Ambrose Furniture Works in Downtown Bryan has been home to my design work since August 2016 and I am incredibly thankful for the opportunity to work with owners and designers, Joshua Ortiz and Ray Jezisek. Together we focus on full scope designs of commercial and residential new builds along with remodels. It's truly been The Lord who has led me to Ambrose because I have experienced more growth as a designer and a Christian than ever before and more than I could have ever imagined in a workplace. Beyond our design work - our team at Ambrose has a close relationship with each other. We know what is going on in each other's lives, we enjoy spending time together outside of work, we pray together as a team, and we love each other far beyond our differences.
Honestly, I was a little hesitant when Josh asked me to join their design team at Ambrose. I was so happy and content at my current job, not to mention I was a little intimidated of their large design firm! I prayed long and hard during this time and I remember studying scripture asking God for a clear answer, but it never came in the way I expected. Although, I could not deny I knew deep in my heart The Lord was pushing me to trust Him once again with my career. He had fully answered my prayers thus far, so how could I begin to doubt Him now?
During my time of prayer and contemplation about whether I was going to accept the position at Ambrose, I happened to read about a girl trying to decide if she should move over seas for missions and she quoted something that really struck me - 'If fear is preventing you from making a decision, what would you choose if someone told you God would hold your hand everyday? Would you face your fear then?' I thought to myself, "Well of course I would! But wait, HE IS with me, He is always holding my hand, He never leaves me." I immediately looked up a verse that came to mind...
"Be Strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or terrified because of them, for The Lord your God goes with you; He will never leave you nor forsake you." - Deuteronomy 31:6
It was then I was reminded that fear is not from The Lord and as long as my heart was set on Him I could not fail in my walk as a Christian. I think we often confuse the difference in earthly success / failure compared to what it means to be pleasing in the eyes of Jesus. It is a constant struggle for me to remember that for myself, but I can tell you my spirit is truly freed when I am reminded in the promises He has for us and how our lives do not depend on what we create for ourselves in this temporary life, rather how we bring glory to God and serve His people.