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Quite a few people I know are facing unknown futures.. whether it’s due to a chapter closing in their life like a job loss or just the dissatisfaction with their current situation. People all around me are having to make some difficult decisions that have major impact on their futures. And unfortunately, those types of situations occur quite frequently in this economy.

I lost my job in April of 2010, after working at a marketing and strategy development company for almost two years. I was the last one in.. so therefore, I was also the first one out. Christopher and I had just purchased our first home that February, a home we knew was a little out of our budget, but would be worth it to have the room to build a family in. So, let’s just say that when I found out I was being let go.. my heart sank. I seriously thought we were going to lose the house. My mind was racing thinking of all the items we could sell just to make ends meet. And I thought about all the odd jobs we could do for some extra cash. I even thought about lending out Twizzler to single men to take to parks in order to attract women. Yes, she is that cute. (Okay.. so maybe I didn’t really contemplate that, but still.. ) Obviously, I started thinking the absolute worst. I pictured the bank coming to our door step the very next day with an eviction notice. For the record, yes, I do blow everything out of proportion without thinking things through. But thankfully, my husband is quite the opposite.. and he is also quite the optimist.

Well, Christopher was right. We stayed positive and God followed through. I was able to pick up quite a few hours at the restaurant I had worked at right after college and Christopher picked up a second job. He worked as a vendor manager for the local minor league baseball team, the Flying Squirrels. (And no, I didn’t make up that team name…) For some reason I had this sense of peace throughout those four months I was unemployed. I’m not really sure why, as I was no where near as strong in my faith as I am today. But I do know and even knew then that God had a plan for us and was going to provide for our family. I’m sure I owe a lot of that to all those around me that prayed ten times more than I did for my own family, especially my mother. What a blessing it is to be surrounded by such strong women and men of faith!

So, to my friends out there that are struggling with their future..and maybe you’re one of them… don’t give up hope. God has an extraordinary plan for your life! You may not see it now..or even six months from now..but He does. Through that waiting period and that time of unknowing what the future holds, God is simply preparing you for what He has in store for your future. To you, it may seem like your life is over, but to God it’s a brand new beginning. It’s just another chapter in the book of your life. Don’t be scared or worried; put your faith in Jesus and He will bring you through.

“Don’t Give Up Hope” By: Third Day

This world just keeps on getting crazier and crazier everyday
You’re so afraid
Sometimes it feels like it’s chasing your sanity away
And you start to break
Let me help you find your way 

Don’t give up faith
Don’t give up hope
There’s always something better
Waiting around the corner
Don’t give up now
Please, don’t let go
What can feel like the ending
Could just be the beginning
Don’t give up hope 

Your life is spinning like a rocket that’s gone out of control
And you’ve let go
You’re slowly losing your confidence, you’re a wounded soul
But I hope you know
I can help you find your way 

Don’t give up faith
Don’t give up hope
There’s always something better
Waiting around the corner
Don’t give up now
Please, don’t let go
What can seem like the ending

Could just be the beginning
Don’t give up hope
Don’t give up hope now

Don’t turn around
Keep on moving
Find your faith
You’ll be doing all right now
Don’t look back
Keep on moving
Find your faith
And you’ll be doing all right now
Don’t look back
Keep on moving
Find your faith
And you’ll be doing all right now 

Don’t give up faith
Don’t give up hope
There’s always something better
Waiting around the corner
Don’t give up now
Please, don’t let go
What can seem like the ending
Could just be the beginning

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