Faith and Unemployment.

Husband and I aren’t worriers.  Rarely do we work up to actually fretting about a situation that’s essentially out of our hands anyway.  When we were sure that separating from the Air Force and moving back to Georgia was God’s plan for us – we just did it.  Without job prospects, without a detailed plan, without necessarily understanding what God wanted us to do down here.

 

And then Husband stayed unemployed for a year and a half.

 

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Here’s the part where I stress how responsible/blessed we are. We saved a fair chunk of money beforehand, had zero debt, and initially moved in with my dad (translation-free rent).  Then Husband’s parents bought a second home and have graciously let us live there.  And you know, it’s not as hard to survive when you don’t have house or car payments.

 

But Husband did finally find a job about 6 months ago.  A terrible job, to be sure.  Long hours, physically demanding, and barely above minimum wage.  But hey … it’s more than we were making before.  And it’s given him the opportunity to build friendships with many Hispanics, who are the predominate workforce at this particular factory.

 

Here’s where things get all faithy again.

 

He’s going on a trip to India next month that I’ve mentioned before.  He committed to it some months back.  With the understanding that more than likely he would be fired for going.   He hasn’t been working long enough yet to have earned any vacation days, and the people in charge are … less than understanding.

 

I wrote most of this post more than a week ago, intending to leave it open ended.  To ask you guys for prayer.

 

But I got the official text today.  In 3 weeks Husband is going on this south Asian trip that we strongly feel is part of God’s bigger picture plan for our life right now.  And he’ll do it with no job to come back to.

 

We’re not worried.  We’ve been taken care of too much to not learn a certain amount of trust.  I’m actually kind of excited.  Makes me think there must be a change in our future.  Which would be all kinds of awesome.

 

But you’re still allowed to open up a conversation with God about it.  Or make us a job offer. ;)

 

What leaps of faith have you taken lately?

 

-Jessica

Comments

  1. Wow – I will certainly be praying for your family and this situation.

  2. “Seek first his kingdom and his righteousness and ALL these things will be given to you as well” (Mt 6:33)

    How great is it that we can trust in God’s unfailing promises when life gets hard?! You and your husband are walking by faith and teaching your kids to do the same. I will definitely be praying for you guys :)

    • Jessica says:

      Yeah, that’s pretty much my husband’s favorite verse. :) Which is why he has the confidence to say “I’m going on this trip because I feel like I’m supposed to. Even if it gets me fired”. We’ve found most people just think you’re being irresponsible or not a good “steward” to have faith like that.

  3. None lately, but I did quit a job, during the “recession”. Worst time ever to quit, but I really think it’s what god called me to do. As soon as I made the decision that I would follow God at all costs, my husband took a pay cut, had his hours cut, and our insurance went up. It was faith building. Sometimes I think we need these trials to remind us who is in charge. <3

    • Jessica says:

      Yeah, I didn’t even mentioned the fact that he separated during the big “recession” and that we could have stayed in the DC area and actually double or tripled our income getting a contract job, with his qualifications. Instead the linguist came down here to the backwoods to work in a boat manufacturing plant. Lol. But we really didn’t feel like we were supposed to stay in Maryland.

  4. Heather says:

    My husband resigned from his pastorate to pursue his PhD, right as the recession was gettting strong, we had no idea it would affect pastors so much… But as he sent in resume after resume (looking for a position closer to where he wanted to do his PhD), and he got reports that churches were receiving over 300 resumes for an associate pastor position…

    He never did find that perfect position. Instead, I am working . And this is not something we were pursuing at all, had even imagined. And yet… It is perfect.

    I pray for your family, and for God’s will to be overwhelmingly evident.

    • Jessica says:

      I’m secretly wondering if God has a similar possibility in front of us, as far as using this blog to generate money.

  5. I’m glad that you aren’t worriers. SOMEBODY in this ol’ world needs to be (I’m the worst of all worriers).

    I’ve taken a leap of faith lately, but it’s actually with employment instead of vice versa. I’ll blog about it soon. At first I was worried, but now I have peace and I’m getting excited.

    I’ve already been praying for you guys and I have faith that God will provide since you are following His direction!

    • Jessica says:

      Ooooh, are you going to be a librarian? :)

    • Saw the title on twitter and clicked over….how could I not?! Our past few years have been marked by unemployment, LEAPS of faith, and daily surrender and trust … with some big waves of worry thrown in! :)

      I don’t know exactly what I want to say here, but my my heart resonates with this … this post, and your comment, Megan. The past few years have been the most incredible faith journey I’ve ever been on. It’s been hard, but God has been FAITHFUL! Often times His provision looks different than we would have imagined it, but He. always. provides. Always.

      I, too, will be taking a part time job, but I wonder if I ever would have even considered it if it weren’t for the unemployment and choices made by faith that we’ve made….and yet, somehow, I know this is exactly God’s calling for our family at this time.

      I have often wrestled with the tension we find somewhere between walking by faith and being responsible. Yet, when I am ABIDING in Him…totally depending on Him….in the Word and submitting through prayer, the tension seems to dissipate.

      Thanks for sharing your faith journey. Praying God moves in big ways for both of your families…for His glory!
      Erika

  6. As a side-note: I had a dream about you last night. You had a flip book (like one of those stand-up calendar thingies) full of Wild Thing and family photos that was for sale at a chain bookstore. I was taking a picture of it so I could send it to you, when you and 10 Year Old walk in. Weird.

  7. I am trying to recall taking “leaps” of faith, and it has made me wonder if I take leaps of faith anymore… now, I might have to explain what I mean by that… to me, a leap of faith is something that happens when you throw yourself into an unknown and pray God will catch you and not let you fall flat on your face… and I can’t recall recent ones, because after years and years of “leaps”, God has simply changed me to the point where I just walk forward in faith without it feeling like I’m leaping into an “unknown” — is there really such a thing as an “unknown” when God always knows, and God is all I need to know? I don’t know :D

    My husband lost his employment at the end of March, the U.S. company he was working for cut off the entire Canadian office. Everyone was laid off, including hubby. We went from a 2 income family living paycheck to paycheck, in the midst of adoption and supporting 10 Compassion kids to a one income family at a crossroad… Would we trust God and praise Him for this opportunity, or would we live in fear/anger/bitterness? There really was no option for me — I was thankful all around and saw the half empty glass as having the potential to overflow. My husband does not follow Christ and does not trust in God’s provisions, and beyond that, he puts most of his value/worth in his identity as an employee and his work… so he was bitter, angry, resentful, shocked, grieving, anxious and fearful. What a heartwrenching living contrast of what it’s like to live with faith, and without. My heart hurt for him, and at the same time, my heart rejoiced for the opportunity to minister to him and lead him… what a beautiful opportunity to help him see that ALL that we have is from God and God provides all that we need, including work, our skills, our talents, and who we are in Him is what really gives us value/worth that can never be stolen, taken, destroyed and laid-off!! God would use this as an opportunity to show us how He provides beyond measure… an opportunity for me to live my faith so that my husband can come to Christ without words.

    The first confident steps of faith I took were to take on 2 more Compassion kids and decide to continue with our adoption plans and our fundraising for the trip and school building in Ghana ($30K, God will provide!). I wanted to live out my faith that God would provide, I wanted my kids to know that my faith isn’t just words, I act on what I believe. It took at least a month for my husband to recover from the shock/grief/anger/bitterness from his job loss, but he is coming around, little by little.

    God continues to provide faithfully, not only financially, but spiritually and in every other way. I will be taking on one more Compassion sponsorship this month — it’s really true that you can’t outgive God. I keep trying, and he keeps humoring me.

    • Jessica says:

      Wow, that’s an amazing story. And I think I know what you mean about not leaping, because this honestly doesn’t feel like a leap to us, either. It just feels like a step forward – and not even a scary one. I just always get curious when stuff like this happens, cause this nomad likes any chance for a change. :)

      We only sponsor 3 children financially, but we sponsored all three of them while unemployed. :)

  8. Heather says:

    Great post Jessica, and yeah, know exactly where you are because we are there as well, but God keeps providing so we keep slogging through waiting to see what comes next. It is awesome and exciting and an adventure and scary all rolled in one.

  9. Wow! I blogged about faith this morning. I can relate to this. Not the trip to Asia, but the not know what the future hold and still feeling peace in it. Praying for your family and God’s perfect timing.

  10. You guys are in our prayers. ((hugs))
    My husband said about your husband, “He has my utmost respect, prayers, and applause.”
    Yeah, that goes double for me. :)

  11. Wow. I feel like I can kinda relate to this, we live on support to do ministry and sometimes that’s a faith thing all the time. We never go without anything we need, but we also don’t always look like what some people think people our age should be doing and it can feel “irresponsible” to not be more ahead. We had another “fun” discussion about that with my mom just yesterday actually. She really “encourages” us to get a more stable career ;)

  12. I’ve been meaning to write about my leap of faith since I did it, and I haven’t gotten around to it. I quit my teaching job during maternity leave because I felt so strongly that He wanted me to be at home with my girls. My husband’s salary isn’t enough to keep us afloat, but little things have come along to close the gap for us. A few weeks ago, I landed a part-time job that I can do from home. We’ve had to adjust our spending habits quite a bit, but we’re going to be fine. Of course, I always knew we would be.

    I know you will be okay, too. I’ll be praying for you, and you already knew you could email me any time. :)

  13. Thank you so much for this post! I just graduated from college a couple of months ago and have been struggling with loan payments and the grim job market. I have to say it’s been a real struggle and can make someone feel really low, doubting God, and feeling alone in their troubles. Seeing this and how other faithful Christians are living this out in their lives is SO encouraging to me. Keep it up!!
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