This past holiday season was full of unexpected and honestly unwanted change. I was laid off from my job. So many thoughts went through my mind. What am I going to do? How is my husband going to respond? It’s the Thanksgiving and Christmas season, Lord why now? My heart could have went negative with the news and the realities of my situation. I knew that in order to keep a sane mind and to make it through, I needed to stand on what I knew the Lord has for me and my family.
For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” – Jeremiah 29:11.
The transition was not too awful because of the financial planning my husband and I did to prepare for rainy days, however the unknown was still bothersome to me. In those moments I had to stand on God’s Word, because He has a hope and future for me. I had to declare that we would not only be fine, but we will thrive in this change, because The Lord is a Faithful Provider.
And my God will supply every need of yours according to his riches in glory in Christ Jesus. (Philippians. 4:19)
I am the LORD your God, who brought you up out of the land of Egypt. Open your mouth wide, and I will fill it. (Psalms 81:10)
Therefore I tell you, do not be anxious about your life, what you will eat or what you will drink, nor about your body, what you will put on. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothing? Look at the birds of the air: they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not of more value than they? (Matthew 6:25-26).
We found a lovely new apartment to move into (housing was a benefit from my previous employer) and a week after being laid off I began getting a couple of job offers. This unexpected transition at the end of 2017 was not something that I welcomed, however with the start of 2018, this change has led me to a healthier and better place.
As we begin a new month and year, know that regardless of what comes your way in Christ you are not alone and He is with you working to make beauty out of the ashes that may fall your way.