Even In Tough Times You Just Have To Laugh

Well sometimes that is all you can do right? I am talking about laughing. My family is truly at what I would think of as bottom (well will be in a few weeks if something big doesn’t happen). To put it bluntly, after I pay my bills we will have no money to pay anything with, get gas with, necessities get my point. My husband lost his job at the beginning of November and until now we have been okay. We have had our needs met by cashing out his 401K and now this is the final set of bills we will be able to pay and we have no more income.  Like ZERO…ZILCH….NADA!

That’s a scary thing it really is. Not knowing what is going to happen, or how we are going to survive is so scary. However it can’t just stop there you know, it has to get worse. You know the phrase “Kick Me While I Am Down” um yeah that’s about the rate I am going. So what exactly prompted this post I am sure you are wondering.

As I said, it’s been one thing after another it seems and I know I know God doesn’t let you go through more than you can handle and to that I say “Big Man Upstairs, I am extremely honored you have so much faith in me”  All the above mentioned is going on and then 3 days ago, our wall oven died!  The first thing I did was throw an internal childish fit, complete with stomping of feet and throwing myself on the ground in my head, wondering why in the world everything is going like this when I am finally completely back on track with my walk with God.

Oh that’s right, it’s when you make Satan the maddest!  Get ready, here come the attacks, grab your artillery and armor!  Daily I think “Well this is the worst that it can get”  then the dishwasher breaks.  Okay now that is the worst it can get … $452.00 electric bill.  Okay now we are at bottom….after we pay our bills we will have no money left (literally) and have no income coming in.  Now that has to be the worst right.  Nope….Oven dies and has to be replaced.  I am sure you can put two and two together to figure out that isn’t going to be happening unless we can find one on craigslist for uber cheap (meaning freeish).

So here we are crock pot and stove top cooking!  *No baking and you know that is horrible for me, baking is a stress reliever for me.*  I am now to the point of just having to laugh.  I mean really when you think it can’t get any worse it very well might, it’s a character building thing in the end, so I venture to say I should have a pretty good character after all of this.  Though I have an awesome one now if I say so myself (sometimes humility eludes me, wonder where my daughter gets it from).

I cry and then I laugh and just pray.  What else can you do during the worst times.  It’s always dark before the morning and I sure hope my morning comes soon!  Until then I have to laugh because they say laughter is the best medicine and I need God & that medicine to keep my sanity.  So today when something goes wrong (or tomorrow or whenever it does because something always happens) take a moment to laugh and find some kind of humor in that situation!

Keep trusting God through the trials remember it’s all part of your testimony!

Have a very blessed day and remember it’s always darkest before the morning (listen to this song it’s so encouraging):

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Hi! I'm Toni. I am a happily married, christian, momma of 3 living on Florida's sunny Gulf Coast. I am a lifestyle blogger and Seint Arist. I started blogging when my last child was born as a way to share my love of all things travel, cooking, beauty, recipes, and more. Now pull up a chair, grab a glass of sweet tea and let's get to know each other. I truly hope you enjoy getting A Daily Dose of Toni!


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    Toni – I am sorry you are struggling. Keeping the faith is difficult in such times! You are in my thoughts and prayers.

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    Full Price? NEVER!

    Toni, hang in there. I know there’s nothing I can say to make this all better {short of congrats, you won the lottery, lol} but it will be okay and I look forward to the posts telling us how.

    PS. you do use coupons, right?

    Take Care!

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    I’m so sorry your family is having such a tough time. I’ll keep you in my prayers…

    PS: Have you called the electric company? They’ll usually work with you on a payment plan and they may have an assistance program, too, that can help pay part of your bill…just a thought!

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    Lauralee Hensley

    Been there a few years back. I lost all my money I’d invested in the stock market, I mean every last cent of it. Me and hubby both lost our jobs at the same time. Used up all his 401K. Didn’t know what we were going to do. I just had a good crying prayer. I let God know that I didn’t know what to do. I let him know that we both applied everywhere and there seemed to be no jobs. I told him at that point it was totally up to him to show us and help us because we were going to have to rely totally on him.
    Guess what the very next day back then (before I got where I couldn’t work because of a genetic nerve muscle condition and mega pain) I got a phone call. A business called me and wanted me to come and work for them. The crazy thing is I never applied there. I didn’t even know about that business. Seems another one of their employees recommended me because we had worked together at another business in the past. I ended up working for that company for a little over nine years.
    God can answer prayers, but sometimes I just think he wants us to truly recognize the miracles are from him and not from anything we are doing.
    I’ll say a prayer for a financial miracle for your family right when I finish typing this.
    God Bless.

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    WoW! I’m so sorry! I hope things start looking up for you soon and that you or your husband get a job opportunity here real soon! Hang in there…just when it looks like it is the worst it could possibly be, something happens and things start to turn around.

    Not that this is a huge concern for you, but I’m a new follower from the Keeping Company Blog Hop…hope you stop by soon.

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