10. He provided an opportunity to reap the benefits of sound financial stewardship.
Early in our marriage we attended a class on biblical money management. We learned to live within our means, avoid debt, save for what we wanted instead of borrowing, and give generously to God’s work.
These habits didn’t spare us from job loss, but they did position us to have a better chance to survive it. Because we had lived modestly and had little debt, our financial crisis was much less catastrophic than if we had accumulated a boatload of obligations.
In our 34 years of marriage, we’ve learned that you don’t prepare for a crisis the day it happens. You lay the foundation for success years before.
Regardless of the financial decisions you’ve made in the past, today is a new day.
If you’re working, do everything you can to get out of debt. Cut corners until you’ve eliminated all but your mortgage and maybe a car payment. Save the equivalent of 3-4 months’ salary in case you find yourself unexpectedly unemployed or out of work. Mary Hunt’s Debt Proof Living is an excellent resource to get you started. Seek God’s direction for how to spend and save your money, and obey what he tells you to do.
If you or your spouse is unemployed, take courage. God sees your needs. He knows your concerns. He’s able to provide for you in ways you can’t imagine.
Go to him in prayer. Surrender your situation to him. Ask him to reveal anything within your control that might be hindering you from getting a job. Seek wise, godly counsel, and make whatever changes necessary to minimize your expenses. Every day, open his Word and ask him to speak to you. Claim the promises you find there, and end your time with thankfulness.
Surviving unemployment takes sacrifice, creativity, and a willingness to do whatever it takes to make it through. While our family’s times of joblessness haven’t been my favorite chapters in our life, they have helped us grow in faith, realize what’s important, and minister to others. Best of all, they’ve taught us that a job is not our provider. God is.
Lori Hatcher is a blogger, inspirational speaker, and author of the Christian Small Publisher’s 2016 Book of the Year, Hungry for God … Starving for Time, Five-Minute Devotions for Busy Women. She’s also Gigi to three tiny humans. A Toastmasters International contest-winning speaker, Lori’s goal is to help busy women connect with God in the craziness of everyday life. She especially loves small children, soft animals, and chocolate. You’ll find her pondering the marvelous and the mundane on her blog, Hungry for God. . . Starving for Time. Connect with her on Facebook, Twitter (@lorihatcher2) or Pinterest (Hungry for God).
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