" Honey, you don't have to get up. I'll turn the alarm clock off. " You may have forgotten to turn off the alarm clock but you haven't forgotten yesterday. Within moments you remember. For a brief moment the joy of having a day off is overshadowed when you realize the reason you have the day off.
Yesterday the need of the hour was to get past the shock, embarrassment, and anger of the firing. Today starts the prayer-strategy; it starts and ends with prayer. As you get your thoughts together for a post-layoff-meeting that is fortunately off-site, pray for the Lord's grace and strength. You might pray in this manner,
- "I appeal to You, O LORD God of heaven, the great and awesome God, who preserves the covenant and lovingkindness for those who love Him and keep His commandments, let Your ear now be attentive and Your eyes open to hear the prayer of Your servant which I am praying before You now, day and night, Nehemiah also prayed for others. . " Nehemiah 1:5,6
Day Two is Challenging.
Yesterday's events still hurt. Questions are still raging in your mind; there are not quick solutions to those questions. Most likely the agenda for today's meeting will be to advise you of benefits still available and local aid of which you should be aware.
- Take advantage of any local, county, or federal services for which you qualify. Don't be embarrassed to do so. You have been paying taxes for this and most likely never used it for your family.
- Are your elementary school-age children eligible for the Federal School Lunch Program?
- Are you now eligible for heat assistance?
- Are there clinic facilities in your community? Will your medical doctor, dentist, or veterinarian, accept delayed payments?
At the end the day pray with your family prayers of thanksgiving. You have survived the second day.
Remember to include in your prayers fellow laid off co-workers.
You'll find more information regarding Prayer-Strategy for Families at jbhgroup .com
Huldah Jones, a Vision Therapist, retired as Technical Director of the Orthoptic Center, Helene Fuld Medical Center in New Jersey. She writes more on surviving Job Loss and Financial Stress at http://www.quietmysoul.com