Time With The Family: An Unexpected Blessing

time_with_family_an_unexpected_blessingStarting a new job… When did you do that last? Was it something you liked? Something you knew how to do already? Or were you like me, diving head-first into a new and unfamiliar world, not sure if you would even be up for the task?

Yes I admit, I had no idea what I was doing eight months ago when I joined the team at New Leaf Publishing Group. All I knew was that I needed this. I was desperate. I was working in a miserable place with so many angry people and I was becoming one of them.

After nearly 15 years in the same industry, my income was nowhere near enough to support my family and I hadn’t been to church in more years than I could hold my head up to admit… I had stopped leaning on God and we all know how well that works. Needless to say, you could almost see control of my life slipping through my fingers and I knew something had to change but I just couldn’t figure out how to get back to God.

Sadly, when I came here, my gratitude for the opportunity was so heavily shadowed by my fears that I just couldn’t see anything else. I’d never done this before.  What if I couldn’t do the job? What if I couldn’t play the part? I looked around at these people who prayed together and went to Bible study and were leaders in their churches and I couldn’t see how I could possibly represent this place. But God truly is amazing…

You see, I never needed to find my way back at all.  He was right there with me all along.  And when I couldn’t figure out how to turn around, God set this place square in front of me and completely surrounded me with His presence. Maybe this is your story too.  Maybe you’ve let something come between you and God.  It could be a job or financial struggles or maybe the world just got in your head. I took more than 16 years to tumble this far and yet God easily lifted me right back up in a comparatively short amount of time.

I am happy to say that things are looking up everywhere I turn.  My entire family is now going to church together.   Constant physical pains that I’ve suffered with for years have almost completely disappeared. But better than any of this is the fact that I am finally hearing God again!  Not that He ever stopped talking to me but I seem to have gotten the mud out of my ears.   I am finally looking around with an open heart and am amazed daily at how I can see His hand in every little thing.  When I have a need, whether it’s a radio broadcast, a sermon at church, the advice of a friend, or even randomly running into acquaintances who are going through their own hard times and need me to study the Word more deeply in order to give good advice, God is pushing me to GROW.

Since coming to New Leaf Publishing Group, God has worked on my heart through every avenue I would open my eyes to.  One of my most treasured little surprises was the fact that we have regular devotional time, led by none other than our company president, Tim Dudley. Where I was once told that I could not have Sunday’s off to go to church, here was a place where the entire office gathers together to share in God’s word!  It’s the first time I’ve been able to experience something so special in the workplace and I can’t describe how blessed I feel to be a part of it.

As I thought one morning about new ways to connect to our readers, I began to feel led to share these lessons.  After all, someone else out there may be feeling as lost and alone as I was or maybe you just want to grow in God.  Whatever your reasons for reading, I want to extend the warmth of our family gatherings to those of you who make all of this possible.  Beyond the grace God, you are the reason for this amazing company.  Whenever you have a moment, sit, read and I pray you will be as blessed and inspired as I have been by these simple but beautiful lessons.

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Written by April

April

April Keown is a Marketing Coordinator and Social Media Manager for New Leaf Publishing Group. She earned her bachelor’s degree at College of the Ozarks and is in the process of pursuing an MBA through Capella University. Despite being a working mother, she is a huge proponent of home-education and is proud to be affiliated with the NLPG’s mission to spread God’s truth through their Master Books and New Leaf Press imprints. April considers herself to be a walking testimony to the fact that God never stops pursuing His children and that no matter what you walk through, He will bring you out on the other side with a new-found testimony to share!

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About April

April Keown is a Marketing Coordinator and Social Media Manager for New Leaf Publishing Group. She earned her bachelor’s degree at College of the Ozarks and is in the process of pursuing an MBA through Capella University. Despite being a working mother, she is a huge proponent of home-education and is proud to be affiliated with the NLPG’s mission to spread God’s truth through their Master Books and New Leaf Press imprints. April considers herself to be a walking testimony to the fact that God never stops pursuing His children and that no matter what you walk through, He will bring you out on the other side with a new-found testimony to share!