"But as for me, I will sing about your power. I will shout with joy each morning because of your unfailing love. For you have been my refuge, a place of safety in the day of distress. O my strength, to you I sing praises, for you O God, are my refuge, the God who shows me unfailing love." - Psalm 59: 16-17
Where to begin ... At the end of February my husband was unfairly let go of his position at work. It was awful. He had been struggling with the working relationship between his boss and himself for a long time. She was a cruel woman who truly had it out for him. She finally set him up for failure and there was no way out of it. He was let go and denied unemployment benefits because of the situation. Can you imagine our worries as a family of five going into a period of unemployment with no income and no substantial savings to back us up? Yikes ...
Oddly enough, despite the situation, I didn't feel too terribly worried about how we would make ends meet. I had a strong sense of faith in my heart and felt that God would surely carry us through this time. At the beginning of the year we committed to start tithing every month for the year of 2010 ... no matter the circumstance we would give what we could. Before my husband even lost his job things started happening in our finances. Some of our monthly bills began drastically dropping in what we owed. It was almost as if these savings dropped into our laps as I hadn't gone looking for them. After my husband lost his job, these savings continued as little refunds and opportunities to earn extra money came up often. It was an amazing blessing! For the entire four months that he was unemployed we paid every single one of our bills on our own, on time (even early) and still ended up with extra money to treat our children and do fun things as a family. Such a blessing!
During this time we were also caught in an ugly battle with his former employer fighting to get our unemployment payments since they had been denied. This employer was ruthless, adamant and would stop at nothing to fight us. They went to the extreme of hiring a large firm to represent them, they fabricated evidence, etc. It was ugly to say the least. We were EXTREMELY blessed by the kindness of a friend of our families, an employment attorney, who took our case and fought for us. He spent hours upon hours of his time to help us asking nothing in return.
The emotional stress that this case caused was awful. My husband was sick to his stomach often and couldn't even talk about it. I prayed like I have never prayed before .. I got on my knees, begged, pleaded and even praised Him throughout the situation. I felt like David hiding out in the caves from my enemies, clinging to my Lord for protection and begging for justice. Then one day justice came. I opened the letter from the unemployment office and read the words "Claimant is found NOT AT FAULT and is awarded full benefits." !!! My heart felt like it could burst with joy and excitement. "The godly will rejoice when they see injustice avenged. They will wash their feet in the blood of the wicked. Then at last everyone will say, 'There truly is reward for those who live for God; surely there is a God who judges justly here on earth.' " - Psalm 58:10-11.
God is so good! The same week that we received the news about the unemployment (right as our money had run out), my husband interviewed for a job and was offered the job on the spot. This was also a job in a completely new field which uses his skills that he has recently acquired since joining the military. He was "tickled fancy" to say the least. He is making more money, doing what he loves and has a schedule that is convenient for our family allowing him to have even more time to spend with our daughters. Is God amazing or what?!
We have been blessed to say the least. We made a commitment to give to Him financially, which was a hard choice to make, but He took that small step and blessed us immensely. Thank you to our friends, family and church family who have continually lifted us up in prayer throughout this situation. To know that we had an army praying for us was incredible and we are so grateful! Thank you to our attorney for having faith in us, working with us, giving us your time and your efforts. Without you justice would NOT have been served. You have been covered in prayer by so many and I pray that now you are blessed ten fold for blessing our family. Lastly, praise be to GOD who carried us through. Words cannot express my love, my faith, my appreciation and my joy for you. Thank you for continuing to carry me when I couldn't face you, for never letting go, for protecting my family and for the awesome testimony you have provided. Yahweh Nissi you ARE my banner of strength!
I pray that as you all read this, you are encouraged in your own struggles ... when life is seemingly at wits end or if it seems like there is no hope trust in Him. There is always hope. Things might work out differently then you thought they needed to, but sometimes His plan is even better then we could have imagined. Even when your faith is rocked, keep trusting, it is then when you are humbly on your knees before Him that miracles begin to happen.
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