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In Paul's majestic letter to the Ephesians, the whole of our Christian journey is on view, from the secret and wonderful purposes of God before all creation to the final consummation when everything is summed up in Christ, and all points in between. It's a favourite Christian letter, with its commands for us to rejoice in the Lord, to live in peace, to seek unity and to imitate the humility of our Saviour. In short, Philippians teaches us partnership for life.

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Walk This Way Ephesians In Paul's majestic letter to the Ephesians, the whole of our Christian journey is on view, from the secret and wonderful purposes of God before all creation to the final consummation when everything is summed up in Christ, and all points in between. Partners for Life Philippians It's a favourite Christian letter, with its commands for us to rejoice in the Lord, to live in peace, to seek unity and to imitate the humility of our Saviour.

To the Householder 1 Timothy Paul's letter to Timothy is packed with instructions about the way we ought to live as God's people. Run the Race 2 Timothy Paul's emotional final letter to Timothy, written near the end of his life, is one of the most stirring and moving documents in the whole Bible. From Shadow to Reality Hebrews Some Christians find the book of Hebrews a daunting prospect, with its detailed arguments about angels, Melchizedek and the short-comings of the old covenant.

The Implanted Word James In a world like this, the key to survival and growth, says James, is to humbly receive the Word which God has planted in us. Rest Assured 1 John Can we have any confidence about where we stand with God, and how can we know that Jesus really is "the way, the truth and the life"? The Vision Statement Revelation Throughout Christian history, believers have struggled with the book of Revelation, with its symbolism, its dire judgements, its promises of eternal glory and its relationship with world history.

The Blueprint Doctrine Look at the interlocking biblical themes which are at the heart of Christian doctrine, concerning God, mankind, Jesus, the Holy Spirit, salvation, resurrection and the life to come. Bold I Approach Prayer For many Christians, just the mention of 'prayer' is enough to arouse feelings of guilt, failure and confusion. Cash Values Money Money is a tricky topic for Christians, and we rarely sit down to carefully work out what the Bible has to tell us about it.

Sing for Joy Music and singing are wonderful gifts from God that seem strangely destined to cause frustration and grumbling in Christian churches around the globe. I feel so alone and abandoned. We just rebuilt our credit from him losing the last job. I am so miserable and I feel like every one is happy except us. Please please pray for us! We have worked so hard to have what we have and believe me we are just middle class people trying to live our lives in an evil and selfish world.

I am almost at the end of my rope. I just feel so helpless and my husband is so sad he is drinking more. Why did this have to happen? Diane, I hear how challenging this has been for you and your husband. I wonder if your husband could take a stop gap job to make ends meet while pursuing a new professional job?

I recently left a toxic work environment with no safety net. These jobs are normally advertised on Craigslist and you just need a car and drivers license. If not, I hope this was helpful. Stay strong in Him. As an aside, encourage husband to get help for his drinking. If he feels hopeful, he may be up to going to meetings and getting a sponsor. Check with his doctor to see if he needs more intensive treatment or needs help to detox.

God bless! Still here waiting. It makes you want to turn off social media and stay in your house. Prospective employers take forever and no one seems to care when they lead people on. God created the world, he can make a job happen faster if he wanted to. Are we supposed to be learning something here? I work in press so we get fun opps but I have to work to make them happen.

I used to think prayer worked. Now, eh…. I have said similar things to people and no one can ever really answer it. It is a really good point though. People have bills to pay for now. How is knowing that there are rewards in Heaven helping with those bills? Please dont lose hope in God. God is able to do exactly what he promised.

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Your friends will seem happy but you dont know what they go through behind closed doors. God loves you so he places you in situations that he believes you can handle. I know it is hard to not look towards earthly possessions especially in times of need.

He sees and feels your pain more so than you can imagine and he wants what is best for us. Trust me things will get better in time, believe that it will and trust that God will bring you through. Look towards him and his word and trust me, he will provide all that he has promised.

Dont lose hope and keep on fighting. Paul endured soo much in order to spread the gospel. What we endure is nothing compared to what Christ did for us on the cross. Keep hope and trust in him!! You sound very hard working Dora all credit to you, I pray your husband received a job soon. God is faithful, he has a beautiful plan for you, and he will comfort and strengthen your faith in the meantime. Mike, thank you for your post, maybe God is not giving me a job because I have things I need to learn.

After analyzing myself, I feel that I want to have a job because I want to please the world. My parents will be proud of me; my relatives and neighbors will also have a good opinion about me; I can start tithing at the church and not feel like a poor person who cannot give anything; people at church will start liking me because I will have job; I can start making friends again because I can go out and pay; I do not have to feel guilty for not not working and doing nothing all day.

I do not mind if I work at a fast food restaurant or mop the floors, but will the world view me as less? Thank you for inspiring words and it is Jesus speaking directly to my heart I love my Lord and Savior and am so very thankful and pray for increase in faith and for wisdom on exactly where my God wants me. Little did I know that from your post….

God Bless and prayerfully our scripture and his word is still our purpose today. Thank you for posting this! As a woman that has gone through about a year of unemployment and now underemployment, it has been a constant challenge to remember that my identity and value is in Christ. You are so welcome, Anna. Thanks for letting me know that it was helpful — I really appreciate it. First, Yes,.. It Hurts,.. So Badly,.. Because, I Turely Am Bless! Im Talken About,…Gods Wonderful,..

And Do Not,.. So Much,.. Like That,.. But Until Then,.. Women To Cry! Kids To Cry! You Can Beat,.. A Good Place To Start! Thank you for sharing your story, Terry. It sounds like you have fervent love for Jesus Christ, and are earnest in seeking and meeting Him. And I am very sorry about how much you have suffered. All I know is that God is faithful, and He will use all these trials to give you even more joy in Him — and He will meet all your needs in the meantime. Great testimony and I know the Lord Jesus Christ will be your deliverer.

All things belong to him. I will pray for his will for your life. Thank you so much for this post Terry. Your heart encouraged me so much. May god bless you. I continue to pray for your complete healing, and remember to thank God now for what I have. May much love come to you. Thank you so much for this post. Your post is a really big encouragement for me, and I pray that it encourages my friends as well as others who are going through unemployment.

Thanks for taking the time to share your thoughts, Stephen. Blessings, Steve. I began looking at how my fellow colleagues where advancing and i felt so forgotten by God. All my so called friends, cut me off. What a great article. I have a person in my congregation who I am going to send it to today. It will also go into my files for future reference. I am looking forward to browsing your other articles. Hi Peter — Thank you for stopping by, and for letting me know that this article was helpful.

I appreciate the encouragement — Steve. I shed tears as I read this article. My wonderful husband lost his broadcasting job with a major Christian ministry after 33 years of excellent service. The reason? Budget cuts. It has been 14 months and still no sign of a job. We have had to daily and even at times minute-by-minute remind ourselves of the promises of God. When one of us is downcast usually me , the other one reminds us to focus on Psalm It really helps.

Thank you for sharing your story, Deborah. I am going to write what I am praying for you and your husband —. Strengthen their faith through the Word. Help them see You ruling over all this for their great joy in You. Comfort them. Secure them. Fill and satisfy them. Provide for their every need. Guide them and give them wisdom. Today show them a sign for good — and quickly bring job offers. One — I do not believe God promises that if we have enough faith, we are guaranteed more and more income or better and better jobs. So how is that good news? God is in control over employment, income, and possessions — and will give me exactly what I need in order to have the greatest joy in Him.

I have been unemployed for 18 months and my unemployment benefits run out in two weeks. Thank you for this encouragement. Proverbs mentioned above has been one of my favorite verses throughout this time. I have good days and bad, and then horrible days as far as my trust in the Lord goes. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand. This is the Lord, we have waited on Him; let us be glad and rejoice in His salvation. Wow,thank you for sharing this.

This is another bit of cement to my foundation. I am currently unemployed and have been for a few months. I am OK with letting go of possessions. I have put my faith in God and it has been proven that I will be taken care of. I have been blessed with the ability to hand over my life to the care of God — THIS has brought me peace and serenity.

Humbled and thankful, Aliah. Aliah, so thankful to see your growth in faith. We seem to learn more in the hard times than in the times of ease.

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Truly, Jesus is the answer. Faith is the key. Faith needs an object or focus. Jesus is the one true and eternal focus of all we have, all we need and all we should seek. Proud of you! Thanks for your article. It helps and brings some hope. My husband has been unemployed for over a year and there seems to be little hope. He has a great education and had excellent reviews at his previous job but it came down to a restructuring. I could be laid off as well in the next year. We have four children and the stress feels so overwhelming at times.

I feel sad most days. I will reflect on what you have said in your article and continue to faithfully cry out to the Lord. God bless. Thank you for taking the time to comment and share your thoughts. Pour Your love into their hearts. Help them feel the truth that You are doing great good for them through every detail of this season. Bless them with even greater dependence on You, reliance on You, closeness with You. Draw them together as a family in prayer and the Word. Provide an excellent job for her husband. We ask that You would fulfill Your promises to them — providing for them Phil , giving them all they need Mat , delivering them from this difficult time Psa One other thought — are you part of a small group of believers who could pray with and for you?

God can work powerfully through other brothers and sisters as we open our hearts, share our burdens, and pray for each other. Thank you very much, Steve, for replying to my post. How kind of you and I will ask God to bless you in a special way for such life giving ministry. You asked if we are part of a group of believers who can pray for us and we sure are and we appreciate our friends who pray with us and for us.

My husband is ordained as a deacon but there is no remuneration in this — it is volunteer ministry and I work full time in Catholic ministry. In fact, two years prior to my husband being ordained he was ordained in we were hit with 10 to 12 significant and challenging trials while completing our studies at the seminary. I will keep seeking God but it certainly has been overwhelming. Thanks again for your ministry. I will certainly let you know what God does.

God bless you abundantly! Hi There! Happened upon your site. Thank You for reminding me of what is truly important. I am at the most darkest times in my life. I survived the attacks from ground zero. My first experience with being unemployed. I was closely walking with the Lord back then. I started a contracting business at 40 years old. God blessed that business for many years. I relocated it to another state to help out family. Big mistake. I took a maintenance job at my kids Christian school.

I got my wife a job there. Two years ago my wife informs me she does not love me and wants a divorce. She feel in love with the Headmaster. She divorced me, lost my house, business filed chapter 7, lost my maintenance job at the school. I have been unemployed since July Homeless, living with a friend. Three children, whom I miss daily.

I am learning through this process that God is in control. As I read and study scripture I find comfort knowing God chastens the ones He loves. Please pray for my family. Thank you so much for taking the time to share your story. I will pray for you right now —. Father, I ask that You would meet Mike in a special way. Strengthen his faith in Your precious promises. Help him see Jesus ruling over this entire situation with great love and compassion. Thank You that what others might mean for evil, you mean for good Psa In this time of tragic pain and heart-break, give Mike sweet times of nearness with you.

Satisfy his heart with Your love. Comfort him in Your sovereignty. Give him a taste of the eternal weight of Your glory that He will know in eternity — and console him that his trials now are producing for him even more joy in Your glory forever 2Cor And Father, I plead with You to provide him a job — quickly. Display Your love and power and goodness by providing for him. And Mike, do you have a small group of believers who are praying with you and encouraging you through this? I lost everything in But i trusted in the Lord Jesus.

But i am still unemployed but i have my daughter and God has blessed me in ways i cannot imagine. I had been working Food service and retail jobs for 10 years, and God led me to a masters degree in govt administration. I graduated from a highly ranked program recently, which also meant job loss I was employed through a co-op.

It seems like there are critics and micromanagers everywhere in my family. I have excellent reviews from previous jobs and had a stellar gpa in school. I Had a job offer, but turned it down because it would have involved deceptive sales practices. I was believing to get married to my sweetheart and have a family.

It seems so nonsensical. I feel that I have much to offer any employer, and God has blessed me with a great work ethic. God has drawn me closer to the young men in my church, and been using me in worship and evangelism. I am thankful for that. My prayers for provision have been faithfully answered as a farmer from church has taken me on as a temporary hand. However, the money is not a live able wage with my expense situation.

There are days that I praise God and love just like before. I thank you for your time, the article was encouraging. Thanks Steve for the sharing.


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Pray for me that God will bless me a job soon. Meantime, I will spend more time praying and discern His plan for me. Thank You for Psalm — where you invite us to call upon you in the day of trouble, and you promise that You WILL deliver us, and then we will glorify you. As she calls upon You, deliver her. Bring her a job. Fill her with peace in You in the meantime. Give her times of joy unspeakable and full of glory in beholding and trusting Jesus Christ.

And give her wisdom — give her next steps to take — guide her into Your perfect will. Thank you for the beautiful prayer. I thought I would reply to update you once the prayer is answered, but I decided to reply now to encourage Michael. I am in similar situation as him. There are plenty of jobs that I could fit in, but I am just not getting noticed. But I believe in God, who is Jehovah Jireh, in His faithfulness and His steadfast love to provide, as He always has been throughout my life. And I want to echo what Jesus has taught us, to pray fervently at all times. Thanks for encouraging Michael, Agnes.

And I love your firm confidence that God is the Provider. Guide her steps. Give her even more confidence in You. So — as her loving Father — care for her, meet her need, relieve her, for the glory of Your name. Agnes, thank you for replying to Steve and thank you for thinking of me and for your encouragement, Michael. There are loads of jobs in my field of work but I cant seem to get through to the recruiters, I feel there is a blockage somehow? It is so encouraging to hear how the Father brought you to this site, Michael.

Thank you for sharing it. I will take some time right now to ask the Father to meet you, encourage you, and deliver you Psa Strengthen his faith as he prays over Your Word. Calm his feelings of desperation. Let Him sense Your nearness, love, and power. So I ask for a breakthrough to the recruiters in the next few days. Give him wisdom and guidance. Open doors for him. Guard his heart and mind in Christ Jesus Phil One other thing. Are you part of a Bible-believing, Jesus-trusting church family? I know that having brother and sisters around me is so crucial — to encourage and speak truth to me.

Share your heart with fellow-believers and let them pray with and for you. In answer to your question; yes I am part of a believing church family but I also have a closer network of friends who are supporting me too. I will keep you posted on events and thank you again, Michael. I have completed a security course and have sent out so many cv s. My financial situation seems to be getting worst.

All day long I spend my time reading my bible, praying and trusting God. Hello Jennifer, my name is susan and I too am struggling with finding suitable employment. I have sent out countless resumes. I will pray for you and all the others looking for employment, and pray that they are able to stay faithful and have hope. Steve, In this period of unemployment for Kaz due to him deciding to quit a job that would have severely limited his ability do what God has called him to we cried out to the Lord and wondered greatly His purpose in this.

I felt all along this was a mostly spiritual battle rather than a temporal one, After months of prayer, and others praying for us, today we resorted to the last spiritual tool I knew of: fasting. The offer letter that had been promised but held up for over a week showed up today! I used this wonderful blog post to focus on praying today too — thank you for writing it!

Maybe you could write a blog on fasting too? Why does it help? Why do we save it for the very last resort? If anyone who reads this wants to pray, it will still be 2 months until the first paycheck will show up. I would ask prayer that we will be able to keep the house we live in as our savings are already depleted. I will plan on doing a post on fasting — thanks for the suggestion. You are right that too often fasting is our last resort.

Thanks for sharing your thoughts, and I will definitely be praying. I will also email you personally with some follow-up thoughts. First of all I want to thank God for you and your online ministry. I am unemployed and have been for 16 months. I just received a letter today stating that by May 12th my benefits would be ending.

I am so thankful to God for my next reaction; usually I would start fretting and worrying, but not this time I started looking for scriptures and sites that would help me with my faith walk and praise be to God, there you were. I know that God has me in a place where I can get closer to him and I am thankful to God for this time of my life. To God Be the Glory. Good to hear from you, Diane.

I am so glad that your first response to the bad news was to turn to Christ — and I will pray that His grace and comfort strengthens and sustains you — AND that He will quickly provide work for you. Thank you that she is turning to You. Thank You that she is trusting You. Thank You for her heart to pray for others. And thank You that You are a loving and compassionate Father. So I pray that You would quickly provide Diane with the job she needs.

Hello, looks like most of these posts are a few months old but I will post anyway asking for prayer. State help is over and savings is down to a couple of months. I know that God has sustained me and will rescue me from my situation Isaiah yet there are days where I really struggle. I feel as though God is waiting on me to do something???

At times, I am really confused as to what I should be doing. With that said…my story is too long and complicated so I will just ask for prayer. Dear ms Gadson. I am going through something very similar and I am still looking for work. I will pray for you now. Heavenly Father, please look after ms Gadson and bring your peace to her now. You are a good Dad and want only the best for your children and ms Gadson is one of your precious children. Please meet her needs right now, help her to find a job that is suited to her and please help her to prosper, in Jesus name I ask this for her, Amen.

Thank You that You have never broken a promise. Give him wisdom about steps to take. Open the right doors. And keep him strong and encouraged in the meantime. Thank You that you love her so much that you were willing to deliver up Your own Son to pay for her sins. Thank You that the Cross proves that you love her, care for her, and are committed to helping her. Strengthen her faith. Pour Your love into her heart.

Let this time of need become holy ground — full of Your glorious presence. Give her fellow-believers who can pray, support, and encourage her. And provide for her every need — as You promise to do. Michael, thank you for your prayer. Today is a better day and I know that change is coming soon. I will post a message of praise when my situation changes. Heavenly Father, I pray that you will open up the windows of heaven and not just bless all those on this blog but bless them beyond anything thing they could dream or imagine. Ephesians in Jesus name. Hebrews Let us therefore come boldly to the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy and find grace to help in time of need.

Psalm In my distress I called upon the Lord, and cried out to my God; He heard my voice from His temple, and my cry came before Him, even to His ears. I lost the plot yesterday as it has been nearly six months unemployed now and I am still reeling from my stupid actions.

It would mean I would be separated from my home, family and friends living in digs unable to visit because of distance. I know my identity is in Christ and not in a job but I feel so useless, unemployment is an evil scourge on our society. Michael — I am sorry to hear about how hard things have been. My heart goes out to you and your tough situation. He loves you. He calls you to come to Him as you are — He will welcome you, help you, love you, forgive you, and give you everything you need. Then fight the fight of faith until you can see more clearly and feel more deeply all that God promises to be to you in Jesus Christ.

Thank you so much for responding Steve. I will keep you posted I promise. I will look to Jesus and I will go to him as I am. I have been avoiding prayer because of guilt but your words have encouraged me to do so. Thank you,. Agnes, thank you for showing me this scripture I will hang on to it. Tomorrow I travel hundreds of miles for a job interview.

I have however set myself to fully trust God in this endeavor but it is difficult for me. Michael, I am sorry to hear about your incident. But glad to hear that you have turned back to God. HE is a forgiving God. In whatever you do, keep Him close.

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I am still holding on and expecting change. My favorite passage that has gotten me through month after month is Proverbs Trust in the Lord with all your heart. Lean not on your own understanding. In all of your ways acknowledge Him and He will direct your path. God bless all those on this site for your prayers and caring words. I must say that I am feeling much better at the moment since I stopped fighting the circumstances. Things went very well on Friday and I am now back at home. I also found out that the chap interviewing me was a Christian too. All members are Christians and share the same vision for reaching the lost in the music circles in which we work.

Recent times have witnessed God moving on our behalf to bring us to a place of favour within the industry and we are on the precipice of something big. All members and support crew have jobs locally except for me and if I have to move away then this scuppers things to a degree. I have waited nearly 30 years for these times and now it looks like I might have to miss out.

You all may understand that as I went for the interview on Friday, I felt somewhat like Abraham when God asked him to sacrifice his son Isaac. I just felt that the whole thing was sooo crazy! I was thinking that if I get this job how can anything work? I have applied for jobs in my area and the doors just slam shut! The doors that are opening are hundreds of miles away, this is just nuts! It brings peace somehow when you stop struggling. I will keep you all informed of how things progress and I would like to thank you all again for your prayer and support here, Michael.

Praise the Lord for His enlightenment and for renewing your spirit. Although many times, I am confounded but I hang onto His promises and His steadfast love.

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I have lost my business to a business partner, who is a Christian and I am in a family of non believers. But I believe He will restore my career and the situation in my family. Our Gracious God has restored my health and gave salvation to my father before he passed away. So, I strongly believe only He is in control.

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Continue to do our part but also rest in His love. I am glad you are feeling more encouraged — and I will continue to pray that the Father works in such a beautiful way that you look back stunned at His goodness and wisdom. You are not alone in having a season of darkness. Joseph had years in a dungeon. Abraham had years of childlessness. David had years running from Saul. I am ready to throw the towel in with God.

My life has gotten worse since I go to church. If God wants us to prosper, why does He make live so difficult. I have been looking but have not yet found anything. I keep asking the Lord to lead me to a job and ask for wisdom, guidance, and direction. So far nothing yet. What am I doing wrong? In Christ, Greg. You ask if you are doing something wrong. It sounds like you are sincerely seeking the Lord — and that He has not revealed anything to you that you are doing wrong.

Are you part of a community of believers who can pray with and for you? I find that crucial to keep fighting the fight of faith. Hi Greg, like you I am still unemployed after 6 months even though there is a great demand for my skill set. In this world peoples entire existence and self worth is in their job, e. Take away the job and their whole life implodes. Hi, I have been recently let go due to being off work for a while with a health condition, I was writing a blog about living in faith so I googled it and it came up with your blog!

The one thing that has struck me most is the part where you say that God has a plan for every day that I am unemployed, I have never thought about it like this before and have recently been wasting my days away. But from now on I will seek God in the morning and ask for wisdom as to what He wants me to do with the day He has given me.

Just to let you all know that I got knocked back for the job I went for. Strange really when I think how well we got on in the interview and that the chap was so impressed with my previous experience. We also found out that we were both believers. I have another interview in Birmingham tomorrow. Thanks for the update, Michael. How far is Birmingham from where you live? Hi Steve, thank you. Birmingham is about two and half hours from where I live. Thank you for this post. My husband has been laid off twice in the past year — both times due to budget cuts — the first layoff came after 19 years on his job with 8 months of unemployment.

Then he received a new job, which laid him off after just under one month — also because of budget cuts. During the period of time he had the second job, he turned down a job he had waited to hear from for over five months because he had just taken that second job, only to have that one lay him off again, in just under a month of worth there.

My own job will end in five and a half months. My husband gets lots of interviews and has come very close to another job or two recently — he just needs to have faith to hang on until God blesses him with the right opportunity at just the perfect time.

Thank you for giving us the faith and strength to continue to hold on as we both seek jobs. Blessings to all. Thanks for sharing your story, Vicki. I will pray right now for God to pour strength and comfort upon you and your husband — and for God to provide your husband a new job quickly. I will be sure to keep you updated on both of our job searches, and I would love to hear more of your message and your preaching. You are so welcome, Vicki.

Thank you so much for the words of encouragement. My husband did eventually get another job — in a completely different field. I now find myself without a job my boss retired so all of us lost our jobs as a result. I know that God will, in His perfect timing, provide me with the job in which he wants to place me — and I want to continue to trust in His will for my life and to be an encouragement to others who are also looking for their next job. I will continue to pray for all who have shared their stories here, as I have been doing; and I am so uplifted when I hear that jobs and financial mercies from God are being shared through this site.

God is, indeed, worth all of our love, trust, and faith. I am in Chichester at the moment working on a five week contract. Its too far from home to go back at weekends so I am having to stay for the whole period. Went to a great church this morning where they prayed for me to get work nearer to home. I will be looking for work again in 4 weeks. Good to hear from you, Michael. May He pour His grace out upon you — comfort you and your family — and provide you a job closer to home.

Thanks for the encouragement you give, it means alot. There are bad days like today when I wished I would die rather than go through this suffering,thank God for ministries like yours, they are indeed life giving. I will write down all those scriptures and read them everyday starting today. Thank you Steve. There have been bad days like today that I just wanted to die….

Thank you for your ministry…. I will write down the scriptures quoted in this blog and read them everyday. Thank you for stopping by and for taking the time to share your thoughts. One day not so long ago I was having a hard time and felt completely abandoned by God because i felt as though my prayers were going ignored and unanswered. Truly — He never leaves us or forsakes us! My wife and I met up in Gloucester about 10 days ago as it was a half way house for us both. This is what has come to mind of late.

That is very encouraging. I am rejoicing at how God has given you grace to persevere in faith. Keep fighting the fight, brother — and keep us posted as the Lord works. What an unjust God he is. There is no justice anywhere and truth lies fallen dead in the streets. I will give a more detailed response when I get back from vacation — but maybe others can share their thoughts in the meantime. I can understand but God works in mysterious but perfect ways all the time and in His time. You only need faith the size of a mustard seed to trust that He will bless and provide for you.

I came from a poverty and hopeless family, so I could testified to His love and power. Even as I am struggling to land a job now, and witness people around me even those who worship other gods getting blessed with jobs, I continue to persevere till He brings His will to pass. In the meantime, I occupy myself with His work at church and His online community. I pray for you that God will give you the grace and strength during this difficult period. I understand your thoughts. It is not favouritism, it is just their own path in the world. A natural domino effect of freewill.

However, those that love you will always be there to comfort you, a promise that you are not alone to endure, your favourite song on the radio, a tub ice cream you didnt know you had, getting a little closer to a mother you never really seemed to get along with, a dream of the warmth of someone holding your hand. These little things that i can say oh thats just coincidence, i truly believe are the comforts that i am given when i get rejected again and it gives me a little hope to get me up the next morning.

They are there if I trust him enough to see them. God has purposefully allowed him to be unemployed now Eph — and promises to use this trial to bring Adam great good Rom Only Adam knows what his situation is, but i am also on my third year now of unemployment and in that time, i have gained a deep interest in creative writing. That there is always a positive if we are willing to find it. All i could focus on was how angry she was making me and how upset I was in that moment.

I just hoped i could give him something or make him focus on what there was to be hopeful about instead of the bad. Thank you so much for sharing your thoughts. I have not experienced anything like that, but my heart goes out to you. Not to give you easy answers — but to give you a framework from which to see your situation. In Psa 73 the author is struggling with why the wicked prosper vv. He feels like his faith in God has been in vain v.

Either way — God showed Him three crucial truths —. And third, that even when he goes through trials, God is being good to him v. I am praying for you, Adam. I hope this helps some, and would welcome any response, feedback, or questions. I am now unemployed for 6 months and I really need wisdom to keep myself meaningfully occupied till the day when there is a job offer. It can be really dreadful when I wake up each day not knowing what I can do other than sending resume. I am just too used to the hectic routine at work that even a holiday can be a pain for me.

However, my wife and I have been at peace since the decision was made to terminate my employment. Thanks for sharing your situation and asking for prayer. I will pray right now — and please keep us posted. However I understand how you feel and similar thoughts have gone through my own mind during times of unemployment. I now have temporary contract work but I am separated from my wife and family.

Take heart Adam, sometimes life deals us hard blows. If you can get this word from Paul in your heart it can lighten the load you carry;. Though our bodies are dying, our spirits are being renewed every day. Yet they produce for us a glory that vastly outweighs them and will last forever! For the things we see now will soon be gone, but the things we cannot see will last forever. In particular I was always troubled by the passage in Mathew 7 vs 21 — 23, but you have cleared this up for me now, thank you.

I thank you for this encouraging article as I am now in-between jobs for almost 6 months. My last employer made me redundant in April this year. This came to me as a shock because prior to this, I was told my contract would be extended. Despite attending many interviews since April, at least once a week, I did not get any offers. I was discouraged when God did not respond despite my prayers and cries for my employment.

With faith, I have just invested a bulk of my savings for a part-time masters program and other programs that may help in my employability. My savings are finite and I have 2 old parents to take care. Because of Jesus, the Father loves you and is rejoicing to do you good with all His heart and soul Jer f.

He will be faithful to care for you. Thank you for the blog. I recently graduated from graduate school a couple months ago, but have had difficulty finding a position in my field — education — or in finding even temporary work. Through much grace, God humbled me in graduate school by introducing me to wonderful Christian friends and an equally wonderful church, all of which helped me grow in my faith. I am incredibly grateful God led me down this path before my unemployment. God has blessed me with so much — my friends, my family, my significant other, my faith — that I constantly remind myself of the need to be grateful for being so undeservingly prosperous.

Your post helped me collect my thoughts during these trying times, and I want to say, Thank you. And I pray for your ministry and for those who, like me, are currently unemployed. Good to meet you, David. Thanks for sharing your story, and for letting me know that the post was helpful. And it is good to hear how God strengthened you in Christ during graduate school — so you are more equipped to deal with the trial of not finding a job.

He is so wise and good. I love this site. I have been unemployed for six months, and then two weeks ago my savings and checking account got garnished from a long ago bill of 12 years ago. I have no money, but I have a lot of peace so far. I sent off a very nice resume today, and I am feeling good about this position.. When this happened I just shook a lot because I was so afraid.

I asked God to give me peace one night, and in a few seconds I was so peaceful. I just keep reading the psalm when I get scared and it works. I am going to a healing session at my church tonight and I am going to be prayed over for a job and some type of money, because I have two dollars left.