I lost my job as a hospital nurse on Friday. I am not the second income in the house, I am the main income and I carried the health insurance as well as all the other benefits that covered our household. My husband has cancer and gets treatments periodically so we need coverage. This is just the time to give joyful thanks so here I am because I told Ann Voskamp that I would take the Joy Dare and be joyful even in the hard times. I just didn’t know my last day at work would be January 1. He didn’t give me much time to test this, did He? I am thankful for all these things in the midst of an unjust dismissal from my work:
#442 the many colleagues who have called to lend their support. This has been overwhelming to me. I didn’t know so many cared.
#443 a chance to volunteer at the neighborhood medical clinic.
#444 no mortgage on my house.
#445 no car payments.
#446 husband having a complete physical and both of us having dental appointments this week before health insurances run out the last day of this month.
#447 a Civil Service job I applied for 9 months ago, and that I really want, just opened up again.
#448 big savings in the bank.
#449 my mother-in-law’s house to sell.
#450 children and grandchildren cheering because I am free to be with them more. I didn’t know they cared either.
#451 God giving me strength to bear the assault to my person-hood. A nurse is not just a profession, it is who you are.
#452 the Scriptures, especially the memorized book of Colossians. When I’m about to panic, I go to scripturetyper.com and type the book of Colossians. It focuses me so much that I am able to calm down immediately. I think of the movie Temple Grandin where she builds herself a cattle calming devise she saw used on her aunt’s ranch to put herself into when she felt out of control. I put myself into scripturetyper!
#453 my friends in cyberspace.
#454 my dogs who huddle close to me in the night when the thoughts of rejection weigh in heavy.
#455 being able to pick up more of the housework to relieve my tired, but perfectionistic, husband.
#456 supportive church friends and a Pastor-Parish committee who want to bear some of the high cost of providing out-of-group medical insurance for their pastor.
#457 a most helpful and kind woman at the unemployment office.
#458 my health at my age is good.
#459 my sister, Debby, who is encourager supreme as she just went through a similar situation and knows what I need to do and is determined I am not going to feel like she did.
Wow! I had no idea I had so many things to be thankful for through all this! I am REALLY REALLY blessed. I wouldn’t have known how much if I hadn’t made this list. Dear ones who read this. If you haven’t started making lists of all you have to be thankful for, please begin. It will knock your socks off.
Much love because all is grace,