Sometimes it's hard to believe that things will turn out on the upside when a lot of things seem to be looking down. Things have not been a walk in the park for our family in the last couple years whether it was health, jobs, or finances. However, looking in hindsight at them, good has come out of all of those situations. Whether it was Honey losing his job but during that time, he got to be there for Kiggster and I when I went to all my ultrasounds (yup, had one almost every month), then he got to spend Kiggster's whole 1st year with her and finally, that lead him to make the jump into getting his Master's degree! Financially things have also not been super easy for us but we also made some decisions financially that would seem crazy to some but made the most sense to our family. We decided to become a one-income family, especially since things weren't looking good with my last company. However, that also meant we could no longer afford to stay in our condo and we made the decision to move back in with Honey's family. But it has been the best decision because I am able to stay home with Kiggster, take her to go on lunch dates and surprise visits to Daddy, and also being able to work on building my baby sign language business. This precious time in her youth, we won't be able to get back and she is growing so much each and every day! I can get discouraged easily when times get tough but then somehow, God always seems to provide and give us what we need even though it might not make sense to me at the time.
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
Even in the most unexpected times, what seems like the most hopeless situations, or financial crunches, God has shown to us that he's listening and he's there for us. Just when I've been worried about our finances lately, God sent us some encouragement. Late last week, I woke up to an email from the Fairy Hobmother! Fariy Hobmother has been flittering around from blog to blog, showering them with pixie dust love and letting them know what a great job they are doing on their blog! This is a part of the message that I received from the Fairy Hobmother:
I have to say that I was impressed with what I saw. You clearly work very hard on your blog and I think that such hard work deserves to be rewarded. I’d like to send you a gift in the form of a voucher for Amazon.
Wow, I was amazed to have gotten a visit on my blog and it just feels so nice to be recognized for the work that you put into something! Then the Amazon voucher is just the cherry on top, the compliment was the real ice cream sundae! It was God's way of sending some hope my way!
Don't lose hope in any situation and don't stop believing that God would provide for you in all things! Is there anything that you have lost hope about? What are some ways that help you to hold on to hope?
Thank you Fairy Hobmother for visiting my blog and recognizing my work. The Fairy Hobmother works for the fairy overlords at Appliances Online and they'd love for you to visit them at their Kingdom! Plus, if you're a blogger, make sure you leave a comment on this posting so that you could get the chance to be visited by the Fairy Hobmother. I commented on New Years at another blogger's posting and just got a visit myself so I know it's not just a fairy tale! Good Luck!
I made a 5X7 printable for you all to remember to always have hope. There are 2 different backgrounds to choose from, I couldn't decide which I liked better. Enjoy!
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