Tuesday, November 04, 2008

We Are That Family

Pin It Now! For months now, we have been hearing about how bad the economy is and hearing about hard-working folks losing their jobs. Sadly, we are no longer just hearing about it happening to other families--we are that family.

As of last Thursday, the day before Halloween, we have been jobless.

My first reaction was complete shock. How could this happen to us?? I know, dumb question--bad stuff happens to everybody. It was just so hard to swallow the reality of no income. None. It is already stressful enough living paycheck to paycheck, but no paycheck at all? Yikes!

Initially, there were some tears shed. It's scary not knowing what lies ahead. But, even through all the merry-go-round emotions I have been experiencing these past few days, I have felt God's peace and presence. Deep in my heart, I know He will provide in His time and in His way. I know He wants me to trust Him no matter how bleak the situation appears to be. I truly am resting in His sovereignty. In a weird sort of way I am even excited to watch God work this out.

He has already brought much comfort to my soul. Family and friends are reaching out, and so many bible verses I have read over the years flood my mind bringing peace that passes understanding, especially Proverbs 3:5-6. It is probably the first verse I ever memorized as a kid, and the plaque that hung in my mom's kitchen inscribed with that very scripture will be forever etched in my mind. (That plaque is mine when you (mom) "fall asleep", which will hopefully not be any time soon!!!)

With all that said, I can't deny that I still do have fears and doubts. But really, I know my feelings must pale in comparison to what my husband is experiencing. My life must go on the same as always--bringing up the children, home schooling, cleaning, cooking, etc... but he is the one who carries the heavy burden of providing for our family of five. He is the one who has to go out into the world and try to find a job. I have it easy compared to him.

I look forward to bringing better news, and hopefully that will be very soon!! Thank you all who are praying for us and helping us get through this trial.


Piper Paradise said...

Your blog post today really hit home - especially the paragraph about your husband. My husband is self-employed and we struggle in this economy. I will keep you in my thoughts and prayers.

Andrea said...

I know what you're going through. Aaron lost his job 6 months ago and he's still looking. But God has been faithful to provide. He will do the same for you. I know it's scary, but just continue to trust. :)

Anonymous said...

Just wanted to let you know we are thinking of and praying for your family every day. We were out of employment for 3 months in the beginning of 2007....scary times. But as you know (and I know it doesn't always help to keep hearing)God is God-He will keep you feed, clothed, and a roof over your head.

Hugs....so sorry...Gina in MT

Jane Anne said...

I just stumbled back to your blog. I am so sorry about your situation. I want you to know that I just said a prayer for you. By the way, you encouraged me in your post about memorizing scripture with your boys.


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