Workforce Reduction

Thursday, February 17, 2011

amazing
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So here's the deal. God blessed us with one of the most amazing days that I have ever experienced on Tuesday. In short succession, the devil tried to steal my joy.

While out of the office on Tuesday, a company wide email was distributed informing us that there would be a workforce reduction.

Employees will be laid off next week, between Tuesday and Friday.

And here I am, pregnant again facing employment uncertainty.

At first in hearing the news I was jaded, completely untouched. We are resilient after all. Our God provides for us.

But when I called Tony, the why's started to creep in.

Why again are we facing this?

Very quickly I shot them down though and replaced my why's with how's.

How will we face this? How will God get us through? How will it be different this time?

The above image is a lot more cavalier than I actually can say that I feel, but my faith is steady, even when my flesh is weak. I know that God will use our family and situation for His glory, which doesn't guarantee the absence of potential suffering. It does however mean that He is always in control.

Please pray for myself and my coworkers during this uncertain time. We have been informed that the decisions have already been made, but that they will not be communicated until next week.

ps:: this might be on repeat today. Can you believe how much has changed in 5 months?

27 comments:

Jenifer said...

Thinking of you. It will work out in some way. Hugs.

Miss Erin said...

It will work out, it always does.

Jen said...

Praying for the strength of your family (and your co-workers). We've dealt with many of the same struggles and somehow everything manages to come okay.

Kate said...

I'm so sorry. I went throught this last year, actually got laid off and then not too long after that I got a much better position at the same place for more $! I had no hope, but God answered my prayers. God does have a plan for you, as you know, and He will answer your prayers, it just might not be the way you think. Praying for your family....

Bethany said...

Prayers, prayers and more prayers. He will show you the light. Just Believe!

Kristal said...

As always, prayers for your family. And as always, God will provide!

Patience said...

We are going through the same thing right now and I keep thinking why us. Just when things were going along just fine, Bam..pink slip. I will be praying for you and your sweet family.

Bekah said...

praying for you guys

Bree said...

I'm so sorry to hear this. I know you guys will be fine! I also know how hard it is to have people say that to you over and over again and really believe it. I never did, but somehow we got through it. I tried real hard to keep my faith and family close and we got through it. I know you will be able to do the same.

Jeannie said...

Thoughts and prayers coming your way! Everything will work out... I have faith :)

AJ said...

Hugs, thoughts and prayers to you. I'm in the same kind of boat right now with the WI bill. Not that I'll lose my job, but quite possibly facing a pay cut. Sucks, but it is what it is and sacrifices will be made. Thank you for the reminder to switch the questions to "how," not "why." It's going to be awesome. I feel like printing off that picture and taping it to my classroom door.

Mrs.LifeAccounts said...

You've been in my prayers since I saw your post on facebook. You can do this, God really does have something amazing. We've been through job trial after trial and we've actually been dealing with a 10% corporate layoff (for him) and a downsizing (for me) and God turned mine around and I still have my job and his layoff turned into an AMAZING new offer with the company taking over with more possibility than we could have dreamed of. The process wasn't overnight, there has been more than a year of uncertainty, stress, indecision and did I say stress??? To the point that there were signed severance letters, term dates and everything. When God wants to make something, he goes big. It definitely was confusing and involved a lot of "why Gods". I can only imagine that God has something incredible in store for you guys.

Andrea said...

It's only in the hard times that we can see God's miracles. I'm be thinking about you and your family these next few days. And if you do get laid off, my prayer is that your photography business continues to grow so you don't have to go back to a 9-5! [If that's what you want, of course :)]

Molly said...

Your faith is just amazing, Leah. You are right. Believing doesn't guarantee the absense of suffering. But it does mean He will always be there no matter what.

I will be praying for you.

Megan said...

It's so hard to sit back and say "God will provide" when you have no idea how... so I love your trust in Him!

Prayers for you and your boys... it is awful to go through that, especially while pregnant! Hugs!

Mrs. Lukie said...

His plan is so, so, SO much greater than our plan, Leah! I know that you know this, but I also know how hard it is to sit in peace with this.

God has blessed you & your family in so many ways over the past year, and I know His intention is to continue to bless you, in ways unseen, and in ways seen {such as this trying time}.

Keeping you 4 in my prayers <3

Laura said...

Ugh, Leah, I'm sorry you have to have this weighing on you. But at least you know the "bigger picture" of it all, and that's that God DOES provide! Prayers to you, friend.

Hillary Warlick said...

I have recently found your blog and I have spent the last several days after work reading, laughing, and crying over all your wonderful posts. I love you openness and sense of honesty and how you always turn towards God as a source of inspiration and comfort.

jen @ homeinthecountry said...

Our thoughts & prayers will be with you during this next week... Hang in there!

Meredith said...

We have experienced such ABUNDANT provision in the past year...even when circumstances seemed insurmountable. God provides, like you said--sometimes we just have to get out of the way and let him.

L.C.T. said...

Aw man. I find this particular poignant as we're in a similar position of uncertainty (minus the pregnancy though!) We've definitely been taught lessons recently about the side of God's character as Provider. And knowing 100% that He will provide, however he deems fit, is so comforting. He won't leave you hanging, even if the outcome isn't what you hope for.

Unpolished Parenting said...

Oddly enough I found out my oh so supportive boss will be leaving us in June, and there are lots of cuts coming up, so the person to speak up for me will be gone. And like you said, even with maternity leave, there is so much uncertainty. Prayers for you mama - God will provide.

d.a.r. said...

How cruel to let you sit and wait for news...I am praying for your family!

Kelly Bartlett said...

Lots of prayers for you and your family. Going through a rough time like this can definitely be extra stressful while carrying a little one. I can very closely relate right now. Lets pray that God leads us both.

Julie S. said...

You guys are in my thoughts and prayers. God ALWAYS provides- you hit the nail on the head. Hang in there! He has a plan!

Faith said...

So sorry you're going through this again. Hang in there and I hope it all works out for you guys.

Kimberly Michelle said...

Thinking nothing but the best of thoughts for you...

 

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