Friday, March 20, 2020

Life Update // Job Loss, Neighborhood Gas Leak, and Pandemic - YET There is HOPE!

Hello, sweet readers and cherished friends.  It's been quite a while since we chatted.  A lot has been going on, so what better time than in quarantine to share a little update and hopefully offer some encouragement to you too! ;)

Pre-Pandemic Trials

February was to be a big month for my husband Jason.  He was to celebrate his 20th anniversary with the company he started working for when we were newlyweds.  It was a milestone month that we expected to be a wonderful one.  However, it took a turn we would have never anticipated.  Just a week before this anniversary all of the employees nationwide were informed that the company would be undergoing a complete restructuring which would result in the dismissal of many employees.  All changes were to be made by February 14th.  Happy Valentine's Day, right?

While we prepared for this possibility, in all honesty I was 99.999% certain that my husband's job was secure.  Not only because of his years of hard work and award winning excellence on the job, but additionally a couple years back his branch cut two out of three of the employees in his position.  Jason was now the only one in this important role left at their location.  Surely they needed him.  Surely he was safe.  Surely we had nothing to be concerned about.  Yet, we learned just one week after his milestone anniversary there, that life does not always go as we have planned.

On the morning of February 12th, a morning that seemed like any other, our life would completely change.  Jason got a visit from human resources and before long he was returning home with a box.  This big cardboard box reflected twenty years of his life - a mix of framed awards (meaningless trophies, as he called them) and keepsakes that our daughters had given him over the years which he'd proudly displayed in his former office.

We had mapped out our entire future with the assumption that he would continue to remain with this employer until retirement.  Our world was turned upside down, yet we took great comfort in the words of Proverbs 16:9, "The mind of man plans his way, but the Lord directs his steps."  The notes in my study bible for this verse expound upon that, "Sovereign God overrules the plans of men to fulfill His purposes."  Our life taking what was an unexpected turn is difficult and has led to complete uncertainty as to what our future is going to look like - where and when he'll find work, what our budget will look like, and so on, yet it is also the best thing imaginable for our lives.  The God who created us and cares for us has a plan for where we are headed.  It may be unclear to us now, but I'm assured by Romans 8:28, "..we know that God causes all things to work together for good to those who love God, to those who are called according to His purpose."  How could I ask for anything more?  

Jason has spent the past five weeks job hunting, which has become increasingly more difficult as most companies aren't likely looking to hire new employees in this time.  Businesses are simply trying to stay afloat.  While having the sole breadwinner of our family out of work is much less than ideal, times like this (when it's made abundantly clear that we are not in control) bring about the opportunity to more fully understand and deeply appreciate that God is the One who supplies all our needs.  This trial has brought about further and more complete reliance upon our God.  Drawing closer to the God who created us, cares for us, and is forever faithful and trustworthy is a gift.  We will grow from and through this in ways that we wouldn't had we not lived through this trial.  Each passing day I'm increasingly more grateful for the true and lasting hope we have in our Savior!  No matter what other unexpected events are to come.....

What Would You Grab in 60 Seconds to Home Evacuation?

A few weeks ago we had an urgent knock on our door.  The night before my oldest daughter and I had enjoyed our traditional February 29th viewing of "Leap Year".  In it the question is posed, "Your house is on fire and you have just sixty seconds to grab what you want.  What would it be?"  We were about to find out our answer firsthand on this particular Sunday afternoon.  Someone from our local energy company was on our doorstep to ask our family to get out of and away from our home immediately.  The home of a neighbor a couple doors down from us was filling with gas.  We exited in a dash passing firetrucks as they entered our block.  So, when asked to leave our home a.s.a.p. with the threat of a nearby fire or explosion, what did we grab?  Each other.  Over the years my husband and I have talked about what we'd grab in the event of a fire.  We always mentioned photos and keepsakes, but when faced with an emergency exit we grabbed nothing.  Not knowing what we'd come back to when we returned to our block, I still had no regrets.  Instead my heart was full knowing that when it came down to that minute all I wanted to "keep safe" was my family.  One day, whether from illness or old age, we will all come to a minute when we will leave this life and every "thing" behind.  I was happy to know that my "stuff" didn't matter that much to me when it came down to it!  Furthermore, I'm happy to report that within a couple hours our block was clear and everyone remained safe and sound.


As for this pandemic, we are all in this together, aren't we?  These are unprecedented days of our lives.  There's a lot of uncertainty and an abundance of scary news to be read.  I'd like to recommend some Good News to read today - God's Word.  Pick up your Bible (or Bible app) and read the book of John.  Learn about the Savior whose resurrection we will celebrate next month.  Read about why He came, the news of eternal hope!  Looking for something to watch while self-quarantining?  If you've got Amazon Prime I recommend an excellent, true-t0-the-Word, representation The Gospel of John.

The Gospel of John can be streamed for free via Amazon Prime.  Not a Prime member?  You can rent it in SD for .99 cents or in HD for $1.99 (a download to stream film without having to leave your home).

Whether you prefer to cozy up with a soft blanket and read God's Word or grab a snack and click on this excellent movie dramatization, I highly encourage you to take a breather from the headlines of the hour and fix your thoughts on the only One who can bring you peace in this life and assurance about where you'll spend the eternity to come.

Sending a BIG virtual hug your way!  So thankful you stopped by the blog today!  Stay safe, dear ones!


  1. Oh my goodness, so many things have happened and such wonderful trust in God :-). You inspire me, Brenda. Love to you and your family in this trying time

  2. So sorry to hear about your husband's job. That's really hard! Good for you to keep up the hope.

  3. Oh Brenda. I’m so sorry to hear about your husbands job! I know it has got to be difficult in a time where the world is so fragile. I love how you are putting your trust in God. (I need to do that more myself) Prayers that he finds a new job soon. Stay safe and Healthy❤️

  4. I'm so sorry to hear about your husband's job loss. It must have really blindsided you all to be laid off after almost 20 years. I will be praying for your family in this tough time, made even tougher by the current world situation. Take care. Hugs!

  5. My sweet friend! What a crazy rollercoaster of events! I so appreciate the way you shared this update - balancing the reality of life in a fallen world with the TRUTH and hope of the gospel! You've been on my heart and mind often and I continue to lift you and your sweet family up to the Lord in prayer. Yes, 'tis sweet to trust in Jesus! Amen! <3

  6. I'm so sorry to hear about your husband's job, and sending lots of hugs your way. Love the verses you shared, and taking each one to heart <3

    Green Fashionista

  7. Oh sweet Brenda, I had no idea! I’m so sorry. My comfort in you is the resilient, amazing and faithful children of God you are! It is so hard right now to cast our worries on God but he has the map, the plan is only known to him, we all stand strong together, joined in virtual hugs. I add you to my prayers, it will all work out, I know it. Love you! xo


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