Losing My Job and Finding Peace


 
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Two weeks ago, I very unexpectedly lost my job.

Since I was basically our sole income source, this came as a big shock to our family.

However, I truly can’t say that I was ever upset. I was filled with an unexplainable sense of peace.

This unexpected change might have surprised my husband and me, but it certainly did not surprise God.

No, you see, my God is an all knowing, all powerful God and although I certainly didn’t ask to lose my job and our only source of income in the process, God was busy behind the scenes working to answer a prayer I’ve been praying for over a year.

I’ve been praying that when the season is right, God would bring me home full-time. I believe that season is now.

From that very day two weeks ago, my husband has been looking for a job. Not just one job, but two. In order to ensure that I can stay home and be the stay at home, homeschool Mom that my children need me to be right now.

He has been through multiple interviews and has been hired for a part-time position. We are awaiting a call back this week from two full-time positions.

Given my control freak nature, this is a very uncomfortable place for me.

We don’t know when the next paycheck will come in.

The end of the month is quickly approaching, bills are coming due.

Along with the end of my employment, came the end of our health insurance.

There are times when my anxiety gets the best of me, but through it all I hear God whispering His promises.

Do not fear. I am here.

I know the plans I have for you.

I will never leave you or forsake you.

Do not worry.

The fact that I don’t know what our future holds is super scary, but knowing that He holds my future in His hands gives me all the comfort I need.

We will be okay. God’s got this taken care of.

One line of a very popular song by Laura Story continues to repeat in my mind. It speaks straight to my heart and I know it’s from God.

What is trials of this life are Your blessings in disguise?

Sweet sisters, will you please pray for my family. Pray for God’s will to be done and for peace to continue to surround us. Please pray that my husband will find a job quickly and that through it all, I will be able to always sing praises to our God who is so worthy.

I thank each and every one of you from the very bottom of my heart.


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  1. Praying for you and your precious family. Knowing God will bring you peace.

    1. Thank you so much, Mrs Hardesty! God is teaching me so much through this experience. Blessings to you!! 🙂

  2. Praying that the Lord will direct your paths to the perfect job that you will both love and be able to bless others through it. His plan is so awesome we cannot even fathom. 🙂

    1. Thank you for your prayers, Lana! 🙂

  3. Prayers for you and your family. I know that He has a plan for you. And what a blessing that you can now be home with your beautiful girls!

    1. Thank you, Marla! His plan is always greater!! I am loving this special time with my girls. 🙂 Blessings to you, sweet friend!

  4. You got a tip jar on this blog? Stick up a donate button, would ya? You might have a reader or two who would like to become paid subscribers. 🙂

    1. Thank you so much for the suggestion, Cindy! There is now a donation button! 🙂

  5. Sometimes the unexpected turn into the biggest blessings. Praying for that your transition period is peaceful, and FULL of blessings!

    1. Thank you, Heather!

  6. We’ve been though what you are going through when my husband lost his job during my last semester of college. It ended up being a very good thing in the long term, but in the short term we had some hard times and were forced to trust God. But God provided, and continues to do so even now, 9 years, two kids and $40,000 in student loans later when I look at the budget and wonder if we will still be in the red at the end of the year. Prayers and blessings for you and your family.

    1. Thanks for your sweet words! Trusting God can be so difficult, but it ALWAYS yields a blessing at the end. 🙂

  7. Praying for you!!! I am a homeschooling mom as well of 3 beautiful little girls 11, 6 & 5 and my husband lost his job in April on our way to our nephews funeral…i can’t make this up!!! God does have a plan and He will always provide for those that are His!!! Have no fear sweet mama, God wil never “drop you in the dirt”!!! Stand back and watch how He provides….maybe even journaling about it. We rec’d a $500 gift card to our local grocery store from an anonymous person at church and after i had used it all i taped the card into my journal so i can always remember that person and that time and ALL that God has provided! It still brings tears to my eyes. Blessings for you and yours from Virginia!!!

    1. Hi Tiffany! Thank you so much for your encouraging words! They are such a blessing to me right now. 🙂

  8. Praying for your family, sweet friend. Knowing that you are where Gods needs you, even though it is uncomfortable, is a great feeling.

  9. Praying for you gentle friend.

    God gives us trials to encourage our minds to focused on Him. Who knows why things are they way they are, maybe God knew this would be a kick in the pants to get things going in the direction He wanted, who knows…. we may never know, but trusting that He knows is the key. As a fellow control freak I know how hard it is to turn it completely over, but do it we must. It will all work out. A saying I like to repeat to myself is “Everything is going wrong, just right” To us its going wrong and to God, its on the course He programed into the GPS.

    Hugs and prayers,
    K

    1. Thanks, Kimberly! Thanks for reminding me that God has programmed the GPS and He will never lead us in the wrong direction.

  10. Praying for you and your family! Keep trusting. It will be exciting to see how God answers! Enjoy the time with your girls!

    1. Thanks, Melissa! I am cherishing each and every moment!!

  11. Whatever comes next, you are already walking in victory, and that is more precious than any job. Unless we are placed in the situation, we never know what we really believe. Now you know you believe Him. This is wonderful!

    1. Barbara, thank you for your comment. You are so right, we are walking in victory. Even when things seem bad, we know we will overcome. Blessings to you!!

  12. What a lovely, calming post in the midst of what could be frightening. It touches to me to hear of others’ peace in Jesus. I am praying for your family.

    1. Thank you, Pam! It is absolutely frightening, but I know God is at work and in control and that keeps me going!

  13. I will be praying for you and your family. My husband has been unemployed off and on for four years. We lost our home two years ago, after living there 16 years. Through all of this, we have seen God’s faithfulness to us over and over again.

    1. Thank you, Barbie! God is always faithful! Blessings to you!

  14. I pray that God will continue to give you grace and peace as you wait for His purposes in your finances. Thanks for sharing.

    1. Thank you, Gail!

  15. Praying for you and your family that you are shown your path very soon!

  16. I am praying for you and your family as well. it is hard to go through any financial hardships and difficult times. my heart and prayers go out to all who is going through a tough time. Have faith in The Lord, he will guide you.

  17. I’m just reading this today. I recently lost my job which cut our income in half. We now have to move in 60 days. I completely enjoy being there for my teens which my job took me away from them at all hours. I have God’s unexplainable peace. Trusting the Lord to direct our steps. How did it turn out for you?

    1. Hi, Terresa! First of all, please know that I will be praying for your family. You asked how it turned out for me? Well, I can sit here 3.5 years later and tell you that it was the BEST thing that has EVER happened to our family. God closed a door and opened a window to our dreams. God placed the dream of being a full-time blogger on my heart years ago, but I never would have had the courage to quit my job and pursue full-time blogging…and He knew that. So, he closed the door for me and I then had the courage to make it work. Three years later, I am a full-time blogger. God has blessed my ministry and business so much that we were actually able to bring my husband home to help me. We are all home and it is better than I ever could have imagined. Have courage! God has a plan!!!

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