Monday, May 2, 2011

Big Changes and Soli Deo Gloria Party

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Last week, I was talking about choosing to employ the practice of rest even when your to-do list and calendar tells you that it is all but impossible.

It sounds good in theory, yes?

The truth is, even though I had breaths of rest, by Friday I was at the end of myself.   I yelled at my kids for minor infractions while we were watching the recorded Royal Wedding.  I mean, who yells at the kids when two people as cute as Kate and William are tying the knot?  The truth is, I had such limited self-control because the scheduling, planning, preparing had completely consumed me.  The wave crashed down and I could not get up for air.  I could not drink enough of Him in to counteract everything that was exhaled out of me.

And even though last week was atypical, the truth is I have felt the tension of a divided heart for a month or so.  My heart and time have been divvied up between my paying job and pursuing my calling.  As much as I love planning curriculum for preschoolers and being involved in Christian Education for all ages, my heart's desire is to step back up into women's ministry through all sorts of venues:  this blog, my church, and (God willing) speaking engagements.  And so...

I quit my job, effective July 31.

I am going to be honest -- it is a step of faith.  I don't know how God is going to make up the difference financially.  I don't have any speaking engagements on the books.  I don't even have the curriculum planned out for the class I am going to be teaching at St. Luke's (pending priest approval, of course).  But this I know:

God is bigger than any financial hurdle.

He has called me into women's ministry.

He doesn't want me yelling at my kids so much.

It took finding the end of me to realize the fullness of this new beginning.

Here's to steppin' out, friends.  So glad I have people like you stepping with me.

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  1. Jen,
    I'm so proud of you for stepping out in faith, and I trust the Lord will open the right door for you. This is the first step. Trusting good things for you.

    Mel

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  2. It is a step of faith you are taking dear one. I pray that Our Lord continue to guide you.

    Trust and obey Jen...there is no other way :-)

    Love,

    Mrs. M.

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  3. I quit my job years ago and we were facing many of the same questions when it came to finances and all the "what if's" that can pop up...but let me encourage you that God provided in such HUGE ways that there aren't words to describe it all. When you step out as He calls...it is thrilling to watch Him work.

    So glad I finally get to join up with this :)

    Hugs to you!

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  4. I'm proud of you for taking such a great leap of faith. It's scary and exciting all at the same time, isn't it? Deep breaths as we both embrace what God has in store for us!

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  5. So excited for you and totally understand the fear. I too am facing big changes. My heart is in women's ministry which is what I currently do, but my passion within this ministry is teaching/speaking to women. So, come the end of May, I am stepping out of the main leadership position to focus strictly on teaching/speaking and improve this area for me.

    In order to do this, I HAVE SIGNED UP FOR MY FIRST SEMINARY CLASS! I will start in September, and I am so excited-but scared out of my mind at the same time. It's been a long time since I have been a student of any kind.

    All of this to say, I am glad you have started your 31 days closer to God. I have some fears right now with these changes so it is good to be thinking about them. Thanks for sharing your journey. It sounds quite familiar:)I look forward to reading more about it.

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  6. Congratulations! Your calling is so clear. Very happy for you and just to know you.

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  7. Jen, I think it takes times of being at the end of our rope to take that leap of faith to dive in and DO His calling. I had a friend teach me a valuable lesson about this one time. She and I were in a ministry that was growing leaps and bounds, the Lord was all over it but she came to me and told me that she was quitting, I nearly died! She took everything off of her plate for a year and didn't place anything back on her plate unless the Lord directed her to. Because of her obedience... she is a successful writer/author of a published book. But would have NEVER happened if she didn't clear her plate. So, I commend you. COMMEND you, way to go Jen!

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  8. Praying for you in this journey and looking forward to stories of how God takes care of it all because He will and you will see and taste and know...Yeay! I'm excited for your step of faith because these are the times we grow the deepest.

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  9. So proud of you! Know you've been seeking Him and this is good hunger that is leading you to quit...I know He will provide...He always, always, does. Why do I ever doubt? Which is what I said after our amazing support trip only to come home and DOUBT...oh! Read Psalm 37...it has been life for me this year! love you! hugs!!! abby:)

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  10. This is such lovely news, Jen. Your Soli Sisters are here to pray and support you through this transition. I am glad that the stress you have been experiencing will be lessened. My parents life verse, I Thessalonians 5:24 (it might be 25), "Faithful is He who calls you, who also will do it," is something to cling to right now.

    Fondly,
    Glenda

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  11. Wow, Jen. But you're right -- He is bigger. I just echo that verse that Glenda quoted! Blessings!!

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  12. I, too, had to give up my children's work when God changed my focus. I'll pray it will be a smooth transistion. It will be exciting to see God's plans for your life.

    Thanks again for hosting Soli Deo Gloria. You ladies minister to my soul!

    Blessings,
    Pamela

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  13. wow good for you. that IS a step of faith but you are being true to your calling. Lately I too have been neglecting my passion and respond more to the urgent than the importance. You have given me the courage to look again where God is leading me.

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  14. I am so proud of you!! And I'm praying for you!!

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  15. Nothing pleases Him more than when we step out on faith with a wreckless abandon and trust that He will provide! Remember the lillies of the field...

    SO thankful FOR you - this will be such a great change and will allow you to slow down and focus on your call a bit more. YAY!!!!

    Natalie at Mommy on Fire
    http://www.mommyonfire.com

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  16. Hilarious - my hubs was logged in to his Google account! Those words were MINE not HIS!!!! HA!!!!

    Natalie

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  17. I am cutting back on my hours effective June 14th. I am having the same thoughts as 4 days a month don't seem like a lot, but it really adds up financially. But I know it was the right decision, and I know God will provide!

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  18. You know how I feel...super excited and proud. Really glad to see all the SDG support. AWESOME. Hope you're feeling LAVISHLY loved today.

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  19. So, so praying for you! It is a step of faith, but faithful is HE who called you!! He is able to do immeasurably more ... praying that confidence for you today!

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  20. So excited for you as you step out in faith and begin this journey the way He has planned out for you! Yes, rest is always good in theory, but it is even better in practice. Stepping out in faith to ready yourself for His plan is already glorifying Him in so many ways! So proud of you!!!

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  21. That's a big decision. May you find God's abundant outpouring of blessings as you continue to walk in faith with Him!

    I frequently remind myself that faith isn't really faith if everything is figured out and planned ahead of time. :-)

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  22. I know this being pulled in two directions. The calling is so strong..He will provide a way Jen. He will bring life to this dream..the stepping out into the unknown. I think the intent to have us choose to hold fast to Him. I am so happy to be along for your journey...to watch and see what He will do. Is it not amazing what He is doing in this group of women? I am blown away. I value you and all of the women...xo

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  23. I am so excited for you! You will do a great job! Love this site and look forward to reading your work.

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  24. I'm here for the first time from The Wellspring. I know how important "no" is. Blessings as you enter into His rest in a deeper way and allow Him to work out through you.

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  25. I know that divided heart and time feeling so well. Praying for you as you take that leap of faith!

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  26. I completely understand the stress being too high and needing to step back from some things. Yay for you! I look forward to seeing where the Lord takes you.

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  27. Sorry my link appeared twice!

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  28. It's always scary to take a course of action when the 'hows' and all the little details aren't clear, but it's during those times that you'll really be able to see the hand of God. Congratulations on your leap of faith!

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