Has my last letter soaked in, yet?
Let me tell you what I’ve learned about the tough times: One of the best tickets out of hard circumstances is contentment. Contentment can breed joy. I do not mean that quiet joy that runs too deeply for detection, NO! Dan can use a friend who is glad to see him, fetches him a cold drink, and smiles at him. He needs to see you accepting cheerfully any challenge that might arise, as if this were an adventure.
You can do inexpensive things to brighten your days. Sneak a note into his pocket with kisses and hugs on it. Keep a journal of the good things that happen each day. Snip a smiley into his bread before you toast it. He needs to be able to see that this disaster is not ruining your life. He needs to see that you are happy, because he will think you are unhappy with him, otherwise.
Always remember that he will be tempted to feel he is failing you. Do not feed the temptation.
Also, you must pray. I know you know this, but merely agreeing with a concept will not be enough, here. You must pray. Go boldly to the throne of grace for mercy and grace to help you be the wife Dan needs.
- Ask God, point blank, to provide your food and housing.
- Ask Him for a job for Dan.
- Ask Him for direction for Dan.
- Ask Him to give Dan favor with the people he meets while job hunting.
- Ask Him for the power to bend and turn with Dan and not to be stubborn or peevish.
- Ask Him, expressly, for miracles because He is very good at miracles and they cement your love and fervency for Him very much.
He will not become weary with you asking Him for everything. He loves when you pray! He loves to help you in your helplessness! Pray!
Read encouraging books, too. Even public libraries have books about people like Corrie TenBoom and George Mueller. This is because their lives were so astonishingly full of miracles from God, that even unbelievers enjoy reading about them. They had nothing, but God made sure they had everything. He has not changed a bit. He can do the same things for you.
Many of these people learned to thank God for their difficulties. This is a Biblical concept. When we thank Him for the difficult happenings in our lives, we show that we trust Him and His almighty power. When we grumble, we give place to the enemy. I can think of several reasons that this job loss could be good for you. It could be from God. It could eventually come to be the answer to one of your dearest desires.
In the meantime, Angela, please do not stop writing me. I know that the price of a few stamps would buy a food item, so I am sending you this pad of stationery and a roll of stamps. Use them however you need, not just on me. Keep me informed. Let me know if you need my guestroom. You know you two are always welcome here, no matter for how long.
If Dan does not mind, I will inquire here about openings, in his field of work. Who knows what might turn up? Ho, if you finally came to live near me, it would be too good, wouldn’t it!
You know I am praying for you both, that you not grow weary in well doing.
Much, much love,