Contentment during unemployment- is that even possible?


My husband lost his job this week. We’ve known for a couple weeks that it was a possibility, so it wasn’t a shock. (It was a shock when we found out a few weeks ago, though!)

Again we can’t help but be curious about what God has in store for us! Here’s a little bit of our last experience of unemployment…


We had been married only 7 months when my husband was made redundant from his “good” job. They said there was re-structuring happening, and to no surprise of ours, despite them saying they’d call back when they needed more instructors, that never came to pass.

He took a six month automotive course and that has been paid for time and again by all of the things he learned and has applied to our cars and friend’s cars.

At this point he was diligently looking for work and doing some online designing. I was working two part-time jobs as Nanny and Secretary, and then later as a call centre staff for our tax department. I loved it! After a year, I got pregnant, so you can imagine that we were kind of wondering when he would get work! I was going to have a baby in nine months- that much we knew!

Time went on and it was fairly stressful, obviously quite tight, but God always provided. Sometimes we’d get to church and friends would have some groceries for us. Things wouldn’t have added up on paper…but we never lacked. God is so faithful! (We were still learning the “trusting in God completely” thing!)

When I was 34 weeks along, my waters broke one morning right before work and we had a little boy show up less than five hours later. He was pretty healthy, but spent three weeks in NICU doing a bit of growing. Now we were really starting to think “Ok, God! Any time now would be great!”

Within a week of J coming home from hospital, Hubby got a temp job which turned into a full time position. Praise God! We were thrilled. God’s timing was actually perfect (It’s so silly that we mere humans are surprised at God’s perfectness, isn’t it?!)

Had Hubby started a job earlier, he likely couldn’t have had any time off for the baby, and he was so helpful in that first week and the three weeks in NICU. It was a special time for us all, and after that, we could appreciate God’s timing so much more.

That, combined with having long waits for our children, we’ve seen the beauty in God’s timing, and we’ve learned so much trust. I LOVE these verses. If everyone followed them, think of the joy that would surround us!

Rejoice in the Lord always: and again I say, Rejoice.

Let your moderation be known unto all men. The Lord is at hand.

Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God.

And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.

Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things.

Those things, which ye have both learned, and received, and heard, and seen in me, do: and the God of peace shall be with you.

10 But I rejoiced in the Lord greatly, that now at the last your care of me hath flourished again; wherein ye were also careful, but ye lacked opportunity.

11 Not that I speak in respect of want: for I have learned, in whatsoever state I am, therewith to be content.

12 I know both how to be abased, and I know how to abound: every where and in all things I am instructed both to be full and to be hungry, both to abound and to suffer need.

13 I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me.

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So, here we are again, this time anticipating  God’s plan. We certainly didn’t expect it, but He knows exactly what is happening and why, and He can provide our every need. In the mean time, we’ll keep trusting him, rejoicing in him, thanking Him, thinking on the blessings He has given us, and learning through this time. Please do pray with us as we seek only His best for our lives!

Have you seen God miraculously providing for you in difficult times? I would love to hear how He has shown Himself faithful to you! Click here to read about hubby getting a job!

To God be ALL the Glory.

With a heart full of peace that passes all understanding,

Lydia

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