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Lenten Devotional – Day 4 – I Can Do All Things

Scripture: Philippians 4:13 – 

13 I can do all this through him who gives me strength.

After leaving the US Navy, my skill-set allowed for a job right where I was in Mississippi. Often people leaving a career in the military stay only a year or so on their first post-military job, so accepting an offer of a one-year contract seemed like an okay idea. Well, that one-year contract stretched to seven years, but when it ended, it ended abruptly, (like: “…this Friday is your last day…”).

The pain associated with a job loss takes many forms.

Embarrassment – Why me?

Physical – The knot in the pit of your stomach.

Emotional – Woe is me!

Spiritual – God, WHY?!!!

The devil loves to use a situation like this to tweak children of God and challenge their faith.

Well, shaking off the pity-party and getting past the embarrassment of having to tell family, friends, and ‘network’ associates was made easier with the
help of a few close Christian friends who encouraged me, prayed with me, and lifted my spirits.

Job interviews are not a fun thing for me, but after a bunch of them, an offer was finally accepted even though it represented a substantial pay cut. However, the job offered a spot working for/with some strong Christian folks who were a blessing to work with, and a great team of co-workers. God is Good! PTL…

Prayer: Dear God, Thank you for always being the strength in my weakness. In Jesus’s name I pray. Amen.

– Denny Engle – Gautier, Mississippi


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