Former second lady Karen Pence is on a mission to inspire Americans to discern God’s calling for their lives and fully trust the Lord.
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Pence, author of the new book, “When It’s Your Turn to Serve: Experiencing God’s Grace in His Calling for Your Life,” said the text offers the behind-the-scenes story of some of the work she was able to do while her husband, Mike Pence, was vice president, and while he served as governor of Indiana.
But the book also has a much deeper meaning.
“The whole point of the book is to … encourage the reader to be willing to step out and step up and serve when they feel God calling them,” she told CBN Digital.
Pence said paying attention to the Lord’s calling has been an essential part of her family’s life and journey, as they have relied on God’s guidance to embark on gubernatorial and presidential races, with her husband also following the Lord’s leading to take the vice presidential role.
“I want [people to] question … ‘Is God really calling me to this. … Does he really want me to do this?'” she said.
Watch Pence explain the importance of God’s calling on believers’ lives:
Discerning and living out these promptings, of course, can be difficult, especially when people are resistant to a particular calling. Pence said some of the choices she initially resisted in the past have ended up proving to be God’s calling for her and her family.
For instance, Pence recalled her husband being faced years ago with the decision to run for Congress. After already losing two previous races, the thought of giving it a third attempt seemed daunting.
“We had our family; Mike had his talk radio show [and] I had a watercolor business. We were comfortable,” she said. “We had just built a new home, and life was very good, but then the seat that he had run for and lost became open.”
Pence couldn’t imagine taking her three small kids to Washington, D.C., at the time, but she and her husband started praying and reading the Bible. Around that time, the family took a trip to a dude ranch in Colorado to weigh the decision — and that’s when clarity set in.
“Mike and I took a horseback ride up … and we got off of our horses, and we sat on the side of this bluff, and Mike said, ‘It’s time to make a decision,'” she recalled. “And right then, these two redtail hawks were rising on the wind, and they were just going up and up in the air — and they were not flapping their wings at all.”
Mike Pence turned to his wife and remarked the hawks were just like them, and that’s when she made her decision. She responded, “Well, you know what? If those two hawks are like us, then I say we do it. But this time, let’s not do it out of ambition, let’s not push our way into this — let’s enter the race.”
The couple decided to trust God to “lift” them up, and they’ve since stuck with a “no flapping” mantra in every decision. Rather than scrambling to make things happen for themselves or for the wrong reasons, Pence said they fully trust in the Lord.
She said the couple again faced a similar decision when her husband decided to throw his hat into the ring for the 2024 presidential race, noting they have felt “peace” about the process, regardless of what unfolds.
Find out more about Pence’s story in “When It’s Your Turn to Serve: Experiencing God’s Grace in His Calling for Your Life.”
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