Lower Incomes and Loss of Employment

Many of the writers of the blogs I’ve been reading as well as many of my readers are facing uncertain times.  Many are facing lower incomes or loss of employment.  It is frightening.  We ladies like our security.  We like our comforts, whatever they may be.  We like knowing that the bills will be paid, that we can buy groceries, shoes for the kids, whatever we need, and a few extras. 

Over the last five years my husband went from $60 K job to now working part-time for less than $300 a week.  He’s looking for full-time work and has been for months.  Our reality has changed dramatically.  Life doesn’t look like I thought it would or even like I’d like it to; but, I’m getting so much closer to God through this.   God has provided in amazing ways.  We were able to move to a caretaker’s cottage and take care of a country estate four the absentee owner in return for rent.  Money has come from unexpected sources with perfect timing.  Just yesterday I was thinking of some things that our children need.  I have no way of providing those things.  Today, an envelope arrived with no return address.  It was filled with cash.  Yes, cash.  There was an envelope with the children’s names and an envelope with Lowell and Laura on it.  Praise God!  We can buy wood so we can keep warm!  The children need shoes.  We can buy them!  Praise God!  God is so faithful to take care of us.  God bless the sender, who obviously sent it in faith.

My point in sharing this is that you can survive.  You’ll have to learn some new skills, learn to be content, learn to make do; but, you can do this.  You have to lean into God and get that Word hidden in your heart.  Talk to Him.  He is great at showing you every bargain if you talk to Him all the way through the store and ask Him to show them to you.  God bless you through this!
I’ve written a lot about what God’s done over the last couple of years.  Although I write on WordPress now, I have a list of my best writings on the top of my old blog, http://harvestlanecottage.blogspot.com .  You might take a look.

Blessings upon blessings to you!

Laura

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Will Work for Food

 

 

 

I read My Lowell’s blog today and saw the title Will Work for Food.  That title caught my attention.   He asked his readers what they would work for.  Good question.  What will we work for?  A house, cars, electricity, phones, computers, clothes, gas, water, toys, food, hobbies, fun, freedom.  There are lots of things.  They’re just that, aren’t they?   Things.  I’ve read some great articles and posts over the years about simplifying and such.  It’s really rather cliche’ in some circles.  That question, “What will you work for?” really is a good place to start.  Just as important is the question, “What won’t you work for?”

One of the very first things that started my husband down the road to the life we are currently living was a old, early 70’s model former police detective’s car.   By the time I saw it, it was old and tired and rusty.  Lowell rather jokingly offered to buy it for me when he saw the records of upkeep and the price, $250.  Now, it was almost 20 years ago, but I saw something in that old car that he didn’t.  Freedom!  He bought it for me.  I drove it proudly.  I called it my “I won’t work to pay for a car” car.  It ended up being a terrific blessing to me and our family.  Not having that extra car payment allowed us to make the choice for me to stay home and raise our newborn son, Matthew, myself.  That’s freedom.   It was one of the best things I ever did. 

So, now you know what I won’t work for.  

Laura

New in the Shop…More Dishcloths

Hand Crocheted Cotton Dishcloths, Set of 3
$12.00
Dish Cloth, Hand Crocheted Cotton Dish Cloth
$4.00
Fanciful Hearts Greeting Cards
$5.00
Spring Time Bright Handcrafted Greeting Cards
$5.00
Etsy: Your place to buy & sell all things handmade
harvestlanecottage.etsy.com

 

Idle hands are the devil’s workshop.  I’ve kept my hands busy making new things for my Etsy shop, Harvest Lane Cottage.  I’ll be listing more over the next few days.  My husband showed me how to load the photos.  Life is so full of learning experiences, isn’t it?  We laugh about me being technologically impaired! ~smile~  I do love creating with my hands, though.  Handmade things just give such a cozy feel to things.

Blessings!

Laura

Busy at Home

Just a Bit of Missouri Hospitality….

I want to invite you to read my Lowell’s new blog.  He’s the editor of the Kingdom Business Journal.  Now, before you just shut me out and click out of here, think of this.  Lots of times, the things that business people read, study and write can be interesting, motivational, and helpful in real life, not just for business people, but for all of us. 

They’ve got some really neat FREE tele-seminars that you can listen to on-line for FREE.  Did I mention FREE?  There are interviews with successful Christian business people and some big name Christian authors, too.   So, if you’ve got a home business, or your husband’s in business, you just might enjoy listening in. 

Just extending a bit of Missouri hospitality,

Laura of Harvest Lane

FREE for WAHM’s, Cottage Business Owners, Etsy Shop Owners, Cardmakers, Scrapbookers and Wannabes!

Hi Ladies!

We do love FREE, don’t we?  Many of you have followed my blog from the beginning and know about my husband’s work with the Kingdom Business JournalI invite you to join us for what I think is going to be a fun evening with Kristie T. from Web Momz.  She is the author of, “I Love My Life”,  A Mom’s Guide to Working from Home. She makes greeting cards and gets paid for it.  She is a Christian Business Woman and stay at home mom. She loves to teach relationship marketing. 

The topic is sales.  Kristie is going to talk about how sales relates to home based business and relationship marketing.

FREE!

LIVE TELE-SEMINAR

TUESDAY, APRIL 22 AT 7 P.M. Central Time

SIGN UP HERE!   

If you cannot join us, you can click here on Wednesday to listen to the recorded interview.

Never Get So Busy Making a Living that You Forget to Make a Life.

This quote came to mind as my husband and I were making a decision about his career a couple of nights ago.  He had been offered what seemed to be a very good position with a local company.  There was excellent growth potential.  There were a couple of catches though. 

1.  It was an advertising sales position.  It was straight commission.  For those of you blessed not to know what that means, it means that if you don’t sell, you don’t get paid.  When you’re providing the only income, and there is no base salary, no draw on commissions, and no benefits, and you have a wife and four children, that’s risky.

2.  It was a 45+ hour a week job, building someone else’s business, instead of building his own, and instead of building his family.

Funny, reading this, it’s not such a hard decision; but, it was then.

“Never Get So Busy Making a Living that You Forget to Make a Life.”

He chose to build his business, keep looking for another paying opportunity, and make a life.

This was all decided with much prayer, worship of God the Father, and prayerful advice from a dear friend.

Praise God in Heaven, for it is He who supplies all our needs.

Blessings to you all!!

Laura

Happy at Home

Kingdom Business Journal is On-Line!

Hi Everyone!

I’m so excited!  I’m officially a published author!  My first article has been published in the Kingdom Business Journal!

It’s called From Laura’s Kitchen. Please check it out; and, let me know what you think!

Look around while you’re there. I think you’ll find some great articles that will inspire you in your Christian walk, in your ministry, and in your business, too. It’s not just for business people; it’s for work at home moms, students, business owners, entrepreneurs, just about anyone interested in extending the Kingdom of God.

www.kingdombusinessjournal.com  

Blessings!
Laura

Happy at Home