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Changing the World One Diaper at a Time

Jen Labit

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My Loss, God's Gain

Dealing with the loss of a job is tough. Processing the loss of two jobs in a family at once can be devastating. Moving forward from that point is a lesson in obedience and an exercise in trusting God's goodness.

My husband, Jimmy, and I both worked for the same company when we met. We dated quietly for several years before announcing our engagement. We were married in December of 1999. In January, we both learned that we were loosing our jobs to technology cuts primarily blamed on the tech-stock crash. Unfortunately, technology jobs weren't abundant at that time. I eventually found a new job traveling with a consulting firm, but my husband wasn't able to find employment in his field. Eighteen months later and two days after we found out that I was pregnant with our first child, we learned that the consulting firm was closing. My husband and I were left to wonder what we'd done wrong. We'd been so certain of everything, and then the world seemed to be crumbling around us.

During the darkest times in your life, you have to look for God in the little, quiet things. He isn't always the big, flashy God you think you need right now. His presence can be evident in the person who smiled at you on the bus. His bounty is in the dollars and cents on your paycheck. Through your baby's face, He shows you love. He gave you today. He made the sunset last night. He made you. Today. Right now. And he gave you this life to live, literally one step at a time, with Him at your side. Know and trust His promises clearly given in His holy Word.

When things looked bleakest, we sold just about everything of significance and moved into a tiny apartment. After expenses were paid, there was only thirty dollars a week left for groceries, plus our WIC check. Our "little, quiet things" were in the simple lessons and the simplest provisions. There was that moment when we found the chicken thighs for 22 cents a pound. It happened again in the ground turkey we discovered on clearance in the frozen food section for some crazy cheap price. It was just the two of us (and one growing), but we figured out how to make seven meals out of a single turkey. God provided affordable protein and gave us wisdom on how to prepare it. As we navigated that trying time, we were amazed to see that, every week, there was enough money to buy groceries and gas. It wasn't what we had before, but it was always just enough. When I looked at Scripture one day, I realized that God was doing what He'd promised (Matthew 6:31-34). We had food for our bellies and a roof over our head. It was enough.

As you go through your day today, look for God in your little moments. He is still God. You might not be exactly where you want to be this day, but He remembers you. He made you and He cares about where you are. Believe that. It is the truth. Ask Him to lead you, then obey what He says. Life isn't always easy. But even (and especially) in the dark, humbling places of life, God will speak in the stillness. As you trust in Him, He promises to lead you into quiet places along His paths of righteousness.

Psalm 23:1-3 - "The Lord is my Shepherd; I shall not want. He makes me to lie down in green pastures; He leads me beside the still waters. He restores my soul; He leads me in the paths of righteousness for His name's sake."

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