Sunday, February 2, 2014

Home is where I belong

As most of my readers remember I graduated from Liberty University last January.  I decided to give myself some time before entering the workforce again.  Throughout the last year I had sent a few resumes out to test the waters.  I heard back from one company that said I was over qualified. {sigh} So I decided to just give it time and let God work.  I had felt that September was the perfect time to actively pursue a job because our son was going to public school this year.  Again no leads on a job.  It seemed the more resumes I sent out the more God worked on me.  Honestly I started to get frustrated because I couldn't find anything. 

Well fast forward to mid-January of this year.  A few of the jobs that held any promise for me would include hours opposite my husband.  I wasn't sure I could do that.  We would be just two ships passing in the night.  So maybe this wasn't the right time to move into working outside of the home.  My husband and I decided we just needed to pray and give it over to God.  Now if you are anything like me I struggle with that.  I am not good at waiting. 

"For You are my rock and my fortress;
Therefore, for Your name's sake,
Lead me an guide me.
Pull me out of the net which they have
secretly laid for me,
For You are my strength."
Psalm 31:3-4
My husband and I have some ministry opportunities coming up.  So we are going to put our everything into that for now.  We have also started our classes for becoming certified biblical counselors.   But the best was yet to happen this past week.
I mentioned before that our son was in public school.  For the last two years our son had been asking us if he could go to public school.  He really wanted to play sports.  We eventually agreed to him going to school.  Because of certain events that happened in October our son fell behind in school.  The school district was wonderful in trying everything in their power to help him out.  Our son came to us very upset telling us that he was SO overwhelmed!  He felt like he was drowning with no help of rescue.  So after hours of discussion with everyone we all came to the decision to pull him out.  We in no way shape or form blame anyone for this.  Like I said our school district was wonderful.  We are VERY fortunate to have such a wonderful, caring school district.
"The steps of a good man are ordered by the LORD,
And He delights in his way.
Though he fall, he shall not be utterly cast down;
For the LORD upholds him with His hand."
Psalm 37:23-24
Now what?!  We had no curriculum plan, no school plan.  We knew our son needed structure in his education.  So we began searching for online schools.  We had found 3-4 schools we liked.  After a few days we narrowed it down to two.  One was Bob Jones DVD curriculum.  The other was ABeka Academy.  We prayed about it and talked with families we know that use both of these.  We went and sat with friends of ours who use ABeka for a day.  Our son seemed to enjoy the ABeka teachers better than the BJU ones.  So we registered him that day for the ABeka Academy.  What I love the most is that he will get a diploma at the end of 12th grade.  It will be like he went to the school.  Just from a distance.  We are VERY excited about this. 
So this has confirmed what I knew deep down all along.  God's plan for my life is to be a keeper at home.  I do enjoy keeping our home and raising our kids.  It's not always easy, but SO rewarding!
So when you wait on the Lord and follow His direction things will work out for the best every time!! 
"God be merciful to us and bless us,
And cause His face to shine upon us."
Psalm 67:1
I'm excited to blog about our progress through the ABeka Academy.  We are going to follow a block schedule that will look something like this:
Monday and Wednesday
Tuesday and Thursday
Physical Education everyday
Study and test day
Of course this is subject to change when we actually get started.  Sometime next week I hope to post what our schoolroom looks like.


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Unknown said...

I'm so glad to hear all of that, Jen!

Julia said...

Congratulations on getting your Bachelor of Science Religion and good luck with your next project for Biblical Counselors.

I'm glad that you found an on-line school for your son. I wish him success.

I'm glad that you enjoy being a homemaker. There absolutely nothing wrong with that.
Have a great week.

Sandra said...

So thrilled for you. It's definitely not easy out there for jobs, my husband is having a really bad time finding anything at all, he is constantly being told he is over qualified. It's frustrating but we are putting it in God's hands and letting go.

Can't wait to hear all about your school, it sounds great :) You already know that we do online schooling too and my kids love it.

Farmlife Chick said...

So glad Jen! It's already been an exciting year for you!:)

Stacie said...

I'm glad you are seeing God's hand in all of this. . .He works things out in His timing. What a blessing!

Tina Fussell said...

Isn't it a blessing when God's direction to us is so clear!? Praying for you and your family as you make this unanticipated change.

Kristina said...

At one time in my life, I too, pulled two different kids from school to homeschool. Sounds like God has a plan for you all.