These Extraordinary True Stories Will Remind You About the Power of Trust

I trusted God—and it paid off

“When we first became Christians my husband and I kept hearing about tithing. At the time, we were living paycheck to paycheck, just barely getting by. We were donating about $20 a week which felt like a huge sacrifice at the time. But we kept reading the message in the Bible, Malachi 3:10, and decided to just trust God that if we were obedient He would take care of us. It was a huge leap of faith but we started giving at least 10 percent of our income in tithes. Sure enough, not only could we get by but our financial circumstances kept getting better and better. We’ve been tithing ever since and never looked back!” (Pssst… Teaching tithing is one way to raise financially savvy kids!) —Keri Kuhlmann, Minneapolis, MN

I trusted a career coach—and now I have the job of my dreams

“My first job out of college laid me off after just a few years. It was part of a brutal merger and lots of my coworkers also lost their jobs. Part of our severance package was a career counseling service but I didn’t want anything to do with it. I was frustrated, depressed, and blamed myself for not being good enough. I was convinced I was a terrible worker and no company would ever want to hire me again. About a month after the layoff, I was wallowing in my misery when a career coach from the counseling company called. He told me to just come in and talk to him. When I said I thought it was a waste of time, he told me to trust him and just try it. Plus it was already paid for so what did I have to lose? “I went in and met with him. Not only did he totally revamp my resume but he gave me a ton of good advice. He helped me see how unhappy I’d been in my previous position and that I really wanted to focus on a different area in my field. I ended up going to graduate school on his advice to get an advanced degree in a more specialized area. My new resume also got me a lot of interviews and within a couple of months I was in a graduate program for professionals and working at an amazing job. It’s been nearly 10 years and now I say that getting laid off was the best thing that ever happened to me—that and trusting that career coach.” (Want some good advice of your own? Here are 56 secrets life coaches won’t tell you for free.) —Jason Anderson, Seattle, WA

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