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Friday, April 8, 2016

Change.........such a small word.........

but so big that it can cause such great size worry and uncertainty.
We are going through that worry and uncertainty at this time.
I have always held on to the phrase " that when God closes a door, he will open a window"
Our door of security...........is closing.

After 25 years of long hours, hard work, always being at his workplace when needed, and really looking forward to his retirement in just a few short years......... 
my husband has learned that his place of work has made the decision that it will be closing it's doors later this year. 
It is hard on anyone..........at any age,  to lose a job and to have to go back out there .......and look for another one.
But when you are close to retirement age, and the nearest town of opportunity is a small, somewhat limited town........
it is worrisome at the highest.
I glanced out at my husband yesterday, sitting outside, looking  towards the horizon.............
lost in deep.......worried thought.



So the biggest question on our minds........what do we do now?
We have possibilities........other options.........but
"CHANGE"
how much.........we don't want it.
Just like a new day dawning, 
bringing either beauty or havoc
change can be good......or unpleasant......
it's the uncertainty that makes it such a dread........


until the day has set .......and we find ourselves grateful for such a beautiful day.......
and that is what we will choose to do.
We will just take one day at a time......
enjoying the good that comes out of it
and dealing with the unpleasantness as it shows itself


and no matter what dark clouds gather,
we will look for a silver lining through it all.
It is certain that none of us are immune to change of some kind or another ,
it is how we deal with it that makes the journey through it much easier.
We get complacent in our wonderfully made cocoons and don't want to be nudged out to the change and transformation.
so with this............I am hoping that this change will be a good thing. 
How about you?  How do you face the ever constant changes in your life?
I would love to hear!

18 comments:

Blogoratti said...

What wonderful thoughts and great photos. Nice weekend!

Debra said...

My heart goes out to you both, and I will be praying for you. I don't handle change well. It was hard for me when my only child married and they eventually moved quite a ways away from us. But I kept asking God-"Help me to think!" I knew I couldn't even think the right way-even if I kept giving Him my worries or longing for my son-I kept taking those thoughts back! God did help me.

You already have a lovely way of thinking-you don't need any of my advice. :)

Connie said...

I'm sorry to hear this news about your husband's job. Uncertainty does cause worry and fear sometimes. I hope that everything works out for the best for you as you adapt to the changes ahead. The sky photos you posted are all absolutely stunning. I think you are wise to look for the good wherever you can find it.

FlowerLady Lorraine said...

I will be praying for you also. I lost my dear husband 3 years and 4 months ago, then last year I lost my job that I'd had for 17 years. My boss closed up shop and moved to the other side of the state. No severance pay, I had a 1099. I am now living on my small ss check and make a little $ selling things I make. What I do is pray and trust Jesus to take care of me. Each day is new and there are blessings in spite of having a change in my finances. I appreciate things so much more. I also know that I don't need 'more' things to be content.

Love, hugs & prayers for the both of you as you make this transition. It just might be a great big blessing in disguise.

FlowerLady

Henny Penny said...

You have a beautiful blog, and this post is beautifully written. I'm sorry to hear about your husband's job. Hope everything works out good for you both.

AndreaC said...

I will say a prayer that your husband finds a job! This is happening a lot these days. Nothing is certain financially. I, too, don't like change! Always hope for the best in God's time. Andrea

Sherri Farley said...

I think your attitude will serve you well. We've always told our children that "When a door closes, another one will open" & "Life is 10% what happens to you, and 90% how you react to it". Positive things to say, but as I get older, change is a bit more fearful to me especially when it affects our lively hood or our health. We're retired and worry about the rise in prices and healthcare. The hubs had major surgery this winter and a big health scare that turned out to be a very treatable condition. I secretly fretted, but also tried to keep a good attitude and a sense of humor. In reality we have little control over so many things in life, so I plug on and remember what my mother always said to me when something happened..."It isn't arms and legs". She was very wise, things can always be worse & I can imagine the most awful things! I'm sure the hubby is fretting too and that's an added worry. Hang in there.

peggy said...

It is so hard not to worry at a time like this. I will be keeping you all in my thoughts and praying that something good will come soon. Your posts lately have been so beautiful with the little bird and animals and beautiful flowers. Love, Peggy.

Sally said...

God bless you both. You have a great attitude, though. Yes, changes we don't expect are the hardest ones to deal with.

Elaine/Muddling Through said...

Kathleen, I am so sorry. We do not like having our applecart upset. But I will believe with you that God is opening a far better door for you both, and that He will give you both a spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of Him to recognize it. He is faithful, as I'm sure you know. Love you my friend.

Karen said...

Kathleen, I am so sorry you and your husband are having to go through such a tough time. Your attitude is so admirable, though, and I'm sure that will help a lot. I will pray for you and your hubby and think of you often. Much love to you, dear friend!

Sue said...

We have been through so many downsizes and companies closing but luckily my husband is a truck driver so there are many jobs always available. BUT the trick was to find a reputable company and he didn't want to go over the road, so we sweater for quite a while and he worked at two he hated until he started this one. My one suggestion would be to cut your expenses to the bone NOW and start stockpiling some food and supplies for later. It always turns out ok in the end.

Debbie said...

I hope I take it as gracefully as you seem to have decided to do. We have been through some rough weather in nearly 40 years of marriage too, and looking back never could see one time God didn't provide. He knows right now what He intends for you, and all things work for good for His children. It's the waiting for the revealing that is hard for us, but we can find strength in the knowing that He cares and He does not let us down. I've been following your blog long enough to know that you love Him, and He loves you. Rest in that and tell us later what a blessing He was. Hugs!

Patty Hall said...

Sorry to hear you and your husband are having to deal with this kind of change. Saying a prayer for direction in what to do from here.

kiwikid said...

Wishing you and your husband all the best..change is always scary but a new life comes from that. My hubby had to retire early due to his health and soon has to have major surgery....we moved house a year ago to a smaller easier to manage place and have both had to make the effort to join groups (yay for quilters!!) and make new friends, we also travel to see old friends. The new life does settle and become familiar...I am sure things will settle for you, I hope you come thru without too many worries. You have beautiful skies where you are.

Weekend-Windup said...

All the best for you both to over come this change. Changes in life makes our life perfect. Beautiful clippings of sky...

Marie C said...

Oh Kathleen, I hated to read this! My husband and I have been through some severe disappointments over the years. Once he got close to retirement age, no one would hire him in spite of his amazing resume! We really suffered financially a number of times, and it was not easy especially as his health started deteriorating (and the govt took five long years after approval to start sending his disability money!!!) I will be in prayer for you both! I don't mean to sound negative, but it isn't easy, and you will need lots of prayer, help from family and friends, and understanding. God may open a totally unexpected kind of door, and then real change will happen. I will pray something amazing will come your way! God bless you both!

Beatrice P. Boyd said...

So sorry to read this post because it seemed so unfair when your husband was nearing retirement. We have been fortunate in not having to face such life changing news as far as our jobs. My hardest moment was when my then husband said he didn't want to be married to me any longer. But I survived and am even happier now with my present husband. We get sent hurdles and obstacles and it's how we handle them that determines our happiness.