My husband had worked at Texas Instruments for over 23 years when he was laid off. (see previous post) He would receive benefits for quite a while, so we thought there was time to look for a job. During this time he was getting to go to church for the first time, and actually rest physically and spiritually. It was a good time for us. We were both able to volunteer in church, and we were soaking up the Word of God. It was a good time for months.
Jeremiah 17:7-8 NLT
7)“But blessed are those who trust in the Lord and have made the Lord their hope and confidence.
8) They are like trees planted along a riverbank, with roots that reach deep into the water. Such trees are not bothered by the heat or worried by long months of drought. Their leaves stay green, and they never stop producing fruit.
We were letting our roots go down deep. We weren’t looking to man any longer. (see vs 5 & vs 6 previous post ) God was and is our source. He was preparing us. We had walked out of the wilderness, but there will be tests. Will you let the light of Jesus shine through you no matter the circumstance?
It didn’t look good in the natural job-wise. People kept asking us about J.T.’s job situation, and he could have gone to Dallas to get a job. He just didn’t feel led to do that, because for the first time in years he was physically and spiritually rested. He was laid off in November just before Thanksgiving of 2012. We were looking at it all with such peace. It was so unlike my husband-the engineer.
We went through Christmas and into the the New Year with joy and peace looking forward to the things of God. Our church received the “gift” of a new building and we were helping moving in to it. It was a very exciting time. There was a wonderful women’s/prayer/Bible study group that I had been going to, and we were praying some prayers for our families and friends faithfully in 2012 and into 2013. I was being set free from things that had been strongholds, and prayers were being answered in people’s lives. The enemy didn’t like it.
I got another phone call that changed my family’s life. If you have read my posts from June of last year, you already know where this is going. My son called me March 21st of 2013, and told me he had received a call from my granddaughter-my oldest daughter’s daughter- regarding her mom. She was very distraught and he could barely understand her. He misunderstood her and thought she had been shot and killed by someone else. After we spoke with her father, we found it was a self inflicted.
I have written about it and posted pictures about Diana and our trip to Washington in June of 2013. If you want to go to these first posts, you can read by going to the archives and clicking on the month of June: God’s Presence, God’s Presence-II, Grand kids are the Best, and Our New Extended Family.) It was the grace of God and the story is awesome in spite of the very difficult circumstance. We miss Diana. It will be one year this month. God’s grace, mercy and loving kindnesses are truly new every morning. They never fail to amaze me.
Next time I will share about how we ended up moving to Benton, AR. Of course, it was a God thing! 🙂
Blessings to you and yours,
“The presence of God takes up residence in a person enabling them to live above human standards. That is grace.” Bill Johnson