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Family first

It took me by surprise.

My emotions welled up and then tipped over…

Tears were in my eyes as I related to my husband my concerns.

“My health restricts me. I’m not able to serve others like I have in the past.”

“It’s difficult, I don’t know if I’ll ever travel again.”

“I’m just sad about not being able to help people like. I want to be a blessing.”

Before my husband could respond, the Lord did.

Serve those you can.

I brightened and wiped my eyes.

“As long as I have you, darling, I have a ministry.”

“I can serve you.”

I hugged him.

In that one moment the Lord reminded me that He doesn’t compare.

He’s concerned with today.

Not what I can or can not do, but whether or not I submit myself daily to Him.

He’s the Author of it all anyway and there’s nothing He doesn’t see.

His will for me is to trust Him and to serve as I’m able in today.

And scripture shows that our family is to come first.

1 Timothy 3:5 NKJV — (for if a man does not know how to rule his own house, how will he take care of the church of God?);

This verse is specific to the husband, but as a wife I can support him in his management of our family.

The Lord gave me to my husband and my husband to me, in that is a blessing and service daily.

1 Timothy 3:11 NKJV — Likewise, their wives must be reverent, not slanderers, temperate, faithful in all things.

I can always honor the Lord by serving my husband.

Colossians 3:18 KJV — Wives, submit yourselves unto your own husbands, as it is fit in the Lord.

Because it’s an every day thing, sometimes I forget just how valuable it is.

But yesterday, God reminded me.

Along with this reminder, He blessed me incredibly.

My husband had waited for me to finish before responding.

Then his eyes held mine while his hand brushed a lock of my hair away.

“Honey, that’s how I feel about you. As long as I have you, I have a ministry.”

Praise the Lord!

Dear Lord Jesus,

Thank You for Your gift of marriage. It was Your idea from the beginning and it’s such a blessing. Lord, I often forget what a ministry I have by simply serving my husband and children. I know each one of them is a treasure. Please help me never to forget that, but instead to love and serve them as You. Lord, I want my life to be used by You and I want to be obedient to You in all things. Please help me to live unto You today and to love as You do. Thank You for the reminder. I love You, Jesus. Amen.

Christmas Fair

I’m so thankful to the Lord for all He has taught me.

His faithfulness is unimaginable.

I’ve been stretched a good deal during this venture and I’m glad.

Here’s a few things I learned:

Let go of personal expectations and simply serve.

Time spent simply chatting and listening to those who wandered into the booth was a mutual blessing.

There was such joy in smiles shared and watching children play with the toys even though they bought nothing.

Sharing Jesus without words.

Looking back it’s startling how many people stopped by simply to thank us for having the courage to proclaim the real reason for the season.

Our best selling signs were Nativities.

Our best selling peg dolls were Nativities.

Other vendors are as important as customers.

While sitting in our booth I was able to pray for the lady across from us.

Many other vendors stopped in to chat and some made purchases, but it was the conversations which held the greatest value.

Place the schedule in God’s hands.

Knowing the area seems to aggravate my asthma I’d been praying for strength and ability to run the booth. Others had let me know they too were lifting me up in prayer.

So, as I set each day’s schedule it was a walk of faith to be able to fulfill my time slots.

My family were incredible. Both our middle girls, son, and my sweet wonderful hubby spent time in the booth or did other things which helped immeasurably.

Saturday night I had an asthma attack. In my heart I knew it was the end for my time in the booth.

Sunday my husband worked the whole shift with help from our daughter and our booth partners, Unbound Farms. I drove home with our son.

I’m already feeling better.

I’m so thankful to God for all He has done.

In the end our time at the Christmas Fair was about sharing Jesus.

If we do it again, I’m sure God will have more lessons in store and more people to serve.

Not impressed

“If I were hungry, I would not tell thee: for the world is mine, and the fulness thereof.”
Psalms 50:12 KJV

God isn’t impressed by our stuff.

He’s given it all to us.

Every detail of the things we label as belonging to us, actually are His.

So, when we make things or give to others, we need to remember not to look to God as if we are trying to impress Him.

He’s the reason we can create or be generous.

You can never pay God to get what you want.

“The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit: a broken and a contrite heart, O God, thou wilt not despise.”
Psalms 51:17 KJV

He’s also not impressed by our works.

Service to God as a means of earning His favor are worthless.

God has nothing He needs.

Instead He simply wants our friendship, our love, our surrender to His perfect will.

What are the motives behind service to God?

If they are anything but a broken and a contrite heart,

God isn’t impressed.

But, He knows our limited understanding.

He cares about our lives.

He wants communion with each person.

He doesn’t want us to try to impress Him.

He wants the best gift anyone could ever give,

their heart.