Today is May 1, and that means we’ve already completed one month of working on Chosen Gen full-time. So, it is definitely about time to document how life has been going on this new adventure.
Justin splits his work day between time in our home “office” and working in the total silence of the library. (Raising 5 kids and homeschooling doesn’t always allow for the quietest conditions to work.) His favorite part about working at the library is that he gets to ride his bike there, allowing him to be a bit more active. The kids have also grown to enjoy this routine as they will stare out the front window waiting for him to come home on his bike at the end of the day.
We’ve spent most of our time working hard to create Sojourn. From brainstorming to branding to marketing to writing and designing these Bible studies, it’s been a ton squeezed into one month. Honestly, we realize now that this goal was a bit ambitious, but we made it and have learned much from the process. It has been extremely fulfilling and exciting to see how God guided us in putting together this resource, one that is so much more than we could have ever dreamed up ourselves.
We see God’s hand on our lives in such clear ways and one of the clearest is the incredible team he has given us on our board of directors. They have been such a blessing in helping us to manage the business side of things. We’ve also seen God provide for the operational costs needed to run Chosen Gen this month, including the costs of developing this new resource. Praise God! Our kids continue to be very encouraging and are truly part of the Chosen Gen team. We love to share what we are working on with them and why. We feel very blessed to have them along (as we shared last time).
Have there been challenges? You bet. For one, we imagined that we would not have to work after the kids go to bed besides evenings that we podcast. With our bold goal this month, that didn’t happen (ha). We have also struggled to know when it is okay to “call it a day”. Then, there is the ongoing battle for the mind to speak the truth of God’s Word over the fears and lies of the Enemy.
We understand that this is a spiritual battle for the next generation, so staying rooted in God’s Word and spending lots of time in prayer are a big priority in our days. It is and always will be the key in running this ministry. If we are not fighting in God’s strength, we will crumble when the “day of evil” comes (Ephesians 6:13). In God’s strength, we can press forward with the defiance of David! Goliath may have looked big and strong, but David came in the name of the LORD GOD. He stood defiant against the enemy because he realized that his victory would be won by God.
Thank you all for the encouragement this past month. If you haven’t checked out and signed up for Sojourn yet, GO DO IT! :)