I want to share with you what our faithful King is doing in my life.
Not too long ago he has shown me the 'busyness' in my life that was unnecessary. Things that were 'good' but not 'best' for my family.
They can come in the form of all kinds of good things, and yes, even ministry. He taught me to say no to these things and to look to my husband, children and home first and foremost. I think deep inside I
knew that some of the things I participated in were unnecessary and even felt burdened by them. A strange thing I noticed was it almost seemed to be the 'in thing' when moms would gather together to see who was the busiest that week and who was more exhausted.
Does busyness equal martyrdom??? There would often be boasting of neglected house duties and full schedules that lie ahead. I have to be honest that I had participated in some of this, and by Gods grace He has shown me His way.
The rich full life that can consist only in a Christian home is available to me and everyone else with Christ as its center. As a Christian home we should be the role models to this perishing world and NOT imitate it. The world fills its time with empty pursuits and busyness to fill the void that only Christ can fill. Our homes should be the model of the beauty, rest and joy which radiates from our
Saviour!!!! What is your home radiating today? Believe me, it matters to Christ.
A haven for the weary, a hospital for those in need of nursing. Open arms to those without family. A place of comfort, blessing and peace.
Every need is met here, whether it be a meal, a smile, or a prayer. A place that reflects Christ's heart. A warm loving environment that cannot be found anywhere else. A place people are drawn to knowing
their souls will be refreshed. Does this sound like our homes? Can we create this type of environment while we are on the go? God has shown me all the ministry that can be poured out of my own home and that it can be overflowing!
And our children. Tell me at this very moment who has the HEART of your children? Is it their peers, the television, Nintendo?
Or, parent, do you have that sacred treasure? Turn your hearts to them and reap the blessings of this unworthy gift~the heart of a child. Can we obtain their hearts if we are rushing hither and tither to
every moms group, sporting event and pot-luck? It wouldn't leave us much time at all especially if we had to manage, keep a house and care for our husbands. Let's ask ourselves, what would Christ say no
to? How would Christ win their hearts and develop a deep loving relationship with them?
A rich home is what we desire. Hearts turned to one another. Family members being the best of friends and peace, love and joy flourishing in the face of the world outside its doors. Children being raised in the fear and the admonition of our glorious Father. You can't do that on the run.
I have learned to say no. Not just to mom's groups, but also to Bible studies, lunches, coffees, homeschool group events, support groups, parties, gatherings, AWANA, VBS, music lessons and many more (this was for me, for you it might be something else.)
Proverbs 31:27a proclaims "She watches over the affairs of her household..." When I see something on our calendar that will improvise our schedule or burden us unnecessarily I strike it off because it will not add to the rich quality of our life, it will only diminish it. I have learned to be busy cultivating this rich, glorious Christian home the Lord is revealing to me.
Cultivating takes time, patience and has to be under the right conditions. And certainly not under stress or pressure. Don't misunderstand me, I do participate in some things still(and neither am I saying to quit everything, but note that everything is worthy of evaluation) but just more sparingly
(some are gone altogether).
I will not let it rob of us the rich life God has intended for us. My desire is to strengthen the fabric of our family and I am free to do this under a simple schedule. Speaking of freedom, what freedom there is in knowing who you are in Christ as a wife and mother and not feeling pressured by the world to be anything else but just that!!! :)
Discipling. God has given me the vision of pulling my dear offspring under my wings very, very close this year. Training. He wants them to experience what is is to be trained up as a warrior for Him. The plan? Letting Him do it all and for me to get out of His way!!!! ;)
More of Him and less of me, I can't do this without Him.
Well ladies, I hope this was encouraging in casting a vision for your home and family life. Glory to the King, His Wisdom surpasses all knowledge! Let us worship Him with our lives and our homes!