Singing the Unemployment Blues (Again)


Surviving a Layoff / Tuesday, January 15th, 2013
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Well, this came as a bit of a shocker. Then again, when is it ever not a shock?  In hindsight, there were signs of what was looming ahead. It doesn’t matter how prepared you are though. When it happens, you still experience shock.

My husband was let go from his job (of ten years) back in February of 2011. He had one contract position afterward, that lasted only four months. When the contract ended, we were back on unemployment for nearly a full year before he landed this last job. He worked hard for three months, and was given the news on Friday.

At first, I thought he was kidding with me, but he was holding the contents of his desk in his hands. It took a good 5 minutes before the news sunk in and I believed him.  We only had a half-hour together before I had to leave for my own part-time job at night. He gave me the rundown in short order, and I kissed him goodbye and gave him a huge hug.

So, here we are singing the unemployment blues again. The past few days have been filled with busy home office work, getting documents in order for filing unemployment.  He applied for unemployment benefits yesterday, and now we wait.  Four to six weeks before we know anything.

Waiting has never been my strength. There have been many times in life God gave me opportunities to exercise my patience by waiting.  Mostly, they have been joyful periods of anticipation. Such as, the season of my engagement, and my many seasons of pregnancy. Of course there have been seasons of trial, too, where the waiting was painful, difficult and uncomfortable.

In light of our current situation, I’m comforted by the promise of God’s goodness and mercy. He always takes care of our true needs. This time around, I seem to be blessed by a deep peace about everything. I have been focused on remaining peaceful, and doing what needs to be done.  One foot in front of the other, one minute at a time.

It won’t be easy, but I’m accepting of whatever God’s will is for us. I am placing myself and my family in the presence of His love, and trusting Him to help us through to better days.

“For I know the plans I have for you, says the Lord,
plans for welfare and not for evil,
to give you a future and a hope.” – Jeremiah 29:11

Jesus, I trust in You. Amen. +

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7 thoughts on “Singing the Unemployment Blues (Again)

  1. I recently came upon this awesome blog. My husband and I recently moved to another state and I am unemployed at the moment as well. Be strong and always remember, God never gives us more than he can handle. Keep your faith, He will always provide. You and your family are in my prayers.

  2. We also have the unemployment blues. My husband and all his co-workers received the notice on Nov 30th and that was also after 10 yrs of service. We have decided that I would be a SAHM in 2008 and now I might have to go back to work to help. We also have faith that God always provides and has always been by our side. Keep your chin up and things always fall back in its place!

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