My loving heavenly Father provides the details. My job is to walk in great love as I praise Him in all situations. Jesus embraces my efforts and gently teaches me to listen and yield to His leading. In this atmosphere the Lord guides me to learn to turn my failures and partial successes into future victories. Holy Spirit encourages me to try new ways and follow the ancient paths of truth from the Word of God applied in modern steps.
It is a gradual reshaping of my time, talents and treasures applied with ever increasing love. Praise and love I have learned must be at the center of my mindset, filling my heart, mouth and eyes. For whatever is inside me spills over in to my relationships with my family, friends, acquaintances and with God Himself.
Like the story of Mary and Martha in the Bible, there are good things we have always felt we needed to do to take care of our homes, families and to measure up to the priorities of the world. This is especially true for women when we have a house full of people to care for. The pressure to provide quality, ample, interesting meals can be a challenge for our budgets and time.
Little by little the Lord impresses upon me changes to make for the future. For great meals that require so much of my time and energy that I have scant moments to listen or rest come at too high a cost. It is imperative that new ways be found to accomplish the end goals to allow me to be the greatest possible ambassador for Him.
This past Christmas and New Year I realized how much was being lost in precious time with my family. I was still rising to keep my very early time in the morning with the Lord – but because I was the first up and last to bed with no nap for many days my body was reaching exhaustion. As I cooked and cleaned I seemed to move from one meal to the next to the next in continuous service…but the others were gaining the relationships.
When the house was once again quiet I had to ask myself “where did the time go?” and “how can we do this better?”
When we only get to see the ones we love infrequently the need to invest in relationship in the moment is even more important. Months pass before a “do‐over” opportunity comes along. We can stay in touch through texting, phone calls, email and many electronic methods but there is nothing like the real deal of in person visits.
Chats over coffee and tea, adventures, resting, going, doing, all have their place to build memories.
But when the “doing” is not “engaging” the relationship connections suffer.
The wonderful thing about walking in yielded, submitted love with Jesus is that He is faithful to teach us.When we ask for His help He is eager to give us wisdom, direction, peace and love. Great creativity flows from time spent with Him and in His Word. When I bring the problem or issue and lay it down at His feet – then listen closely – the answers start to come. Now I am working with my Master Consultant who has a bird’s eye view. He can see everything so clearly along the continuum of my life and knows what I need to lay down, pick up, start and stop along the way.
Twelve changes I plan to implement for the future include:
Making showing love the priority changes the perspective on everything that is required of us by traditions.
Breaking old expectations to allow us to build better memories is crucial. Being rested and having had time with Him we can be ambassadors for Jesus to touch hearts through us.
“A hundred years from now it will not matter what my bank account was,
the sort of house I lived in, or the kind of car I drove…but the world may be different
because I was important in the life of a child.” 3
Rested, we are best able to listen, laugh and share the love of Jesus. It’s difficult to overcome exhaustion when trying to give our very best to our families…but a night of pizza out can be a great investment all around. Hearing joy on our lips as we settle in for a nice chat or an excursion they will be learning to make choices for their future hosting, too.
If the guests remember that they were deeply loved and cared for as we give praise to God for all His blessings we will have made a mark for generations as Christian wives and mothers.
“And now abideth faith, hope, charity, these three;
but the greatest of these is charity. (1 Corinthians 13:13 KJV) 4
[newer translations showing charity as love]
From the heart with all praise to the Father, Son and Holy Spirit,
In Christ Alone
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1 Holy Bible KJV, BibleGateway.com, Luke 10, v. 38-42, King James Version (KJV), www.BibleGateway.com, Scripture taken from the King James Version (KJV) by Public Domain, http://bit.ly/1WXruFE
2 Joyful Momma Website, Alexis, Joyful Momma 100 Day Challenge, http://joyfulmommaskitchen.com/category/100-day-challenge/
3 Forest E. Witcraft, Teacher, Scholar, Pass It On Website, A Hundred Years from Now Quote, http://www.values.com/inspirational-quotes/4244-a-hundred-years-from-now-it-will-not-matter
4 And the greatest of these is love, Holy Bible, BibleGateway.com, 1 Corinthians 13, v. 13, King James Version (KJV), www.BibleGateway.com, Scripture taken from the King James Version (KJV) by Public Domain, http://bit.ly/1NCHPg3
Donna Turpin shares teaching on Christian love and praise through Prepare Love Praise (R) Ministries NFP. Her articles are often modern day parables bridging Biblical truth with issues of our daily lives. She and her husband Tom lived in the rural Midwest till moving to the Charlotte area.