• Angelene Woodard

God's Call or Just My Good Idea?


There’s this gorgeous little farmhouse calling my name.


This custom-built home with its white siding and happy front porch tease me as I sleep.

The picture-perfect garden, the simple kitchen with one of those awesome farm sinks, and the tin roof are meant to be mine. The life-long memories our family will cherish for years to come are just waiting to be made.

But, they are not being made. I am not picking strawberries in a cute sundress. And I cannot hear the rain pitter-pattering on the rooftop as my family and I snuggle under the porch with homemade quilts and Monopoly.

We don’t have a makeallmydreamscometrue farmhouse right now. We’re not looking for acreage to build on or even have a floor plan we like. We’re not moving forward with this vision in any way, shape, form, or fashion.

We need to do this now. We need to do this while the children are still young enough to enjoy it. Heck, we need to do this while I am still young enough to enjoy this. And Lord knows, we sure need the extra space.

But, no. God has not told us to move yet. He has not told us to build this dream. He has made it clear we are to stay put. For now, anyway.

Psalm 127:1 keeps me satisfied. For now, anyway.

Except the Lord build the house, they labor in vain that build it; except the Lord keep the city, the watchman waketh but in vain.

The word house refers to any efforts or work we attempt without God.

Basically, this portion of scripture is saying it doesn’t matter what we’re doing, if the Lord is not directing us and helping us, then it is pointless.

Is there anything in our lives we are attempting to build because we think we need it?

Maybe we are attempting to copy-cat another sister’s spiritual walk. Maybe we are trying to emulate her routines and convictions because we think it would benefit us.

Maybe it would. Maybe it wouldn’t. The question to consider is whether God has called us to it.

Maybe we want to adopt a child because some of our friends have successfully added to their family this way.

Maybe we want to teach Sunday school because we think that’s what everyone else expects us to do.

Maybe we want to homeschool the children because that’s what all the cozy Christians are doing these days. (Do not homeschool your children without God's call and conviction. I repeat: Do not homeschool without the Lord!)

Maybe God has called us to these admirable tasks. Or maybe we’re motivated by our own desires and good ideas.

And if it's just our own good idea, then won't we be persuaded to just wing it on our own?

It is of utmost importance to focus on God, what He has called us to as individuals, and forget about the rest.

Forget about comparing your life, your walk, your house, your children, and whatever else you may or may not be building to everyone else’s.

The Lord’s opinion is the only one that truly matters. And His help is the only thing we need when it’s time to build.

Otherwise, we're building in vain. And that is not a good idea.

Angelene Woodard is a wife, mother, writer, and reluctant homeschooler who blogs about her frustrations and victories at www.unqualifiedmom.com where she encourages fellow Christians to embrace their weakness and accept God's strength.