When Giving Up Is Not An Option

Black woman, afro hairstyle, walking barefoot on a commercial street

It’s been over two months into unemployment, and ironically, I had spent over 7 years of my life as an Employment Specialist before getting laid off. Standing on the other side of the fence is quite humbling. However, everything happens for a reason.

Besides, unemployment seems to be a small disadvantage compared to the devastation that the Louisiana flood victims have experienced since Friday, which left a total of 13 people dead and 30,000 residents to be forced to leave their homes. Could you imagine having everything one day and the next day having nothing? My heart goes out to the families of those victims.

Such tragedy motivates me to start my day with a positive outlook, keeping in mind that even when having nothing at all, God is up to something. And it’s something about God that gets his message through no matter what, no matter how much we resist doing things his way. In the back of our minds and in our heart, we know where restoration comes from.

Money, homes, relationships and jobs can be restored. And I’m no preacher, but the further I wonder from God’s grace, it becomes easier to lose focus on my goals. However, God has promised to restore everything lost. “He’ll have compassion on you; he’ll come back and pick up the pieces from all the places where you were scattered.”

To keep focused, I’ve decided to go on a 7 day fast for my finances, job security, focus and for the people of Louisiana. My goal is not only to keep my eye on the prize, but to keep my eye on the one who makes all things possible. Giving up is not an option!

The fast means that I will drink only water everyday until 4:00 pm, limit social media and phone usage and etc. — a 7 day spiritual cleanse. In my kitchen, my chalkboard hangs as a reminder of each  goal, which I’ve written about in an earlier post. I have made them my focus of prayer during my fast. Join me!



 I will take daily notes on my blog of my progress.

Day 1.

Father God, I am fasting for job security, for my finances, for focus and control. I need your help because I cannot do it on my own.

Note:  Today, I stayed focused on my writing goals, prayed and fasted despite a few challenges. I feel lighter, and I feel energetic at the end of my fast. Thank you God for never giving up on me!

Written By: Taylor Bennett


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