Almost two years ago, God called us on a journey that started something completely transformative for us. We started attending Abundant Life, and Pastor Phil was preaching on how God wanted us to handle our finances. Long story short, Jake and I decided to put our heads together and pull ourselves out of a hole of $95,000 of debt.
We did extreme things. We threw every dime at debt. We changed our eating habits so we could spend less on groceries. We sold a gorgeous, brand-new vehicle that we loved. Jake joined the National Guard. And God blessed us in every decision – not always the way we were hoping for a blessing, but always in the way we needed a blessing.
We continued to do extreme things as our debt-free journey came to an end. I left a high-paying job I enjoyed to stay home with my babies. Jake answered a call to ministry that we’d been wrestling with for a long time.
We settled into a new rhythm and lifestyle and that felt more right than we’ve ever felt. And I thought, “this is peace. God brought us where He wanted us, and I can’t wait to get comfy here.”
Do you see where I’m going with this?
Right when we thought we were comfy, God made it clear that He has more for us. He is asking more of us. The Bible says, “…For everyone to whom much is given, from him much will be required…”. Luke 12:48 We have been blessed abundantly, and we know that God has called us to give abundantly – to give our whole lives for the Gospel’s sake.
I love to talk to my friends and hear what God is calling them to. We are all, as followers of Jesus, called to ministry. Some vocationally, some in their homes, some as part of their occupation. For some, the mission field is what they devote 100% of their time to. For others, it’s what they devote their lunch hour to. In different seasons of life, God has different ministries for us individually.
Right now, we feel God pulling us to a deeper level of ministry – to take the Great Commission more seriously. We don’t know yet what that means. At this moment, we know we are where He wants us for today. Jake loves his job and I love staying at home with our babies. But what comes next, we don’t know yet.
So right now, we are leaning in to this call of waiting and humbly submitting. We have made a decision to be extreme once again… and get super intentional with everything God has given us – our time, our money, our space, our health, our relationships, our gifts, our lifestyle… everything.
You might see us all over Facebook Marketplace soon. Selling things we’ve never used. Clothes we haven’t worn in years. We have closets full of junk that haven’t been touched since we moved into our house three years ago. I love to see how God took us from two people driven by love of success and money to two people who have very little attachment to material things. If you would have told me all of this two years ago, I would have laughed in your face. But our God works miracles in people’s lives and hearts. And what He has done in our lives is nothing short of miraculous.
I can honestly say I’m so excited to see what God has for us in the coming months and years. Even though this life has not always been comfortable and easy, I would choose a life in God’s will over and over again. And I pray daily that I would always submit my heart to His calling.
I’m also excited to share regularly about the steps we are taking to further simplify our lives. Writing is my true passion, and something, you might know, that I feel God has called me specifically to do, in some capacity. I’m still exploring that, to be honest. But I do want to continue writing more often as we make more and more changes in our home.