The layoff action where Hubby works has been quite active. Fortunately, Hubby hasn’t been laid off, but he’s been sent home early quite a few times. We thank God for whatever hours he does work.

I remind hubby that although he is the prime breadwinner for the family, he is by no means our sufficiency. Hubby is the designated provider, but God is the ultimate provider. It is because of God that we eat and have shelter. It is God who gives hubby the ability to go to work everyday.

Regardless of the state of our economy or our checking account crisis, I have to keep my eyes focused on God. The economy is too shaky and I need solid ground to stand on; I choose to believe someone bigger than us is in control.

Sunday morning, I read the background of Matthew, the tax collector, and how he left his job to follow Jesus. Jesus used Matthew’s skills of keeping accurate records for His own glory. We are no different today. Regardless of what our status of earthly employment is, God wants to employ us to bring Him glory using a skill, talent, or gift He has planted in us. Hubby is an excellent handyman and can repair anything, so if gets caught up in the layoff action, God has already blessed him with employment.

Even mothers often look for creative ways to supplement income in the home by using a talent or gift to generate income. I believe we all have one whether we use it or not. Just as Matthew stepped out on faith and followed Jesus, we must do the same. The key is to put God first and follow His plan, which often appears unusual, unclear, and especially unattainable.

Knowing God is taking care of our family is comforting to me. Just as children feel secure knowing we will meet their every need, our Heavenly Father wants us to have the same security and trust in Him.

Matthew 6:32,33 (NKJV)
...For your heavenly Father knows that you need all these things. But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you.

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