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Surviving Unemployment: {Guest Post}

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Hello friends.  If you’ve been around here for any length of time, you will know that I’ve walked alongside my husband through unemployment off and on over the last four years. We are still walking this journey and I’ve learned a lot of things, a few of which I’ve shared over at Rosann’s place, Unemployed Faith.  Here’s a little teaser:

I am the wife of a man who has been unemployed more often than not over the last 4 years. I wish I could say it hasn’t changed me. But it has. I wish I could say that I’ve always kept the faith. But there were times when I had lost my hope. I wish I could say that I am more prepared for “the next time” should it happen again. But I am still learning to walk this long, and often lonely road.

I don’t have any fancy words of faith and inspiration, no bright light to share that’s gotten us through this season unscathed. We are different. It’s been a long, hard journey. But despite the valley, we know that God is good. We know that He never leaves our side. We know that He will bring us through as we continue to walk forward together, putting our trust in Him. Our situation rocked us to the core, but in Christ we put our hope, for without Him there is no hope.

Has your life been impacted directly by unemployment? I trust my very raw and honest post will encourage you.  Would you stop over to Rosann’s and read the rest of my post?  I’d love to get your thoughts.

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4 Comments

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    Michele Huntzinger Williams
    August 2, 2012 at 5:20 pm

    Thankfully my husband still has a job. But it is still scarry. Three years ago we moved back to my home state to be closer to my family after being gone for 35 years. This meant my husband would have to find another job in his late 50’s. He did, but it is 1/3 of what income he made before. Then just recently a church he was doing pulpit supply for 2 years no longer needed him and we lost 13,000 a year income (that was his second job). So it is a bit scarry. I am on disability. God continues to supply our needs in some awesome ways…. We will pray for you as well.

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      Barbie
      August 2, 2012 at 11:50 pm

      Michele, thanks so much for stopping by! My husband is a contractor by trade. Just turned 50 this year and is wondering what else he will do with his life. This line of work is all he knows. I appreciate your prayers and will pray for you too!

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    Lisa
    June 30, 2014 at 2:52 pm

    I came upon your blog after doing a search on blog posts regarding a husband’s job loss. My husband just lost his job last week. We are trusting God will get us through this difficult time and be open about what He is teaching us.

    I posted my perspective on this last week: http://reststopforthesoul.com/2014/06/24/shocked-but-not-shaken/

    Thanks for sharing your thoughts on this journey of unemployment. God bless!

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      Barbie
      June 30, 2014 at 8:22 pm

      Lisa, I’m so glad you found me! I’ve written several posts on my blog about our season of unemployment. My husband is currently unemployed again. It’s a scary time, as we may no longer qualify for benefits, but we are trusting God. You have beautiful perspective about your husband’s unemployment, and perspective is huge. Blessings!

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