Living a Simple Life #93: Rejoicing in Change

Change is happening. I will believe it is good.

If you’ve been following me on Facebook, you likely read the announcement about my Beloved’s job loss this week. It wasn’t too much of a surprise; we’d begun to suspect the possibility around the time the mill closed for a week off due to production issues. Beside that fact, I knew mill work has not been his passion.

But this job has been an amazing crucible for our individual refining. As he labored through long days of manual labor, I was prompted continually to pour out my heart to God in intercession for my husband.

I am still praying for him, that God would guide him with His wisdom, as the head of our family. I pray for the blessing of creativity in our hearts and lives, as we seek our Lord’s will for direction. We’ve had so many dreams, and shared so many passions over the years. How do we put them into practice?

All we know, is that it starts (and has started) with a step of faith.

We are rejoicing in God’s sovereignty; that His timing is perfect, and His plan is sure.

Over the years of writing this blog, it has been my heart to encourage families (wives, especially) during seasons of unemployment/economic difficulties. Many of you have faithfully shared your journeys with me in the past, and together we have brainstormed creative ways to bless our families during such seasons.

In the days to come, I will be giving you an inside look at some of the “ins & outs” of my home management, as I help my husband in this season. Leave a comment and let me know if you are going through this season, too.

But for today, I will be still and know He is God, placing my hand in His, for the joyous adventure ahead.

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17 comments to Living a Simple Life #93: Rejoicing in Change

  • Jennifer

    I’m praying for you and your family during this time, that you will grow closer to the Lord and to each other. Thank you so much for your words of encouragement to others during challenging times. I hope that we will be able to do the same for you right now.


  • Kendra

    I love your new blog-do! I got a chance to stop by today.

    Your husband is very gifted. I know God has plans for you and your family. I am so very glad to have you close by. We, too, are in the spot of being reminded that God is our provider not H____________ (isn’t that Austentenish :). We pray for you and your family everyday, my friend. Blessings on ya.


  • My husband has been out of work for almost a year now, but it has been a blessing in disguise for my family. Our family has grown closer together and my marriage is stronger than ever! It is stressful at times, but I know everything happens for a reason. I have learned, rather stubbornly, that I am not in control and I must accept that. I will keep your family in my prayers as you enter this new season!


    Michele Reply:

    @Amy Lynne, Amy, we too have found that to be so true for our family during times of unemployment! :) It certainly is a blessing in disguise. It is a joy to walk in faith with Christ, instead of running to a “temporary provider.” :)
    Thanks so much for sharing! I will commit to praying for you this week.


    Amy Lynne Reply:

    @Michele, Thank you Michelle! Maybe between the two of us jobs will find our husbands! Have a great weekend!


  • Crystal

    My husband has been unemployed for 8 months, now. It has been hard to know if we are following God’s will, during this time. I pray daily, that we will hear what He is saying to us. Thank you for your encouragement.


  • currently, i am working full time, while my husband is looking for a job. it is VERY hard for me to be our home manager while i work full time, but i am making it thru knowing that it is just temporary. currently, we have no children, but we will be getting two foster children (with the hopes of adopting!) in a month or two. we are really praying that God would provide my hubby with a full time, stable job before the children come. i cant wait to be a mom!

    thank you for sharing about your family’s situation, it was a timely reminder. God has been super gracious to help me not worry very much in this time, normally i am a huge worrier. my next growth step is to move beyond just not worrying and on to full out rejoicing!


  • Alyssa Carter

    We have been going through this very same thing. My husband is a disabled veteran; his back issues have gotten so bad here lately that he can’t work; I can’t get a job b/c I can’t leave the kids with him b/c of his back issues (his legs go numb at times b/c of herniated disks and nerve damage due to a tank wreck 6 years ago). We are living on his disability pension which is not much; we are in the process of getting his case reopened so he can get reevaluated for an increase in compensation. In the mean time we have been forced to go on public assistance (which was a huge pride issue for me). I don’t know what the future holds, but I know who does. I know God will not leave us and will continue to bless us. I will be praying for you and your family.


  • Meg

    Hi Michele –
    One of my favorite blessings through the internet is that we are able to bring our prayers and petitions to so many others so quickly. It’s the ultimate prayer chain. :-) You and Cal will be in our prayers. Blessings!


  • ER

    My husband had been out of work for almost 2 years now. In February he was able to pick up some construction work and has been working on/off since then – but not full time. He had one really great interview this week and we are hoping and praying this job pans out. We’ve been very discouraged for these past 2 years.


  • Jessica

    My husband is currently out of work as well and has been for about 8 months. I work full time in a very demanding job and we have no children, but oh how I long to be a full-time wife and mother. Sometimes, that dream seems so distant or just a flat-out impossibility.
    God is good, though! My wonderful husband and I know that our times are in His hands. He has a plan for us. Thank you for this encouragement and all of you other ladies in a similar situation – I am praying for you!


  • Ann

    Hi, I haven’t stopped by your blog in quite awhile, but just found this post and thought I’d share that our family too is going through a season of unemployment for the past 5 months. We thought we were headed toward a solution, but God closed a door last week, and though we’re grateful for a clear “NO!” answer to our prayers for direction, it is discouraging to feel that we’re back at square one. It is such a challenge to trust God instead of fear the future. Thanks for your encouragement, and I will pray for your family.


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  • My husband and I recently went through this. He just started a new position this week after four months of unemployment. Though it was a time I wouldn’t wish on anyone, it was also a time that I wouldn’t wish away. We were forced to communicate better and we prayed more and spent more time together. I learned to love him deeper and support him better. Our marriage is stronger than ever as a result.
    Also, it made me appreciate what he will be doing for me once we have kids (since we want me to be a stay at home mom). I saw first hand the pressures he will face, and I asked him to remind me of that when the time comes… God is so good. Thanks for sharing.


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