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Shaped by God - Saturday, March 4 - Lenten Devotional 2017

 Stephanie Jacobs, Director of New Member Connections

Stephanie Jacobs, Director of New Member Connections

Shaped by God
Saturday, March 4
Stephanie Jacobs, Director of New Member Connections, Roswell Presbyterian Church

Who saved us and called us with a holy calling, not according to our works but according to his own purpose and grace. This grace was given to us in Christ Jesus before the ages began. - 2 Timothy 1:9 (NRSV)

Before my first daughter, Caroline was born I knew that if we could manage the finances I wanted to stay home with her and step away from my career life for a while. I stayed at home with my two daughters for 9 years. I enjoyed that time, but sometimes felt that who I was as an individual might be slipping away. I knew that once my children were in elementary school I wanted to work again: use my brain, interact with people again, bring back the person I was before I had children. I thought about the specifics of what would feed me if I went back to work and what that would look like. I knew that I wanted to still be the mom I had become, yet get out of the house and interact with people again. I did not want the kind of job that only required a computer and my pajamas. My youngest, Ella was in the preschool at Roswell Presbyterian. I hadn't started looking for a job.

One day a few days after Christmas, I received a call from Emily Wright about a part-time position at church and could I come in for an interview. I am a planner and I was not ready for this. What would I do with my kids during an interview? Was my resume up to date? Is my brain ready to answer interview questions? What would I wear, not anything from my "Mom" wardrobe? Something made me say yes to coming for an interview even though my kids had to come with me and I felt very unprepared.

When we trust God and listen to his call for our life we experience greater purpose and joy. I feel shaped by Him while doing this work of welcoming people into our church family. By being open to God shaping me it has led to more contentment in my life. I feel that I am both the mom I wanted to be while still feeding that individual inside me because I listened to God's call.

Dear God, thank you for calling us to be your people. Amen.

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