Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Life Changes You Never Think Will Hit You

You would think that when you turn 42, your huge life-impacting changes are over with. Life is secure, mortgages are close to being over, you're far into your career (having worked hard in your youth to get where you are) and retirement is right around the corner.

Unless you live in today's world, with today's economic problems.

Instead of having a secure sense of life-impacting changes being over when I turned 42 last week, I was given notice that my position was being abolished. My company has no new work the rest of the year, no new work for next year, and numerous of our current jobs are ending within the next six months, with many people coming off of job sites.

At the time they gave me this news, they were still holding out hope that we would win a multi-billion dollar job, but today, we received word that we lost that bid.

This indeed is a life-impacting change that will affect more people than just me in my company.

Last week, 20 people were laid off. Today, close to a hundred people that were assigned to this "job in waiting" were told that there is no longer a "job in waiting." More people will be laid off next week, the week after, and the week after that.

I'm fortunate to have a full month's notice. I may not be as fortunate to find a job or retain our current home, but I'm so blessed to have a relationship with a God who is in the business of miracles. I'm also blessed to have a husband who is so positive and strong. My heart was saddened for how my child's life will be changed, but I'm positive that God will provide and take care of us.

God is in charge. God knows what we are facing, in fact, he knew before I did and before my boss did.

I'm excited to see what God's plans are in our life in the next coming months. Maybe it is to get my masters in counseling? Maybe it is to finally finish writing one of the many books I've started and actually "market" it to potential publishers! Maybe its just to take care of my family, or maybe its even to get a new and better job.

Whatever his plans are, I'm excited, because I know He's walking right beside me, and so is my husband, child and family and friends.

Please keep me and my family in your prayers. I would truly treasure them!

Walking in faith. Walking in the hope. Walking in Christ - the only true way to go.


Barbie said...

Praying for you! We are going through tough financial times ourselves. God is so able. We are trusting and your attitude is very positive. We know who takes care of us! He won't fail you!

Lvly Rita said...

It sounds like you have a good trust in God's working all this out for His glory. I'm probably more sad for you right now than you are for yourself.

Let me know if you get down about anything, I'm right here for you!

Lori said...

I am so sorry for this change and it is scary, I have been there. I am praying that this closed door will open some exciting windows for you and your family.

Donnetta said...

I remember the year my hubby was laid off. It was just weeks before Christmas. So many uncertainties, but a God who knew what was happening all along!

Be assured I will be praying!

ParkerMama said...

I'm sooo sorry for the loss of your job. But so very inspired by the strength of your faith.

Susanne said...

I'm so sorry for this news right before Christmas for you Gibee! I do love your faith and trust that you have in the Lord. I know He's got good things in store for you! Praying for you and your family!

Beth/Mom2TwoVikings said...

Aw, sweetie. I'm so sorry but God will provide. Right after last New Years, DaHubby was given a choice of 24 hrs/wk WITH insurance or unemployment. We obviously took the first option! LOL And, he was unable to get other work since he's been in school full time for over a year to finish a 2-year program

The hope was that since his work depends on the automotive industry around here things would eventually even out this year. We've been living on 50-75% of his income all year. We haven't missed a payment (yet!) but did have to go to the bank - once for a one-month "waiver" & again to re-fi the minivan. But, we've kept tithing and kept budgeting and kept squeezing the budget 'til it squeaked.

It's been up and down as his work got a few new contracts here and there but we've been living on 24-32 hr/weeks most of the year.

I know the worry but He will provide! Hang in there. We've made it a whole year like this and DaHubs graduates in April!

Laura said...

Oh I'm so sorry to hear this news. That is what happened to me four years ago and why I ended up coming home to stay. Blogging has allowed me to continue to stay home by enabling me to pay the grocery bill. It has been such an immense blessing to me. I do look forward to seeing how God works in your life.