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5 Clues That God is Changing Your Course

Sometimes we meander along in this life, happy and content and confident in the path God has shown us. Then all of a sudden, when we least expect it, we just aren’t quite as sure as we used to be.

Know what I mean?

This happened to our family not too long ago.

You see, once upon a time, I believed we would always be a homeschooling family.

Not because I thought homeschooling was God’s plan for every Christian family, but because I felt so strongly that it was what He wanted for our family, and I had a hard time imagining anything different.

But then our family circumstances began to change, and my husband and I began to wonder…

Is God redirecting us?

Does He have a different plan for us during this season?

How do we decide between continuing to homeschool and enrolling our kids in school?

Both options are good. But which one is better?

Most importantly, which one is His best for us at this point in time?

So we debated both options back and forth. We discussed. We evaluated. And we covered the whole process in lots and lots of prayer.

God’s leading soon became clear. What started as questioning became unwavering certainty that God was, in fact, redirecting us toward Christian school.

How did we know? What did God’s leading look like? Looking back, I can see five ways God led us to change course.

(A word of caution: I don’t think any of these five clues would have been sufficient on their own to warrant such a drastic change in direction, but the compilation of all five made God’s leading undeniable in our situation.)

5 Clues That God Is Changing Your Course

1.)God’s equipping changes.

God always equips us to do what He calls us to do. So when the supernatural supply starts to dwindle, it’s time to evaluate whether His calling has shifted.

In this particular decision for our family, while the intense special needs of our three foster children required more and more of our time and attention, the academic needs of our three biological children was also heightening.

2.)A persistent thought.

For believers who are walking closely with the Lord, His Spirit has a way of repeatedly nudging our minds as a way of directing us. This can come in many forms, but if it’s continuous over a significant period of time (and in tandem with other clues), it’s likely that God is revealing His will.

3.)The feelings of others involved.

When we were homeschooling, my kids were completely happy, and would’ve balked at the idea of attending school. But without even knowing their parents were praying about a potential transition, our kids began to show an interest in attending the Christian school affiliated with our church. How kind our God is, to work in the hearts of our children as He’s working in our own!

4.)Passions shift.

I still wholeheartedly believe that homeschool is a wonderful means of educating children, and those years I was able to homeschool will always be deeply cherished in my heart. But as God fanned the flames of my passion for foster parenting and writing, He allowed my passion for homeschooling my children to dwindle.

5.)Confirmation of godly counsel.

Proverbs 11:14 tells us: “Where there is no guidance, a people falls, but in an abundance of counselors there is safety.” As we shared this experience with trusted family members and close friends, they were able to pose questions we hadn’t considered, and to ultimately confirm their agreement that our decision was sound.

Stepping Out In Faith

While this collection of clues led us to what we believed was a solid choice, making a change like this still required us to step out in faith. God didn’t write an answer in the sky or tattoo it on the foreheads of our children. And so before the decision was final, there came a time when we claimed the truth of Proverbs 3:5-6, and prayed something like this:

“Father, You know that we just want to honor You with this decision. We long to ensure that Your will is accomplished in this matter. We believe this is the direction in which You’re leading us, but if we’re wrong, we’re trusting You to prevent us from continuing on this path. Please lead us as You’ve promised to do when we acknowledge You.”

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24 Comments

  1. Jen

    This is so timely for me, Jennifer! We’re contemplating some changes in our family, too, not necessarily related to schooling, but related to my husband’s work and possibly how I spend some of my time, as well. I believe the Lord has been prodding us for some time now, but that leap of faith has been somewhat intimidating. 😉 Thanks for encouraging us to keep praying for His wisdom.

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    • Jennifer Clarke

      Hey there, sweet friend! Thanks so much for sharing how this encouraged you today. I will pray right now for God’s clear leading, and for your faithful obedience.

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    • Pippa

      Thank you so much for a great article. I am in the process of changing jobs and I believe God has been leading me each step, changing my heart, providing opportunities, closing doors that needed closing. I need to lean on him now as the change goes through and trust that ‘I can do all things through him who strengthens me.’ phillipians 4:13

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      • Jennifer Clarke

        We have such a faithful Father, to lead us so gently! Thank you for taking the time to share how this encouraged you. I pray for His continued guidance in your life as you trust in Him.

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  2. Jessica lang

    This was so perfect for me today! You see..
    My husband and I were given a business a little over a year ago. It was perfect for us at the time because we were expecting our first child and it was so important for me to be able to stay at home, but still contribute to our family. For some time now, I have been fighting this thought in the back of my mind, that we are supposed to give back the business to the original owner. This made me mad, as I had put so much work into this with little reward. So I prayed and prayed… And prayed.. And one great nap with my son revealed a dream to me that pretty much answered my prayers… “leave it! And walk with me! ” this is what God said. When I read this article, I realized all 5 signs had been fulfilled and all that was getting in the way was me!… As usual 😉
    Thank you for sharing your testimony and advice! Your kids are blessed to have parents who put God first! You are teaching them all to be great warriors for God’s army and this world will benefit greatly because of it. 🙂

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    • Jennifer Clarke

      Hello, Jessica, and welcome! Thank you for reading, and for taking the time to encourage me by sharing your experience. May God continue to guide your every step as you trust in Him!

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  3. Linda Bell

    We pray that GOD would give us a answer on my husband foot about getting a second opinion or what to do .He was in pain for 6 months with a sore it was getting better then worse they want to amputate it .We was so didn’t know what was best for him so we prayed let your will be knew .The next day he was running a fever and was rusted to the hospital and they did amputate but he feel like his old self so We praise the LORD for our answer pray to do what’s best for our life’s

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    • Jennifer Clarke

      Linda, thank you for taking the time to share this with me today. I’m so thankful the Lord guided you and your husband in what was best for this particular situation. I’m glad your husband has experienced relief from his pain, and I will pray for his continued healing.

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  4. Kristen

    This possibility has been flowing through my heart and mind as well…times are changing for us I’m sure of that.

    My husband is a worship music minister at our church which we have been at for a number of years. We have faced waves of uncertainty in the last few weeks as our pastor has resigned. This event accompanied by a few other things has drawn us to trust mightily in God, especially in His timing of events.

    We feel a change in direction is on the horizon, we just don’t know what that change is or in what form or capacity it might take. Our whole church body seems to facing these choices also at the exact same time.

    So we are waiting on what that change might be. In the meantime we are praying and seeking God.

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    • Jennifer Clarke

      Hi, Kristen! Thanks so much for taking the time to share this with me. I will take a moment tonight to pray for your family, that the Lord would lead you tenderly and grant you patience to wait for His timing.

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  5. Kristin

    Thank you so much for sharing this. My husband and I have had it on our hearts about quitting our jobs and moving. We’ve had many confirmations from God about this, but we are waiting on his leading with moving forward on His timing. Sometimes while waiting on His timing, doubt can creep in. But this was another great confirmation.

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    • Jennifer Clarke

      I’m glad this resonated with you, Kristin. Praying for clear direction from our loving Father for you and your husband.

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  6. Solomon Emmanuel Illuma

    Thank you so much for sharing this, my life is truly bless by this. More grace and may God reward and honour You Amen.
    My life is given a new direction. Thank You Ma

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    • Jennifer Clarke

      I’m so glad this was an encouragement to you! Thank you for taking the time to let me know.

      Reply
  7. Toni

    Aloha Jennifer, homeschooling my children have been on my mind for some time now since we move. i just happened to click on this and you are talking about homeschooling. Yesterday, my children brought home their report cards for the 2nd quarter and it wasn’t pleasant. And so, homeschooling have been heavy on mind. The school my children, ages 9 and 6, attend is ranked fairly low in our state. I don’t blame the school or anyone but myself for my children’s poor performance in school. I have people in my church telling me homeschooling is the best way to educate my kids for the area we live in now. I fear I don’t know where to start or what if i do a very bad job homeschooling my kids. I know God made me read this to find what He wants me to do. Thank you Jenniffer for this.

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    • Jennifer Clarke

      Hello, Toni, and welcome! Thank you so much for visiting my blog, and for taking the time to get in touch. Our children’s education is a big responsibility, isn’t it? I will pray that God would lead you and guide you as you seek His will about homeschooling.

      You might find this post helpful. This site is owned by a godly couple, friends of mine who homeschool their children, so they’re very trustworthy and spend a lot of time writing about homeschooling on their website.

      I appreciate your desire to honor the Lord as you raise your children. May He give you much wisdom to discern His will!

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  8. June

    Great advice, Jennifer. Thank you for sharing how God worked in your life and the life of your family!

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  9. Tracy

    I would say if I didn’t know our Father better that I happened upon this article on accident. However, I know God lead me here. See I’ve been seeking God for comfirmation on changing fields. I changed my major and things were going well and in comes the enemy with doubt. But I now understand that God tugging on my heart that started back when my sister passed was him preparing me for this field. I know it’s Him because I will have the opportunity to share Him with others. Thank you so much for the 5 signs I now know I’m on the right track.

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    • Jennifer Clarke

      Hi, Tracy, and welcome! Thanks so much for letting me know how God has used this post in your life. I will pray that God will continue to lead you as you look to Him for guidance. May He make your paths straight as you acknowledge Him!

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  10. Timothy

    Wow! Jennifer, this is very encouraging to me as i have been battling with a decision and some of things you are part of my experience. I am truly blessed by what you shared thanks a lot.

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    • Jennifer Clarke

      Hi, Timothy! Thanks so much for reading, and for sharing with me how this post has helped you. I will pray that God would continue to grant His guidance as you seek His will.

      Reply
  11. Jill

    Within the past year my mother passed through the veil very suddenly and unexpectedly and then a few weeks later we lost our home in the flood. My sister and I now find ourselves so spiritually lost and utterly directionless and bewildered. We’re in a dessert with no clue if eguch direction to go. This could not have come for us at a better time. We want nothing more than to be in alignment with God’s will and perfect plan for our lives but somehow we have always felt that we’ve failed miserably at discerning His direction for us. We seem to have a knack for missing Him despite searching endlessly for answers to take us down the right path. This has finally given me the hood that we just might find His voice this time. There’s a first time for everything and we needed this Divine message now more than ever. Impeccable timing and we are so thankful we found this tonight because for a year now, we’ve been faced with life changing circumstances but have remained stuck in indecision. Thank you for helping to unlock a long awaited mystery fir us. God bless you!

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    • Jennifer Clarke

      Hello, Jill! I’m glad you found this to be helpful. I will pray for you and your sister, that God would lead and guide you as you look to Him.

      Reply

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