[Guest Post – Caite Balderas and I never met in CA although we had mutual friends. It wasn’t until we were both living in Austin that we met during those few months Marc and I were there. Crazy how our paths crossed, and that God used me in her life! Read her amazing story below. I love her courage to write her dreams and share them with the world.]
About two years ago my mind started spinning about future job possibilities.
Two of my children were in school, and my third would be in school in two years. My husband and I agreed that I could stay home with our babies until they were all in school. I would return to work in my chosen field of lactation consulting that would require further education to work in this city.
I wasn’t sure if I wanted to do that.
My mind spun daily trying to figure out what I was going to do. Every time I would get stuck in that thought cycle God would whisper,
“I have a plan–and when I reveal it to you–you will never have thought of it. It will all work out perfectly.”
Of course, being the planner and control freak I am, I continued to figure out what it would be. Every time God would repeat those words to me. Since then, God blessed my husband and I with another baby, and led us to homeschool all the kids.
I put the thought of working on hold while focusing on the new changes in our life.
Renee and I met through a Bible study. She was assigned to my group. During our first conversation we found out we are both from the same area of San Diego and actually knew some of the same people! Although we never ended up attending at the same time, we quickly became friends. As I got to know Renee better through chats and social media, I realized she is a girl with big dreams.
I consider myself to be a driven person, but I hesitate to put myself out there unless I know for a fact I will be good at something or it will go exactly as planned.
Watching Renee discuss her dreams so openly, even when they didn’t end up being God’s plan at that particular time, really intrigued me. She was willing to put it all out there, but also be okay if God had different plans.
I had no idea what that felt like.
When Renee told me she was moving to Houston, I offered her the name of the broker we used to buy our house. Jason Crouch was an amazing blessing to us and ended up becoming a friend. After Renee listed her home, I posted the listing on social media to spread the word, knowing Renee and Marc were hoping for a quick sale. My neighbor, who is also a broker, saw the listing, brought his buyers to the house and they ended up buying it!
When Renee and Jason let me know how I helped in the sale, I joked around that maybe I should become an agent.
When I typed the text I was completely kidding without another thought. Jason replied that he thought I would make a good agent and kindly offered a position at his agency whenever I was ready. At that moment, I felt God saying,
“This is it. That job you were obsessing over finding, I found it for you.”
After a lengthy discussion with Jason on the realities of homeschooling and working, we both agreed to give it a shot. Jason’s wife homeschool’s their four children. So, he is very familiar with what that entails. During the time I had stopped thinking about what I would do for employment, God moved my parents from 45 minutes away to 1 mile away, and they agreed to help me with the kids for showings and closings.
And Jason had a part in that as well by selling them that house!
God is all powerful and good, he knew what needed to happen in this situation and was quietly doing it in preparation for this life change. None of my obsessing or planning had a part in this opportunity or God’s plan.
All the glory was for God and that brings so much joy to me.
I have completed four courses out of the six real estate classes required to take the agent exam and am looking to take the test in the next month or two. I have been hesitant to tell many people about my plan. I foresee the questions,
“You’re going to homeschool four kids and try to work?”
“Are you crazy?”
Let’s forget a moment about the possibility of failure.
Through Renee’s friendship–I have become brave in the plan that God has for me. Even if His plan ends up going differently than mine, I am honored to follow each step that He puts in front of me.
God has been so sweet to show us some possibilities going forward and we are now starting to consider new dreams of possibly working together and spending more time together as a family. I can’t wait to see which of our dreams match God’s dreams and what road He sets before us.
“I can do all things through Christ who gives me strength” (Philippians 4:13).
“And he said unto me, My grace is sufficient for thee: for my strength is made perfect in weakness. Most gladly therefore will I rather glory in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me” (2 Corinthians 12:9).
Question: Are there any new dreams you need to physically write down and share with someone today?
Caite Balderas is a wife, mama, and child of God. She is a Californian by birth, but Texan by choice, having made Texas her home in 2013. When she’s not studying God’s word or corralling children, she is trying to take a nap and eat cookies. She blogs infrequently at thefruitseeker.blogspot.com.