My husband has always been an extremely hard worker. When we first started out as a young married couple with dreams and a little apartment, he worked nights at Wendy's- for 3 years. Then as our family got bigger- he got a job at a local factory working the over night shift, weekends, holidays. He worked 12 hour shifts. He's never complained. He always still helped me so much. He made sure we had everything we needed.
We still lie awake at night sharing our dreams with each other- if in person or over the phone. With every struggle, with times we didn't know if we would make it, we still prayed hard and dreamed hard. We strived to be content in that small apartment. No matter what other people seemed to have or get.
My husband came home from work one day and told me they had cut everyone's hours at work. We were both so scared. So we prayed and God laid something on our heart- truck driving. It seemed to be a way out of the fear we had. Just for a little while- we promised each other.
It's amazing how God works out everything for our good! It's been almost 2 years since he took this job. And I have found out just how badly I needed Jesus. How strong our marriage became because of sacrifice. Nights I couldn't of made it without His Word, His peace.
I've been asked things the last couple years about why does my husband truck drive and it's simple- God led him to do it and we know God sees the bigger picture before us. He directs our steps and I am giving Him our family. I trust, without abandon that Jesus will do something huge. Every family situation is different and what works for us may not work for someone else.
But I've had some of the hugest blessings in my life come out of the hard ships of my husband being gone for work. I've met an amazing community of like wives going through the same thing. I've got stronger, wiser, better. Raising my kids alone for 3 weeks at a time has been extremely rough at times- but God has carried me.
I want to continue this in another post, so if your husband works away, please share your heart in the comments. Or if you've experienced it in the past. I've realize how precious it is for women to share together so we can be there for one another.
I'm going to be sharing some ideas of what has helped me.