Last week was our annual Week of Prayer at Hope Chapel where we gather nightly for seven days to pray and each night has a different focus. It could not have come at a better time for me. I didn’t know what was in store at the end of last week. I knew AOL was going to be making significant job cuts specifically in the Advertising group and that my job could be at stake. Being able to leave my office each night and go to church to pray for others was the best thing I could have done. God brought me peace and perspective in the midst of a tumultuous situation as I took the focus off of myself and placed it on Him. He reminded me that He has a plan and that He is in control. Whenever I relinquish control of my life to Jesus, I experience such freedom from fear. While I did not end up losing my job, I did lose a lot of my friends, including my beloved long time mentor and boss. It pains me to think about moving on without them but as I submit my requests to God on their behalf, my fears for their futures subside as well. I know they will be fine. God will work all of this together for good. I just need to trust Him and pray.