This year has been hard financially. I lost a big portion of my regular income last fall and by Christmas thought I had recovered in finding a new steady client, but February that fell apart. And of course, while the challenge of finding new projects and steady income persists, the other shoe, rather shoes dropped.
So far this year, I’ve had to deal with:
- A broken bed – not even 3 months old. Grateful for great customer service and free replacement but what a headache trying to find a way to get the replacement and put it together.
- A broken arm – by my competitive, hyper gymnast. Not only did this cost hundreds out of pocket and an enormous amount of stress, but he missed more than half the season. Oh, and being out of the gym, his hyperness about drove us all batty!
- A tree limb landing on the top of the car – thank God for insurance!
- Snow! Snow! and more Snow! The winter blues have been in full affect for far too long, not to mention my gas bill. Ugh!
- My house is falling apart – the siding is falling off my 3 year old home and the home warranty people tell me they only cover foundational issues. Ugh!
It has been hard. But we dealt. My kids and I have faced everything that came together. We have had to flex, adjust and sacrifice sometimes, but everything that is thrown at us, we have conquered and succeeded.
I am not disillusioned, I know we are not doing it alone. In fact, I know for sure that I am not always doing it right. I know that my eternal hope is not in my strength or even my kids’ strength. All the credit and all the glory must go to Him, and I cling tightly to His promise.
For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. Jeremiah 29:11
I am not entitled to an easy life. I do not deserve riches. But as my pastors always say “I can’t, but He can.” I cannot wait to see what comes next because I know we are ready, I know He is ready, and I will hold on to that.