Nov
11
2011

My, How Good Life Is

Sunrise off our back deck

Yesterday I posted on the fantastic prognosis from my bout with myocarditis. Good news indeed. Now for some bad news. It isn’t easy for me to post this, being the self-reliant (sometimes tagged “stubborn”) guy that I am. But here goes.

Financially, we’re really struggling. Coupled with the detailed surgery from Micah’s table saw incident, medical bills have built to over $70,000. We’ve never dealt with this magnitude of short-term debt. For the time being, Wendy and I have about two months of overlap between receiving reimbursement for these bills and paying for them. Most of this will be covered, but even so, a month of opportunity loss of a self-employed ministry leader is daunting.

Leading up to these unexpected emergencies, I wish I could say that things were financially hunky-dory. They weren’t, for quite some time now. Monument Publishing (our family business) has suffered its third year of dropped sales, due largely to the poor economy. The ministry I run along with the publishing company, Training Minds Ministry, barely squeezed through the year with only one camp — down from the glory years of 4-5 camps across the country. It’s depressing (literally, it’s getting smaller), and I don’t see it getting much better till the economy grows.

Before these medical bills, I was gearing up for a tough frugal run for the next couple years. Families won’t be investing in their children’s home education or sending them to debate camp. These are my customers, and they are the life blood of what I do. These are families who invest in the business and ministry I run, they fuel my income, but that just hasn’t happened much in the past few years. Today, it’s not pretty.

The books Wendy and I write for you, our “family” friends, have never sold much. They are $10-$15 books that we ship alongside the $70-$120 investments in debate supplies. Pocket change, but something we love. A fraction of what’s needed to live on.

It’s fun to post on our blog about fun and good things. There are so many blessings, such an abundant life. I don’t really enjoy writing to you about these troubles, but in a way it’s relieving. A transparent life — true to self, each other, and God — is the good life.

Want to know something kind of cool? This bout with myocarditis — though it piled on a mound of bills — was a clever blessing to us. Myocarditis could have been an extremely frustrating trial for a go-getter like me. Sitting still, resting, allowing my heart to catch up — the thought of it would have driven me crazy before.

The blessing has been awesome. I’ve reflected, I’ve caught up on neglected desk-duties, I’ve repositioned many things that I would have just plowed through if in great health. I’m actually feeling optimistic about my family’s future — optimistic because of this trial.

Isn’t that just how God works? It seems as if no obstacle can get in the way of God working in the Jeub family. Not a thing. I don’t know about you, but I love how God keeps Wendy and I on the financial edge. I love it because we are constantly able to point and say, “Yes, we’re broke, but my how good life is.”

It’s more than an attitude. It’s a house bubbling with life, good work, and a relationship with the Son of Man who walks alongside his family. Life with love in the house is so, so good.

Question: Do you have trials that are overwhelming? I bet there are blessings weaved into them. I’ll share some more tomorrow. For now, please, share some of your story below.

About Chris Jeub

Chris is the father of 16 children, busily running the family businesses and learning the depths of love along the way.

  • julie

    I am so sorry for your piling medical bills ,prayers for your family for financial blessings

  • Jennifer Mull

    Do we have trials…!??! Oh, boy! Yes… I call it our “Job season” based on the book of Job in the Bible. The last four years have been one trial after another, and now that it seems like it is winding down (the big stuff anyway) we are getting hit with one little thing after another (little things that cost quite a bit….) Hang in there… He is faithful and a good Provider. I’m not sure I like being kept on the edge, but I know He has a hold of me. :-)

    • http://www.jeubfamily.com Chris Jeub

      Thanks Jennifer! You are very encouraging. I’m not sure I necessarily “like” being on the edge, but I love how God uses me most when I am. 

  • Katie

    We have gone through many trials due to gossip and slander from people who do not like us because of our lifestyle choices such as homeschooling our children.  We have lost people we THOUGHT were good friends, but God has showed us who our true friends really are and how blessed we are to have them through this.  Just remember when you open your mouth, there are many who would love to see you fail so never ever complain about your life to anyone.  Everything works together for GOOD to those who loved the Lord and are called according to HIS purpose.  He has a purpose in this and every trial.

    • http://www.jeubfamily.com Chris Jeub

      Here, here! Relational problems are the most heart-wrenching. We’ve been through some doozies, but always grow from them.

  • Chris

    I’m very sorry to hear of your financial difficulties. You are not alone!

    Did you drop Samaritan, or can you expect them to pick up the $70,000 in medical bills? If it’s just a matter of waiting for reimbursement from Samaritan’s subscribers, I am sure the hospitals and doctors will wait a couple months.

    • http://www.jeubfamily.com Chris Jeub

      We’ll see. Wendy and I have been HUGE supporters of Samaritan, but it’s easy to support them with little $3-$5 maternity bills. We had a cosmetic thing cover about $17k a few years back, which was huge at the time. $70k is making us nervous. I’ll be sure to post on it in Jan/Feb when it all settles. We’re paying minimum payments on nearly 20 different bills, so it’s quite messy at the moment.

      • Chris

        I wish you the best, but I am a bit confused. Why choose Samaritan (and support it so enthusiastically), if you are not sure it covers large medical bills? I thought that was the whole purpose of insurance.

        • http://www.jeubfamily.com Chris Jeub

          Who’s not sure? I’m far from doubting Samaritan. It’s still daunting, a logistical mess. Besides, the opportunity losses from being out for a couple months is never covered.

  • Rockett2767

    Hold on tight to God! He’s the only way out, and he will see you thru! I am sorry for these hard times your family has fallen on, but I love to hear the stories of your family! both good and bad! Blessings and prayers to you all!!

  • Emilyh

    Some think of poverty as a disease, or they fear it like a curse. Think again. What, exactly, is so bad about being poor? Are we starving? Nearly impossible to do in America. Are we miserable? We know rich miserable people. Are we without opportunity? We believe God has us right where He wants us.
    Think deeper: there are good things that come about in poverty. It forces you to be creative in your financial distress, to pool resources with others in the church or your family, ultimately to depend more on God. There’s nothing inherently bad about poverty, come to think of it.

    REJOICING WITH YOU, JEUBS!

    • http://www.jeubfamily.com Chris Jeub

      Preach it, sistah! =)

    • Anonymous

      Thanks for reminding me of the interesting article posted here about why poverty isn’t so bad. So really this isn’t “bad news”, it’s just news. Continuing to thrive as you dip further below the government poverty line isn’t so hard or bad when you believe in everything stated in that article so keep on rejoicing indeed!

  • BJ

    Oh, dear Jeubs, where to start. . .First of all–as you know–God can and will see you through this time.  Secondly, you’ll be even more in our prayers.

    We’ve had a rough few years now.  It started after the birth of our 5th child.  I think that Satan realized he was losing his hold on us and we were starting to trust God in every area of our lives–including our child bearing.  The short list is as follows:

    2005
    May–Child #5–nearly died with severe jaundice.  Thankfully healthy and happy today.

    2006
    January–I nearly died when I had a tube rupture from a tubal pregnancy.  The anesthesiologist going into the surgery looked at my chart and said, “You already have FIVE children!?!  Why don’t you just have him cut the other tube while he’s in there.”  I didn’t. 

    2007
    January–Child #6 was born with Hirschsprung’s disease.  This caused a 2 week NICU stay and the removal of 9 inches of his colon.  He also had to have therapy and weekly visits to specialists at least once weekly for almost the whole year.

    April–House burned down.  Thankfully myself & the 6 kids got out alive.  Hubby was at work.  Renter’s insurance bill was sitting in a bag of mail that had come while we were in the NICU.  *sigh*

    October–Husband’s pay was cut nearly a quarter.  Still headed south for a family reunion.  The day after the reunion, a deer hit us and came within $45 of totalling our 15 passenger van.  Three weeks later we headed home and our van has been squirrely ever since.

    November–Found out the house we had bought after the fire had major structural damage.  We had to spend tons of time and money making it safe.

    2008
    At some point, husband’s pay was cut AGAIN. 

    June–Child #1 started having seizures.   Things were pretty scary for a while.  Thankfully, they’ve been under control since 2010.

    2009
    February–The lower level of our home started filling up with septic tank water every time the snow would melt and rains would come.  The county wouldn’t let us have the permits to fix it, the city wouldn’t hook us up to city sewer (which was practically in our back yard) unless we could convince our neighbors to give up the anti-annexation fight going on–and one of them was the leader of the anti-annexation group.  The city planner guy also made sure to tell us that by having our children in that house, they were in an unsafe environment.  Can we say strong arming. . .?

    May–God was so gracious as to provide us a 5 year old repossessed home–twice as big as the one we were currently in–for the same monthly house payment.

    September–Child # 1’s seizures got worse.  REALLY SCARY.

    2010
    February–My husband’s job of 13 years was cut.  I was 16 weeks pregnant with our 8th child.

    July–My one year was running toward the road and I ran after her.  Being 8 months pregnant, I fell.  I broke a piece off inside my left elbow.  They couldn’t do anything about it until after the baby was delivered.  I also messed up my knees and my hips. 

    August–Was so BLESSED to have a precious baby boy.  Labor was rough with the floppy broken arm and messed up body.  Eight days later, I went in for surgery to have it repaired. 

    November–I had a freak head injury from a vacuum cleaner.  I had a concussion, and still have post concussion syndrome.

    2011

    August–My husband finally found full time work at a wonderful private university near our town!  God is so good as to give him a job where he’s surrounded by Christians!

    I know this list is a little exhausting.  The past few years have been, as well.  I tried to just hit the highlights.  😉  I pray that your time of trials and testing is MUCH shorter than ours.  One thing I can promise you–if you just draw nearer to God through this time, you will be shown amazing provisions that you would never have understood if He had not allowed the hard times to come.

    Once thing to look into–sometimes hospitals and doctors will adjust your bills to reflect the amount that a person with insurance would have paid.  Some will write portions of your bills–or the whole thing–off.  I know that we’re all fiercely independent here, but it’s an option.

    You can smile at the fact that you have made Satan very angry about something, and he’s obviously worried about the impact for God that you are having on the world.  :)  You’re in our prayers.  Thank you for the love you show to all of us by letting us see a bit of your life.  Thank you for the witness you show for our great LORD!  We praise God for you! 

    • http://www.jeubfamily.com Chris Jeub

      Hearing of your trials and seeing you stronger through it is encouraging to me. Thank you, BJ! 

  • TSO

    I pray that your family finds financial relief sooner than later.

    I do have a question though.  You state that you’re thankful that God has kept you and your wife on the “edge financially”.  How so?  Aren’t those your decisions, and your wife’s decisions that have brought your family to the edge? 

    • http://www.jeubfamily.com Chris Jeub

      I don’t think I understand your question. We didn’t have control over ER and medical bills.

      • Sola

        I think TSO means your refusal to have standard health insurance and instead go with Samaritan Ministries.  They probably also mean that the size of your family, a decision which you and your wife took to have, has also had an affect on your finances.

        I might be wrong though, apologies to TSO for assuming if that is the case.

      • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1472230673 Jennifer Mull

        I took the question the same way as Sola…. some would think to make sure you had plenty of money for those emergencies, you have fewer children, you get a job with good health insurance, etc….. I suppose some don’t realize that our “choices” that keep us on the edge financially are not irresponsible choices…. not even necessarily OUR choices…. but rather the choices we make to follow the Lord… and He is the One who can bless with great wealth or keep us on the edge as we continue to follow Him. I agree (though I fret more than I should) that there are greater blessings sometimes to being on the edge. I particularly like seeing how He is going to come through… it is almost never the way I expect and is ALWAYS amazing!

      • TSO

        Not so much the medical bills, but in your above blog you do mention financial problems due to your books, etc. not bringing in the income that you would desire – especially with the large family that you have.

        I understand that the Lord is leading you, as He did with my Dad and Mom as the parents of six.  When times and the economy was under during the 1970’s and my Dad’s regular job tanked, he had to work two jobs [sometimes a third on a Saturday] that would keep food on the table, clothes on our backs, etc.  He would never do anything immoral, even if it meant making a quick dollar.

        Through faith and perserverance, he taught us all what it meant to be good Christians, good citizens and hard workers.  I just never heard him or my Mom say that it’s God’s will that they might find themselves in  any financial hardship, even those due to emergencies.  Yes, they may have said that God would wish them to learn from their mistakes to better their lives and their family, but never was it God’s will or fault!

  • Maggie

    Hi,
    May I ask what meals are like in your house? Specifically, what do your kids eat? Do you have a garden? I think it’s ridiculous for large families to use so much canned stuff when they could do so much better with fresh foods grown themselves.  I am from a family of ten and we also hunted, etc. but we had an enormous garden, baked our own bread, and so on.

    • http://www.jeubfamily.com Chris Jeub

      I defer you to our cookbooks for answers — answers you’ll love — at http://www.monumentpublishing.biz/Love_in_the_Kitchen_Vol_1_p/jf802.htm

      • Maggie

        That link didn’t work for me, but anyway I was hoping for an answer detailing what you eat in an average day.  My own family (not the family I was born into) is small and not well-off.  My kids usually have cereal or waffles/toast in the am.  Fruit/yogurt for snacks when we can afford it.  Rice/spaghetti for dinners.  We also buy a lot of day-old stuff. 

        • http://www.jeubfamily.com Chris Jeub

          This sounds like content for a good blog post. Wendy and I will chalk it up to give it some good thought. Thanks Maggie!

        • http://www.jeubfamily.com Chris Jeub

          And by the way, sorry about that bad link. I’m working on a redesign and the link given isn’t working anymore. Here is the good one: http://monumentpublishing.mybigcommerce.com/jeub-family/

  • Carly

    Read between the lines: please send us money.

    Why don’t you go out and get a job.

    • http://www.jeubfamily.com Chris Jeub

      Gee, thanks Carly. Compassionate.
      Till I find a job, here’s a link to where you can donate to keep the ministry going: http://trainingminds.org/donate/.

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1472230673 Jennifer Mull

      Interesting reply…. I think you should go back and read the actual lines, instead of reading your own feelings into the “between lines.” 

      He said they were struggling, but also giving testimony to how God continues to care for them. If you felt like you should give money from reading his post, maybe God was prompting you to an act of kindness…. too bad you blew it!

    • Leana

      Carly, what an unbelievably nasty comment! I was totally floored by your response. Totally cold and uncaring. Honestly if you are going to pick on someone, just take a look at yourself in the mirror. 

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Tiara-Smith/100000386126152 Tiara Smith

      Carly.most Christians rarely expect money.What we do for each other most often (and I wish I lived closer so I could help) is gifts of kindness like food,child care,rides to and from dr appts/errands,etc…things like that..gifts of time and thoughtfulness.This is what Jesus called us to do..take care of each other.It’s the story of the good Samaritan,and it isn’t always about money.Other gifts are just as much,if not more,appreciated..So I woud urge you to rethink that one.And I say it with a sincere smile. :)

      • http://www.jeubfamily.com Chris Jeub

        Case in point: a few days ago our washing machine broke. Big-time problem in the Jeub home. Wendy had two friends help her yesterday, one by dropping loads of laundry and another by spending the day doing laundry at her home. I ordered the part that broke and it will arrive this week, but we are nearly caught up with laundry to hold us over till I fix the washing machine.

        One of the many examples of God’s people looking out for one another. “Bear one another’s burdens and self-fulfill the law of Christ” (Gal. 6:2).

      • Sola

        Perhaps Carly hasn’t had the chance to read through the blog properly Tiara.  We are so often these days faced with people in dire financial straights, it is quite easy to see how Carly might feel this blog post is of the ‘begging letter’ type, even though it is obviously not.  I think we can quite easily become desensitised to this sort of thing.

        Personally I often feel that these sorts of trials are a way for us to take stock, perhaps even ‘re-org’ as Chris puts it, to take a look at ourselves and see how we can become more humble ourselves.  Sometimes it takes something like this to make us see that even if we are in dire financial straights we CAN still be giving and non-judgemental ourselves.  No matter how bad things are for us, you can guarantee that there will be someone who is will be in a far worse state and what better message is there to give if we can realise that and still give ourselves.

        Chris and Wendy, bless you both

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Norma-Nichols/1430143249 Norma Nichols

      I though this too, a girl I know took a job as a mission guys unpaid internship secretary bcit was serving God working in the mission field then sent out letters saying she was fundraising her salary asking  people to send her monthly checks and that she needed 2,500 a month, I dont spend that much with my family of 6 and shes only a family of 3, does it go against God to have a paying job and serve God when not working that job if the two dont coincide.

  • Amil Zola

    I don’t understand why a job or two and steady income isn’t an option?

    I know folks who had been self employed and when their businesses didn’t produce the income to support their families they went out and got jobs. 

  • Ellsha3

    Chris–What a blessing to read your story,not because of your difficult times, but because of your positive attitude about them.
      2 years ago, my husband had an accident while working. He was wiring in an attic space at a tire plant and the flooring was made up of boards spaced every 2 feet. They were not in the best shape and one gave way, sending my husband 16 feet down to a pile of deflated tires (the man that was to be working in that area called in sick that day, normally that pile would not have been there) He didn’t stop there…he bounced! Landed on the concrete floor breaking his leg at the knee (a “catastrophic” tibia plateau—that’s medical talk for “many small shards throughout the knee area”) 
       So there we were…a broken leg and my husband working for his father as an electrician. I wish I could say that his parents were understanding and supportive, they weren’t.I wish I could say I was string and worry free, I wasn’t. BUT—the Lord kept us through that time. Sure he(husband) was frustrated and yes, scared too. He struggled because, he was the provider and now, he needed me to help bathe him, bring him meals because walking was not happening. He grew stronger in his walk with the Lord and it was amazing how He provided in ways we never imagined during that time.
       I know the Lord will keep you through this time. Even though that light at the end of the tunnel cannot be seen by us at times, He knows, and of course He is there.
       Our family will have yours in our prayers as you go through each day lead by HIM. Our concerns are so small compared to what He can do.I pray you will continue to remain optimistic, even through some rather turse comments you have received here.

     P.S. Praising Him for the recent good cardio report!

    • http://www.jeubfamily.com Chris Jeub

      Ellsha, your story is encouraging to Wendy and me. Thank you for sharing!

  • Emmie

    Have you considered getting a job outside the home–like a traditional job? My family would be in extreme hardship as well if my husband and I did not both work.

    It is hard to work schedules around each other because we are both in school as well and we cannot afford childcare for our large family. But it keeps the bills paid.

    You posted a while back that poverty is not so bad… now you are seeing the problem with it. A family with more resources would have a few months income saved and also have life insurance. I am in the same boat that you are in, but I do not consider it an ideal or even liveable situation for reasons that you are now seeing.

    • Mikeblloyd

      I agree with Emmie.  If all the adults in the house were to get even part-time work, it could dramatically change your financial circumstances and bring health insurance benefits too.

      If you are selling books at pocket money prices and still no one wants them then no-one is really benefiting from the endeavour, however passionate you may feel about it.

      But the myriad skills that you have all developed in simply keeping a family of that size running, might well be welcomed and valued in the workplace, even in this time of recession.

      I don’t know much about where you live – what sort of paid work is available that you could do?

  • gilora

    Chris — have you considered gettig a job with health insurance?  I know it’s easy to offer advice “after the fact” so to speak but this could bring some financial stability to the family while you pursue your ministry.  Can some of the teenagers get part-time work?  From your post, it sounds like the family is having a cash flow problem and this would bring in some income, at least until the crisis passes. 

    I’ve been reading your blog for some time and I’m confused about what I perceive to be your belief that you must suffer in order to honor God.  Wouldn’t God want your family to be comfortable?  Wouldn’t that make it easier for you to pursue your ministry and help others? 

    • http://www.jeubfamily.com Chris Jeub

      We are thinking about all options, including a job, but I’ve got a lot rolling with our publishing company and ministry. It is much more complicated than just walking into employment. Lots to “re-org” here.

      I don’t think your perceptions are accurate: “belief that you must suffer in order to honor God.” I wouldn’t put it that way, not even close. Instead, I would say this: Trials are oftentimes good things, they push us in the direction God wants us to go, much like a parent will give a child a punishment or enforce chores. These aren’t meant to cause misery, but rather train children up to be helpful, sacrificial people of good character.

      “Wouldn’t God want your family to be comfortable?” Uh, no. Comfort is NOT my goal in life, nor do I think it is God’s. One of my daughter’s favorite quotes (I think it is Chesterton) is this, “God comforts the burdened, and burdens the comfortable,” or something like that.

      You bring up some interesting thoughts, gilora. I will tuck these ideas away for a future post. Thank you!

      • gilora

        Thank you for taking the time to reply.  I would like to elaborate on my definition of “comfortable.”  I’m not talking about “wealthy” or even “complacent.”  I’m talking about having enough of a financial cushion to weather some unexpected expenses and/or having enough funds to have a “safety net” in place in case of a catastrophe.  I think we can agree that some people suffer without being close to God and some people can be close to God without physical suffering.  I guess I’m taking the long way of asking whether you believe that the deprivations you describe are essential to your ministry or whether a financial re-org may be in order for your family to continue serving God in the way you feel is appropriate. 

        Best of luck to you and your family. 

        • http://www.jeubfamily.com Chris Jeub

          Now that you put it that way, I would say that “a financial re-org may be in order.” Hense the title of yesterday’s post, “Re-org.”

      • Carl

        It seems like God is definitely pushing you in the direction of taking a job, or two. He wants you to care for the blessings He gave you.

  • Angela Bel;tran

    We are a family of 10. Our house is very old over 100 years olsd. We have found out the kids are showing small signs of lead in their blood and we are not in a sistuation to fix the house or move we are financially stuck. My husbands work is also slow. Butu thisd is where I throw people off even with all that on our shoulder we to thank god for everything we have. And when I tell my family how rich I feel they just don’t get. And when I say even in this situation I would happly welcome another child they just don’t get.

    • Emmie

      Your local social services probably have a program for removing or covering lead paint. Please, please call around and get this fixed. Your children could end up with lifelong learning and health issues if your house is toxic.

      Quality is as important as quantity when it comes to raising children.

      • Angela Bel;tran

        My childern are more important to me then you will ever know, But when you can’t do any thing your cry and then you start praying alot. please see my above response that answers all you remarks and yes I know the dangers I was a Nurse and worked in home care for many years. So again many times thing are not as simple as they may seem to someone on the outside So be compassinate not judgemental, it doesn’t help.

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_BZXHT7XDXDDSOBCWGPTUGYGV5Q Elizabeth

      Lead is very dangerous to the brains and nervous system of children. It makes it much harder for them to learn. Please call your county health department, there are resources available to help homeowners get rid of lead in their homes. Your children might need medical treatment to lower their lead levels. I cannot stress enough how very serious lead is to children. God does not want children to suffer lead poisoning. 

      • Angela Bel;tran

        We have done this but because we don’t live in the major city in our area we don’t have a lead remove avalible without us paying for it. And at this time we are unable to get the loan for this. Because of all the foreclosures in our area the value of all the houses in our area  are on average 30 to 40 % less. So we are in a situation were we are belly up. We contacted Social Services to see if they can help. We were told that they can loan 2ok if that will cover all the expences in cluding relocation of our family during the process. We were told that to have it remove would be way more then 20k. So now they will not help at all. Please remember when giving advice that some time people really are stuck and the only option that they do have is to trust in god. No we don’t haver family that can help either.

    • Guest

      I’ve been in this situation. The solutions are easy.  Begin with hand washing before meals. Make it a ritual. Everyone washes before coming to the table. Next paint. The best chcice to remediate old lead in new paint. Encapsulate it. With care, this is a DIY project. Don’t sand before painting. Use a liquid sander or TSP. Remove old carpets. They often hold a tremendous amount of lead dust. Start with these then retest and see where your at.

  • Anonymous

    My husband says you should get a job. I agree.

    • kate

      I have free healthcare through my nation and its great until you need something urgent or you get cancer. 

      • julie paradox

        I’m confused, kate.  What is your nation?  In my country (UK) urgent and cancer cases are treated just as well and quibble-free as anything else.

        (or is “my nation” the name of something?  You haven’t made yourself entirely clear.)

  • Ellsha3

    So the general consensus is that Chris should “find a job with health insurance” and that would fix the problem right?
    Oftentimes, it is so easy to give advice when we are not in the circumstance that the person (or persons) is going through.Just tell the freezing person to think warm thoughts and move along when you just may have an extra blanket.
     I’ve never met Chris or Wendy, but it doesn’t take much to tell that family comes first which is why, I’m sure, the education of their children and the way they provide for them is of utmost importance.The Lord didn’t open this door to close it without an answer. God never begins a work without completion.
     For a year and a half, my husband was told to “get a job”. He wanted to believe me, but a job was hard to come by, even with his masters license in the electrical trade and 24 years experience. It is easy to throw those words out when you are not in that postition yourself.
     Why are so many of the comments here so harsh and quick to judge? Compassion…understanding…encouragement…are they really such difficult emotions to demonstrate?
      God Bless you Jeub family…and he will! ♥
     

  • Jennifer Mull

    Wow, Chris… I’ve read your blog for quite awhile and have replied quite often, but I have never seen a response to one of your blogs like this! How popular it must be to tell others how they must live their lives. :-) I find it very interesting that so many think they know what God is telling you… and that He would tell you to get a job, but laying you up with a somewhat debilitating illness…. hmmmm…… I wonder what they think God was telling us when my husband was laid off and unable to find a position with health benefits for nearly 2 yrs…..

    • Ellsha3

      I couldn’t agree more Jennifer.

  • Guest

    I’m sorry, 70,000 is nothing. Try 500,000 left over after the insurance paid out. After our cars, house, and retirement funds were emptied we had exactly 5,000 to start over. We left the US because of healthcare. Having experienced both the US and national/socialized healthcare, we desperately need to change the way healthcare is distributed in the US. I went from a top of the line US insurance program giving me access to midlevel healthcare to a nationalized and limited funds European system where I’ve recieved healthcare at a level not seen in the US except by those in the top 1% of the wealth at the top 1% of the research hospitals. Guess what? I’m not special over here, everyone gets this level of service. I hope that your prognosis continues to be good and I hope you have the funds to pay all of your bills and finally I hope that you work to bring about the changes that the US really needs.

  • guest

    “spout with myocarditis” I think you mean “bout with” or “bout of” not spout. Bout is defined as “An attack of illness or strong emotion of a specified kind.”

    • http://www.jeubfamily.com Chris Jeub

      Good catch. Thanks!

  • Anonymous

    I believe the man you support, Herman Cain, told unemployed people, “To get a job”.  With your own current personal financial struggles, how can you support someone so callous?  When others posted below the same words directed to you–it seems that people took offense. Why is it offensive to say such things to you but not to the millions of others who are also struggling and out of work that pays enough?

    • http://www.jeubfamily.com Chris Jeub

      Simple answer: Herman Cain was speaking to Occupy Wall Street, not the millions unemployed. He was saying, “Protest the White House, not Wall Street.”  Your comparison does not measure up. 

      As an answer to my medical bills, Herman Cain was not telling me to just “get a job.” But, now that you mention it, that’s exactly what some have said. I agree, that is callous.

      • Anonymous

        But you don’t believe that you fall in the same category? (i.e. — not enough current income to cover your needs) as those at occupy wallstreet?  They may be on the left and you on the right but fundamentally, due to your financial issues, you are one and the same? 

        • http://www.jeubfamily.com Chris Jeub

          Nice try, but no, we are not one of the same. I do not think the government (or Wall Street or “the 1%”) should pay my bills.

          See:
          http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wrPGoPFRUdc

          • Anonymous

            I wasn’t “trying” anything. Just having a discussion in order to think through things thoughtfully and ascertain your opinion on certain issues as well as your viewpoint.   I don’t know that one youtube video adequately explains the occupy wallstreet mindset–no more than one tv show adequately represents your family.

            • http://www.jeubfamily.com Chris Jeub

              Ah, now that’s a better argument. You’re right, I’m sure there are more notable characters than this one in the crowd of people protesting Wall Street.

  • Tonya

    Wow, you have some very opinionated readers!  :-)   Many seem to want you to get “real job” with health insurance, etc.  My husband has 23 years in the US Air Force.  I’d say it’s a real job.  He takes less pay than his civilian counterpart so we can have “health insurance”.  It’s run by a company called Tricare.  The normal way it is referred to is, “Try to GET care.”  It STINKS.  We pay out of pocket to not be required to have Try to Get Care on base.  And I have LOTS of experience.  I’ll be 39 this month – I’ve been a military dependent since birth (I was born in an Army hospital).  Keep on doing what you’re doing.  My husband has a “real” job, has health insurance.  He works super long hours, doesn’t enjoy his job at all, can’t bring his kids to work ever and the supposed health insurance stinks.  He hopes to retire and have his own business.

    • http://www.jeubfamily.com Chris Jeub

      You bring up a really good point, Tonya. Samaritan is not a mess, but some trolls are seeking for one little crack in their ability to take care of member needs. If you want to see a mess, look no further than any state-run health insurance program. To point fingers at Samaritan is pharisaical at best.

  • Joyfulmom73

    It seems that everyone offering advice to get a job with health insurance missed the part where you mentioned “reimbursement.” I’m guessing you are a part of Samaritan or another health fund ministry like that, which seems better than any company offered health insurance that I’ve ever seen (unless you are blessed enough to work for a company that pays 100% of the insurance premium). My husband has a job with health insurance and it is ridiculously expensive for our family (we have 4 children). Thank you Chris, for being open and transparent and for following where the Lord leads, even when it is hard. May He continue to richly bless you and your beautiful family in every area of life!

    • http://www.jeubfamily.com Chris Jeub

      Yep, we are on Samaritan. We’re big believers in their program. I think those who attempt to jab Wendy and me about Samaritan are politically motivated to promote government-mandated insurance. They’re trolling for a crack in their ability to take care of their members. Samaritan has been very good to us over the years.

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  • Williambaskall

    We have been on the financial edge for a couple of years (my husband worked in new home construction) and wonder if the struggle will ever end…or if it really needs to.  Perhaps we need God the most when we have the least.  One thing to say, if it weren’t for Samaritan, we would be in foreclosure by now.  This past year we signed up (and put the Jeub’s as a reference of course) and our bills have been wonderfully paid.  What a gift you have been to our family.  We thought having another child would ruin us financially (silly us, God has better plans than we could ever imagine).  Having a child has brought our family closer together and made us re-evaluate our priorities and finances.  Praise be to God!!!

    • http://www.jeubfamily.com Chris Jeub

      These sentiments are ours, too! We just added it up a couple days ago. 100% of Micah’s expenses (over $35k in medical bills) are going to be covered and will be reimbursed in the next month or two. We’re convinced that Samaritan, by God’s grace, is helping families all over the country. Wendy and I are planning quite the story to explain the details of this experience…stay tuned! 

      • kate

        Yes! I cant wait!

  • Jennifer Torres

    Chris, a sincere question here; if someone offered you a way to make more money (legitimately, honestly, etc) would you be interested?

    • http://www.jeubfamily.com Chris Jeub

      Yes, of course. But please, no multi-level marketing.

  • Jennifer Torres

    It’s Mortgage Protection Insurance and Final Expense Insurance sales.  Think about it and let me know.

  • Christine

    Ah yes…God is good! He uses everything for His glory!! This has been true so many times in my life!

    Just a thought, have you ever considered opening your home to foster care? It’s a great way to earn extra income and love another child? You and Wendy have so much experience and love to share and there are so many little ones who need a stable and loving home, it would be an awesome opportunity to minister too…