Lori Hatcher: 10 Ways God Provided for Us When My Husband Lost His Job

I was surprised when I heard my husband’s car pull into the driveway only an hour after he’d left for work one Monday morning. When he walked through the door, our daughters, 5 years old and 18 months, ran to meet him. But his face didn’t light up like it usually did at their enthusiastic greeting.

“Why are you home?” I asked. “Are you sick?”

“No,” he said, eyes wide with fear and disbelief. “They let me go.”

Today, after 34 years of marriage, we’ve lived through this scenario twice. Both experiences have taught us valuable lessons and demonstrated God’s Love and care for us.

Here are 10 ways God provided for us when my husband lost his job.

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1. He provided peace.
1. He provided peace.

The first time my husband became unemployed, he was the primary breadwinner for our young family. As we considered the implications of living without 80 percent of our income, the questions swarmed our minds like angry hornets.

How are we going to make our mortgage? What will we do with no health insurance? Will we lose our car? Our house? Will our children go hungry?

Our anxious hearts beat faster than a woodpecker on a tree. But then the precious voice of the Holy Spirit whispered a promise into our troubled souls: “My God shall supply all your needs according to his riches and glory” (Philippians 4:19).  Peace settled over us like a blanket. We knew God’s Word was true, and whatever happened, we could trust him.

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2. He provided friends.
2. He provided friends.

Proverbs 17:17 reminds us, “A friend loves at all times.” This has been especially true during times of sickness, grief, and unemployment. I smile when I think about how our friends rallied around us as David’s time of joblessness continued.

They prayed with us, shared job prospects, brought meals, and left anonymous bags of groceries on our front porch. Knowing how hard it is for a man to be unemployed, David’s friends called to check on him, shared words of encouragement, and invited him to hang out. Sisters in Christ invited me out to lunch, asked me how things were going, and listened. And they always generously picked up the tab.

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3. He provided comfort.
3. He provided comfort.

Invariably, when I was down, David was up, or vice versa. If he was struggling spiritually, God would lead me to an encouraging devotion or passage of Scripture to share. When I was battling fear, David would take my hand, pray, and remind me of truths I knew but needed to be reminded of.

It’s been my experience that when we are most willing to listen to God, we hear his voice all around us. As the days turned into weeks and no job was forthcoming, God continued to provide comfort through our daily Bible reading, our pastor’s sermons, and the prayers of others.

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4. He provided times of refreshment.
4. He provided times of refreshment.

Knowing how discouraging it can be sitting at home filling out job application after job application, a kind friend offered us the use of his mountain home for a long weekend. The change of scenery and break in our routine lifted our spirits almost immediately. We took long walks, prayed together, and strategized.

One morning, however, discouragement weighed heavy on me. I set out by myself to walk and talk with God. “Lord,” I prayed, “this unemployment has gone on much longer than we expected. We’re getting weary. I don’t know how much more of this we can take. This morning, with all my heart, I’m asking you for a breakthrough.”

I finished my walk and returned to the mountain house. Two hours later David received a text from a friend he hadn’t seen in months. Are you still looking for a job? There’s an opening where I work. I’d be glad to recommend you.

When we returned home, he went in for an interview. The company hired him immediately and he’s worked there ever since.

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5. He provided materially.

5. He provided materially.

The first thing we did when David lost his job was to eliminate every unnecessary expense from our budget. We were ruthless. After we slashed the budget, however, we were still left with way more expenses than my part-time salary and our savings could cover. We learned the power of praying “Give us this day, our daily bread.”

One Sunday an elder at church handed us a check from anonymous giver. Other times I’d find sales and coupons that would allow me to shop for a fraction of what I normally paid. David worked odd jobs. Our doctor gave us samples of some of our prescriptions and connected us with discount programs and assistance funds. A mechanic friend worked on our car for free. Neighbors shared hand me down clothes for the girls.

During both bouts with unemployment, no bill went unpaid. To this day, I can’t explain how. The cumulative effect of generous gifts, unexpected provision, part-time work, and God’s loaves and fishes multiplication provided everything we needed.

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