Caution: Leaving Comfort Zone by Mid-Life Blogger

Comfort Zones

I could have named my blog something about leaving my comfort zone. 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. But I kept my eyes on God and prayed without ceasing for His guidance every step of the way. In fact, our school motto was Phillipians 4:13. “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.” 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.

What Does the Future Hold?

Recently, 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. But now 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, is taking me out of my comfort zone. I’m meeting people that are at rock bottom and have problems I haven’t had any prior experience with. God was faithful in homeschooling, so this time it’s a little easier to step out in faith and find out what He thinks I have to offer.

Titus 2

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.”

Last year my church started a new women’s ministry based on that passage with just the right timing for me to start transitioning into that role, and it, too, takes me out of my comfort zone because as an introvert I’m pushing myself to do things I’m not comfortable with, such as meet new people, teach, and lead others in prayer.

Blogging

And 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 maybe to encourage homeschooling mothers just beginning their journey. For me, forcing myself out of my comfort zone means learning new things and trusting God.

If God is calling you out of your comfort zone, whether to homeschool your children, or some other ministry, then step out in faith. It won’t be easy, but it doesn’t all rest on you. Just allow Him to work through you. Matthew 11:29-30 “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.”  God is faithful, and you will reap blessings beyond measure.

Has God asked you to do something out of your comfort zone? Tell me about it in the comments.

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4 thoughts on “Comfort Zones”

  1. I love this bible verse! Matthew 11:29-30! I’m going through a major change that has turned my life upside down, but I am trusting in God and know that his intentions are good and never failing.

  2. Great post! As an Unschooling parent I prayed intently about the direction of our children’s education and having the children learn via textbooks and memorizing facts to get scores just never sat right in my heart. While I missed that feeling of “walking to school everyday in the crisp fall” it wasn’t enough to justify raising our children contrary to what I expected them to be able to do as adults – FOLLOW the Lord! Everyday asking Him “What do you have for me to do today Lord? Your will first, not mine.” Asking my children to life 0-18 in a predetermined way by any other power other then the Lord was counterproductive to me as a believer :). I’m so glad to find like minded men and women who realize education is never ending and following the Lord is first and foremost. I also prayed the Lord would show me how to educate the children and thankfully, He showed me the first mention of Jesus (other than His birth) was when He was 12 years old in the temple. This ministered greatly to me because to me, it reaffirmed children need to learn about the things of God most from 0-12 and that learning is done through love and play!

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