When You Want to Give Up: Beating Financial Stress with a Little Faith and Persistence
By Crystal Paine
“What am I supposed to do, God?” I cried aloud. “I’m so thankful for this baby, but I’m so sick with this pregnancy. And being so sick means I can’t work. How are we going to survive?”
I felt helpless and at the end of my rope. My morning-noon-and-night sickness had hung on for weeks, keeping me from working at the part-time jobs I had before I got pregnant.
While my husband was in law school, those part-time jobs were keeping us afloat. Combining both of our incomes, we were already barely making it. With the absence of my income, our finances suffered a huge blow – and so did my faith.
I’d always believed that God would provide, but it’s easy to believe that when things are going well and your income is steady. It’s a whole lot harder to believe that when you have bills piling up, and your income is dwindling.
As I was crying out to God for help and provision that day so many years ago, I realized that sitting there sulking wouldn’t change my situation. I needed to get up and put feet to my faith.
So, I stopped focusing on what I couldn’t do and started throwing myself into what I could do. Maybe I wasn’t feeling well enough to get up and go to work at my part-time jobs, but I could definitely lie on the couch and research everything I could find about earning money from home.
And that’s exactly what I did. It helped to keep my mind off the pregnancy sickness, and it gave me a sense of purpose.
After scouring the Internet for every possible idea and joining online groups discussing home businesses, I landed upon a few ideas that I thought would work for me. It was really slow going at first, and there were days when I felt like I’d never be able to figure out how to successfully earn money from home.
But I didn’t give up – I couldn’t, because I knew that giving up would be giving into despair. Well, that and the fact that we needed to eat and have a roof over our heads!
Many years of trial and error later, I have a flourishing online business and a great team of people who work for me. Back when I was in those first few months of my first pregnancy, I could have never envisioned I’d be where I am today. I’m so thankful I didn’t give up – even when I failed, even when my business ideas didn’t pan out like I’d hoped, and even when it seemed like I was just spinning my wheels and getting nowhere.
Success isn’t easy and things don’t often end up like you imagine, but I promise that there will be rewards if you keep plodding along. So, keep holding onto hope when you feel helpless, keep clinging to the promises of God, and keep going even when you want to give up!
Crystal Paine is a wife, mom of three, and author of The Money Saving Mom®’s Budget. Visit her blog, MoneySavingMom.com, for practical ideas and inspiration to get your life and finances in order.