Good News & Bad News

I should start with the good news first. We always want the good news first, right? This good news is actually a PRAISE REPORT πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸŽ‰πŸŽ‰

My daughter, Erin, accepted Christ at Church Camp last week!!! I am one very proud dad. The most important decision any of us can ever make..she has made! She will be baptized this coming Sunday at First Baptist Church in Rayville, Louisiana. I’m so excited πŸ™‚

What a journey my daughter has before her.

I can’t wait to watch as God moves in her life and transforms her from a beautiful teen into the beautiful woman He has planned πŸ™‚

As proud of her as I am, it does not…however…take away from the sadness in my heart over being laid off.

And that my friends is the bad news.

I made it through all the other layoffs only to last 30 days longer than all the others. I do want to thank my bosses for fighting for me to stay on in those thirty days. It just didn’t work. That happens and I hold no resentment towards any of them. I thank them for allowing me the opportunity to learn new skills and share mine with them. It was a fun two years.

But it took me a year to find that job. I can’t wait that long this go round.

But more than the loss of my job is my fear that my children may see me as a failure.

I’ve let them down over the years simply because me and their mom are divorced.

I can’t be at everything and neither can their mom. So we try to make it to where at least one of us is there. But I feel so bad when I’m not there, because I want to be there. I want them to know that Daddy supports them.

I also know that I can not buy them everything they want much less all the things they need and it tears me up.

I see them as often as I can, like everyday, for a little bit. I just do not want them to think less of me for losing my job, even though they will understand it was out of my control.

I guess, basically, I just do not want my children to lose faith in me as their dad.

Oh the joys of a being a divorced parent….ughhh.

Anyway, would you please be in prayer for me as I look for a new job. One that will still allow time with my kids, Celebrate Recovery, and time to myself. Also please pray for Erin in her new life as a child of God.



40 thoughts on “Good News & Bad News”

  1. I will pray. The Lord knows your needs and He will provide!

    Philippians 4:19 – But my God shall supply all your need according to his riches in glory by Christ Jesus.

    Hebrews 13:5 – [Let your] conversation [be] without covetousness; [and be] content with such things as ye have: for he hath said, I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee.

    2 Corinthians 9:8 – And God [is] able to make all grace abound toward you; that ye, always having all sufficiency in all [things], may abound to every good work:

    Matthew 6:26 – Behold the fowls of the air: for they sow not, neither do they reap, nor gather into barns; yet your heavenly Father feedeth them. Are ye not much better than they?

    Psalms 23:1 – (A Psalm of David.) The LORD [is] my shepherd; I shall not want.

    Matthew 6:31-32 – Therefore take no thought, saying, What shall we eat? or, What shall we drink? or, Wherewithal shall we be clothed?

    Philippians 4:6 – Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God.

    Jeremiah 29:11 – For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, saith the LORD, thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you an expected end.

    Proverbs 3:5 – Trust in the LORD with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding.

    Matthew 6:25-34 – Therefore I say unto you, Take no thought for your life, what ye shall eat, or what ye shall drink; nor yet for your body, what ye shall put on. Is not the life more than meat, and the body than raiment?

    2 Corinthians 9:8-11 – And God [is] able to make all grace abound toward you; that ye, always having all sufficiency in all [things], may abound to every good work:

    Malachi 3:10 – Bring ye all the tithes into the storehouse, that there may be meat in mine house, and prove me now herewith, saith the LORD of hosts, if I will not open you the windows of heaven, and pour you out a blessing, that [there shall] not [be room] enough [to receive it].

    2 Peter 1:3 – According as his divine power hath given unto us all things that [pertain] unto life and godliness, through the knowledge of him that hath called us to glory and virtue:

    Matthew 7:11 – If ye then, being evil, know how to give good gifts unto your children, how much more shall your Father which is in heaven give good things to them that ask him?

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  2. I will pray for you.
    God’s plans are sometimes hard for us to comprehend. I know He has something bigger and better planned for you! Keep strong and hold on to your faith.

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  3. On the good news: Praise God from Whom all blessings flow!!!
    On the bad news: the good news sheds light on this. God’s gotcha. Your kids will see your faith in Him, and His love for you.

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  4. Stuart, I am so sorry for your job loss. I know from experience how hard that can be on someone when their responsibility is to provide, but I hope your kids are like me in that I managed to understand it was not the person’s fault but the circumstances. Your desire to provide is wonderful enough, as there are so many children in our country that are left behind by their fathers. I know desire itself doesn’t provide, but your will and strength as a father to push forward despite the circumstances is what will get you all through this time. We’ll definitely be praying for a job to come along that fits your needs, and I know God will provide all your needs in the mean time.
    Your daughter accepting Christ is AWESOME! Especially as a teenager, that is something to be very proud of. I pray that she finds strength in Him in whatever path lies ahead of her. She is very blessed to have you as her father to help guide her along the way.

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    1. Thank you so much for your comment Destiny. Your words spoke to me where it was needed. ❀

      I hope you don’t mind me using your name instead of your pen name. I’ve tried and for the life of me I can not type it out without feeling weird. For even though I know the reason behind your pen name, it is a term of endearment to me


      1. Of course, Stuart! You’re an awesome man that deserves to have some light spoken in his life. It can be easy to get consumed by the darkness in our lives, so we gotta reach out to each other. ❀
        As far as what you call me, I don't mind at all, my dear friend πŸ™‚ I appreciate you asking though!

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        1. You are so right about being consumed by the darkness at times. We should always be willing to lose our pride and reach out. Not easy thing to do at times, but when we do…oh boy πŸ™‚


  5. You are in my thoughts and prayers dear brother in Christ. I understand how important it is the way we single parents look in our children’s eyes. I know that I have disappointed all four of my children, and just hope that they forgiven me in Heaven. Love your kids, and do your best according to God and you will go far. Keeping rolling.

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  6. Praying for peace that passes all understanding as you look for a new job. The fact that you see your children so often means so very much to them, I promise. I lived in the same home as my father and I would go weeks without seeing him. You are a good dad and a good provider…………you’ve got this and God will see you through.

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  7. You have a rare opportunity that, while you would have passed if offered, is in front of you. Yes, your kids could see you as a failure, but that’s not based on losing your job. That’s based on what you do now. You can show them that instead of the world crashing in, you have an opportunity for better things ahead, but the only way you get those better things is by doing the right thing and being diligent. Those are lessons they can learn that are positive from this situation. I’m not saying follow your craziest dreams or read palms in Jackson Square — although I’d support you in each. I’m saying that show them the negatives in life are often hiding the positives if you look at things and do things the right way.

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    1. Thanks Joshua. That’s good advice for all of us. I appreciate the fact that you would support me in chasing my wildest dreams, though I believe those days are past


  8. Hi Stu…..
    What a blessing about your daughter receiving CHRIST! You have done what CHRIST asks of us and it is good to know that as a DAD you fulfilled your part in passing along your faith to the next generation. As for being laid off, my husband has gone through this several times and in no way does my son who is now 33 look upon my husband as a failure! If anything he sees him as a survivor and someone who persevered through difficult times. GOD will take care of it all…….just trust HIM and watch in the details how HE will provide. I have experienced it and for sure will pray for you and your family starting today! Blessings and may GOD give you peace every step of the way. Remember GOD is a bigger GOD than any problem we have!

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      1. I have been there with my son! Just recently he called me to say: guess where I am? He was sitting in front of Lifeway, a Christian store in Co & also here in AZ. He was going in to buy a Cross to wear… don’t do that unless GOD is truly in your heart. And my Mom heart jumped for joy! It is wonderful to watch them mature!

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  9. What wonderful news about your daughter Stuart, praise God! Sorry to hear about your job, God will provide! Let Him test your heart, the gold at the end of the rainbow; will be a stronger faith.

    Father, I pray for my brother Stuart. I pray that you will show yourself strong; about what he could hope or thing. Show Stuart that he could never be a failure, you would have to fail him first; You’re the God that never fails! Father, I pray that You will provide him with a new job, nothing is too hard for You! Help him to stay focused on You through this test, and not his circumstances! In Jesus’ name, Amen!

    I will add your specific need, and your kids to my WordPress prayer list. God bless my brother!

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  10. Prayers sent your way! The angles in heaven are rejoicing for your daughter’s salvation, but the enemy seems to be working hard already on trying to steal your joy. Stay faithful and God won’t abandon you and see you through your trials.

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