By Kelsey on January 29, 2013 11

An Answered Prayer

We’ve been praying for more than a year for a new job for Eric. He likes the company he works for, but doesn’t feel like his strengths and passions are being used as best as they could.

We know God is better at authoring our lives than we could ever be, but at times it is hard to not ask Why is this taking so long? Have you forgotten about us? Are we not asking the right way? Do you care about the details of our lives?

It can get very weary to continue to pray the same thing, over and over, for an entire year. At times we were hopeful, at times we were frustrated, at times we just wanted to ignore the problem.

I’m not sure if it made it harder or easier, but we really had very few leads…few opportunities that seemed promising or exciting…very little to get our hopes up for.

But today, he starts a new job!!!

He’s still at the same company (the one I used to work at, too), but is switching departments and his new title is Web Account Manager. The position came open a couple weeks ago, so he interviewed for it one week ago today and they offered him the job the same day!

          Fun fact: I actually used to have the same job, and really liked it!

Although he’s wanted to go a different direction in his career for more than a year, I think having a Rooney made it seem even more urgent. We certainly don’t want to spend time away from family doing things we don’t enjoy! I think it’s crazy (and awesome) that Eric and I both got new jobs in Roo’s first year of life!

Good luck, Ric, on your new job! I’m so proud of you!


Have you been praying for something for a long time? Can we pray for you?


I love my husband, my kids and the Internet.

  1. That’s amazing news! I’m so happy for the three of you!
    We’re in a similar situation. My husband is being a stay-at-home father because it’s more cost-effective than paying for daycare. In the meantime, though, we are praying hard for him to find the job of his dreams (wherever that may take us; he’s a history major, so the jobs aren’t abundant) so that I can stay home with our newborn.

  2. I have found this book to be VERY helpful whenever trials, frustrations, problems arise:)
    It’s called “Blessings in Disguise” by Joshua M Hood.

    It helped me to see that even when I feel like God isn’t answering my prayer, etc, He has a plan. “…ALL things work together for good…” Romans 8:28 kjv (emphasis mine)

  3. This is encouraging. My husband has been unemployed (except for voluntary ministry work) for over a year and a half now. As well as job seeking, we’ve battled through visa issues (he’s American but we live in England) and, though God has provided for us month by month, it’s hard to stay patient and hopeful. I know God doesn’t test us more than we can bear but sometimes it feels like he’s having us tread very close to the line! This week we faced some more disappointments in the job/financial department and so it is good to hear of God answering prayer, even after (what seems to us) a long time. Thanks for sharing, and I hope the new job goes marvellously well!

    PS I joined with you on the getting rid of/recycling of 200 things this year and this week I passed the 50 mark! Ridiculously satisfying and strangely addictive.

    • Awesome! How are you keeping track, if I might ask? I’ve got a box right now of things to “throw away,” but I haven’t had much time to devote to it yet.

      • I use a tally keeping app – Count Free- so I can keep track of small amounts. And Iive very near a thrift store so that helps!

  4. Congrats Eric! This is such exciting news:)

    I was kinda on the same boat a few months ago – desperately looking for a job that made me feel fulfilled and appreciated. I was struggling hard because after college I went into sales as an ‘in the meantime job’ and have been doing it ever since. However I’m a Public Relations/Marketing major and that’s the career path I’d like to take. Anyways, I was applying everywhere to no avail (because of no prior experience) and became very frustrated with God. I prayed about it every day and even consulted with a prayer group at church for some guidance and prayers. I kept wondering why He wasn’t answering my prayers and then I found out I was pregnant! I now look at it as a timing issue – He didn’t want me to dive into a new adventure when He had already set one up for me. I think He wanted me to have a steady, secure job so that I wouldn’t stress about maternity leave;) I am now patiently going to wait until after baby for the big job search because I hope that what He would want me to do.

  5. Congratulations, how exciting!

  6. Congrats man! Been praying for you since we chatted at my bday celebration! You made the right career move!

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