Need some encouragement?

Many of us are preparing for the new school year and are filled with excitement. Meeting new students and decorating classrooms brings a teacher happiness. As a home educator, I love going through my new curriculum for the school year and making lesson plans.
 
But there are several teachers who are experiencing a sad time right now. 

I receive emails every week from wonderful educators who have lost their jobs due to recent budget cuts. These are phenomenal teachers and some of them have taught school for years. It is so unfair. 

Unfortunately, some of my closest blogging friends are among them and it breaks my heart to see them struggling emotionally and financially. But these educators continue to persevere and create incredible posts to inspire other teachers returning to their classrooms, even though they are wishing to return to a classroom, too. They have lost their home away from home. That must be challenging!

Two years ago, I experienced one of the toughest trials in my life that I will hopefully get the opportunity to share more details with you in the future. But to sum it all up in two paragraphs, my family lost everything financially in one year, including my husband's job, our home of seven years, our credit, both our cars, and every ounce of pride that we had left. Add to that, moving away 13 hours from our family, church, and homeschool group and also becoming unexpectedly pregnant with having no reliable income to support our existing family, I sank into depression. I had hit rock bottom. I just never knew how low the bottom was until this particular trial.

Weeks before my fourth child was born, we had to move again because of the lack of money to pay rent. Then we moved again in another 7 months because my husband (who has a computer engineering degree and graduated valedictorian) could not find a job in the area. He could not even get an interview after submitting more than 300 resumes. This was VERY difficult as a mom of four kids who had to keep homeschooling throughout it all. Friends and family sent us money to help pay for our basic bills, such as electricity and water. Talk about a humbling time. I wanted to be the giver, not the receiver. Just a year before, my husband was earning six figures and we had tons of reserves for emergencies and even equity in our home. We were on our way to financial freedom but how quickly everything disappeared.

The only constant thing I had in my life besides my family was God. I clung to His word more than ever before and posted encouraging scriptures throughout my home. Below are some songs that I played over and over. Even when I listen to them today as I post this, tears stream down my cheeks because I will always remember the heartbreaking feelings I endured.

But during this time, I saw God up close. I felt His embrace like never before. That experience transformed me and made me who I am today. I am in awe watching God rebuild and restore my family's life in a way that I never thought possible. He is amazing!

Just know God has a plan for you (Jer. 29:11) and you will make it through this time of testing. Keep on believing and moving forward and you will see Him working out the details. God is never early or late but His timing is always perfect. You will see, I promise.

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My favorite song ever- http://youtu.be/bL0nDrEYDnk
(You Tube will not allow me to embed this video due to copyright.) 
It is beautiful so click on the link to listen.

Here are two more of my favorites.



16 comments:

Annie Moffatt said...

I cannot even begin to tell you how many hearts you are touching, including mine:) God's promises are ALWAYS true!! He NEVER fails us. And my life verse, "Now unto HIm who is able to do EXCEEDINGLY, ABUNDANTLY, ABOVE all that we ask or think.
I LOVE your encouragement:)
Annie

Tamara L. Chilver said...

Annie, I LOVE that verse and it had been one of my favorites for years! Thanks so much for your thoughtful comments. You encourage me. ☺

Dee said...

I can't imagine going through what you and your family have. Praise God for His everlasting love and care. Thanks for sharing your story. It has really touched my heart.
Dee
First Impressions

Hadar said...

Thank you so much for sharing such a personal time with all of us. You are proof that everything works out. I am absolutely positive that you were put into my life for a reason. Thanks again for everything :) <3

Hadar

Amy said...

Thank you so much for sharing this.

sydney said...

Tamara, thank you for sharing this with us. I believed I had hit rock bottom two and a half years ago when I had to move back into my parents home. I suppose it was my fortune that I was still single and without children. I cannot imagine. I know I believe there is a plan and reason for everything...I just wish I could see it. I am not patient with it. It's so difficult in the midst of it, but it helps to know we are not alone.

Holly said...

Thanks Tamara! I loved this post. You're such a positive, upbeat person and it's contagious!

(My husband's in his last year of his PhD. It's important for us to have me at home with our tiny kiddos. But at times it's tough. Thanks again Tamara for sharing this!)

Miss T said...

Thanks for sharing!

I needed it. I do get low some days, thinking that here I am, 5 years out of college with a teaching degree (and now a Master's) and I can't get a job.

But then I tell myself there is a reason and God has a plan for me and then I get encouraged again.

Thanks for the reminder :)

Journey of a Substitute Teacher

~*~Ash~*~ said...

Tamara,
Thanks for your sweet words of encouragement as always. These first two weeks back at school have been really rough ones for me, but this really puts it into perspective. I'm very thankful that I do have a job, no matter the demands. Thanks for reminding me to count my blessings! :)
+Teaching Happily Ever After
~Creative Teaching with a Technology Twist~

Tamara L. Chilver said...

Thank you very much for all your comments. You are wonderful!

Tracey said...

What a purpose you have in your life! Thanks for the encouragement and open heart!

シ Tracey
Our Cool School

Curly T said...

Sorry, can't be YOUR favorite song because it is mine! Ha. God didn't allow all of that to happen for nothing. He's going to use it over and over and over again! Love you. :)

Tamara L. Chilver said...

Yes, my TN angel who held my hand throughout this trial, and prayed with me, and cried with me too many times too count- I hear you. It was your favorite song first. So you can claim it since you introduced me to it. Love ya!

Rebecca said...

Beautifully said and straight from the heart. You put into words some of my very thoughts that I've had lately. Thank you for being so brave to put into words what so many wish we had the courage to say.

Rebecca
Teaching First

Nikki Greenfield said...

Thank you. Words escape me right now, but Thank You.

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