23 Days

Wow what a day it has been.  This morning I was laid off from the church where I have served for the past 3 1/2 years.  In 23 days, my family will have no full-time income.  That’s kind of a crazy statement to type.

I didn’t do anything out of line, the church is just continuing to spiral downward financially.  Six months ago this month, they let Justin go for financial reasons, assuring us that my job was safe.  It appears they were wrong and today they made many additional cuts.  Several friends, all faithful servants of Christ, were also let go today, including a wonderful minister who has helped lead me and the rest of our staff through the last difficult year.  I will miss serving alongside him and his family and the other staff members and wonderful church members who are still there.

Brutal.

I knew this was a possibility in this meeting today, and also knew the Lord had told me to stay silent and take with honor whatever was said to me.  Many of you were praying for me, and I am so thankful.  I walked in that room and it felt like I was wrapped in a blanket.  I was calm.  I did not shake.  I did not cry.  I was at peace.

Here’s the truth:

God is in control.

God is good.

I am His child.

I am secure in Him.

He knew this before I did.

He has worked out a plan.

My family is not forgotten.

So basically, I have 23 days to see God do an incredible amazing all powerful miracle in our life.    I think after over a year of searching, we are going to see the Lord BUST open the door and provide an amazing position for Justin in a ministry we believe in.

I believe it.

And I’m telling you guys – you may think I am CRAZY – but I am convinced He is about to do it.

Like

maybe

even

today.

I am still confident of this: I will see the goodness of the LORD in the land of the living.  Psalm 27:13

6 Comments

  1. Praying for your family! You have a great attitude and I know God WILL PROVIDE! He has provided for TJ and I for over a year and a half after we left our well paying job to follow his call to Wellspring! HE does have BIG plans. So yes, you have 23 days to see God do AMAZING things!

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    1. Beth – THANK YOU! I so appreciate the story and the encouragement. I really do believe this is the beginning of something great – and not the end. Thank you guys for your prayers and support of us. Who knows, maybe we will serve together someday – I hear MB is fantastic!

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      1. It is fantastic for sure!! Praying for you guys! I know the feelings you are going through! It took TJ a year hear before he found his job at WMBF News and all year I could not figure out why God had called us here and there was NO JOB for him!

        But looking back I totally see God’s work, He provided every month and TJ was able to pour so much into Wellspring at a very important time! Then when the time was right the perfect job came! It was amazing to see how HE provided and His provision! He will work it out!

        Praying for you!

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        1. It is amazingly true that we have already seen God make a way and provide where there seemed to be no way – so I don’t think he’ll stop doing so now. Thank you for your sweet note of encouragement and your prayers. We are so blessed to have so many people stand with us during this time, holding us up when we feel we are going to fall.

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  2. Jen I’m so sorry to hear that. I’ve been praying for you guys and will continue to. “We also rejoice in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance; (4)perseverance, character; and character, hope. (5)And hope does not disappoint us, because God has poured out his love into our hearts by the Holy Spirit, whom he has given us.” -Romans 5:3-5 Hope does not disappoint!! love you

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    1. Thank you Emi – we love you and appreciate your prayers and the reminder. That Scripture is SO HARD TO DO, but I know it is so right. Love you tons. Jen

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