Goodbye Job, Hello Uncertainty!

Goodbye Job, Hello Uncertainty #realoilfieldwivesTwo weeks ago, Oilman pumped the last stage on the last Eagle Ford completion for a client.  We knew what was coming.  We got the dreaded phone call this week.  Oilman is without work, for now.

I’ve been trying to process my thoughts and feelings on the whole thing.  We have been preparing for this event for months and weren’t surprised.  However, in that moment there was still a curse word that popped into my head and out of my mouth.

Moving forward, here is what I know and what I’m choosing to focus on.

  1. Plans will need to be fluid.  I’m a planner.  I like to have things neat and organized because it gives me a sense of control in a world full of chaos.  I am not one who easily adapts to change (I have improved in this arena, but I’m not great at it yet).  We will need to make some plans on how we choose to move forward as a family.  I know going into it that those plans will need to be adjusted over time.  We don’t really know what the next few months will look like.  We don’t know how long it will take for Oilman to be working again.  I will need to be flexible and keep an open mind on any opportunities that come our way.
  2. This year, I have spent a lot of time trying to take advantage of whatever situation I find myself in (good or bad).  This season will be no different.  The good news is that I’m going to spend more time with my husband.  It has been YEARS since I have spent more than two weeks with him at one time.  I want to take full advantage of this time together and enjoy it.  I do not want to let stress over the unknown ruin this gift we have been given.
  3. I’m going to take it one day at a time and trust in God’s plan for our life.  I have an overall peace for what happens next for us, but there is still a part that is fearful of the unknown.  I can choose to give into that fear and overwhelm myself with “what-ifs” and worse case scenarios.  My other option is to enjoy the day in front of me.  Today, we have everything we need.  I don’t know what will happen tomorrow, but God has that covered.

When I think back over certain periods of my life where there was uncertainty, periods of waiting, or hardships, I can see that God was at work creating something beautiful.  I know he is doing that now.  These are the times when we are forced out of our comfort zone.  We grow and learn.  We take advantage of opportunities we wouldn’t have taken before because we are forced to.  I know good things are in store for my family.  If you are in a similar position to us, I want you to know that God has good things in store for you as well.  It doesn’t mean that it will be easy or that there won’t be bad days.   I’m not looking forward to difficult times or seasons of uncertainty, but I feel at peace knowing good will come from this situation.

The following prayer and verses are what I will be focusing on in the coming weeks:

“I give you peace, the kind of peace only I can give.  It isn’t like the peace this world can give.  So don’t be worried or afraid.” John 14:27

“For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” Jeremiah 29:11

“Lord… help me to embrace the change in my life as an opportunity, rather than personal inconvenience.  I trust your plans for me are great and better than anything I could have ever orchestrated on my own…”  Lysa TerKeurst

“Don’t worry about tomorrow.  It will take care of itself.  You have enough to worry about today.” Matthew 6:34

About LC

Howdy! LC and her Oilman live in the ‘burbs north of Austin, TX. She is a real estate broker, but you won’t find her face on a bus bench and she doesn't drive a Cadillac. Oilman works in Texas as a Completions Consultant. Don’t worry, most people don’t know what that title means either. LC calls him frac guru, for short. She may be the only woman in America that hated both "Twilight" AND "50 Shades of Grey". Oilman and LC like wine, good music, their two dogs, and cervezas in Central America. Follow the adventures of LC and Oilman at: www.LivingOilfieldLife.com or on Instagram at: living_oilfield_life

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