We were ecstatic when my husband Michael was hired by a small German company after a two and half year season of him being without full-time work. But as we began to ponder the details, we realized that it wasn’t exactly what we had planned for. After all, my husband had returned to college and worked tirelessly earning a Biomedical Engineering degree. We had expected to have a better salary, better benefits, and most definitely hadn’t planned on Michael having to live in Germany for three months of training.

Without medical coverage for me and the kids, Michael worried that he may have been making a mistake by accepting this job. I wondered, “How in the world will I handle everything with my husband in another country?” After some time of wrestling with God, we surrendered to what we believed was his divine plan for our family, but not without reservations. It was hard to let go of our concerns without all of the dots connecting.

Still, we moved forward with faith. As I trusted God, I could hear His encouraging voice in my spirit. He reminded me of a scripture in Zechariah. “Do not despise small beginnings…”

Looking back, I am beyond grateful that I chose to trust God during that season of small beginnings. If we had not, our family would have missed, perhaps, the greatest blessing of our lives. Within months of Michael accepting the job with the German company, it was bought out by one of the largest corporations in the world. We were blown away by the medical benefits, the increased salary, the opportunity for promotion and growth. Who would have dreamed that our obedience in following Christ in the small things could lead to such grand, new things?

“Do not despise these small beginnings, for the Lord rejoices to see the work begin…” Zechariah 4:10 (NLT)

I’m linking up for Five Minute Friday where Lisa Jo Baker and other awesome people write for five minutes flat with no self critiquing or no striving for perfection. This week’s prompt is: “Small.” Today, I wrote for about twelve minutes, trying to find a good stopping point.


Five Minute Friday


  1. Amy-Lynne,

    I love how GOD work, especially when we’re obedient to HIM. Praise the LORD.

    Thanks for stopping by my blog and for the great compliment on my writing. I’m so happy you were blessed.

    Happy Friday!

  2. Wow! Thanks for sharing this story! Isn’t it amazing how God always has every aspect of our lives in His hands? I just love it when stuff like this happens, because sometimes you’ve got to trust and you never find out why. But things like this really show our Father’s wisdom and love!

    Didn’t get to read any fmf posts after posting mine since my husband wisely told me to get myself to bed 😉

  3. That is a fantastic verse and an inspiring story! Thanks for sharing today – I’m stopping by with Five Minute Friday. Blessings!

    • Amy Lynne on August 17, 2013 at 5:45 pm said:

      Thanks, Nita, for stopping by to read my Five Minute Friday post. Your comment blessed me. May the Lord bless you and keep you. 🙂

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