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From “Dreamer” to “Do-er!”

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Rejection

I recently experienced the most heavy hitting blow that I’ve ever experienced in my career in higher education. I was closer than close to what I call “my dream job.” After two stellar interviews for the same position, my dream came crashing down when I saw that this position was re-posted for others to apply to. That means that they did not choose me.

How could they not choose me? Every CLUE, and action, and WORDS SPOKEN, pointed… To me. I was crushed. My heart hurt so bad, for two weeks straight because I hadn’t guarded my heart (Proverbs 4:23) closely enough, preparing my mind for what could very well be the end result.

My world came crashing down before me. I got rejected. My first major blow. It hurt so bad because it was something that I really, really wanted — I mean — I thought about it, dreamed about it, prayed about it, talked about it and studied for it — and oh my goodness, they loved me too! And, the worst part of all was that I would never know why I wasn’t chosen.

Do Your Work

My husband and I’s friends called to pray with us on the phone later that week. One said: “Whitney **did the work**and got her master’s degree.”

“…she did her work!”

Yes, I “did the work” by earning an advanced academic degree. I was now qualified. I started my master’s in 2015 and finished my master’s in 2017. Between then and now, I’ve carried and gave birth to my 3rd son in 2018.

Between 2014 to 2019 I feel like I have been unintentionally “dreaming” for 5 years about my career aspirations, instead of “doing” more to achieve it. I may have earned my master’s, but I’m not working in my field… I was not actively in a place of “do,” but instead stagnant in a place of just “be.”

This was a wake-up call from my dreams– an alarm clock. This entire experience was almost like I was in an exploratory world– I got to see what could be, in every sense of a career and what it means to be “well-off,” that one could ever want. I got a taste of what it means to go after what you want… and to win; and it tasted really good. I wanted more of the possibility of winning– being chosen. I wanted more of that!

So, today I say that this year is my year of “DO” it instead of just “DREAM” about it. Do more! Do MORE work! I will progress in my career this year. This year, I will DO. Doing your work does not make you exempt from rejection, it just gives you more strength to endure the rejection.

God’s Comfort

God came in through scripture and through dedicated time spent with Him in His word and comforted me during this time. Close family and friends prayed with us on prayer phone calls, and God also came in through messages delivered during weekly church services. God came in and calmed my weary soul regarding this situation of rejection that we had recently experienced, and the terrible pain of not knowing what went wrong in the decision process. He said that there is more, and to put my trust in Him alone- and not man (Psalm 118:8).

He’s teaching me to curb my expectations and to “keep going.” No matter what- keep going; keep applying to careers, keep developing your resume, and keep the faith.

None of this would have ever happened had I not stepped outside of my social apprehensions, did my work, took a risk, and went after what I wanted. Had I not stepped out on faith, yes- I would have been safe from rejection. Yet, still stagnant in my career.

Let this be your year of DO, and not just DREAM. DO YOUR WORK!

Be encouraged, because Jesus knows that I am!!

Whitney

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Testimonies

Unsolicited Testimonies and Encouragement!

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You all have been a great blessing to me! You never know the effect that your words can have on someone, until you experience it for yourself. Sometimes these words of encouragement from sweet friends and strangers, mixed with God’s word and a beautiful scripture- keep me going so good! God is so good and so merciful; and I am  happy to be a blessing to others! Never underestimate the power of an encouraging note!!

Apr. 22, 2019 – “Handsome family! I love the bow ties! Yes, and the coral bottoms are awesome, too! They are da bomb, those boys! And the little one looks so happy to be with them! You are truly blessed!” -Lisa Permo

Apr. 21, 2019 – “Happy Easter to you too! Happy christens to the baby! You are smashing in your new dress! Your boys and hubbie look great, too!” -Kim Marcantonio

Apr. 21, 2019 – “This is precious!!! They belong in a magazine!” -Amy Ferguson

Apr. 21, 2019 – “You have an adorable family! 💕” -Jule Linihan

Apr. 21, 2019 – “Your dress coordinates with their outfits perfectly! Wonderful photos!” -Sara Graham

Apr. 16, 2019 – “Wow wow wowww!!!! HUGE CONGRATULATIONS to you!!!! God is soooo faithful! Excited for you! 🎉🎉🎉🎉” -Abigail Folds

Apr. 16, 2019 – “Woohoo!!! This is so exciting! Congrats to you! 😍💐💐💐💐💐💐😘” -Carisa Tyler

Apr. 16, 2019 – “Outstanding!!! Love watching you flourish! You shine on ⭐️” -Kelly Divito

Mar. 7, 2019 – “Amen. Love yall family. Be encouraged. God knows all and his timing is right.” -J. Ikard Jr.

Mar. 7, 2019 – “Great word!” -Jason R.

Mar. 6, 2019 – “Hey man, someone shared this song with me and after I read Whitney’s post online I thought of you all. Sending this your way and hoping it blesses you like it did me.” -M. Coleman

Mar. 5, 2019 – “I thought about a key word you said during your prayer. “Rebuking self-sabotage”. It really stuck out to me… in other words, don’t blow the chance at an opportunity and talk myself out of things. God is working things out and I thank Him and you all as well. There is power in touching and agreeing and praying In God’s word. Can’t wait to hear you all’s testimony.” -C. Wilson

Feb. 19, 2019 – “You have the prettiest smile!!!” -Heather Breen @heatherbreentraveler // “She does!! It’s so full of joy! 💖” -Carisa Tyler @cheeky_flamingo8

Feb. 8, 2019 – “You look absolutely beautiful! Jesus’ light shines through you! ☀️” -Aleah Jane @aleah_jane_in_lilly

Colossians 3:23, And whatsoever ye do, do it heartily, as to the Lord, and not unto men;

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Merry Christmas! 2018

Hi everyone!,

I hope that you had the best Christmas Holiday that one could ever hope for and imagine. I spent Christmas this year with my husband’s family. We enjoyed eachother so good- the Lord is so amazing. Our “Uncle Mayne” (my children’s Uncle) took a beautiful video for our family’s time together during Christmas. My heart is so full!!

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We also spent the Saturday before Christmas at my little sister’s home!! We did our annual “Christmas Eve Breakfast.” Oh, it was so so good. Blessed beyond measure sums it up so beautifully!!

God bless you all so abundantly,

Whitney

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Current Faves! – October!

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So- I kind of sort of cannot get over these three cute items that I have stumbled across lately! I am smiling even as I am writing this! How darling are these for fall?

Fall is literally my favorite season, so cozy goodies like the sweatshirts and pajamas above are completely my love language!

I noticed the monogrammed pullover on Instagram from Blogger Jennifer Flavell. OH it’s gorgeous, and can be found at ShopILoveJewelry. Everyone needs atleast one dark, solid-colored navy pullover, THAT’S MONOGRAMMED :)!

The cozy orange fall pajama set is also from ShopILoveJewelry! The orange just screams FALL, and the leaves… and the donuts and coffee – it really is the best PJ set, wrapped up into one cozy set of deliciousness! If you’re a coffee connoisseur like myself, you’ll go crazy for this one!

Lastly, is the beautiful NEW, coral-printed POPOVER from Lilly Pulitzer!! This is one of their new styles and it’s called the Asher Popover. I just can’t get over the color block of the navy and the print!! It’s way too pretty and totally made my current faves for this reason! I’ve linked it directly above!

Enjoy these pretty Fall Faves of mine – I’m just adoring them!!

XO, Whitney

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Upcoming Labor and Delivery – GOD With Us

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Praise the Lord.

Daniel and I are so close to the birth of our third son. God has been so gracious to us throughout this pregnancy. I have told everyone that it has been the most easy, stress-free pregnancy out of the three that I’ve ever had. Is it because of the summertime? Or, is it because the Lord is with us? I believe that Jehohovah Shammah (“The Lord is There”) is with us.

Yesterday before bed, hubby felt a leading to pray over me, and anoint me and my belly where my dear son is. It warmed my heart to know that he wanted to pray over us, and ask the Lord to give us a touch and a safe delivery. He anointed me and my belly; he prayed and I prayed with him. We prayed together unto the Lord.

Afterward, he went downstairs to grab our Prayer “Bread Box” that his father gave to us when we first got married. The bread box contains a row of scriptures, or manna (bread) for one to pluck and read both front and back sides. He picked one – I picked one.

Mine said:

“In the day of my trouble, I will call upon thee:  for thou wilt answer me.” -Psalm 86:7

“When thou passeth through the waters, I will be with thee.” -Isaiah 43:2a.

God is so amazing. He is alive, living and active in the lives of His children. These scriptures that the Lord allowed me to pluck, were just for me. Just for me and Esriel. It is referring to my upcoming childbirth. I never ponder labor and delivery until the actual moment, as to not become anxious– but the Holy Spirit says here, IN THE DAY OF MY (YOUR) TROUBLE, WHITNEY– I WILL ANSWER. Hallelujah – He has me in the palm of His holy hands. He will protect me.

The second scripture is REASSURANCE that HE will be protecting my baby Esriel throughout our labor and delivery. When I saw this scripture, I nearly cried. I felt chills and knew that the Lord was Jehovah Shammah, GOD WITH ME – for HE IS RIGHT THERE! “WHEN THOU (ESRIEL) PASSETH THROUGH THE WATERS (CHILDBIRTH), I WILL BE WITH THEE.”

My Lord, He is so good. He has blessed us- He calms my nerves, HE SPEAKS TO ME. HE KNOWS MY EVERY NEED, MY EVERY ANGST, MY EVERY CONCERN! Glory, Jesus!!!!!

You call me worthy, worthy of your blessings, worthy of your prayers, Jesus, worthy of your comfort. Thank you for being the God that I so desperately need every day of my human life. There are no words, no gratitude that can measure up to the ADORING LOVE that you have FOR ME and my family!!! You are insurmountable, holy, gracious and righteous Jesus!!

THE LORD IS THERE, Jehovah Shammah!! HALLELUJAH!

Songs: “In Christ Alone” by Keith and Kristyn Getty

God’s Beloved,

Whitney Wilson

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First Day of Summer 2018

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Today is the first day of summer, also known as National wear Your Lilly Day. This is when all of the JOY begins, all of the ADVENTURES and all of the evening activities (like carnivals, ice cream nights, and swim days). This is the start of warm weather happiness in North Carolina!!

Today I am joyful for so many reasons: #1, My GOD is GOOD; #2, My family is amazing and I love them dearly (see a few paragraphs down what I wrote about my Dad); #3, I was able to go to sleep at 9:30 p.m. yesterday evening, and OH MY WORD, early nighttime sleep makes all of the difference; #4, This morning I am enjoying liquid sunshine in a cup (a McCafe Latte) that keeps me smiling.

I am a naturally joyful person, but I am also 33.5 weeks pregnant so sometimes the “feeling” of true joy and happiness escapes me – I swear it must be a hormonal thing, I had a conversation with my husband about it. So, any time that I feel like myself AGAIN, with my regular bursts of JOY – I’ll take them!!

Yesterday my Dad and I shared a sweet moment. I was telling him through text how much of a great father he has been to me, recounting childhood memories, and just relishing in celebrating him this past Father’s Day. I sent him this and asked him to read it:  “Happy Father’s Day to the Strong Father in my life – my Dad! He has been a very present father in our lives, and for that I am grateful. He perserveres through his trials, and he is so strong through it all. I loved growing up eating your special French Toast that you would whip up for us and slice each piece carefully! When we were smaller, I enjoyed the scent of roasted peanuts from the oven that you would always enjoy!! You also took me to all of my band practices growing up, and ohhh you taught me how to play chess, which a lot of people can’t say for themselves. Basically, I love you and I am so glad to call you my Dad. 💖”

I think he enjoyed reading that, because he texted me right back: “That was nice, Whitney. Enjoyed our time at the Farmer’s Market. Hope I can get to Winterville more often. Love my second girl.” I was so weepy after this text. I love my dad, this just melted me.

Hope you all have the best summer! We are in countdown mode for Baby “E” to arrive. He is all that his daddy and me are gushing about!!

Whitney

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Spring

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Well, the Lord does it again. Winter brings me a little lower each year. I am cold-natured and it is very difficult for me to bear colder months. Sometimes I get weary, thinking about the long trudge that I have to make in the mornings to my campus building for work—and how frozen my face and legs get—(every) (single) (morning).

And, it may seem like nothing—but, cloudy days and rainy days affect moods, and sometimes I allow it to affect mine– but, praise God, Spring is coming. Spring is on the way. Today, the Lord showed me up and told me that I can handle anything, because He can. And, I’m His child.

The scripture on my Bible app was this: Isaiah 40:28, “Hast thou not known? hast thou not heard, that the everlasting God, the Lord, the Creator of the ends of the earth, fainteth not, neither is weary? there is no searching of his understanding.”

This touched my core because God was telling me through this scripture—sometimes things get hard, and sometimes we have to endure—but, don’t faint, don’t complain… you can do it, even through your weariness. “I AM with you.” You may get cold in your body, your mood may change with the seasons, but I the Lord CHANGETH NOT. Hold onto my unchanging hand and remain happy and joyful.

(The photo here is from my husband and I’s anniversary this year. Flowers remind me of God’s creation, Spring, the beauty of nature and warmer weather to come. The Lord is so gracious).

Whitney

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Mommy’s Third Baby Boy

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My husband and I had our 18 week ultrasound this week and gender was also confirmed. We are having a healthy THIRD baby boy!!! My husband and I could not be any more excited!! The doctor said that he is growing so well! At our first ultrasound the technician said that he was measuring one week ahead, so she changed my due date from August 11 to August 4. I nearly was going to have a baby on MY birthday!

I prayed for 4 boys before we conceived any children and even before I was married, yet all my dreams are coming true RIGHT NOW!!! So grateful!! My sons are so excited to have another brother join our troop. My husband is 1 of 9 children, and 1 of 7 boys!! It’s in our genes!!

At our appointment my obstetrician Dr. Ferguson said that she is so happy with my weight gain. I have gained only the weight of the baby as of right now – which is 8 ounces!! She said that I am doing everything right in terms of that. His heartbeat was 147 before my nutri-grain bar, and up to 156 after I ate it! When our ultrasound technician, Ms. Dana did our ultrasound, little boo was laying on his side. It was the cutest thing to see him positioned in there, and so comfortable.

She gave us a print out with tons of ultrasound photos. We saw his little spine, his fingers and toes, and his little baby profile. This baby was planned, and I told my husband that I am so much in love with little baby already. I talk to him all of the time. I love you little man!!

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Worthy

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When I see this typography, all I can think about is how glorified the Lord is among His people, and His perfected infinite nature. The word “worthy” means so much, and the word “worthy” painted onto a star-filled galaxy signifies even more. Galaxies signify the largest areas outside of this earth that are beyond comprehension and beyond our scope. They signify greatness and they signify a vast amount of space.

Once we are saved, the God of the infinite galaxies, the starstruck skies calls us worthy. The God of all of that, and more, calls us worthy. But, not only does He make us worthy once He saves us and sets us free – we call Him worthy because of who He is to us, and who He is in our lives.

I feel so grateful that the God of this universe has made me worthy. Worthy of His calling, worthy of His blessings, worthy of His love.

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Adventures in Homeownership!

We’ve only been living in our new home for 5 months, and the joy that it has brought us already is so astounding!! Here are a few of our portraits in and around our new home. We feel so blessed and thank the Lord very often for this gift of homeownership!

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I just adore my sons Daniel O’Brien and Gabriel Elijah. Seeing them every day run around our home, wrestling, running up and down the stairs, climbing on furniture, leaving their sticky hands on the walls, all of it just makes me so joyful (even the aftermath!). I love seeing them happy and thriving, thanks again Jesus.

I love how my husband comes home every day and takes care of the grounds and the grass. He turns his sprinklers on every week to make sure that his grass is thriving. He also takes pride in taking care of our new rose bushes in the front of our home, as well as taking care of a Peace Lilly plant that his sister gave us for our housewarming. He has also adopted a baby tree and repotted her in our backyard. Whoever would have thought that a big burly man such as Daniel would have such a green thumb and a love for even the littlest of nature.

You said that if we are FAITHFUL over a FeW things, HALLELUJAH, that YOU would MAKE us RULER over many! Glory.

Whitney Wilson