Two years ago, we traded in our flip flops for snow boots. We sold both our vehicles, bought a four-wheel drive suburban, and moved across the country to a little mountain town tucked into a beautiful valley.
We left everything we had ever known, and we followed the Lord into a new place and a new calling.
For more than a year, we floundered around our new town.
But God is faithful.
Even when the church let us down, even when our family said, “Come home,” even when we wanted to quit, He held us together.
More than that He increased our faith, deepened our tenacity, and humbled us to the point where we had nothing left but Him.
Through all the trials, He never let us go.
This snowy tundra is our calling, our mission field, and our home.
Now more than two years later, we are taking another leap of faith.
After years of pursuing a career that has provided for his growing family, my husband quit his job.
You see, my husband worked long hours and traveled 60% of the year while I attempted to be a work at home mom. In between, we were fitting in youth ministry, engaging families in our neighborhood, and overall running ourselves ragged trying to “do it all.”
We were trying to live the American dream and lay down our lives for the Kingdom.
As a family, we want to use the gifts God has given us to serve those around us with passion, intention, and grace. The purpose of living intentionally isn’t to make us better people or to make us a better family or to get what we want.
The purpose of living intentionally is to glorify God.
That’s the mission here at Intentional By Grace, and that’s the mission of our family – to glorify God above all else through intentionally seeking to live for Him.
But as we continued to say, “yes” to our comfortable, American life, our God-given mission went unfulfilled.
We finally hit a point when our priorities no longer aligned with how we were living our lives.
We were hesitating to pursue our calling because comfortable was easier.
Hebrews 11:6 says: “…without faith it is impossible to please him, for whoever would draw near to God must believe that he exists, and that he rewards those who seek him.”
As we prayed, studied God’s word and sought His will, we realized that true faith doesn’t really make practical sense.
It’s not faith if you can see how you’re going to get from point A to point B and have at least ten contingency plans in the meantime.
After months of prayer, seeking counsel, and a whole lot of tears, we are finally choosing to say, “Yes, Lord.”
- We are choosing to turn our backs on the generous paycheck, the full benefits, the perks, the security, the comfort, and the bright financial future.
- We are choosing to stop the excessive travel, the time apart as a family, and the unfulfilled longings to serve and be present in our community.
- We are choosing a life together as a family where we can pour into our marriage, children, church, and community that we uprooted our lives for in the first place.
We desire for our lives to proclaim the Gospel message to an unbelieving world both in person and online.
Together, my husband and I will be working to pay our bills with the money Intentional By Grace brings in along with other online and remote opportunities.
When you purchase my eBooks like, 20 Minute Meals or Live for Him, or choose to purchase through one of my affiliate links, or share a post with your friends, you are supporting us in our God-given purpose to minister here in this corner of the Internet and in the town we call home. So, thank you!
God has flung the doors wide open.
We trust God will meet all of our needs and more just as He provides for the birds of the air and the flowers of the fields (Matthew 6:25-30).
There’s never a good time to pursue your dreams. There’s always a really good reason to wait. But at some point, even if you don’t have all the answers, you have to choose God’s best for you.
I look forward to telling of God’s glory and goodness as we walk through this adventure, no matter the outcome.
What about you?
I sincerely hope you are inspired, challenged, and eager to consider what faith looks like in your life today.
I am not sharing our story to put a spotlight on us for praise or recognition, but to encourage you to really live for Him and look at your life in light of the Gospel.
This world needs to not only hear His message proclaimed, but see it lived out in the lives of His followers.
What crazy leap of faith may He be calling you to today?