In honor of our anniversary, every day this week I am posting about something I’m thankful for in my husband–something I love or respect.
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A friend shared a picture on Facebook that perfectly captures one of the things I truly admire about my husband:
Don’t ask God to guide your footsteps if you’re not willing to move your feet.
My husband moves his feet.
For several years, my husband’s professional life has been spotty and challenging. At first a victim of the economy, he spent 18 months unemployed, constantly searching for jobs. Since then, he’s had mostly a series of temporary positions as well as a couple other positions that weren’t a good fit. I’ve lost track of how many times I’ve gotten a phone call saying, “They released me.” My heart sinks every time, and then I have to figure out how to be a supportive wife when I’m worried, upset, and heartbroken.
Watching a man nearing 50 wonder about his worth as a provider, as a husband, as a man, as an employee is heart-breaking and soul-searing. Every single time I’ve the gotten the “I’ve been released” call while at work, I’ve had to pull the car over on the way home and have a good cry so I can walk through the door ready to figure out what he needed from me this time.
What I admire so much is that he never allows himself to wallow or be miserable or sad until he’s contact the unemployment office, updated his resume, and applied for at least a few jobs. Many times, I’ve come home, still distraught, to find out that he already has a job interview lined up. Then he wallows a bit, but his first response is always to do what is needed for his family.
I couldn’t do it. I would be in such shock that I would be frozen for weeks before I could even figure out what to do. But my husband’s has already taken the first steps before he goes to bed. It is hard for him, but he does it. Every single time he feels beaten down, he stands right back up and gets back to the plan.
He is now in a position that puts him back in the profession he was in before the economy tanked. He loves the work, and although our finances have been hit hard and our family needed him to just bring him in some money, my prayer was that he would find something that makes him happy. If he hadn’t been moving his feet, he wouldn’t be in a job he enjoys so much.
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