Grateful Heart Monday

Welcome to this week’s Grateful Heart Monday, a time for always expressing a slice of gratitude, which for today is for something I have prayed for a long while for my partner’s journey that finally got answered.

My partner has been employed at his company for almost 2 ½ years now where there he’s been an extremely hard worker. Time and time again I know he has done his best to prove himself and on some level is a lot like me, an overachiever. Unfortunately, none of that was getting recognized when it came down to getting any sort of increase in pay. In all of his former places of employment though, his hard work consistently paid off where at year’s end he’d always get a raise.

I began seeing the frustration over this in his face every night when he came home from work starting back in the early Spring of this year, where he started saying he didn’t know how long he could keep this up without receiving some sort of performance increase. His company kept giving him more and more work because he kept getting it all done to a high level of quality, yet they continued to not show any signs of appreciation either, other than giving him a verbal “good job” here and there. In the long run, I can attest how that doesn’t really equate to anything, especially when other friends in similar positions at other companies doing the same type of work are getting recognized with good annual raises when you’re not.

Seeing that frustration in my partner led me to begin praying for him. Praying that God would help my partner receive an increase in compensation if it was in God’s will for him to get one. But I didn’t stop there, I instead chose to ask God for a specific amount, because I was always told to be specific in prayer and truthfully, I wanted to see if God was even listening to my prayers anymore. That being said, I began asking for Chris to get something that is normally unheard of in the workplace in regards to raises, that being one equivalent to 10%. I prayed for that amount every day for about the last three to four months. Then one day about a week ago, my partner came home with an incredibly huge smile and said he had some great news. It’s then he told me he got a raise and not a small raise, not a cost of living raise, but a 10% raise to be exact. He never asked for that, nor even knew I was praying for that precise amount!

In the end, my partner’s raise has made me grateful in two very distinct ways. One, he’s not very much motivated again at his job and two, because I know God is actually listening to my prayers, something I was really doubting as of late. So, thank you God for Chris’s raise and for continuing to be with me on my prayerful journey in life…

Peace, love, light, and joy,
Andrew Arthur Dawson