Today was any other day to me. I woke up, got my children ready for school, ran a few errands, and returned home to relax before I had to head to campus for my class. I was supposed to give my chair a call about an assistantship that I hadn’t even heard back from and had pretty much dismissed it. And that was fine. I was still on a high about a good start to the Spring semester that the lack of any type of communication didn’t phase me. I’m finishing up the last of my errands before I head to campus when the chair of my department gives me a call asking to meet him about an assistantship. And a feeling of calmness came over me. A feeling of confidence and faith filled me. I just felt like something good was going to happen.

And it did.

I was offered the opportunity to instruct a course for undergraduate students. The details were laid out–the time, the place, the pay. And I accepted. Without hesitation.

I teach my first course tomorrow. TOMORROW. And I couldn’t be more excited.

I remember praying for an opportunity.. a chance to get some experience.. a moment to just be able to get my foot in the door and make a name for myself. And this is it. My God.. this. is. it!

I wish I could explain to you all how blessed I feel, how grateful I am, and also how deserving I feel. I’ve worked hard, but I’ve prayed even harder. And when good things like this happen, it reminds me why nothing else worked out. It reminds me of Proverbs 16:3 as well as Proverbs 3:5-6.

Commit to the Lord, whatever you do, and He will establish your plans.


This plaque hangs on my bedroom door and I am forced to see it.. to read it.. to comprehend it and practice it before I even touch the knob. It’s a constant reminder to trust God. Because when you do, when you live for, love unconditionally, and trust wholeheartedly in the Lord, you reap wonderful benefits!

Please remember this. Whenever you feel as if you don’t know what is to come from all of the hard work and effort that you put forth. Remember this. Remember my testimony.

Remember me.

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  1. Kim

    January 15, 2013 at 8:24 pm

    God is so good! He never fails us. All we have to do is trust and believe. I see nothing but great things for you. Congratulations and good luck!

  2. GG

    January 15, 2013 at 9:57 pm

    What a blessing!!! I’m so happy for you. I know that you will continue to work hard and continue to reap the benefits. congrats!! xoxo

  3. kat

    January 16, 2013 at 1:12 am

    Congrats, congrats, congrats. Ain’t God good. All the luck with your new position. I know you will do great.

  4. Faye

    January 16, 2013 at 5:41 am

    CONGRATS! I am so happy for you. Confirmation and affirmation for me to trust in the Lord with all my heart and not lean on my own understanding…

  5. Brandi

    January 16, 2013 at 6:51 am

    Congrats! Yes God is an awesome God! What a wonderful opportunity. Thank you for sharing as I have an interview today and I needed to hear these words.

  6. Miss SP

    January 16, 2013 at 8:24 am

    I’ve been seeing “Commit to the Lord, whatever you do, and He will establish your plans,” EVERYWHERE lately…. I think it’s about time I print it out and put it somewhere LOL.

    But girl… CONGRATS!!! That is awesome news and how wonderful will that be on your resume!? You are very much deserving of this. What course is it? What an amazing start of 2013. Goodluck hun ♥ xoxo

    1. Carla

      January 16, 2013 at 9:50 am

      Thank you so much! And yes, find it, print it, and recite it everyday and you will begin to practice it without any thought. It’d be a way of life.

      I start teaching a computer literacy course that is required for all majors except computer science majors. The course teaches how to use business applications. You’d be surprised how many students aren’t really good with the Microsoft Office Suite. I’m excited to teach it.

  7. Evani

    January 16, 2013 at 11:37 am

    Congratulations!!!! I’m excited to hear about how it goes, I’m sure you’re going to be amazing!!! :)

  8. Alicia @MommyDelicious

    January 16, 2013 at 1:20 pm

    GIRL!!!! You better SPEAK! I am so happy for you and so proud of your accomplishments. This is only the beginning. God’s favor is all over you and the best is yet to come. Praise HIM!

  9. Nike O.

    January 16, 2013 at 2:37 pm

    Congrats on your first class Lady! How did it go?

    Nike O.

    1. Rae

      January 17, 2013 at 11:24 am

      I ABSOLUTELY LOVED IT! I’m going to love doing this!

  10. Martina

    January 16, 2013 at 4:24 pm

    SO happy for you!!!!!!!!!!! Congratulations….

  11. Yetti-Writes

    January 17, 2013 at 6:09 am

    Aww yay congrats! I hope it went well. You know, I’m such a negative nancy, but little things like this give me hope for positivity. I’m going to make a post-it of the proverbs and remind myself of them everyday! Once again, congratulations!

    1. Rae

      January 21, 2013 at 12:46 pm

      Love letters to self. Do it!

  12. Carrie

    January 17, 2013 at 8:06 am

    Wow Carla, this is an amazing opportunity! I wish you the best of luck with instructing. I’m sure you’ll do a fantastic job =)

    Yes, trust in God and he will make your dreams come to life. I love that plaque – very inspiring.

  13. Ashley

    January 17, 2013 at 11:04 am

    That is a once in a lifetime opportunity! I am so excited for you! Way to go!

    I need to do that a bit more honestly. I need to be a bit more on my toes and trust God a bit more. That sign is so pretty and such a good reminder. We all need a reminder like that.

  14. LaNeshe

    January 17, 2013 at 1:10 pm

    That is wonderful! Congrats!

  15. Kiara

    January 17, 2013 at 7:26 pm

    Ahhhh Congrats! God is wonderful, and you definitely deserve it. I know you’ll do great with everything.. I’m glad that things are falling into place for you :)

  16. Faith

    January 18, 2013 at 6:47 am

    Congrats!! God is so good! You will be amazing at this!!

  17. Vaneice

    January 18, 2013 at 11:29 am

    This is so awesome and you will undoubtedly be awesome at it. I mean, what a blessing to be able to teach and touch lives in this capacity? You are so inspiring!

  18. Kimberly

    January 19, 2013 at 8:35 am

    Funny, I too have been hanging up different things that inspire me and because I’m forced to read them I’m more inclined to believe them and become them ;]. I even told my boyfriend’s mom about how this works for me and she told me yesterday, that she’s finally did the same. Happy for all of your successes through your journey through life, and glad that you kicked butt during your first day ;]. Thanks for sharing the verse!

    1. Rae

      January 21, 2013 at 12:47 pm

      It really works wonders. My mom used to do this all the time but I never understood why. But now I do. I love it!

  19. Mimi

    January 21, 2013 at 12:26 pm

    Yes! I am going through some things now where I don’t know what the end will be and it is always so helpful to have someone to reflect on that has seen God’s hand personally. Thank you for your testimony!

    1. Rae

      January 21, 2013 at 12:48 pm

      May God be with you and keep your faith, Mimi!

  20. G K

    January 22, 2013 at 8:15 am

    How in the world did I miss so many posts??

    I was so excited when I saw you post this on FB! From a fellow teacher, I know all the rewards you’re about to receive. Not sure if you were considering another career path, but don’t be surprised if you find yourself still teaching years from now. :-)

    By the way, I teach Computer Literacy, too (to high schoolers, of course). I love my job and I love what I teach. You’re gonna have a ball!

    If you ever need anything, give me a holla.

    1. Rae

      January 23, 2013 at 10:36 am

      LOL! Girl, you’ve been over there living life I see!

      And so many of my instructor/teacher buddies have said the same thing. I think you guys may be right!

      And I’ll be sure to reach out to you. Thank you so much for offering the help! (:

  21. HerReality

    January 22, 2013 at 5:32 pm

    Amen Amen & Amen! Your testimony is both powerful and inspirational. It helps me to always keep things in proper perspective. We serve a very PROMISING God. Congrats on your breakthrough girl! He has anointed you to do many things!

    1. Rae

      January 23, 2013 at 10:36 am

      Thank you so much. God has been so good to me.. words can hardly explain.

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