July 14th, 2005

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My husband lost his job

nightskyre was let go from his job today. I found out when I made my usual getting-out-of-work call to him this evening. This is the first time in his life he's ever been laid-off, and only the second time he's been jobless since he was 16. (He described the first time this way: "I quit because I was failing physics and I wanted to graduate high school.") He got a check for his accrued vacation time today, and will get paid once more (i.e. about 2 weeks' pay as severance).

This is going to be the first real test of our marriage. I need to continue to submit to his authority, even though I'm the breadwinner and he is home (at least temporarily). I need to support him as he looks for a new job and soothe his temper and frustration. I'm hoping he will take on a larger share of housework, since he will have more time to do it than I. If he doesn't have a new job in a week or two, we need to revamp our budget to work on one income for the time being.
For I know the plans I have for you," declares the LORD, "plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. Then you will call upon me and come and pray to me, and I will listen to you. You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart.
Funny, that used to be my favorite verse, but I haven't thought of it in a long time. I remembered it yesterday, while thinking about our ongoing search for housing... which pales in comparison, now.