to look for a job (as i'm currently doing just that, i feel the pain). i'm so happy for you!

Mark and Kelly said...

Yatta! Sounds like a perfect fit! Can't wait to hear more about it in person!

crittermer said...

Rock on, SojoChick!

Leah said...

Congratulations, Ann! I am so happy for you and thankful that God provided for you!

Judith said...

Wow, congratulations! That is perfect for you. Missing you in Japan.

PS. If you ever head down to Abilene for some reason or other, Mizuki is there and plans to be there for several years. I'm sure she'd love to see you!

Taylor W said...

Wow, that's wonderful news! I'm so glad that you're finally employed and, even better, it's in a job that sounds ideal for you. I hope it's all you could ever dream for in a job.