Our family, like many, has been affected by the recession that started in 2008. But God has seen us through this challenging time, exceedingly, abundantly more than we would think or ask. We want to share our story for two reasons. First, we want to give God the Glory, and show how he never leaves or forsakes those who love him. We also want to encourage anyone who is currently going through a challenging time to hold on to God’s word and praise him throughout their season of difficulties.
My husband has over 30 years of experience in his field. Seventeen of those years were spent at a small firm that closed in March 2008 when the owners retired. As soon as the CEO revealed his intentions to shut down his company, one of the clients immediately offered Mike a job. The transition was seamless from one job to the next. However, unbeknown to us, this new company had much less funding than we were led to believe. In the beginning of Jan 2009, they suddenly stopped all work. Mike was given a letter saying he was being let go with no fault of his own…..but without paying the thousands they owned him in back wages.
Mike had been employed without interruption for over 30 years. He sent out resumes and networked. The people he knew told him “we would love to have you but our company has a hiring freeze.” And the resumes? The silence was deafening.
Whenever I am in a challenging season, the Lord gives me a verse to hold onto. We prayed, and the verse we felt given for this time was:
God, our God, we’re running headlong into your arms. We’re rejoicing at your rescue. We’re singing your praises at the top of our lungs. We’re overwhelmed with answered prayers.
Psalm 13.1 (The Message)
As we prayed, the thought came to us to start our own business. We called our contacts and found that while companies had hiring freezes, they had projects to move forward. By hiring us as contractors they could gain Michael’s expertise without the long-term commitment of hiring an employee. We signed our first contract in March 2009. From that day we had continuous business , sometimes so much we were able to give work to other engineers. After a year, we incorporated.
With the business prospering, we were considering moving closer to our church, which was about 70 miles from our home. One day in early summer, while looking at homes in that area, we felt the Holy Spirit strongly urging us to move to Camarillo. We said yes and amen. The decision was made. That week, our main client informed us they had suddenly lost all funding. Their contract ran through the end of the year. But they would have to pull out. They didn’t know how they would survive without us.
We choose to stay in faith. We continued to praise God each day:
“God, our God, we’re running headlong into your arms. We’re rejoicing at your rescue. We’re singing your praises at the top of our lungs. We’re overwhelmed with answered prayers. ”
Psalm 13.1 (The Message)
And the prayer never seemed old. In fact, it became more and more vibrant and alive. It was like a doorway into our secret place. We declared that God held us in the palms of his hands. And his plans for us were good, to prosper us and not to harm us. We declared that someday we would share how our test became our testimony. We networked. We did online marketing. During this time we heard our Pastor talking about the church being in debt. Our hearts were torn. We felt the Lord telling us to give a special large gift of $5,000. We regularly tithe from our income. But a special large gift? Now when we had no idea when or who are next client would be? In faith, we sent a check for $5,000 along with our story and a request for prayer.
And we waited. And prayed. And praised. And networked.
Months passed. One small contract from a large company came in. We thought, this one company could keep us busy. Maybe this is the beginning of our answered prayers. Then at the same time two things caught our attention. We heard a sermon reminding us that God’s ways are not our ways. And not to overlook an opportunity because it was different than our expectations. And a dear friend sent me a verse from Psalm 68:1 that jumped off the page and into my heart. The Lord always seems to give me a verse for the time, and I immediately knew this was our new verse. So I started declaring it in faith. And the verse immediately evolved to a more personal form:
“When we see God in action, we sing, we shout! We sing and shout for joy!” (Hooray for Jesus!) Make way the coming of cloud-rider!
That week, my husband received a call from a colleague stating that a very large corporation was looking for someone with a unique combination of skills and experience. They were just creating this position, and it required an extensive background, that exactly fit his qualifications. Seven interviews and a battery of tests later, on a Friday afternoon he was offered the job….100 miles south of our church. We stood in prayer and made a counter offer to be located near our church. That Monday we received a new contract situating him only 10 miles from Camarillo. We joyfully signed a letter of intent. My husband started his new job in January 2011. We are so happy to have a steady tithe to give the Lord. Right now, we’re preparing our home for sale. And every day we declare that God is preparing a place for us.
We share this testimony, to encourage people to have the faith to praise God today! Praise him now, and again when you live in victory.
When we see God in action, we sing, we shout! We sing and shout for joy! Make way the coming of cloud-rider
Hooray for Jesus! Hallelujah! Blessed be the name of the Lord. How Great is our God!