I could have named my blog something about leaving my comfort zone, because it seems like I’ve been doing a lot of that lately.
In The Birth of Curren Christian Academy, I shared how we began homeschooling. That was a big leap out of my comfort zone. My biggest fear in homeschooling was that I wouldn’t do a good enough job and that my kids’ futures would be compromised as a result. I prayed and asked God for His guidance every step of the way. For our school motto I chose Phillipians 4:13, “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me,” to serve as a reminder that I wasn’t in it alone. Now with our homeschooling completed, I can look back and see His hand in our lives and that He was faithful to work through me. Because of that, it has become easier for me to take on new challenges that send me beyond my comfort zone.
What Does the Future Hold?
When our younger child graduated, I asked God what was next. While homeschooling my kids, my entire world seemingly revolved around them. If I wasn’t teaching them, I was reading about homeschooling, comparing curriculum, planning field trips, or running my taxi service. In contrast, my future looked like a blank canvas. In some ways it was exciting as I thought about spending more time with my husband and pursuing my own interests, but in other ways I worried about feeling empty.
It didn’t take long for God to point me in a new direction which, again, took me out of my comfort zone. It was another area that I hadn’t had any prior experience with. God was faithful in homeschooling, so this time it was a little easier to step out in faith and find out what He thought I had to offer, or what He wanted me to learn.
In my younger years, when anticipating this time of life, I hoped that I might follow the teaching in Titus 2:3-5:
Likewise, teach the older women to be reverent in the way they live, not to be slanderers or addicted to much wine, but to teach what is good. Then they can train the younger women to love their husbands and children, to be self-controlled and pure, to be busy at home, to be kind, and to be subject to their husbands, so that no one will malign the word of God.
With perfect timing, our church started a new women’s ministry based on that passage. It, too, took me out of my comfort zone because as an introvert I had to push myself to do things I wasn’t comfortable with such as meeting new people, teaching, and leading prayers.
Yet another leap was my decision to start blogging, to put myself “out there” and share some of my experiences. I’m hoping that there might be some who would enjoy reading about them, and that I might encourage homeschooling mothers just beginning their journey.
Forcing myself out of my comfort zone means trusting God as I venture into unknown territory and learn new ways of serving Him.
God has a way of calling us out of our comfort zones. If He is calling you out of yours, whether to homeschool your children, or some other new ministry, then I encourage you to step out in faith. It won’t be easy, but it doesn’t all depend on you. Just allow Him to work through you.
Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light. (Matthew 11:29-30 New International Version)
Answer the call. Your faith will be strengthened and you will be blessed, outside your comfort zone.
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