Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Finding the "Good" in Unemployment.... (Yes - I've found some!)

Well, it’s been a LONG 6 ½ months for our family…and I’d love to say we have remained trusting and at peace 24/7 but – that wouldn’t be the truth. However, while Tom and I have both had “our days”, overall – we are still FIRM believers that “God is Good, all the time…and ALL the time, God is Good!” I don’t know how people in this world make it through a day without KNOWING/believing that.

Currently, it’s 3:30pm on a Wednesday and I’m sitting at a table in Starbucks (with work spread out around me)…across the room, in a “comfy chair”, (the chosen seat) is a really good-looking man that keeps distracting me. I keep looking at him as he sits with glasses on and reading a book…Ok…I’ll just say it, “He’s HOT”!

“He” is also my husband of almost 25 years.

This is one of the “good things” that unemployment provides…some misc moments that would never happen if he was currently sitting in some cubical someplace. Now – don’t get me wrong, we both long (pray faithfully) for the day that he’s “someplace” making some $$ but – for now, in this moment, I’m choosing to praise God for the gift of an hour or two of just “being” with him…and seeing the stress (that this “job search” is causing) erased from his face. This afternoon, on this BEAUTIFUL fall day in Plano, TX – we are both “at peace”.

I encourage those reading this to look for the “good” in whatever situation you are currently in - that you may be “wishing away”. The phrase “Journey Well” keeps coming to mind…that’s what I want to do. I want to see God in EVERY day/situation. Some days are “easier” than others…but, I do know He’s there…24/7! Thank you Jesus!

So – today, in this moment, I’m thankful for an unemployed husband…and the joy I have just looking at his cute self across the room (actually, he looks like he’s about to nod off! Sleep… it’s a good thing!!) ;)

“This too shall pass”…I want to enjoy it while it lasts.

What tough time are you going through that God wants you to find joy in?

Thankful for the “good” in the “bad” times -


  1. Lori, I have had similar thoughts this week. Ed met me for lunch after bible study yesterday and he has been so helpful with the kids as well as around the house. I love having my best friend around all the time but at the same time, I know we will be getting our last paycheck very soon. I remember the last time we were in this situation (2001), Ed was home the first 3 mos of Maggie's life. It was sooo nice. God was faithful at just the right time and Ed got a job. I know He will do it again. Thank you for allowing me to go through this with you. Your wisdom is appreciated.

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  3. Kellie- know that I hate that you are "in this boat" with me/us...but, so thankful that you see God working - knowing it's a gift for Ed to be around/available when you need him.

    We pray for your family every day! Looking forward to celebrating when God allows the next job into our lives...for both of us! Thankful for's great to have someone in my life that really "gets it"!

  4. This whole thing just makes me SMILE!! Reminds me of this week's study.

  5. Beautiful! (and i'm relieved to find out the "he" was your groom) =)

  6. Hi Lori!

    I loved your post and it resonated with me so well! I too am so thankful for the "extra" time together Matt and I have been blessed with. As much as I'm sooo hopeful (and prayerful) that this long journey of a job search will soon come to an end, I'm a little sad because I know I'll probably not see much of him. Especially as he adjusts to the new job role and environment. I'm trying to treasure this time together and not panic about the fact that we have no paycheck coming in! I keep going back to Luke 12:22-28 and hanging on for dear life!! :)

    By the way, I think it is so totally cool that you think your husband is "Hot" after 25 years of marriage. I've been married 12 years now and am convinced that it just keeps getting better!! :)