Thankful hearts through trials of change

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By Rachel Temple

Two years ago this fall, the regional jet airline my husband worked for took its last flight after 35 years. The day the last flight landed and taxied to the gate was filled with many emotions for the employees and their families. Everyone knew this was the end of their career with this airline prior to this day; however it felt final as the plane powered down, reality set it.

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Two months from the day of the announcement, I made a post on my personal facebook page. “We might be facing the unknown with job loss, however there was such a peace with it. Where our God leads we will follow.” Where did that peace come from? It came from Jesus. He is our comforter in time of need.

The day the official announcement came, I noticed a 3×5 index card on our refrigerator. “He will have no fear of bad news; his heart is steadfast, trusting in the Lord.” Psalm 112:7 NIV

In that moment, peace washed over me. I knew even in this trial Jesus was going to take care of our family. Many reached out to us and offered their prayers of support. Our family was grateful.

Looking back even before this announcement was made, Jesus was preparing our hearts prior to this change. Two of the ways that stick out to me are:

1) My husband and I took a financial peace class that was led by friends at our church. This prepared us to get our finances in order. Had we not listened to the nudge to take this class, I’m not sure we would have survived the pay cut.

2) Friends gave me the gift of a lifetime. Different amounts of money came pouring in, to provide enough money for me to attend a speaking and writing conference. One said, “This is your year to go.” Indeed, it was! It was a gift that would be like a drink of water to one’s soul. The conference ended five days prior to the announcement of the airlines closing. I know for a fact that words spoken and friendships made at that conference was preparation for the news.

It’s been two years and God provided in ways that brought joy and thanksgiving. My husband was able to find a job working for an airline again. Hallelujah! At times when we needed the extra cash flow substitute teacher calls for me to sub as a librarian or teacher’s aide have came at the right time.

Trials are hard. They can shake us. Trials can be used to draw us closer to Jesus. And in the end, when we walk out of trials, we are changed.

Our family is able to encourage others walking the trial of a change due to job loss.

Are you or someone you know walking through a trial? Write these verses in a journal or an index card. Let God’s word wash over you.

“So then, don’t be afraid. I will provide for you and your children. And he reassured them and spoke kindly to them.” Genesis 50:21 (NIV)

“The Lord directs the steps of the godly; He delights in every detail of their lives.” Psalm 37:23 (NLT)

“They will have no fear of bad news; their hearts are steadfast, trusting in the LORD.” Psalm 112:7 (NIV)

“I have set the LORD continually before me; Because He is at my right hand, I will not be shaken.” Psalm 16:8 (NASB)

“Therefore, my dear brothers and sisters, stand firm. Let nothing move you. Always give yourselves fully to the work of the Lord, because you know that your labor in the Lord is not in vain.” 1 Corinthians 15:58 (NIV)

“And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose.” Romans 8:28 (ESV)

One truth I always want you to remember is no matter how hard the situation you go through, “Jesus is there.” He can help us to have thankful hearts through trials of change.

IMG_0922Rachel Temple is a wife, mom of two, blogger, coffee-lover and speaker. She is crazy about Jesus and thankful for grace. Rachel longs to see each generation connected because each generation needs each other. On a normal day, you will see her carpooling, looking for a new crock pot recipe or at the softball field cheering on her daughter’s travel team. Rachel can be found at RachelTemple or on Twitter.

5 Responses to Thankful hearts through trials of change

  1. I too have gone through a season of change the past four years. One of the Scripture verses that has encouraged me is Isaiah 41:10 “So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.” I have it laminated and prominently displayed on my desk as a reminder. I love how the Lord provides what we need and just when we need it. So many lessons learned in trials. Beautiful post Rachel.

    Blessings and love,
    Debbie

  2. I can relate to the peace which passes all understanding in my life. After moving to New Jersey from our home in Virginia, my life not only changed in countless ways; to add to all the changes I was diagnosed with a life threatening illness. Recently my dear husband died of cancer. God’s word has given me such grace and comfort…I have been clinging to the promises found in his word. Your testimony gives me hope in knowing God is truly going to provide for me in the days and months to come. God bless.

  3. We are in a season of change right now Rachel. Your post will encourage many. I am grateful that I learned long ago how to walk through the rough trials leaning on Jesus and when it seems like the waves of the trials are about to overtake me I get under His covering even more closely knowing that in the end, ALL will work out for my (our) good! Romans 8:28.

    Bless you for your powerful sharing! Love you.

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