Last week, I told you that I would share how God has been leading our family.
As we are switching ministries, we wanted to be very careful what we said and when we shared our information, yet we do want to share how God has led us and shown Himself to be strong. This week’s post will share more about how God’s way is perfect.
My husband had decided to step down from his current ministry to help out their budget deficit as he felt the Lord was leading him to be a senior pastor. A new school year is the perfect time to make the change, yet nothing had opened up yet for us. He went to talk to a pastor of a like-minded church, and that pastor was able to give him a position to teach elementary school. That position had just opened up as the teacher needed to have a surgery this fall and would be unable to teach.
Looking at this position could seem like this would not be the Lord’s will because:
- My husband has never taught elementary school before.
- The salary was way below what he had been making.
- There was no position for me, so I would continue to homeschool, but I would have to find another job where I could help bring in some more income.
After the pastor left us, we were in a quandary. We crunched numbers. I looked up jobs where maybe I could apply. I put feelers out in my blogging facebook groups to see if I could do some VA (virtual assistant) work. And then the Lord answered and led in only the way that He can.
The pastor called us back in about 3 hours saying the Kindergarten teacher had just told him she needed to go help her mom and would be unable to teach. They now had a position for me. This showed us that God had opened the door for us to go to this ministry.
Here are some visible signs of God’s leading we saw:
- The salary would now meet our needs if were careful.
- Even though I would not homeschool, our family would all be together driving to and from school. My four year old will be with me in the afternoon, and my 3rd grader will be with my husband all day long. My first grader will get my husband for gym and after school. All the kids can come to my room after school and start homework.
- I have a nap room to get most of my work done.
- My room backs up to my husband’s room, and we can even open the wall between the rooms if need be.
- My husband has a very small class which will help this first year of teaching that level of children.
- I am there to help him learn what to do (I am a teacher by education and taught before I had children.)
- My husband can continue to candidate to be a pastor as he does this job.
- This ministry is much smaller than where we were, which will be a great experience for all of us, but especially for my husband. He will be able to learn how a small church works. Wherever we go will most likely be a small ministry.
Here are some other ways we can see that the Lord helped us:
- I almost got rid of all my bulletin board supplies. I told my mom that I hadn’t used them in 13 years and I was homeschooling. They took up room in our small garage. She told me to keep them because if something tragic happened to Dave where I needed to work, that was my livelihood. So I kept them. They are all the visuals I chalked at the beginning of my teaching career, and they have been invaluable.
- I told my husband to put my felt for backgrounds up in the attic. I didn’t know why I would ever need it, but I had spent money on it. I thought maybe I would use it for some craft. This small school has no background paper. I was so glad I had kept that felt. Plus I still had my felt letters I used for captions–and they look as good now as they did 18 years ago when I started teaching. God is good! I will take pictures for you another week.
- Our children have responded very well to all this upheaval–much better than me! I cried almost all of last week due to being overwhelmed I think, but they were strong (most of the time).
- I was able to get some food in the freezer, and I had friends and my mom who watched and fed my kids this week so that my husband and I could go to inservice and not have to worry about them or packing them lunches. Next week will be another adjustment as we try to get out the door earlier, have lunches packed, come home and make dinner, and do homework. I know many of you work all day long plus do everything being a mom requires, and I so admire you.
- Some bloggers did hire me for some VA work. This will help pay for private music lessons. My oldest two are required to be in their little band. My oldest has never played the saxophone (an instrument they are letting her use), and I want my third to continue with piano. I am hoping my 2nd can just continue to work on the flute with their help. They agreed to let them do lesson only twice a month, and my extra income will pay for those lessons.
As we adjust and move forward, life will get in a rhythm again. We appreciate your prayers for us. Many of you have said you are praying, and we are so thankful for those prayers. We are so thankful that we have a God who is our refuge, our strength, and a very present help!
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