Faith, family

O Christmas Tree: {Life In The Midst of Winter}

I read somewhere recently that the evergreen tree was an ancient symbol of life in the midst of winter.  I don’t know if this is a true statement or not, but I would definately say that it is true for my life in this season.

My husband and I have been walking a difficult winter season of unemployment.  It’s going on three years now.  Although there have been jobs in between, and the occasional call back from the prior boss, my husband remains unemployed.  Needless to say, Christmas is going to be a little different for us this year.

One of the things we were missing is the annual

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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

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What truly matters

I’m not saying this because I need anything, for I have learned how to be content in any circumstance. I know the experience of being in need and of having more than enough; I have learned the secret to being content in any and every circumstance, whether full or hungry or whether having plenty or being poor.
(Phil. 4:11-12 CEB)

I‘ve been crunching numbers lately, to see how it is all going to work out — gifts to buy, food to purchase, bills to pay.  No matter how much I try to not allow my thoughts to go to the place of dissatisfaction,

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Acts of Kindness

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The generous soul will be made rich,
and he who waters will also be watered himself.

(Proverbs 11:25)

I have shared openly and honestly on my blog over the last couple of months about the fact that we had to sell our home and move.  I never did it with the intention of receiving anything in return other than prayer.  So many have prayed us through and we are forever grateful.  I absolutely love my blogging community and am so thankful for the many friends I’ve made.  We praise God that we found a suitable rental home.  Moving has put a huge financial strain on an already strained bank account.  But God has been so very faithful to put our family on the hearts of people who have been able to step out and assist us when we least expected it. 

A couple of days after we moved,  I had to meet the realtor for the buyer and an appraiser over at our old house.  The appraiser was smitten with my 10-year old daughter who I took with me.  He kept asking her about school.  Kaylie was explaining that she had to go to a new school because she had to move.  The man was moved by our story and kept telling us how sorry he was.  I assured him that we trusted God and that we believed

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