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Tuesday, February 15, 2011

The Valley of the Unknown

My husband's job ends next week. We moved to Conway, AR eleven years ago for my husband to assume the position of Director of Operations with a manufacturing company. His job has provided a comfortable living for us here as we've raised our children. But, unfortunately, the downfall of the housing industry has taken a huge toll on the company and Corporate has chosen to close its doors.

We are facing the valley of the unknown. It's a scary place. We have complete faith he will land another job but that job hasn't shown up yet. So, in the meantime, we wait.

The valley of the unknown appears more often than we like on this journey of life. It has reared its head in various ways on our stepparenting path. And each time, although it was difficult to deal with, we came out successfully on the other side.

Here a few of my thoughts on coping with the valley of the unknown:

Surrender to God's plan. Give up control of the situation and ask for God's guidance. Don't try to find the answers alone. God is seeking a relationship with us and will guide our steps if we ask Him.

Unite with your spouse. Be on the same page with your spouse through the difficulty. Communicate frequently and brainstorm together for solutions. Lean on one another on the hard days and seek to find laughter through the trial.

Wait. Many times, God calls us to simply wait. I strongly dislike this one, but have endured it frequently. A beautiful illustration of how God works through the wait can be found here: Wait Poem, by Russell Kelfer. 

Take the next step. As you sense answers to your dilemma, take a step of faith. Start with small steps as you overcome your fear of a new direction. Continue to seek God's plan and follow His lead.

Rejoice in new beginnings. Adopt an attitude of thankfulness as you move from the valley of the unknown to a heighth of unchartered territory. Embrace the change that accompanies a fresh start. Leave the past behind with any regrets of what could have been.

Press on. As Selah's powerful song says, "In Jesus' Name, we press on." View Selah's song.
"I can do all things through Christ who gives me strength" (Phil. 4:13).

Are you in a valley of the unknown? Do you have other suggestions to offer?

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At February 15, 2011 at 12:14 PM , Anonymous Sue said...

I will pray that God blesses your husband with another job soon.

Your faith and wisdom inspire me.

At February 15, 2011 at 12:16 PM , Anonymous Sue said...

Of course, I would pray for him even if your faith and wisdom didn't inspire me.

You know what I mean. =)

At February 15, 2011 at 7:50 PM , Blogger Step Parenting with Grace said...

Sue, You make me smile. Thank you, Gayla :)

At February 17, 2011 at 12:28 AM , Blogger StepMom13 said...

Wow, I needed to hear this!! Thanks!! We just prayed for guidance in employment and self-employment. Was answered in less than 2 hours!!! Praise the Lord!! I pray your answers come just as fast, I'm not sure why fast answers always feel more dramatic!! Maybe cause I tend to be so dramatic!! ;)

At February 17, 2011 at 8:47 PM , Blogger Step Parenting with Grace said...

StepMom13, Congratulations! That's exciting news for you. I love to see God answer prayers! Our hope our answers come quickly too!

Thanks for sharing,

At February 18, 2011 at 6:57 AM , Anonymous Worlds Best Information said...

God is the only one who handles the situation so just pray to god, Everything will be in control.


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