A number of years ago, the housing market crashed, I am sure you remember. In Arizona, we were hit exceptionally hard, because much of our industry revolved around building, and my hubby was one of the casualties. He worked in Civil Engineering, designing subdivisions and in the matter of just a few months, that entire industry was almost completely wiped out. In one day, we lost 75% of our income, and it stayed this way for 21 months. Although it was not always easy, and we spent a lot of time in fear and frustration, we did a lot of learning during those 21 months. We learned SO much about the faithfulness of God and His promise to provide, as well as, using what we have to raise a family, and still have fun.
Well, here we are, almost 10 years later and finding ourselves in the same position. In the last year, my hubby’s job went through some changes and by the end of this year, he will have lost bonus opportunities, equaling about 50% of his income the last few years. In addition, I heeded the call of God to leave my full-time job to be a full time, homeschooling mom. All I can think is, “mamma mia, here we go again…” Right back to 25% of our income. Eek!
Now some of you may be shaking your head, thinking I made a big mistake leaving my job when my husband’s job was changing. I thought the same thing. But, when God begins to shake things up, and asks you to move, I think it is more terrifying not to listen. I sound brave right now, but the night before I turned in my notice, I called a Pastor friend of mine and asked him to pastor me through this decision. I was afraid. I was afraid of not hearing God clearly, maybe acting on emotion, and this was a decision that would affect not just me, but my family as well. I knew if this decision was not from God, then it would surely end in disaster.
First, my friend said, “Erin, I know your family’s story, you have done this before, you can do this.” To which I said, “Well, I did not want to ever do it again!” That was not what I expected when I asked him to pastor me through. Ugh! Luckily, he is very wise and that was not all he had for me. After asking some questions to discover if I was indeed hearing God, my friend delivered an amazing amount of truth. He told me three incredible things, I hope you too can use as you face hard days.
- Philippians 4:8: “Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things.” My friend said to me, “Erin, I do not believe in the prosperity gospel, but I do think if you and Mike continually focus on how bad things are, that is what life will become.” Of course! Friends, we have the choice, to sink into a pit, focusing on everything wrong and let the enemy steal our joy, or to choose Phil. 4:8. Everyday, there are many things to be thankful for, no matter what hard thing we are experiencing. Focusing on the the things above will help set our minds on Christ in times of trouble.
- Luke 1:30: “But the angel said to her, “Do not be afraid, Mary; you have found favor with God.” Again, my friend, presented God’s Word in a new way. He said, “When the angel came to Mary to tell her she would be Jesus’ mother, he said something very significant.” I immediately thought, ‘Do not be afraid.’ However, I was incorrect. My friend said, “The angel said, ‘You have found favor with God.’ Erin, what you look for you will find. If you look for favor with God, you will find it, even in this situation. Wow. What are you looking for with God? Are you seeking favor or seeking solutions?
- My friend finished up by telling me he would be praying for me. Which I knew was huge. Then he told me, “Google the promises of God, and read them out loud over and over until you believe them.” Again, I had to pause. I am a follower of Christ, I know the promises of God…but realized, maybe I do not believe all the promises of God. That night, before I went to bed, I did just what I was told. I began reading the promises out loud. I did that for about an hour, until my heart was calm. If you have never done this, take my friend’s advice. The power of God’s Word as we face fears, is undeniable.
Today, five months later, I still know God has asked me to be home for this season, and I am thoroughly enjoying all it has offered. Money is tight and a little scary at times, but when the fear creeps up, I work hard to only focus on what is true, noble, trustworthy…and that is this amazing God we serve. This God, gives far more than we could ever imagine, in every way. A God who loves us and is for us. We will have hard times, we will struggle, but let’s choose to seek favor with God and believe His promises in those moments, and watch Him transform our hearts. No matter what situation you are facing or sitting in, Jesus is the answer. In the words of a wise man I listened to last night, “We must ask God first, before we look for any other resources.” Amen!
I am so honored you chose to read my post today. I would love to hear in the comments where you have seen God provide! Also, if you do not know this amazing God I am writing about, I would love to share Him with you. Please send me an email!
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