Excerpt From The Interview
“It’s easy to sit on the sidelines and not jump in. That’s kind of the message I wanted to portray through my book. When it’s your turn to serve, don’t be afraid to accept God’s challenge. Because if I had chosen to not serve, think of all the blessings that I would have missed. Our verse for our very first campaign was, ‘Those that cling to worthless idols, forfeit the grace that could have been theirs.’ So we don’t want to make our comfortable life an idol. I could still be in that same house where we had built our dream home. And I’m sure God would have blessed us there as well. But because we were able to answer His call, He took us places we never thought we would go.
He grew us as children of God and helped us become the people that we are today. So in the book, I tell lots of different little stories about, don’t be afraid to serve when God is calling you. But you also have to be careful that you don’t say yes to everything. My bible study fellowship teacher was encouraging me to lead a small group, and she really ‘knew’ this was God’s will for me. And Mike and I talked about it and prayed about it. At that time, our kids were one, two, and three. And I said, that’s not my calling. My calling is Michael, Charlotte, and Audrey. And I have to be the best mom for them right now, and I can’t lead a small group. God uses us where He calls us.”
About Karen Pence
Karen Pence is a former congressional spouse, first lady of Indiana, and second lady of the United States. She worked as a schoolteacher for more than thirty years and started her own watercolor business. She is also the mother of three married children and a grandmother. She lives with her family in Zionsville, Indiana.
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