Often life tends to throw you curve balls. There is a difference between those who stand and those who fall. The difference is whether or not you hit them out of the park or you strike out. Many Christians tend to take the “poor pitiful me” routine, but the Bible says that when tough times come our way we are called to grow from them.
Therefore, since we have been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ. Through him we have also obtained access by faith into this grace in which we stand, and we rejoice in hope of the glory of God. Not only that, but we rejoice in our sufferings, knowing that suffering produces endurance, and endurance produces character, and character produces hope, and hope does not put us to shame, because God’s love has been poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit who has been given to us. Romans 5:1-5 ESV
God uses bad circumstances to grow us and bring us closer to Him. My wife is the prime example of this. In May of 2010, where she worked was struggling. Debt and poor management had lead to its decline. Many had tried to come along side and fix the situation, but it was too late. She ended up losing her job less than one month before our daughter was born, but by God’s grace she was able to maintain insurance in order to cover our daughters birth (which was needed because it turned out our daughter had to spend almost a week in the NICU). Well I think most people would have taken this as the end of the world, but instead my wife saw it as an opportunity to be the primary nurtured in our children’s lives. However, God had more plans for her. She was inspired later that year to start making dresses for our daughter. Other people also liked what she made, so she started to sell them, and that is how Little Liza Lou was born. She now has her own business that is growing by the day. While she is growing her business she also is giving back her abilities to the Lord. Late last she she started whats she called the pink program. What is does is take custom made baby kimonos to babies who are currently staying in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit at the local hospital. She does this because many of the babies in the NICU typically only have the hospital gowns to wear. This gives her an opportunity to share God’s love with people she would not normally meet under normal circumstances, and it gives her the chance to share the gospel with them. The pictures above are of the shop she has set up.
Believers are called to allow God to make us more like Him and seek out opportunities to serve Him. Instead of dwelling on the fact that she lost her job, my wife has allowed this change to bring glory to God.
And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose. Romans 8:28 ESV
If you want to see more go to lillizalou.com.