When I was told I was going to lose my job in August 2012, I had a toddler and a new baby. Vito had just turned 2, Iñigo was just 3 months old. I was so scared. The company offered me other positions under certain conditions, none of which made me happy. In fact, to be truly honest, I was no longer happy anyway, but I was seriously contemplating accepting any of their offers because I was a mom and I was frightened of not having regular income.
Then I saw this quote on my Facebook feed one miserable day and it was like someone slapped me. I didn't need my job. I just needed me and to believe in me. I also needed to believe in the God who gave me my talents and abilities and to trust in His promise to provide for all our needs.
Well, fast forward to two years later and I'm in such a good place, friends. I've never been happier, never been more fulfilled, never been more at peace. To my endless surprise, we're also not poor! There is always good food on the table, there's always shopping now and then. We even have money to give to relatives who come knocking on our door for help. My husband and I always joke, "You are the ones with jobs! Why are you asking us for help?!" But we give anyway because we have enough, more than enough.
Our income may not be regular and it's not even near the same level as when we were employed, but God's provision comes from many places. We get free trips, free gas, free clothes, free diapers, free food, free toiletries, free almost everything! Sometimes, when I'm feeling stressed out with the kids, flowers from strangers just suddenly appear at the door and I'm cheered up. It's funny because sometimes I'll run out of mascara, for example, and I'll go, "Dear God, I need mascara but I don't want to buy because our money should go to the groceries and the bills." One week later, three tubes of mascara from Lancôme, Avon and L'Oreal Paris arrived! God is good and faithful (and generous!), as promised!
More than my sponsored life, the real lesson here is things aren't always going to be amazing—we lose our jobs, we get sick—but when the bad times come, as long as I have my God for help and myself to act, then things are going to work out for good. Romans 8:28 says, "And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are called according to His purpose."
I'll always be grateful for my job back then. I had lots of fun, I met lots of wonderful people, I learned so much. But I'm also glad I lost my job because I found myself right after.
So if you're in a place of doubt and fear right now, look within yourself and look at what you have. You'll be amazed at how equipped you are—with talents and abilities and friends. Most of all, look to God. He will never fail you. You just have to believe that!
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