(1) Will's company laid off 28% of its employees yesterday. We have known this day was coming for about 6 weeks now and we both really felt at peace about whatever happened. But, as the date approached, we both became much more apprehensive and starting having doubts. Will was supposed to get the call from his boss between 9-9:30 yesterday morning and I was taking Claire to preschool and driving to work during this time. I was about to hypervenhilate in the car!
Well, Will called me at 9:28 and both he and his business partner Chris got to keep their jobs. We were both crying on the phone! Once we finally learned the outcome, we were overcome with emotion.
Both of us had really tried to pray for God's will in this situation. Of course, the comfortable, easy thing would have been for Will to keep his job (especially since we are about to have our 3rd child), but we also knew that if Will lost his job, God would take care of us. He would have bigger and better things in store for us. We were confident in this ... until about 9am yesterday morning. Satan can really use doubt and fear to draw us away from God.
One of Will's favorite versus that he clung to through this ordeal was this ... I Thessalonians 5:16-18: "Be joyful always; pray continually; give thanks in all circumstances, for this is God's will for you in Christ Jesus."
A verse that really spoke to me during all this was from Habakkuk 3:16-18: "Yet I will wait patiently for the day of calamity to come on the nation invading us. Though the fig tree does not bud and there are no grapes on the vines, though the olive crop fails and the fields produce no food, though there are no sheep in the pen and no cattle in the stalls, yet I will rejoice in the LORD, I will be joyful in God my Savior." (One of our pastors preached a wonderful sermon about this a few weeks ago, which was very timely for our situation ... God's timing is always perfect.)
Here is their family of four, ready to grow to five.
I nabbed these pictures off Courtney's FB account. We are so excited to meet baby Coston in person and so excited for this sweet family! Congrats!!