Thursday, April 2, 2009

Seven months...

...still no job.

Bummer, another month gone by. It's April and my husband lost his job back in September. It's been a long road, a lot of learning, and many chances for growth. I am finding out what I am made of.

Yet another month of provisions to report. God is so good! I have had many opportunities to pick up extra hours at the hospital this month, all of which I jumped at. Just yesterday I was told by the lab supervisor that a part time position is being created for me in May. I will be banking paid time off and also have the option of a few benefits!! We have had money given to us along with a lot of food. What a blessing.

This month has been the best month for me as far as giving things over to God and not worrying about them. Part of it might be because of the busyness and not having the time to sit around and worry. I would like to hope, however, that I am finally to the point where I am fully trusting the goodness of God.

First let me say that we are not financial experts and we still slip up and buy things that we don't need or make unwise choices with the money God has given us. I guess when Dan first lost his job, we started thinking of money in a different light mostly because it was all given to us by other people. When you have done nothing to earn it, it's hard to justify spending it on a meal out or something you think you deserve. But, what I started to really get is that none of it was ever ours to begin with...even the stuff we "earned". When thinking of it that way, it's so much easier to make smart decisions, give to others in need, or deny ourselves. I think that my generation, at least, has an attitude of entitlement. I certainly did (and find myself still doing). We are entitled to that big house, we are entitled to have nice cars, we are entitled to the meals out, to the stuff. We are running up our credit cards on stuff we can't afford and are behind on our bills, but at least we have the latest jeans in our closet, a big beautiful house, nice cars to drive, and everything looks nice on the outside. I needed my slap in the face, my wake up call and I got it 7 months ago. Not that we had gotten to an extreme, but that's where we were headed. I was incredibly materialistic.

So, fast forward 7 months to today. It has been painful, not too fun, and incredibly hard. My God knows what he is doing. My God and me have had many arguments. I have doubted Him several times. I still find myself face down on the itchy carpet beside my bed some days (Tuesday being one of them). But, we have never been delinquent on one bill, we are not living "paycheck" to paycheck, our stomachs are full, we are closer to living debt free, and drumroll please :

The used van that I have been praying for, is now in my garage...paid for with cash! This van is a testimony of God's provision. God made a clear way for us, we thought on it, we prayed about it together, sought wise counsel, and He allowed us to walk in there and pay $3995 less for it than the sticker(we got it for less than 2/3 of the original price)! I am still amazed every time I look at it, every time I drive it. No more all 5 of us cramming in our little Chevy Aveo. What a gift!

Thank you everyone for praying for us. Continue to pray that God would provide a job for Dan.

This is the confidence we have in approaching God: that if we ask anything according to his will, he hears us. And if we know that he hears us - whatever we ask - we know that we have what we asked of him.
- 1 John 5:14-15

The prayer of a righteous man is powerful and effective
- James 5:16

Be joyful always; pray continually; give thanks in all circumstances, for this is God's will for you in Christ Jesus.
- 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18

8 things to add:

ffoulem said...

Just wondering: a carpenter out of work? Trades people are is so much demand, at least in my part of the world, that I am dumbstruck at the idea of one being out of work. Have you considered relocating?

Beth said...

What part of the world do you live in? Is it warm there (I am sick of this weather)?? :-)Right now, where we are, everything is at a standstill. We have thought and are still playing around with the idea of relocating. However, we have a house to sell and around here the housing market is down and our house is worth less than what we paid for it almost 5 years ago.

Peaceful Chaoz said...

Thank you for continuing to share. And how exciting about the van!! :0)

Rebecca said...

WOW. Sounds like He's been doing some wonderful things for you! You're working, Dan's working, plus unemployment and even the new van! What great blessings :>)

I know what you mean too about how we're using our money & the things He's revealed to us through our unemployment as well. I consider it a blessing that we've received His wake-up call.

Christy said...

God is GOOD!!

I can't remember if I told you or not about Angel Food Ministries - it's a budget stretcher and has been AMAZING for Brian and I - just google it and you should be able to find it. A box of food cost about $30 and will cover a family of 4 for a week you guys should check it out :) It totally helps in the grocery budget department!

Saralyn said...

Very cool.

We use Angel Food, too. There's a pick-up in Union.

Rebecca said...

You could also do SHARE Wisconsin which has a pick-up point in Lake Geneva :>)

Kimmie said...

Yeah....I love the sound of triumph in your voice. From faith to faith and from glory to Glory.

Your new van is spiffy, I am so happy for you guys.

Yahweh provides...a job will come too.

mama to 7
one homemade and 6 adopted