Perseverance

Do Not Grow Weary or Lose Heart

Do Not Grow Weary or Lose Heart

Suffering.

We all go through it at some time in our life.  For some of us, it happens more often than we'd prefer.

At a recent church event, I stood in front of a crowd of  women and shared my testimony.  My husband and I have been through an awful lot of trials over the past 13 or so years.  I knew it was a lot, but it wasn't until I stood there painting a picture of all of that emotion that it hit me just how much suffering we were, for whatever reason, chosen to endure.

In the midst of each trial, I know I struggled.  I know I spent a lot of time focusing on our problems and all of the what-ifs rushing through my fear-filled mind.

What I'm bothered by now as I'm looking back, is even though I knew in my heart God would protect us, provide for us, show us His miracles, and give us victory, I still spent far too much time meditating on my fears.

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Finding Joy In The Storm

Finding Joy In The Storm

Be joyful always. Pray continuously.  Give thanks in all circumstances, for this is God's will for you in Christ Jesus.

~1 Thessalonians 5:16-18

Recently, a child whom I had agreed to babysit for a few minutes before school, wandered through my home, quietly checking things out.

Having never been in our house and not knowing very much about us, she took notice of the full toy box in our family room, asked where the bathroom was, and seemed to hover around wherever I was. In the kitchen, she said "you have such a pretty house.  I love your kitchen."

My response was an embarrassed chuckle followed by, "thank you, but I don't really like the wallpaper…or the flooring…or this house." 

Then in the hallway, she said "I really like your house.  It's so big.  And you have a huge TV!"   I thought to myself that she should have seen the house I used to live in, which was gorgeous and enormous in comparison to this one.

What I’ve Learned From My Husband’s Unemployment

Unemployment has impacted the lives of so many beautiful friends that I'm privileged to know or have met along the journey.  Today, I want to share with you the heart of my dear friend, Barbie of My Freshly Brewed Life.   She is simply amazing.   After reading about what she's learned from her husband's unemployment, be sure to click over and check out her fantastic blog.

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Today I am honored to be sharing here at Unemployed Faith. Thank you, Rosann, for the opportunity to share my heart with your readers.

I am the wife of a man who has been unemployed more often than not over the last 4 years. I wish I could say it hasn't changed me. But it has. I wish I could say that I've always kept the faith. But there were times when I had lost my hope. I wish I could say that I am more prepared for "the next time" should it happen again. But I am still learning to walk this long, and often lonely road.

I don't ...

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Surviving The Unemployment Journey

I'm so excited to share this with you.  My first magazine mention!!

Woo Hoo!

Several years ago I wrote a special Father's Day tribute to my dad that I was lucky enough to have published in a local newspaper column. I always thought that was the coolest thing ever!

Then I wrote and self-published my first book, and that became the coolest thing ever.

Now, I'm getting a special mention in Women's Intuition Magazine. How cool is that?!  Sorry to go all valley girl on you, but I'm so giddy over this I feel like a teenager again!!  Ha!

Anyway, check it out!   Click on the expand button and it should bring it up close and personal for you to read the article, which by the way, is a really great article about surviving unemployment.  It was written by Ann Parmenter of Hope Springs Counseling.   I think you'll enjoy it.

 

   

     

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3 Reasons Not To Give Up

You're out of work.

Unemployed.

Laid off.

Again!

This is one of those days when you feel defeated, backed into a corner, and too weak to fight back.   The embarrassment of being without a job is more than you can deal with anymore.  You feel like you've let down your wife and your children.   And you feel like society looks down on you for not being a better provider.

The words "I give up" burn through your heart and sting your brain.

Don't give up! 

God Commands You To Be The Leader Of Your Home

In the book of Ephesians, Paul teaches about submission.  In a marriage, both husband and wife are called to submit to the other.  For the wife, this means willingly following her husband's leadership over the family.  For the husband, this means putting aside his own interests (and in this case, feelings) to care for the needs of his wife and his children.

You see, your wife is looking to you to lead the family.  The fact that our economy is in shambles ...

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How to Keep the Faith During Hard Times

How to Keep the Faith During Hard Times

Please welcome today's guest, Emily Kirchner!  A married mother of two twin girls, Emily also writes part time for Discount Catholic Products.  When she submitted her guest post to me, I just knew it was perfect for my UnEMPLOYED Faith readers.  I pray you'll be encouraged as you read what Emily has to say about keeping the faith during hard times.

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It’s easy to be grateful when good things come our way. We feel blessed because things are working the way they’re supposed to and we thank God every day for these blessings. However, there are times in every person's life when obstacles come and make it hard to believe there's someone up there looking out for us.

Illness, tragedy and similar circumstances can make anyone—even the strongest of believers—question their faith in God. I have to admit, a series of painful events when I was younger led me to question my own faith. As I grew older, I learned to keep believing even when times seem hopeless. Here are some of them:

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God, why aren’t you listening?

God, why aren’t you listening?

When my husband was unemployed, one of the most difficult parts of our journey was the wait.  We both knew God had our situation under control, but it was waiting for His plan to unfold that drove us emotionally crazy.

"God, why aren't you listening?"

It was a frequent question in my mind.  There were days I thought my husband would never find a job.  Even though he was applying and interviewing, with each let down and negative response from a perspective employer, his self-esteem dropped lower and lower.

So not only was I dealing with my worries and fears over our financial situation, but I also had to figure out a way to pull the love of my life out of his unemployment depression.

It was such a heavy and lonely burden.

I remember going to my weekly Bible study meeting with other moms and everyone would go around the room talking about their praises and prayer needs.

Honestly, I felt like my problem was so much more difficult than any problems the other moms had to face.  (it ...

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No Problem Too Big For God

No Problem Too Big For God

 

Jesus was in the stern, sleeping on a cushion.  The disciples woke him and said to him, "Teacher, don't you care if we drown?"  He got up, rebuked the wind and said to the waves, "Quiet!  Be still!"  Then the wind died down and it was completely calm.  He said to his disciples, "Why are you so afraid?  Do you still have no faith?" 

Mark 4:38-41

 

 

Imagine Jesus is standing in your home asking you the same questions.

"Why are you so afraid?  Do you still have no faith?"

How will you choose to answer Him?  The storm you're enduring is indeed rough and scary.  But what good will you do in sitting there allowing the worry to consume your every thought?  Don't let this trial you're facing destroy you.  Instead, put your faith in God.

Remember, there is no problem too big for God to handle.

 

 

 

 

 

For more Freshly Brewed Sunday's visit Barbie at My Freshly Brewed Life.

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Reclaiming Your Spirit of Power When All Feels Lost

Reclaiming Your Spirit of Power When All Feels Lost

It's not very often we, as wives and moms, get the opportunity to receive sound advice or life encouragement from someone who really knows what they're talking about.  You know...from a professional.  Someone who knows, because they've been trained specifically on how to inspire and encourage us.

Well, today I'm very excited to introduce you to my good friend, Sharon Larson, of SharonTogether.com.  Sharon is a life coach whose mission is to help her clients discover how to be their best.   She knows just how to inspire you to be all God created you to be.

Beautiful.     Worthy.      Extraordinary.

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Statistics don’t ever make us feel better. Sure, it’s nice to know that you don’t stand alone in the unemployed list. 13.1 million U.S. citizens can join you. More than forty-two percent of those who are jobless have been so for over twenty-seven weeks. But it doesn’t really help to know this, does it?

To you, this is real life. It’s devastating. It’s heartbreaking, dream demising, budget altering, image compromising, fear inducing, and downright scary. Like ...

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Working Our Way Through Not Working

Working Our Way Through Not Working

It's often difficult to find others who are going through similar circumstances with which we can relate to or learn from.  Especially (and surprisingly so) with unemployment.  Sometimes it just helps to know there's another married couple out there going through the exact same thing.

So I'm excited to be able to introduce you to Suzanne Blair of Frugal Friends Network.  She and her husband experienced their own lengthy season of unemployment as well, and Suzanne agreed to share some of her story and some really helpful tips for Working Your Way Through Not Working.

After you read what Suzanne has to say, be sure to click over to Frugal Friends Network and check out their website.  It's a really great money saving resource.

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When my husband was laid off from work, it was during which time my daughter, Sierra, was passing away. It was a blessing in that he was able to be with me during that difficult time; however, due to medical bills and both of us having debt ...

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