When Things Don’t Go According To Plan

I’ve learned during the summer that sometimes, things don’t always go according to plan. Justin was supposed to graduate in April, that didn’t happen until August. Every home we found that we wanted to rent was given to someone else. My pregnancy hit a bump that caused me to be on “bed rest” for the last two weeks. Justin hadn’t ever found a job.
But, even though things didn’t go according to my plan, they went according to the Lord’s. And, everything turned out well. Rhys was born healthy, Justin finished all his classes (except for an online class), we had a beautiful home, and Justin was interviewing everywhere.
Then, last week happened to make us even happier.

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Everything was finally fitting together: I had a part-time job, allowing me to spend plenty of time with Rhys, we were just about finished paying hospital bills, Justin had just gotten hired at a bank, and we had just found someone in our church who runs an in-home daycare to watch Rhys for us. And, we had just had a wonderful family luncheon when Rhys got blessed.
We were very happy and had nothing to worry about at all!
Then, last Monday came.

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Literally right before I left for work, I got a message from the daycare lady that she was going to take a full-time child instead of a part-time child. From a business point of view, I could completely understand–she was helping to provide for her family. I would’ve made the same decision if I were in her place. However, we freaked out. Justin was to begin work full-time in two days and we had no one to watch Rhys! And I had to go teach. I cried a bit in the car, but wiped my tears before entering the school. During my prep period, I searched and searched for a daycare, as Justin did the same at home. I received a message saying the lady would be willing to watch Rhys until we found another place. I felt a tiny bit better.
Then, when I got home, Justin gave me the bad news. The bank that hired Justin actually decided he wasn’t right for the job. They also didn’t like the fact that he was still working on one last online class. WHAT!?!?!?!?!?!?!?
We were devastated. We had been built up so much by this opportunity and now to have it taken away from us. It ruined our plan.  It was a severe blow to us. Justin had been searching for a job basically since the beginning of the year!!!

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Last week was very hard for us. We did a lot of number crunching: my part-time salary will barely cover rent, and rent only. And, since I’m part-time, my insurance (and Rhys’s) ends with October. This was definitely worrisome. We had worked so hard to both graduate without debt and put a lot away into savings. And now, that would be all for naught.

So what do you do in a situation like this? 

Put all your faith in Christ and remember it is his plan that will happen. That is all you can do and what you should do. We have been very consistent with scripture reading and prayers.

One scripture comes to mind: Proverbs 3:5-6
Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths.

Much of the pain in life comes from having a life plan that you've fallen in love with and when it doesn't work out, you become angry that you now have to pursue a new life plan. If you want to tame your inner demons, you must not become too attached to any particular life plan but remain open to there being an ever Better, Happier life plan.

 We are also trying our best to help ourselves (as I don’t believe the Lord will help you until you try all you can first): Justin is looking for any type of job, and we aren’t eating out anymore (it was real hard last night).Justin has already gotten quite a few interviews. We are hoping that if we do everything we can on our side, that Heavenly Father will help us and bless us with a job and perhaps even benefits.

And maybe, that bank job wasn’t right for Justin, Maybe the Lord has other things in mind for him and I. 

Our lease is up in January for this townhouse. I have no doubt Justin will get a job, but whether or not we can continue to afford all our monthly expenses is another story. We have backup plans, but we hope we don’t have to use them. However, if that is the Lord’s plan, we will.  Our main concern is doing whatever is right for Rhys and be able to provide for him and to trust in the Lord with all our hearts.
So, we are just asking, keep us in your prayers. Hopefully the Lord’s plan will bring us to where we feel good and secure.

Love this.  A great way to start out the new year and begin living life.  All things happen in Gods time.  Let him lead you and your life will never be the same and you will finally find peace.

Tayler is a work at home mom. She does free lance articles and dabbles in graphic design and virtual assisting for bloggers. She spent 3 years as a history and English teacher. Her passions are her husband, two children, history, reading, nature, and her Savior, Jesus Christ.
  • Oh Tayler, what a roller coaster! I'm so sorry to hear what pain it has caused you guys. I admire you for having such faith that the Lord will get you through it. You're right: maybe the Lord has a better plan in mind. We'll be praying for you guys!!

  • Times like this make it so hard to trust in the Lord’s plan and his timing. I just have to remind myself that his plans are always a lot better than anything I could have imagined for myself! And when it’s all said and done, I look back and see how he directed me onto a much better path. But sometimes I feel like he could have done that a lot easier, you know? 😉 Keep praying and keep being faithful! You guys can do this!

    • I definitely agree, but then again, there must’ve been a lesson we needed to learn in there. And thank you!

  • Times like this make it so hard to trust in the Lord's plan and his timing. I just have to remind myself that his plans are always a lot better than anything I could have imagined for myself! And when it's all said and done, I look back and see how he directed me onto a much better path. But sometimes I feel like he could have done that a lot easier, you know? 😉 Keep praying and keep being faithful! You guys can do this!

  • Desiree @ Macke Monologues

    We will keep you in your prayers. I know the Lord has grand plans for your family. When you’re on the other side of all of this you’ll see the Lord’s path was leading you in the right direction all along.

    • That’s what I believe as well. We just hope it’ll be sooner rather than later. And thank you!

  • Desiree @ Macke Monologues

    We will keep you in your prayers. I know the Lord has grand plans for your family. When you're on the other side of all of this you'll see the Lord's path was leading you in the right direction all along.

  • Kimberly

    I’m so sorry you’re having to go through this!! We had hard couple of years after Adam graduated from school. He got a job that we kind of thought was a joke (tv, internet and phone sales at a call center) but something to help out while he continued to look. 2 1/2 years later, he’s still looking (sort of), but ended up really loving sales, who knew! And the year I had to teach full time because of it, has been so wonderful to look back on now. I’ll never regret being a stay at home mom because I know the feeling of working full time and how difficult it was for me.
    I bet Justin finds something very soon! And if he’s interested in working for Clear Link (where my husband works) there are offices in Utah County and SL county. Shoot me an email if you have any questions!

    • Thank you! We are hoping for ANY job that offers benefits for now, and then we can relax (a bit) as Justin continues to look for one that he really wants.

  • Kimberly

    I'm so sorry you're having to go through this!! We had hard couple of years after Adam graduated from school. He got a job that we kind of thought was a joke (tv, internet and phone sales at a call center) but something to help out while he continued to look. 2 1/2 years later, he's still looking (sort of), but ended up really loving sales, who knew! And the year I had to teach full time because of it, has been so wonderful to look back on now. I'll never regret being a stay at home mom because I know the feeling of working full time and how difficult it was for me.
    I bet Justin finds something very soon! And if he's interested in working for Clear Link (where my husband works) there are offices in Utah County and SL county. Shoot me an email if you have any questions!

  • Oh, that’s scary news, for sure! I hope he does get a job that will meet your financial needs asap–it’s good that you’re already working part-time, at least, but I know that’s not enough to meet all of a family’s bills.

    • We are very grateful that my school allowed me to go part-time, but we definitely hope Justin will get any type of job!

  • Oh, that's scary news, for sure! I hope he does get a job that will meet your financial needs asap–it's good that you're already working part-time, at least, but I know that's not enough to meet all of a family's bills.

  • We are very grateful that my school allowed me to go part-time, but we definitely hope Justin will get any type of job!

  • Thank you! We are hoping for ANY job that offers benefits for now, and then we can relax (a bit) as Justin continues to look for one that he really wants.

  • That's what I believe as well. We just hope it'll be sooner rather than later. And thank you!

  • I definitely agree, but then again, there must've been a lesson we needed to learn in there. And thank you!

  • Oh so stressful! We have been there! Last April the company that I was working for was forced to shut down and declare bankruptcy. I was planning on working there forever, basically, and my husband, who had like a month left of his grad program, was currently interviewing for a job there, too. So we were going to be working full-time, at the same place, and then buy a house hopefully soon after. And then…. We were laid off. And things were scary for a few months. And he got a job 8 hours away and we moved and here we are! Life can be crazy but there is something in store for you guys!

    • Glad that you got things to work out! Justin actually got a full-time job. It’s not the one we want, but it’s something for now.

  • Oh so stressful! We have been there! Last April the company that I was working for was forced to shut down and declare bankruptcy. I was planning on working there forever, basically, and my husband, who had like a month left of his grad program, was currently interviewing for a job there, too. So we were going to be working full-time, at the same place, and then buy a house hopefully soon after. And then…. We were laid off. And things were scary for a few months. And he got a job 8 hours away and we moved and here we are! Life can be crazy but there is something in store for you guys!

  • Brooke Carter

    Sheesh! This is really hard, and I’m so sorry! Funny how life will hand something like this to you right when you feel like things are working out. I hope it all plays out well for you guys!!!

  • Brooke Carter

    Sheesh! This is really hard, and I'm so sorry! Funny how life will hand something like this to you right when you feel like things are working out. I hope it all plays out well for you guys!!!

  • Glad that you got things to work out! Justin actually got a full-time job. It's not the one we want, but it's something for now.

  • Thanks!

  • I'm glad he got a job! 🙂

  • So sorry for all y’all have been through, sounds awfully stressful. I’ve been there, we’ve ALL been there. I really love the quote about having a life plan, I’ll have to pin that one 🙂 I just have to say that things always work out, just as you said. My husband was accepted into a school, we signed up for classes, bought books, only to find out a week before they began that they charged him out of state tuition. That was an expensive blow! So he decided to go somewhere else… The University of Georgia!!! We had to live apart for 2 years, only seeing each other on weekends and holidays, but man was it worth it to his career! Things WILL work out for y’all!! God always has a better plan than we could ever dream up for ourselves.

    • We did get A job…a fulltime job that barely pays more than I make as a part-time teacher, but it’s something, and it has benefits, so it works for now.

  • We did get A job…a fulltime job that barely pays more than I make as a part-time teacher, but it's something, and it has benefits, so it works for now.