A little bit of life update for me. There have been a lot of changes over the last few months for us. I had been hoping to do a little more blogging over the summer, but I took a break for a bit to refocus.
It’s been an interesting summer, to say the least. And surprisingly, one of the busiest we have had in a while!
A little background: Right at the end of the school year, Nick was let go from his job as worship pastor at the church we had been at for 8 months. This wasn’t due to any kind of terrible thing or situation…just one of those things that happens at times. This came as quite a shock to us, and quite honestly, we had no idea what we wanted or needed to do. There was a lot of emotion involved during that time, as you probably could have guessed!
Very quickly, Nick was offered a job teaching 5th grade at the school connected to the church. After taking a few weeks of thought and prayer about it, he decided to take the job. It seemed like a great provision and would help us keep our girls in the the school that they loved. We knew that I would need to take another job in order for this to happen. I began looking for a job, but then felt the Lord tell me to wait. So I waited. I do not like waiting. I like planning and knowing exactly what to do.
Time began to grow shorter and closer and closer to the date that I would need to have steady income and still I didn’t know what I was going to do about work. Then…one day I walked into the school office with Nick to pick up his books and a little later I walked out with the potential of having a job there as well. It was not at all what I was expecting. And to be frank: not at all what I wanted. I prayed for several days and cried about it some as well. I had an idea of what direction I wanted to do, and this was NOT IT! And yet, I couldn’t pull myself away from it. Finally, I stepped out in obedience to what I felt the Lord was doing, and accepted the job. So as of Monday, I will be teaching music and art at the school – elementary, middle, and high school. I find myself getting more and more excited about it, though I still carry quite a bit of nervousness.
In addition, I am keeping the other part time job I have that I work at home, as well as teaching private lessons at another Music School in town one day a week. Yes, I am going to be a very busy girl!
There are so many things I feel that God is doing in my life right now. I felt impressed recently to study John 15 and go through it verse by verse. In studying these verses, I am reminded that the Father desires me to flourish and be fruitful. And as the caretaker of the vine that I am grafted into, he prunes in order to make me more fruitful. He is pruning away the things in my life that are hindering fruitfulness. But, if I remain connected and abiding in the perfect love of the vine, I will have everything I need to stay nourished. So even when life is looking like I’m being pruned, I know that I am nourished, and being taken care of and prepared for fruitfulness.
This post has turned out to be longer than I expected. I still have goals for this little blog corner…and I plan to work toward them. It may just take a little more time than I originally thought!