Eric and I have had a personal blog for 9 years. I’ve always used it as a ‘this is what our family is doing in this stage of life” type journal. But these last few years, the deeper my faith has grown, the more resistance from friends and foes we’ve received, the harder I’ve had to lean into Jesus, I’ve felt called to write deeper, harder. So I did that on my personal blog, for lack of a place, and let the monthly journaling of my family really fall to the side.
Then, in October 2013, I felt God kept whispering to me: “Write.” I never considered myself a writer. Like – ever. I know sentence structures and loved grammar in high school, but the creative, word picture writing that I love to read: not my style. Straight to the point is how I usually flow, so I was prayerful in what that exactly meant. Eric on the other hand is highly creative, but lacks the time to hone his skills!
I shared a little more in this post and this post about how that evolved.
We are in a hard season right now, for many reasons.
- Adoption – We are coming close to the completion of our adoption from Uganda. This isn’t hard (yet), but the preparing with no real guidance is. The “you could be in country 4 weeks, or 12, or longer.” The questions “how will Eric go? Will the kids go? How can you afford that? What happens if he gets a new job….” All we can say is, God has brought us through this whole journey. We trust Him. Period.
- Eric’s job – Eric is a junior high band director in our local school district. He’s been teaching for 9 years. As the sun began to shine in the spring of 2013, we felt like God was leading him down a different path. But sometimes, what you know is just easier, so we stuck it out another year. That year, 2013-2014 was awful. For many reasons, that we won’t go into detail here, we feel now more than ever God has really severed that opportunity and we want something new and fresh for Eric. In our area, there are lots of opportunities, but it’s hard when you have a bachelor’s and masters in trombone performance! So he is networking, resume-editing, and job-applying everywhere he can think of. All the while, he’s been assisting in leading worship at our church and loves it. He’s growing, pouring into learning to sing, bettering his guitar playing, helping some other friends who are worshipping too. It’s growing his faith and our family’s faith. So, if you think of us, just pray for clarity! Also, he has TONS of days saved up for time off in his current job that he’s put 9 years into. It’s hard to go into a new job with ‘I have to be gone for weeks at a time, soon, but I can’t tell you when.’ We are praying for all aspects, even continuing on with his current job and all that entails.
- Busy season – I mentioned in some of my early posts that I took a part time job this summer at our church. We needed some income, Eric was home to watch the kids, and I loved the idea of helping out doing accounting. It has blessed me more than I ever expected, BUT, it is hard. I miss my kids, but I enjoy it. It’s led to other offerings and considerations of ways to piece income together for our family so that we can work from home.
- Homeschooling – This hasn’t been hard, but because of the busy season, I haven’t had a few days to sit down and plan our next school year. We typically start pretty quickly at the beginning of August, because we take more breaks throughout the year for Tot 2 Tot, family trips, and when Eric has off. This coming school year will be even more interesting, because I have great curriculum picked out, but I doubt I will be hauling a suitcase full of books to Uganda for a month or two. So I need to figure this out!
In June 2014, I started Jennie Allen’s Restless: Because You Were Made for More study. Eric was seeking God more and more, reading His word, books recommended by friends, leading our children and me well. I was seeking God more and more, and prayerful about next paths for our family. I also read Tsh Oxenreider’s Notes from a Blue Bike: The Art of Living Intentionally in a Chaotic World and I loved it! (Post coming soon!). As I felt like all the things we were praying about were colliding: Eric’s job, writing, income for our family living abroad, being restless in my gifting, loving to lead and share and talk, I knew God was leading us to start a blog. To proclaim Him and make Him famous, in every part of our life.
Most of my friends know that Ephesians is one of my favorite books in the bible. It is so rich with content and I am constantly drawn back to settling in for awhile. The night this blog was born, I was praying about a blog title, and what God wanted from us for it. Eric and I had talked about it, and thought’d we would definitely give it a go. I’m technical and good at reaching out for advertisers and sponsors. He’s great with design and writing, and I knew God was going to give me the words as well.
I was back in Ephesians 4 and knew this was the name of our blog. Worthy of Our Calling. I want to write about us. Our callings. And how it might help you in yours. I (Misty) want to share about family, faith, food, exercise, friends, books, homeschooling, mothering, every thing that makes up my life and where God has led me. Eric will be sharing about his passions, music, faith as an adult, and anything God puts on his heart.
The moment we spent the money on the blog title and said YES, God began answering prayers right and left. Making himself evident in our small things. Giving me words for posts that are in back log waiting for the right moment, the time when God says, publish this one. This blog and you, dear readers, have been prayed over, that God’s words would pierce your heart and draw you closer to Him. To seek out your own, personal, intimate callings that God has for you individually. To know that you are loved and are worthy of the callings on your life. To spur us on to unity in the body. The bearing with one another in love is how to live this life.
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