A wife asked for prayer and encouragement in a group I belong to on Facebook recently for her family due to both of them (husband and wife) being suddenly unemployed. The result of unexpected company layoffs. UGGH! Testing. Pressure. An overwhelming fight. We’ve all been there at some point, and if not trust me one day you will. Let’s face it, that’s just life. Joy and pain. Sunshine and rain. Life.
Isn’t it great to find a community that is willing to support and uplift you in your daily walk with God when the trials of life come to you just like this couple? To me, it’s priceless. The loving hug of a caring church member that covers you with love and God’s peace. The unwavering support of family (by blood or otherwise) that lifts you up when you are falling down. You can even be miles apart and complete strangers, yet your prayers of faith and your words of encouragement can cover the distance to tear down strongholds, encourage the downtrodden, and build up the broken things in a weary life . WOW!! Like I said, priceless!!
Below is a copy of my response which was just one of many that I also wanted to share with you, my readers, in case you are going through a similar situation. The person to whom I originally wrote this message wrote me back that it really encouraged them, and that it was just what they needed to hear. Praise God! He knows exactly what we all need, and if we listen He can give us the right words to speak (or write) in the right season too. It is by His spirit that souls can be saved, delivered, and set free, but we are His chosen vessels to carry out the work. Hallelujah!!
My testimony …
Years ago we went through this also. I was a stay at home mom at the time, and my husband loss his job. Instantly I felt panic, but through prayer I found peace. It was a difficult season at times, but God took us through. One of my favorite memories is when a brother in Christ showed up at our door with groceries out of the blue and without knowing our current situation. He simply told us God told him to bring the groceries, so he did. Amazing! I always remember that as one of the many times I’ve seen for myself of God’s faithfulness. I have so many personal stories from my life to look back on to know for myself that the bible is true and not another book, but they came mostly in the valley. I’ve heard it said before that in order to see a miracle you must first have a need. God is still in the miracle business!! Be of good courage!!
I have been young, and now am old; yet have I not seen the righteous forsaken, nor his seed begging bread.