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minivan sanctification

I grew up a dealership kid; my mom and dad working in the auto-industry most of my life. My dad started out pinstriping cars for extra money on Saturdays and ended up being a general manager as well as a part owner. Because of this, by the age of eighteen, I had already had three new vehicles. So, when I made my first vehicle purchase at twenty-three, new and top of the line was no question. 

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When discussing motherhood with friends before being married, I was always very vocal about how I would NEVER drive a minivan. When discussing motherhood with my husband while pregnant, I was very insistent that I would NEVER drive a minivan. 

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In March, we took a family vacation that included our 15 month old niece, 7 month old daughter, and five adults...as well as the renting of a 2019 Chrysler Pacifica. Suddenly, what had once seemed like a nightmare began looking like a dream. I would lovingly gaze at Chrysler Pacificas at stop lights and via google images, as well as plead with my husband.

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This morning, I sit on my couch writing this, the proud new owner of a used Mazda 5. And as I attempted to explain the ‘change of heart’ to my husband, two words slipped out: minivan sanctification. 

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It’s a good laugh initially, minivan sanctification, but truth is that God reveals so much of Himself to us in motherhood. He uses the most unlikely, and sometimes unlikable, things to grow us in His likeness if only we choose to submit. For me, it was setting aside my selfishness and pride in wanting a nice new car that people would admire and instead rejoicing in a used minivan that would better fit the needs of our family at this time.