Tuesday, October 1, 2013

I know I can't be the only one

Have any of you ever felt like you're going through something that will never end?  You just keep thinking, it can't last much longer because you feel like you've been going through it forever.  Pat and I have had many hard times throughout our marriage whether it was financially, spiritually, relationally, etc.  We know what it's like to go through rough patches and it always seems like it will last forever when you're going through it.  Once it's over though and you look back on it you wonder what you were freaking out about because it either doesn't seem that bad after you've made it through or it wasn't didn't last as long as you thought it did.  I know we can't be the only ones like this.

It started a year ago, in October of 2012.  We were doing well for ourselves, God had blessed us.  We were both working great jobs, we were able to finally start saving money for the things we've wanted since we had gotten married.  We had started building a house and I was so excited about my dream of having our own home was finally going to happen.  At the end of October, Pat lost his job with Monsanto.  We were still blessed as he was able to stay home with Alaina and spend more time with her, he learned how to cook, he was keeping up with the housework and doing everything he could at home while I was working hours and hours of overtime at work.  We were still optimistic.  One month led into the next and the next and the next.  FInally we got to the point where our savings was drained and he had been searching for a job for 6 months.  Nothing changed, we were still going to church, praying, serving, trusting in God's plan for our lives.  We got the news that we were not going to be able to get the home that we had built, and I was heartbroken, devistated.  I had to change my perspective and realize we are in fact still blessed.  We have a happy, healthy family, a nice house within our means, and God is still taking care of us even if we can't see it.

Finally after 6 months of searching, he finally landed a job.  He's been with Ascension since March of this year and we were so excited for him to start working again.  Somehow though, things haven't seemed to turn around.  For an entire year it seems like we've been strapped, stressed, and overwhelmed.  What's changed?  Nothing!  We apparently changed our perspective at some point in time and forgot to count our blessings and look at the things we should be grateful for.

For the remainder of the year, I am going to choose to focus on the positive.  To be grateful for the things we have instead of wishing or wanting the things we don't have.  In Novemeber I'm going to do the things I'm thankful for each day up until Thanksgiving.

Jeremiah 29:10-14  - I know what I’m doing. I have it all planned out—plans to take care of you, not abandon you, plans to give you the future you hope for.  “When you call on me, when you come and pray to me, I’ll listen.
“When you come looking for me, you’ll find me.  “Yes, when you get serious about finding me and want it more than anything else, I’ll make sure you won’t be disappointed.” God’s Decree.  “I’ll turn things around for you..."

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