Almost 5 months ago my husband and I took a "leap of faith"... We started a home-based business! Though the idea of this may seem far-fetched to some, the truth is that finding work we could do together, from home, is something Ben & I have talked about for years.
Early-on in our marriage we noticed, like most couples, that we make up each other's gaps: his strengths are my weaknesses and vice versa. As a matter of fact, ever since I became a stay-at-home mom almost 15 years ago, we have tried to find ways for me help him at his jobs so that we could take the next step in success and efficiency for our family...together. Though we've definitely helped each other succeed in our individual responsibilities, we've often felt that the relationship we share in marriage, parenthood, and ministry could carry into business.
Well, after 2 years of Ben commuting daily into Manhattan while striving to achieve a work-life balance for our family in maintaining as many family dinners as possible, attendance at our kids' games and competitions, as well as attending and serving at our church; this past January, he lost his job. Though we definitely felt a sense of apprehension, we also made a conscious choice to trust the Lord that this was an opportunity to restructure our lives in some way. It was then that we were reminded that if we had to choose, my husband would do some or most of his job from home. So, we decided to make this our goal as he took on the full-time endeavor to search for a new job...
To make a long story short, we found our opportunity with a fast-growing publishing company whose primary purpose is to honor God. We couldn't believe how many pieces of our lives' puzzle fit together so nicely in this opportunity! So, we prayed, and walked through the steps of applying while also continuing to apply to opportunities with other companies. After an online test with this publishing company for Ben, several interviews, then several days of training in Chicago that we chose to do together; we got started on our exciting but out-of-the box endeavor!
Today, five months after our decision, we've had highs and we've had lows. Because we're still in the midst of the process (which for us is defined by getting our publication to print in, Lord-willing, another couple months), this post isn't about a great story of victory and success...yet. It's about the beauty of seeing our marriage through the perspective of a stained glass window; pieces created by our Master through time, then slowly glued together to create a picture that fits together so comfortably that we dream together, work together, and strive together towards a future picture and legacy of our marriage relationship that will by the grace of God adorn the family line that God used us to create...together.
We have specific goals to fulfill that will define definite success, and we're working towards achieving them right now. But, in the meantime, though it's easy to get caught up in defining our successes by the end results of our lives, this is a reminder that there is an aspect of what God is doing in the processes of our current moment that deeply defines the intimacy He intends that we share with Him...and each other. While I very much look forward to the printing of our first publication, I don't want to miss the beautiful pieces He has for me through the process of reaching that end result!