Seek The Truth

by Giselle Aguiar, Award-Winning, Christian Author

Jesus said, "I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me," and "For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him." (John 14:2; 3:16-17)

Seek The Truth - by Giselle Aguiar, Award-Winning, Christian Author

O Holy Night

This entry is part 22 of 23 in the series Christianity

O, Holy Night is one of my favorite Christmas carols and I wondered who wrote it and what was the story behind it. I saw Wintley Phipps on CBN recently and he said it was a negro spiritual. That caught my attention since it doesn’t sound like the typical gospel song.

God’s Making Sure I Get the Message

This entry is part 21 of 23 in the series Christianity

Today I got my last of the severance checks. I’m on my own now. I have reasons to worry.

The Good Shepherd - JesusYet, God wanted me to get the message – Dont’ Worry! Trust Me.

I read several devotionals each morning it’s my time with God trying to get a line on what and where He want’s me to do.

The first one is from David Jeremiah:

I call to you, LORD, every day; I spread out my hands to you.~Psalm 88:9b

and

Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.

Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things. Whatever you have learned or received or heard from me, or seen in me—put it into practice. And the God of peace will be with you. ~Philippians 4:6-9

With the final paragraph reading:

The more we fill our heart and mind with godly prayer and meditation, the less room there will be for worry.


The I pick up 365 Days of WWJD and get:

“Can any one of you by worrying add a single hour to your life?” ~Matthew 6:27

“For those of us of restless heart, we must put aside our quest for peace and simply do what Jesus would do. Avoid Turmoil. Cherish inner renewal. Give God time. Love much. Peace will be the result.” (Dec. 15)

Joyce Meyer’s Hearing from God each Morning reassured me that Jesus is my friend:

You are my friends if you do what I command.~JOHN 15:14

and

You have a personal relationship with God; He’s your friend.

Ending with today’s Our Daily Bread: A Supporting Role

Thank You Lord, I got the message.

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Great Blessings!
Soli Deo Gloria!
Giselle Aguiar
Award-Winning Christian Author
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How I landed my job through networking

Originally posted 11/2010

Yay! I’m employed! After 2 years! Finally! And I got it through NETWORKING!

Here’s what I did.

After the last rejection after a second interview, I decided to reach out to my network. I had nothing to lose. I hadn’t done it before because I didn’t want to bother people. I guess that stems from trying to be self-sufficient. But after 2 years of being unemployed, I needed help.

So I sent an email message (the text is below) describing 3 positions, with 3 resumes attached to all of my Phoenix friends in my email address book. On LinkedIn, I sent it to 50 of my Phoenix contacts with a link to my LinkedIn profile.

Career Connectors

Career Connectors at North Phoenix Baptist Church formerly the Employment Network

I’ve been attending meetings regularly at the Employment Network (now CareerConnectors) at North Phoenix Baptist Church for close to a year. I meet a lot of different people there. A few months ago, I met Ginger Korljan. She got my email through LinkedIn and replied that I should call her that she had a lead for me.

Turned out that lead was her husband, Bob, who’s a financial advisor and had been considering hiring a marketing person. Perfect. He hadn’t advertised the job so I was the only candidate. I sold myself, prepared a marketing plan in a slide show and I got the job. I start Monday.

I can only thank God for this opportunity because everything just seemed to fall into place. I guess a big thanks goes to Ginger too.

So, if you’ve been hesitating reaching out to your network, stop and just do it. I would have never found out about the position otherwise.

Text of the email message. I used BCC to hide email addresses.

Subject: Reaching out to my network

Dear friends,

I’m reaching out to my network in hopes that somebody out there knows of a full-time, permanent or long-term temporary position somewhere in the Phoenix Valley for me. Attached are three versions of my resume for the following positions:

Marketing/Communications Manager: creating, planning, implementing, monitoring, managing, analyzing and reporting multi-channel marketing projects including Internet, social media, web site administrating, SEO, special events, broadcast, direct mail, press releases, blogging and email campaigns.

Website Design and E-commerce Specialist – setting up and maintaining websites and e-commerce shopping carts, Internet marketing including SEO, blogging and social media.

Social Media / Social Content Manager, Coordinator or Specialist – managing social networking including but not limited to Facebook, Twitter, blogs, websites and SEO.

My portfolio is available at: www.giselleaguiar.com with links to my blogs and samples of my work.

Feel free to pass this information on to anyone who may be hiring or knows of someone who is.

Thank you.

Simple, right?

Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.~Philippians 4:6

Giselle Aguiar
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PS. I’ve found since then that Ginger had noticed me on LinkedIn by my postings even before we met in person at the Employment Network meeting.

So don’t be shy. Get on LinkedIn, set up your profile, join groups, post messages, comment. Get yourself known. Start a blog about what you know in Worpress.com and link it to your LinkedIn profile and write short blurbs. Post often and promote them in your Twitter and Facebook pages.

People like to help people. You just have to ask.

Soli Deo Gloria
Giselle Aguiar

Update: 5/5/2013: I was laid off of this position in 11/2011. It was a blessing in disguise. I knew I couldn’t go through another 2 years of unemployment so I decided to take the same time, energy and effort that I would use to get a job that paid $15/hour to start my own business. Over a year later, I’m a respected, social media consultant and I’m self-sufficient. I grow my business through networking.

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Two years ago this week….

This entry is part 3 of 16 in the series Trusting God

Up the Down Escalator

Have you ever tried to go up the down escalator? Think about it.
If you’re going at the same pace, you don’t get anywhere.
If you slow down or stop, it takes you down with it.
If you’re faster, stronger, persistent, focused on going up, you persevere and then you’ll get to the top.

First scenario – You’re in a rut. You try, but you don’t get anywhere. You take 3 steps forward and fall 4 steps back.
Second scenario – You’re tired, worn-out, burned-out, the weight of the world is on your shoulders, one thing after another knocks you down, you give up and you go down.
Third scenario – You focus on the goal, find strength and energy to make it to the top.

My first thought when I woke up the Monday before Thanksgiving 2 years ago was, “I wish I could sleep through this whole week.” Why?
1. I had been unemployed for over two months.
2. I ran out of money the month before and unemployment insurance hadn’t kicked in yet.
3. I was diagnosed with osteoarthritis in my hands and they ached.
4. I had been force-feeding a sick cat for over a week and he didn’t seem to be getting better
5. My so-called boyfriend hadn’t called me in over a month – not even to check up on me after I lost my job.
6. I didn’t have a confirmed invitation for Thanksgiving.
7. I hadn’t heard from any of the hundreds of potential employers to whom I had applied.
8. If I didn’t get a job in three months, I would lose my house.
9. The creditors were calling daily.

Depressed? I didn’t want to end my life, I just wanted to go to sleep and wake up with everything back to “normal”.

In all my 50+ years of living as a single person, I have never been through a trial as bad as this one. I graduated from college in the middle of a recession, but I lived with my parents – no worries. I was in Miami for Hurricane Andrew and spent two weeks with out electricity, it was miserable, but I had a job to go back to. I relocated to Phoenix without having a job, but with my computer skills, I was able to get temporary jobs until I got a permanent position. I could always count on temp jobs to get me through those “between jobs” weeks. Not this time. I haven’t been even able to get temp assignments. There’s just too much competition out there and not enough jobs.

I cried at the littlest thing. I’d be driving and an overwhelming wave of fear would sweep over me and I would start crying. If someone hugged me, I would cry. When I heard that yet another company was laying off thousands of people, I would cry.

My worse-comes-to-worse scenario was moving back with my mother in Puerto Rico. That would mean selling everything, including my car (you can’t drive there) and start from scratch. Besides that, I really disliked living in Puerto Rico. That made me cry.

All I wanted to do was curl up and go to sleep and wake up somewhere over the rainbow.

Well, I did manage to get myself out of bed that Monday morning. I got online and sent out more resumes. Then I got an email confirming the Thanksgiving invitation — cool. That afternoon, a potential employer, with whom I had a phone interview about four weeks before called me to ask if I was still interested in the position. Heck, yeah! He said he had to talk to his partner and he’d get back to me in two days. Three days went by and I still hadn’t heard from him, but my unemployment insurance finally kicked in. All this money just appeared in my account the day before Thanksgiving. Gee — I now had something to be actually thankful for! It was gone by that afternoon.

The Friday after thanksgiving, when other people were shopping, I was driving around with an extremely sick cat looking for a vet who’d put him down and not charge me too much. I ended up selling my guitar to be able to pay the vet. I couldn’t play it anyway with the arthritis.

As a single person — all my life — I’ve been pretty self-sufficient. I didn’t want to burden anyone with my problems. I had no shoulder to cry on. I was wrong. The shoulder was there all the time, but I was too scared, too prideful, too distrusting.

I’m still on that down escalator, but instead of focusing on my problems and my lousy situation, I’m focusing on the goal, looking up instead of down. I’ve learned to trust God and incredibly, He has provided. I won’t go into detail, but believe me, He has.

The Apostle Paul writes in Philippians 4:

Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.

With thanksgiving. We shouldn’t wait till the 3rd Thursday in November to give thanks, we should live in an attitude of gratitude daily and be thankful for even the little things like a roof over our heads and running water. Ask and you shall receive, but give thanks for everything you’ve got, before you ask for what you need and God will provide!

Happy Thanksgiving and may God’s Grace be with you!

God Bless,
Giselle Aguiar
Soli Deo Gloria
www.giselleaguiar.com
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