Sometimes it’s good to look back. As I was sitting in church yesterday, listening to our pastor teach on Jesus feeding the 4000, I was reminded of a time when God’s provision was evident in our lives.
Don’t get me wrong. He is always providing for us. But sometimes it’s more obvious than others.
In May 2007, my husband lost his job as a newspaper advertising manager. The economy had already begun to sour in the media advertising industry, and it was tough to find a job.
Jim (my husband) landed a sales job for one of the phone book companies, but soon it became obvious that job wouldn’t pay the bills. He landed another job as an advertising salesperson for a local radio station, but got fired a couple of months later, because the sales weren’t coming in.
After that Jim took any job he could find, so we could stay afloat. He worked nights, doing janitorial work. Soon after he added another job (which turned into his current position), as an on-air radio sports guy. The problem? He got off work at his janitorial job at 3 a.m. and had to be at the radio station at 4:45.
Even between the jobs, sometimes the finances just didn’t add up. And yet, every time we thought we’d sink, God provided through some means, and we stayed on top of our bills and kept a roof over our heads. We had to cut out a lot, and sometimes it still didn’t seem enough. The kids rarely saw their dad during that time, because he was asleep, when he was at home.
Despite how bad it sounds, I’m thankful for that trying year. Certainly it was difficult. But our faith in God grew by leaps and bounds. There were times when we wanted to give up. But God showed us that He was with us, even in the “valley of the shadow.”
Through the bad times, God richly blessed me through this blog, by allowing me to share with you all my story and the things I’ve learned. And that bad time in our lives has turned into a season where my husband is working at a job he loves and I am doing the same by continuing to publish BeingFrugal.net.
The things I learned and the blessings I’ve received from the awful year of 2007 are priceless to me. The tough times are hard, and it’s often difficult to see the bright side through the dark clouds. But oftentimes there are blessings to be found, even in the darkest times.
Do you find that remembering the hard times helps you appreciate the blessings you have in the good times?
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