Monday, March 30, 2009

God...He cracks me up.

Sooo, I know you all are dying from anticipation on this big announcement. I am not sure where to start.

Ok...

Friday, Saturday, and Sunday we had a guest speaker at church. On Saturday he was doing a session on Kingdom finances. Chad and I went to gain some money knowledge that we lack. The jist of the day (put into my own words) was that God does not want us bogged down by debt. Debt is a worldy scam. We need to be good stewards of the money that God has given us. He was talking about how we need to soak in God's presence and ask Him to reveal to us how we can get out of debt faster, to open up the creativity in our minds and reveal to us creative ways to bring in more income so that we can use the money God has given us in a more Kingdom way and not wasted on interest. (Meredith-did I get the basics?) So, I am sitting in the pew listening and trying so hard to think of out of the box ways that Chad and I can make more money. Obviously, I was going to be a world famous children's author and I would bring in MILLIONS and MILLIONS of dollars. Not quite (although it is a possibility someday). I walked out of the meeting and was walking across the parking lot, scared to tell Chad what God had spoken to me over and over again during the session and thinking it was TOTALLY crazy! So I just blurted it out. "Chad, I am supposed to homeschool our kids." I immediately broke down in tears and had a sense of peace that can only come from God. HOLY COW! I told him how it was becoming so clear to me as we were sitting listening to Leif that this is totally from God. That it is so doable. That I was being prepared for this a couple years ago. I didn't realize it at the time but God has been getting my ducks in a row. It will save us $900 a month next year to not send them back to DMC. While we love DMC and what it has done for our kids I am confident that I can do this. That through the power of the Holy Spirit I can be Madeline and Eli's favorite teacher. Of course there will be difficult days but I am SO confident that this is a God thing I know He will see us through this next HUGE adventure for our family.

How do I know that this is a God thing? Because I have been saying for years that homeschooling is not for me. It is great for others but not my thing. My sister homeschools her kids and I get asked all the time if I would ever homeschool. My answer has always been "No way, that is not my thing. The only way I would ever even consider it is if God called me to do it and I don't see that happening." Well, it happened. I wish I had the stamina to type out all the ways God has been preparing me for this. Maybe in a post in the future I will bullet point it all out. But for now please know that I have a peace and confidence that is supernatural.

I better go make some denim jumpers...

7 comments:

Bethany said...

That is AWESOME, Manda! The thing that I am discovering this year, especially after reconnecting with "church" people, is that God works in so many DIFFERENT ways for DIFFERENT people. That is totally cool, and I am glad to see He worked HIS magic in YOUR life.

I would type up some stuff about debt, but that would take forever, so I may just call you and bother you.

But Manda, that is really cool. I'm very happy for you!

One thing I WILL type about debt... the whole thing is that it is NOT how much you save, but how much you DON'T spend. A HARD lesson for me to learn, lemme tell ya!

Stacie said...

I am so excited for you Manda. It is going to be amazing to see what God does in your life through this next season. You ARE going to be an amazing teacher to your kiddos. Love your passion and how you are listening to God's voice. Love you girl!

Becka said...

Sounds great! Let me know if you need a guest speaker... I know a little about a lot of stuff.

meredith said...

I have a stock pile of demin jumpers, you can just borrow one of mine. :)

Good review of the weekend...Isn't God amazing. I am still processing everything.

b.a. said...

wow! so exciting! can i send piper to your school? :)

haverlee said...

yeah, that's amazing manda! i'll be so excited to hear how the year goes.
i miss you guys- i hope we can spend more time with you this summer.

Michalle said...

WOW!! I know the task can seem daunting, but you are one whom can handle it. I wish you the best as you prepare for this new journey!