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Do not give up–ever!

I posted Jason’s article on how they survived a $70,000 pay cut earlier tonight and wanted to follow up with some additional thoughts and encouragement to you all…

Some of you are in a position where living on less than you make seems like a pipe dream right now. And $70,000? That’s more than three times your current income and more money than you could ever dream of making in a year.

You might be feeling discouraged just thinking about how low your income is in comparison and how hard you’re working right now to just try to barely break even.

I have four words I want to share with you tonight:

Do not give up.

I well remember the days when I felt so desperate. We were barely squeaking by. I was pregnant with our first child. Jesse was in law school and working part-time. I was so sick with my pregnancy that I was unable to continue working and I wanted to stay home with our baby after she was born.

But it all felt so impossible. I was trying so hard to come up with something I could do from home and all my ideas were falling flat on their face.

I was scared and grasping at any straw I could find. I was praying–often pleading–and asking God to provide for us.

There were so many moments when I wanted to give into hopelessness. But, by the grace of God, I kept going, even when everything seemed so dark.

And I want to encourage you to do the same.

Do something–even if it seems miniscule. Set microscopic goals.

Check out books from the library on how to save money or increase your income. Read blogs or articles on the internet that will teach and inspire you.

Surround yourself with positive influences who will encourage and motivate you. Get up and exercise.

Laugh, smile and sing… even when you don’t feel like it. These can all be huge antidotes for warding off discouragement.

Choose to be thankful, even when life feels so overwhelming. Find something–anything–to be thankful for. There is always someone who would want to be in your shoes.

Make the most of your situation, even when it seems like you have so little to work with.

And never, never give up. Ever.

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64 Comments

  • melissa says:

    I’m in that place right now. 2nd lay off in less than a year for my husband is he sole provider of our family of 6. I just don’t know what to do. I picked up a babysitting job life is so stressful right now. Seeking God for guidence.

  • I LOVE this! It is so very true. Never give up! We are living on one income right now & money is tight. I am a Pure Romance consultant and am working hard to get it up & running as well as a new craft buisness. Is it hard? yes. Is it tiring? Yes! But it is worth it because I am able to stay home with my youngest son, go to my oldest son’s events (without having to request time off) & I am getting to spend time with my mom who’s health is failing. I figure I can stress over money being tight or I can be thankful for all I have. Positive thinking always gets me further ahead and I feel better. Keep working & stay positive!

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