Ten years ago today (as I write, February 8th, 2017), I was at home — on a school day — and I wasn’t ill. As a matter of fact, I felt exhilarated and free, with a mix of overwhelming joy and peace… and purpose. It was my first day in several years to not be working full-time, as I’d resigned my music teaching job a couple weeks before. My husband was afraid we’d lose the house, unable to pay the mortgage. But I knew what God had spoken to me the day after Christmas, only six weeks prior to this moment.
“Quit your job and teach piano lessons.”
I’ve only heard God speak this distinctly maybe four times in my life, as if He were standing next to me. I knew this was His voice and His plan. However, as often is the case when following the Lord’s directions, it didn’t seem to “add up on paper”. My husband wasn’t crazy to question this decision, and I didn’t make it lightly, or without Hank finally agreeing (after much prayer and discussion). I’ve learned a long time ago, as a wife, not to proceed with a life-altering decision (or a major purchase, etc.) unless and until my husband and I are in unity about it.
Other things transpired in the weeks and months preceding this moment, before the Lord instructed me to resign my teaching position. On an unusually warm November day, we’d taken a family walk to a nearby park. We’d been to that park many times over the years, and had many memories there of watching our children grow up.
This particular day, however, I was literally stopped in my tracks. As soon as we reached the park, a strong impression of the future hit me like a gust of wind that almost blew me down (not physically, but in my spirit and my thoughts).
As the realization hit me, it took my breath away and forced me to stop walking and “listen”. I slowly made my way to a nearby swing to sit down… almost in shock. I called to my husband, Hank, and asked him to sit beside me in the next swing.
“Honey, I MUST tell you what the Lord just impressed upon me, so you won’t think I’m CRAZY when it happens!”
I described to my husband what I’d sensed with such power at that moment. It was as if our Heavenly Father said, “See these trees and swings and the old slide that your children have played on for 20 years? Well, soon, you’re going to experience a ‘change of scenery’ like you’ve never imagined. I’m bringing new things and a new season into your life, taking you places and bringing opportunities like you’ve only dreamed… and some you’ve never thought of! Trust me as I carry you through these changes, and do not be afraid. I will be with you at every moment.”
I thought of Abraham (and his wife, Sarah), whom God instructed to leave everything they’d ever known and journey to a far country, where they’d never been. God promised to bless Abraham immensely, and make him a blessing to countless others. But it would require Abraham’s obedience and trust in God… it would require a “leap of faith”.
Little did I know that six weeks later, the Holy Spirit would speak even more clearly, giving more detailed instructions of what I was to do- quit my full-time career job. Now, I had been praying for that very thing for 2 1/2 years, since my sister drowned. I wanted to be home with my children, help more with my sister’s children (including the youngest child, whom my parents had adopted). I wanted the peace and satisfaction of being available to clean my house, go grocery shopping, and the flexibility to be at my children’s school events and classroom parties. I also needed more time for the ever-increasing ministry travels God was opening up.
Most certainly, the season of my life and family was about to change.
As most of us know, it’s very difficult to work a 40-hour job, come home and cook and clean and take care of several children, be at church three times a week, and travel often (to sing and speak at churches and conferences), attend ministry training events, and record albums, too (in your “spare” time- who has that??)
In a nutshell conclusion, God kept His Word (as He always does!). I resigned, and God supplied a replacement teacher (another miracle I’ll write about later). I began teaching piano lessons AND started back tuning pianos (another amazing story of God’s plan and provision!), and I began traveling nationwide sharing my faith in Christ, our family’s story, and the music He’d given me.
Miraculously, we’ve always paid the mortgage (even with my income suddenly becoming one-third what it had been). I went from teaching 700 students a week to teaching twenty, one-at-a-time. And, I was thrilled to be, once again, a stay-at-home-mom and wife, for which I’d prayed so long! God was preparing me for something … someone…. else, too…. although I couldn’t see it at the time.
What we lacked in money, we gained in peace of mind.
The most incredible thing that God was up to (although we didn’t know it until it happened) was meeting (June 2008) and eventually adopting our two youngest children (in Feb. 2009). Had I not been in music ministry, traveling to places where the Lord had opened doors (summer 2008 was a 4,000 mile, 14-state tour), we never would have met our children-to-be.
Obeying God’s prompting opened the door to blessings and miracles that wouldn’t have happened any other way!
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“For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” Jeremiah 29:11
“And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love Him, who have been called according to His purpose.” Romans 8:28
Taking a leap of faith is always safe when you’re in the arms of Jesus and the will of God!
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Has God asked YOU to take a leap of faith in some area? What was your response, and what was the outcome? Share in the comments below, if you will!
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