Two weeks ago, I made a difficult decision to quit my full time gig to homeschool my children. I’ve been working with entrepreneurs serving clients who wants to get more of the life that they want. So it’s common to see people making bold moves in quitting their 9-5 jobs.
You can say, “wow, that’s a bold move.” But you’ll realize that it’s way harder than it actually sounds. Truth of the matter is, I never knew that it was really THAT scary to give up something that gave you security.
Working from home, at first was scary. It was a bold move not to return to my corporate after having my eldest, Krausse. But over the years, I became comfortable knowing that I have a full time client with full time commitment. Not until my family’s need changed…
In the Philippines, it’s not common to see families homeschooling. It’s been a year since I learned that it’s actually possible here and we have been praying about it, if it’s really for us. God’s amazing hands worked in our lives, putting everything in our circumstance to work towards us finally getting to that decision.
I couldn’t be more excited about but at the same time scared. I’m scared with the fact that I need fully restructure my income stream to make it fit our needs (time and finances-wise). SO, on this week’s post, I’d love to share few reminders that will also serve me.
#1 His plans is always greater than ours
Isaiah 55:8 (KJV)
8 For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, saith the Lord.
The more we try to do what we think is best for us, we mostly forget that fact that God has our back. This continuously reminds me that His plans is always better than mine.
Few years back, my husband, Edward, and I wasn’t always in the best position in our marriage due to a lot different things, petty things. I’m a control-freak. I like to take control on how I deal with what’s happening my life. Needless to say, you can’t control how others would respond to any given situation. Thus, I’m always the one in the position to have always given up. We only had two kids at that peak in our relationship and found out that I was pregnant with our third one.
But God’s mercy is everlasting. I gave up. I surrendered everything to Him then my life went on a 360-degree turn. Later did I know that without my surrendering to His greater power wouldn’t make me realize that there are far better things in life than what I have clouded my mind with. It’s not just about working 16-18 hours a day, grumpy, raising the kids, and paying for bills. God revealed to me that life should be celebrated.
Two years had passed and God revealed so much to us as a family. Giving us Kaithe was indeed a blessing. She’s our happy child and the neutralizer of our negative hearts. Krausse even gave her a nickname “Kaifey Silly Baby Rigor” because she’s always giving us silly laughs, giggles and gestures that make us all smile.
5 Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding.
6 In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths.
#2 Trust the process
Sanctification is part of the process. When we are in a foggy road, we can’t see what’s ahead of us. This is when we give up and choose to stop to take different turn.
We are sanctified with the blood of Jesus Christ to cleanse us all from unrighteousness (more about it here). You may be asking, why do people need to suffer? Why all these troubles in life? Coz I know I have asked myself the questions at first.
You have to know that God is preparing you for a greater battle. I know I had great battles with myself, my being, as a wife, as a mother and someone who is a part of a community.
The story of Moses in the book of Exodus shows us that He is capable of showing His great power. He rescued Israelites out of bondage in Egypt but still they still complained on a lot of things on their journey to the promised land. The journey took 40 years, in the wilderness.
I am no exception to this. But as I look back on the road I walked, I realized that if those challenges did not happen, I will not reach this greater point in my life where I celebrate God’s blessings and mercy.
God wants you to be happy, he wants you to have joy and peace in your heart. No parent would ever want something bad for his child, so as God. His love for us is eternal.
#3 God promised success
8 This book of the law shall not depart out of thy mouth; but thou shalt meditate therein day and night, that thou mayest observe to do according to all that is written therein: for then thou shalt make thy way prosperous, and then thou shalt have good success.
Most people think, when you read the bible, you are religious. I am not ashamed to be called as such coz I know reading the scriptures is far more than having a religion, it’s having a personal relationship with the Almighty God.
I know there is still a LOT that I need to learn but these are the things that are true to my experience. The bible teaches us with wisdom that yields result far from what our human minds can only imagine.
Good success is promised to those who are diligent to God’s words. This can be trivial because we have different gauges of success. It could be money, health, family, career or relationship but know one thing:
And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus. Philippians 4:7 The entire chapter of Philippians 4 is a great reminder of God’s promise for us.
You will not be able to appreciate the view on top of a mountain if you did not sweat on your climb towards the top. I don’t know what’s ahead of me, but one thing is for certain: we will enjoy the journey. 0