my assistant.

October 06, 2011

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God continues to provide for my family in such incredible ways. 

We both feel callings on our life, we know we are in God's will...and even though month after month money is a weird subject- He provides. Why do I blog? I wrote the reason here. Among painting, our art studio a little artsy, this blog, being a mama and a wife...I have gotten just a teensy bit bogged down.

I can't keep up. 
At blog sugar ( a conference I recently went to) one of the speakers said, be open to accept help. I had this fresh on my mind when 2 days later a heartfelt, God sent email arrived in my inbox from this beautiful lady. 

She wanted to help. 
She didn't want pay. 
She just wanted to bless our family.

God is so good. She is the most loving, gracious, encouraging person to email back and forth with daily and "have on my team".

She set up spreadsheets, policies, email signatures, lists- she returns emails for me now... and while I am spending time pouring into my babies she is doing work for me. She feels like a sister to me already.

When I have the money to pay her and pull her on fulltime I will.

 She has been there for me and my family when we have nothing to give. 

Here is what she has to say, show her some love :).....

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Hi, I am Heather! To be honest, I've never been that girl that knew what she wanted to do when she grew up. Well, other than two things: be a wife and a mother. As a 26 year old married woman without kids yet, I've struggled with finding contentment in various seasons of employment. Up until this past May, I worked in the field of e-commerce marketing for a chain of hotels based down in Cabo San Lucas & Puerto Vallarta. There were a few business trips that took me down there, but trust me, it was not as glamorous as it sounds. The day-to-day job was miserable-- nasty emails from corporate executives clogged my inbox, conference calls were spent listening to people argue for hours on end, and I was surrounded by people who hated their spouses, their marriages, and even God. The corporate environment was not for me. I prayed and prayed that God would deliver me from that environment, and He finally did when my husband got a new job that moved us out-of-state. My employers offered for me to work from home, and then retracted it and gave the position to someone on location in Mexico that was willing to work for very little. I knew that that was my way out-- that God was calling me to something more.

Moving forward, I knew that I never wanted to walk into a 9-5 job again. I was confident that I wanted to do something creative. I knew I needed a job that had flexible hours so that I could work around my husband's erratic work schedule and hopefully stay home with my littles one day. I knew that I wanted to do something that I was passionate about and that was centered around uplifting people and helping them. Right after we moved, God began stirring in my heart to start blogging again. I started to grow crazy passionate about it. From the people I met, to the writing, to the creative process behind it-- I was smitten. I started a personal goal that each new follower became a new person I prayed for. Followers became friends. It changed me.



I poured my heart out to God for weeks and weeks that He would point me in the direction He wanted me to go down next in my career. And I secretly prayed that God would give me a job in the blog world. I didn't know how that would happen, but I just prayed.

I remember exactly where I was when I first clicked on Casey's blog. The first post I read of hers was the announcement that her and Chris were expecting Addison. I fell in love with Casey. From the get go, she was my kind of girl: sweet, sensitive, and real. So raw, genuine and vulnerable that I felt like I had known her all my life. I fell in love with her family. I felt like they were almost like family to me. It was during a trip to the dentist, when I was waiting for my name to be called, that I was looking at Casey's blog via my phone and saw Addison's first sonogram picture. It was the most beautiful thing ever to see a family you've grown to love share that picture with the world. I was invited into their home for that moment. The day that I found out that Addison had passed away was also the day that one of my best friends lost her baby, as well. I know that God put Casey into my life for many, many reasons, but one of the biggest has been to know how to help my friend go through her loss.
After the heartbreaking loss of Addison, my heart started beating hard and fast for Casey. God put her on my heart like crazy. Whether I felt the sense of urgency to pray for her, or to comment on her page, or to just be still and think of her, she was on my mind. Meanwhile, on my own personal journey in asking God where He wanted me and what path I should go down next, I kept thinking of Casey. I dreamt of her one night. I began to think of how busy she must be, of how overwhelmed and flooded she must be by emails, demands, people, and life. God began stirring something in my heart and I felt a peace about it. I finally understood what my previous experience was for. Up until that point I questioned why I went through it and what the point of it was. Little did I know that it was simply preparation for what God had in store for me next.

Today, Casey and I are now working together. I am so honored that she would consider taking me on as her very first assistant. I have never in my whole life had more of a peace about a job or about a situation that I do right now. The girl who has always questioned if she was indeed where God wanted her is no longer wondering, questioning and pleading with God for those answers. I held off in telling anyone about this until recently, because my fear of man trickled in. I didn't want blog friends to think that I was simply seeking after self-promotion by trying to get a job with Casey or in it for myself. I can honestly say, and I think Casey can too, that this is all just a "God thing." I felt the need to obey His calling in my life, and the doors opened right when they were supposed to. I am so excited and blessed to work with sweet Casey.

So friends, God really does answer prayers! And I believe-- even after years of feeling like God had abandoned me in the job department (even though I knew He hadn't)-- that He longs to answer the desires of your heart. Your hearts' desire is important to Him. I am so blessed to be a part of all of the amazing things that God is doing in Casey's life. I think she is an amazing example of how faith, vulnerability, hard work, and trust in God really do take you places. So thank you, Casey, for being the most incredible person and such a fabulous person to work for! You have touched me, and so many others. It's so amazing to be living out my dream with you.

Check out her blog here!

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53 comments:

  1. This post is SO beautiful! I am a Christian myself and stories like this are such a testament to what God does on a daily basis and also what He can do for each of us. I am so thrilled for the BOTH of you!

    XO
    M

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  2. ah, yay! love her dearly! she is just such a sweetheart. i'm so glad that she came into your life just right when you needed her. such a special person. i know everything will be okay.
    i feel like financially i am going through a very similar situation right now, where nothing seems to be going right. my husband is going to school FULL time and i have been looking for work for the past month and a half. i know though, that something will come about and everything will be for the better.
    God is good!
    xo TJ

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  3. Ahhhhh I love Heather and her heart! God is SO good to bring the two of you together!!! Such a testimony to his faithfulness for both of you :)

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  4. I loved reading this, such a cool thing that God has brought into your life.

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  5. Ohh I just love Heather. What a wonderful person she is to help you out like that!

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  6. Sweet Heather, if you ever need any help, I will happily assist in whatever needs to be done. I met Casey in real life after reading ONE post from her- it was the post that made me feel like we connected, and I know that God had me at Blog Sugar for a reason- even if that reason was just to meet her. Anyway, you seem like a gem, and I would love to give YOU the support you so clearly deserve.
    xo

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  7. You have no idea how blessed I am for having found your blog. I will certainly be praying for you and your family. Last March my hubby left his well paying salary job to work a commission job. Let's just say, it was a huge leap of faith that has set us free. I stay at home with my two kids... God provides. :)

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  8. Wow, this is truly amazing. The Lord is always faithful and His blessings in life are so evident in this situation! Heather seems like such a sweet woman of God (:

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  9. now this was a wonderful way to end my day, with an amazing, wonderful God inspired post! wow.

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  10. This is amazing. God really does bring amazing people together. I have recently been blessed by Heather in just a few emails. Couldn't be happier for you both! ♥

    ♥, A Mom Without Facebook

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  11. that is an amazing story of how you two were brought together!

    ... tried to link up but the linky wasn't working. I will try again in a min or two. :)

    Kendra xo

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  12. so funny! i had a dream about casey too right after she lost addison. i thought i was a freak for dreaming about someone i had never met face to face but it appears it's totally normal for a blogger you love to be in your mind even when you sleep! i love casey! i love heather! xoxo to you both!

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  13. Wow you ladies are so inspirational - and God IS using you amazingly - both so willing to share and be open about where God is leading you - you have challenged me - and I'm al the way across the other side of the world in lil old New Zealand. : ) So thank you for so willingly and beautifully sharing with all of us.

    And Casey, as someone who with my darling husband have been going through nearly 7 years of unexplained infertility, the sharing of your own journey has been pretty overwhelming at times even for me - but to see how much you have put your faith and trust in a loving God has been an immense encouragement. Thank you : )

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  14. So beautiful to see how God has brought you two together and that she is serving you and blessing you and your family. God is good indeed and hey, my name is Casey Leigh Martinez. Small world:)

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  15. I just recently "met" Heather, and her post here makes me love her even more!!! :)

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  16. Casey I just left a big ol note on your husband's blog, but I wanted to leave one for you too obviously :) God.will.take.care.of.you. Always has, and always will. If only we as Christians had MORE opportunities to remind each other of this...too bad we don't put ourselves in the position to as often as we should. I'm excited to keep reading :)

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  17. I LOVE this! So happy you have some help! I am so inspired that you make it a priority to stay home with your children and trust God will provide. I pray every day that when we have a baby I will be able to stay home and we can afford me not going back to work.

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  18. This is such a wonderful and inspiring post. Thank you Casey and Heather for letting us into your lives and sharing what God is doing for you. I really enjoy reading both of you blogs, they are always so uplifting! It is so nice to get to know other Christian women across the country and to learn from what God is doing in their lives. I love Heather's idea of committing to praying for new members!!

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  19. i agree - it's a total God-thing! you guys are gonna make one awesome team. :)

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  20. love this! God works in amazing ways, glad you two found each other.
    xo,
    Haley

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  21. I am so touched by this post and the relationship you two are building. God truly is good and it's amazing how you share of yourselves (just checked out Heather's blog as well) and love each other in word and deed.

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  22. what a beautiful post about two beautiful women of God! I feel like I know you too through bloggerland :)

    so happy for you both and truly believe that God is always working FOR us, giving us better, even when we don't see/think we can do/be at a better place.

    pinklemonadebliss@gmail.com

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  23. wow, what a great testament to answers of prayer!
    You both are blessings to have in this bloggy blog world :)

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  24. What a beautiful and amazing story! May He continue to bless both of your lives.

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  25. I just started following Casey and i love EVERY Single post!!! I just started blogging and everyday i feel so encouraged!!!

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  26. If you could mesh both of your stories into one and throw in an Army husband who is gone, you'd have my story. You girls are speaking to my heart. I'm still trying to figure out what God has planned for me, but I know whatever it is will be awesome.

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  27. love this! You are both incredible women running, not walking, after what God desires for you!

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  28. Oh Heather, you are just so awesome! This makes me love you even more, my friend. Your heart for God is amazing and you are the first person to help another friend out.
    I'm so happy both of you can be there for each other and help each other :) <3

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  29. what a special person to come into your life right when you need her the most!

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  30. That's amazing Casey - congrats. Thanks for your honesty and transparency.

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  31. Why does your blog always break my heart. I love the depth to which you pour out your heart. It is so inspiring and encouraging. May God continue to bless you all the days of your life. You and your family are sooo beautiful.

    ♥cheche

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  32. I have only recently talked to Heather and she seems like one of the most caring, sweet, and put-together women of God I have ever seen. :) You are in good hands entrusting your blog with someone that loves people more than she loves herself. :)

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  33. God is good. I am amazed, time and time again how he provides for our needs and knows exactly when to give it to us. He knows what we need better than we do and gives us so much more than we deserve. I'm so glad this relationship was created for you two.

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  34. God helped you when you needed Him, and gave you someone in your life who will be there for ever more. You are so lucky to have such strong faith and be able to recognise when God helps. I am so so happy for you :)

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  35. Wow! I'm so glad God has blessed you BOTH in this situation :D And it's nice to meet you, Heather!

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  36. It's amazing that someone would be so generous to offer help! It truly shows how much you mean for your followers.
    I wish you success in your business and lots of wonderful time with your kiddos.

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  37. It's amazing that someone would be so generous to offer help! It truly shows how much you mean for your followers.
    I wish you success in your business and lots of wonderful time with your kiddos.

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  38. Congratulations on your new assistant! It sounds like this will be a match made in Heaven. :) Many blessings to you both.

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  39. I LOVE this!!! You are two of my absolute "Soul Sisters" in "blogland"!! LOVE you both!!!!!

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  40. This so great for the both of you! Love it..and heather hearing your story and how God brought you through things to the "now" is just so inspiring. So excited for your future.:)

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  41. two of my favorite ladies :) love you both!

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  42. Thank you Heather. Thank you for your beautiful words. And how you have just inspired me.

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  43. What a sweet post. Welcome Heather!!! It is always so comforting when we can just rest knowing we are in God's will. It feels so wonderful!

    I'm so thankful that you are taking on this opportunity with Casey also. I remember being so burdened to pray for her as well during this time. I'm glad that God called you to provide for her!

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  44. Oh thankyou thankyou for sharing this...the original post with your bank account balance on it, that is. I nearly cried...you spoke my mind...how I feel regularly, and how my bank account balance looks often! We left my husband's great job as the onsite engineer for the new Dallas Cowboys stadium in August of 2009...we set out for SCAD and creative ventures, feeling life was too short to waste it on meaningless things and job security...then I got sick...way sick with no health insurance. Fast forward two years and thousands of dollars in medical bills..we had to leave savannah and take a job with health insurance. Daily i feel that tug to leave it all...your post said everything I've been feeling for the past four years!
    thankyou for your utter honesty about your finances and fears and everything! i love reading your blog.
    Sarah

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  45. What 2 amazing women you are! Goosebumps and tears of happiness while reading this post.God is awesome and I love reading stories of his love and plans for each and every one of us. You are two very special and wonderful people! Much love to you both.

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  46. Casey and Heather, thank you both so much for sharing this. Lately, I've been struggling in much the same way Heather was- feeling unfulfilled by my 9-5 corporate job, longing for something more, but not knowing where God is leading me. Thanks so much for the reminder to keep praying, and to keep having faith that He will open up opportunities WHEN and WHERE He wants!

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  47. I'm so happy to have found this blog, tonight. I have a lot of catching up to do! You are lovely!

    x, Cassie

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  48. it is amazing what can come to people who are patient and full of love!

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