My husband, Boogie, and I were born and raised in the same church in Kentucky. When Boogie graduated from college, he became the first ever full-time youth pastor at our home church, and we served there in ministry for ten years together. We knew after eight years that the Lord was stirring our hearts for something different, but we were not sure what. We prayed, sought wise council, and began to search for what might be next. To say that it was not scary would be a complete lie. This was our place of comfort, the place all of our family lived and the place our daughter was born.
In the fall of 2011, I helped lead a mission team from a local university to Antigua. Before I left, Boogie and I clung to I Corinthians 7:5, “Do not deprive one another, except perhaps by agreement for a limited time, that you may devote yourselves to prayer; but then come together again, so that Satan may not tempt you because of your lack of self-control.” We agreed to devote our time away to seeking the Lord’s next step for us in ministry. We would talk every night, and I am pretty sure my first question to him was if he had talked to anyone or heard anything. Toward the end of the week, he told me one of his college friends was looking for a Youth Pastor at a church a hour and a half away from “home”, and he was going to send his resume. My stomach was in knots! I knew I was ready for this and that the Lord had given me peace about going wherever my husband felt the Lord directing us, but still, it was scary!
As I arrived back from the mission field, they wanted us to come visit. So we went to visit, we had interviews and we told our church in January that we were resigning. Every little bit of comfort was gone and we were stepping out into the unknown! We had such deep ties and relationships that had been built over thirty-three years, but what God had in store for us was more than we could have ever imagined!
Boogie began working for our new church in February of 2012. So much had to be done before we could all be together as a family. I worked full-time and we owned a house we paid for on two incomes. I was trying to figure everything out at home and get a house ready to sell. Boogie would drive a hour and half to work during the week and come back home on the weekends. Our daughter and I would drive down and back on Wednesdays and Sundays. To be completely honest, by April, I was over it! I wanted my family back together and the driving back and forth with a three year old and working full time was getting the best of me. I had a complete melt down one day and Boogie told me to just go ahead and quit my job and move to Tennessee. Oh, the faith of my husband! He knew very clearly the Lord called us there, so He was going to take care of us. I am a little more stubborn than he, and I just thought it was crazy for me to quit a job and have a house one income couldn’t afford. Fast forward to June, and I took the step of faith to quit my job. Would you know that we got a contract on our house in July, closed in August, and I never missed a pay check because of accrued sick and vacation time!
But God...wow! Matthew 6:31-32, came to life for me that day! “Therefore do not be anxious, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ For the Gentiles seek after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them all.” Our source does not come from our jobs or family, our source is Jesus alone and when we are walking in step with Him, He will provide all of our needs!
We learned so much about trusting the Lord through that process (and about buying homes that require two incomes!!). What is it that you are waiting on answers for? Is He calling you to take the first step, but maybe you are just too scared? I wish I would have trusted the Lord and my husband when he told me to quit and move, maybe those few months of our lives wouldn’t have been as stressful as they were. Is it always easy, NO! Is it worth it, ABSOLUTELY!
Laura is a pastor's wife, mom to two crazy fun kids, part-time marketing director, loves hanging out in her community and building relationships...oh and loves to laugh!