When I was a senior in college I thought I had this thing called life all figured out. I laugh a little at even typing those words out right now.
I said “YES” to what I thought was a calling to international missions after a weeklong missions conference at my church.
At the same time that I was saying “YES” to follow God onto the mission field, God was bringing a very special person into my life…my future husband.
You see, God’s plans are always so much bigger than our own. They’re also often very different from our own.
God’s plan for my life, at least at that time, did not include foreign missions.
But it did include saying YES to following Him in obedience wherever He would eventually lead me.
My husband is a Chaplain in the United States Army. He provides for the religious freedom for the soldiers who fight for our freedoms. He is able to minister to them in times of great need.
In saying YES to follow God in obedience wherever He leads over fifteen years ago, I am now living out my calling as a Chaplain’s Wife and homeschooling mom to four children.
I never envisioned this as my calling.
I never envisioned myself as the wife of an Army Chaplain, moving every couple of years to wherever the Army sends us.
I never envisioned myself as a mom, doing the seeming mundane work of caring for children, endless laundry, and homes that we don’t own.
I never envisioned myself as a homeschooling mom, pouring my life into the four children God has so richly blessed our family with and spending hours teaching them to read, to count numbers, and to love Jesus.
My vision for my life would have had me on a mission field in the middle of nowhere sharing Christ with the unreached peoples of the world.
God’s vision for my life has me serving my husband, my children and my community.
I have spent countless time struggling to reconcile my vision for my life that seemed so much more sacrificial and meaningful with God’s vision for my life that I am living out from day to day.
I have come to learn that God desires for us to say YES to HIS YES for our lives and then live out that YES in obedience right in the middle of the mess that He has called us to.
His YES for our lives may be sharing the gospel with unreached peoples of the world.
Or it may be sharing the gospel with the unreached in our own community.
His YES for our lives may call us to travel across the world.
Or it may call us to travel across the room.
Whatever it is, He only asks that our response is a faithful and obedient YES.
Bio: With Philippians 4:8 as her guide, Monica is seeking to dwell on whatever is true, honorable, right, lovely, of good repute, any excellence, and anything worthy of praise as she serves her husband, an Army Chaplain, and homeschools their four children. Monica also enjoys capturing and documenting their everyday memories through digital scrapbooking. She shares all this at her blog, DailyDwelling.