You’re Blessed in Unexpected Ways When You Follow

Psalm 119I loved my job, but I knew my husband wanted to work at his calling, too. Ever since cancer, he had been unable to find a job as a full-time teacher due to our location—we lived in a small town with a university that everyone wanted to move to. Each job opening in the public schools had more than 300 applicants.

He went back to school to earn his administrator’s credential, and started looking for work as he neared the end of his program. Our youngest would graduate from high school, and our eldest was doing well in college and it seemed like the perfect time to make a transition.

Although God led us every step of the way to my husband’s dream job, I had a hard time leaving our community of eleven years. To follow my husband in the pursuit of his dreams seemed like an interruption of my dreams.

The first year at his new job was particularly difficult. I didn’t have a job, but I decided I would try to follow a long-suppressed dream of my own whilst looking for a teaching position in the local community.

The suppressed dream involves words and writing. I have a middle grade novel manuscript sitting in a closet, along with an unfinished Harlequin romance that I started at the tender age of 15, an inspirational novel manuscript and the completed manuscript for a non-fiction book on caregiving.

Somehow, in my attempt to figure out what to do with all of those manuscripts, I got sucked into blogging, and twitter, and finding a community without borders. Those manuscripts still sit in my closet, while I wait for direction.

After a year off from teaching, a position opened up at my husband’s school for an English teacher and his boss interviewed and hired me. I worried about what would happen to the blog, but I felt called to teach as well.

As my second year of teaching here draws to a close, I realize how much I’ll miss my students and that I’ll probably worry about them until August when school starts.

I also realize that maybe God wants me to both teach and write. I am content to follow his lead.

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Has following God ever seemed hard for you? Did you end up feeling blessed because you followed?

Anita currently teaches English to 7th-12th graders. She describes herself as a ‘recovering cancer caregiver’ who gives thanks daily that her husband has been cancer-free for ten years.

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  • To be a caregiver takes a lot of courage, because every day you are laying down your own dreams and ambitions to care for someone else. And then to follow your husband to a new location, to pick up those roots and be transplanted, allowed you to fine tune your own identity, it seems…. and you discovered how much you love teaching.

    I know those manuscripts, even though they are still hidden away, will be finished in due time. They seem to be a long-time part of you and your call to write began at a young age. I love how you were almost like Abraham, giving up your Isaac, or at least being willing to give up your own desires, in order to support your husband’s dreams.

    I can very much relate to this, as I’ve often picked up roots to follow my husband’s dreams and ambitions. But even so, God has graciously allowed me to write, to blog, and to take time for my own hopes and dreams.

    Your heart feels tender in these words and I loved hearing your story!
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  • Oh, do write Anita! You have such a beautiful voice (which I loved hearing in your video). I often get stuck in the either/or too and ask God if I should choose the blog or that manuscript of my dreams. The Lord has shown me that they go hand in hand, one feeds the other, craft skill is gained from both, and more than anything, He weaves the dreams with purpose and I’m not willing to let go of what He has set before me. I’m so excited to see what God does through you…I’m expectant and ready to buy a copy of your book!
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  • Tara

    Anita, I think God is calling you to do both too. So fun to see your FMF intro video. And how did I miss that you are an English teacher? I loved my English clases. In fact my college minor is in English.

  • I have followed my husband all over for his career. We are getting ready to do our 14th move in 12 years of marriage. There have been times we’ve lived somewhere longer than others. And I start to get attached to the community. It’s hard to leave and it’s scary to follow. That is wonderful that you are following God’s lead through the process. Blessings, Carrie
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  • Anita, it was so good to see and hear you in the video. I relate to following with my husbands calling too. Isn’t it great to not only live your dream but to have more than one dream? What a gracious God we follow.
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  • What a blessing your writing is! I love the video, too. It is so great to get to hear your voice. So glad you are in the blog world.
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  • It’s amazing to reflect and remember how God has led our lives as we are obedient to follow His leading! I’m so thankful for His leading in our lives. Happy Friday, Anita! And great interview on FMF! You are so sweet and it’s great to put a voice to the pics and written words! 🙂
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  • Anita, I love this! I love that you gave your husband the freedom to follow his dream. And that God is working out His dreams for you as you’ve honored your hubby and Jesus. I love your blog writing, and I can only imagine the depth in your story and your caregiving book. It’s going to be fun to see how God leads and you follow as you explore teaching and writing.

    By the way, once a long time ago, I taught too. Elementary. Unforgettable time in my life.
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  • That is exciting, but I can understand how you would feel reluctant. Change can be tough! I agree with the other comments though, your writing (and photographs) are a gift and I do hope you will continue with your creative endeavors.
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  • Love this window into your journey and your closet. I really do enjoy knowing you.
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  • Oh, the following part is often hard, especially when you don’t seem to see the blessings behind it. Often they only come later, but we need to trust and follow NOW. So glad you followed and went back into teaching! You’ll always have something to share on the blog then! Btw, it was so nice to “meet” you on video today! Blessings to you, my friend!
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  • I love that you’re fulfilling your teaching and blogging purposes simultaneously–you’re wonderful at both. And I can’t wait to see your books in print one day.
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  • “I am blessed to follow (even if it scares me).”

    Love that.
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  • Your calm contentment after wrestling, your acceptance of God’s will — these things minister to me today. Thanks for writing and for persevering!
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  • I’m so impressed with the number of manuscripts you have tucked away, Anita! It sounds like your teaching and writing careers are working quite well together. My dream is to write a book, but I’m struggling to even start it. I truly believe my blog was my start in following God’s lead for me to write. It was a big step out in faith as I had never even shared, let alone written, any of my testimony before. I feel so blessed by the wonderful online community He has led me to. Also sharing my testimony has given me a great deal of free therapy. May we all continue to follow His lead!
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