You’re Not Alone in Your Unemployment Fears

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Every once in a while I have the honor of sharing real life experiences with you from the readers of UnEmployed Faith and from those who are part of the UnEmployed Faith Community.

The following guest post is from a sweet blogger friend who is living the anxiety of unemployment in her home right now.  I'm so grateful for her willingness to share her heart here.  I pray her words will bless you and everyone else who stumbles across this space.

Please welcome my friend Dawn, as she writes about the fact that you're not alone in your unemployment fears.

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Unemployment.

The very mention of the word can put a seed of fear into your heart, especially if life has taken you through joblessness in the past.

Our family is currently traveling that unemployed road for the second time during our marriage. I know very well the fear of the unknown and the uncertainty of the future.

Three years ago we had a healthy savings account, no debt and a good job.

Through a series of circumstances my husband became ill. Sick enough that he could no longer work. Thankfully, he has recovered physically from that illness, but we have yet to recover financially.

He has been job searching for nearly a year.

Throughout this time period we have faced many different emotions:

  • Fear
  • Discouragement
  • Despair
  • Hope
  • Uncertainty
  • Embarrassment
  • Relief
  • Gratefulness
  • Panic
  • Anxiety
  • Desperation
  • Depression
  • Resentment
  • Anger

Yes, there have been many negative moments. In the darkest hours the only thing we could do was cling to the promises given in God’s Word. He is our comforter.

Still, I worry.

A lot.

My favorite verses to cling to have been Matthew 6:26-33.

“Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they? Can any one of you by worrying add a single hour to your life?

“And why do you worry about clothes? See how the flowers of the field grow. They do not labor or spin. Yet I tell you that not even Solomon in all his splendor was dressed like one of these. If that is how God clothes the grass of the field, which is here today and tomorrow is thrown into the fire, will he not much more clothe you—you of little faith?

So do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ For the pagans run after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them. But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.”

So, when I am tempted to worry and fail in this, I reread these verses. I meditate on them and speak them back to God. He has promised he will care for us. He has promised that he cares about me. {1 Peter 5:7}

I am not alone in my fears and all those other emotions that threaten to take over my life if I allow them.  Neither are you.  

This road hasn’t all been negative moments though.

There have been some good ones too. The one that stands out amidst the others is one of thankfulness. I have been thankful that we are healthy and have our basic needs met.

Perhaps this one stands out for me most since we recently went through an extended season of illness. I am reminded of Job and how he lost everything and yet he remained faithful in his trial. I’m afraid my faith would not have been so unwavering.

Yet, God has been faithful to us. He has provided all that we need when we needed it. There has been relief when we have been able to pay a bill we were unsure of where the funds would come from.

We praise God He cares for us and we look forward to the day when we, like the Psalmist, can sing:

“Praise our God, all peoples, let the sound of his praise be heard; he has preserved our lives and kept our feet from slipping. For you, God tested us; you refined us like silver. You brought us into prison and laid burdens on our backs. You let people ride over our heads; we went through fire and water, but you brought us to a place of abundance.”

Psalm 66:8-12

A few other practical things that have helped...

-->  Read God’s Word daily.

-->  Get outside – soak in sunshine, take a walk daily if possible.

-->  Having a friend to talk to and/or a support group - choose someone who will listen, not share your secrets and isn’t afraid to remind you of the truth.

-->  Focus on your blessings you do have even if you have to start with the smallest of things. Write them down to reread at a later date.

-->  Pray – God can handle all of your emotions.

-->  Work on a project – something that you can see progress or perhaps have a sense of completion. Start small.

-->  Eat chocolate – Just keeping it real!  Some days this is all you can manage.  Just don’t let it become your rut to be stuck in (we don’t want to have to buy a new wardrobe here. Ha ha!)

-->  Reading – sometimes it is nice to lose yourself in a good piece of fiction.  Other times it is helpful to find something to motivate you to get up and take charge!

-->  Smile at your loved ones, even on days you don’t feel like it. You might find it changes your day.

I pray God will strengthen and uphold you in your season of trial.  And if you are in a season of unemployment, I pray you too will soon be singing the praises of what God has done in your life.

What has helped you cope through your husband's unemployment?  Is there a Bible verse you cling to in the midst of this difficult time?  I'd love for you to share in the comments below.

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Dawn ShaverA devoted wife, and mom to five amazing children, Dawn believes life is best lived joyfully in the presence of her family and friends.  Her passions are cooking, taking photographs and reading.  When inspiration leads her to write, she can be found blogging at Dwelling in Unity where she shares the musings of life as a homeschooling, stay-at-home mom.