Saturday, February 6, 2010

Where Can I Serve God?

It wasn’t long ago I was writing about Losing Michelle… And it wasn’t long ago I was Finding Michelle either. I believe I find myself still caught in this battle. The battle is a cultural and spiritual battle. It is the battle of what I have been indoctrinated with against the biblical vision we have for our family. We are fighting this battle as a family against the tide of our society. Luckily, we have been so blessed to find a body of believers to worship with on Sundays. I told you about when I first met them HERE. The godliness in this church is astounding compared to the many, many churches we have visited for the past six years. So with this battle we have been fighting for so many years, God has blessed us with support and guidance and discipleship.

Here I am a mother of two beautiful babies, a wife to a wonderful husband, and a child of God trying to find His ways. Being so blessed, I sometimes find myself so confused. I want to blame the culture. I want to blame feminism. I want to blame someone or something. But it all comes back to me. It comes back to me learning to let go of the world I was taught to love and embrace. It comes back to me learning that only God can satisfy my hunger and thirst for something more. It is God! It is God that I thirst for! It is God that I long to be with!

God wants us to die to self so that we can serve others. We search for ministries in our community…when a woman’s ministry is in her own home. Where I am right now is where God wants me to serve Him. By serving those in my home, I will serve God.

Proverbs 31

A wife of noble character who can find?
She is worth far more than rubies.
Her husband has full confidence in her
and lacks nothing of value.
She brings him good, not harm,
all the days of her life.
She selects wool and flax
and works with eager hands.
She is like the merchant ships,
bringing her food from afar.
She gets up while it is still dark;
she provides food for her family
and portions for her servant girls.
She considers a field and buys it;
out of her earnings she plants a vineyard.
She sets about her work vigorously;
her arms are strong for her tasks.
She sees that her trading is profitable,
and her lamp does not go out at night.
In her hand she holds the distaff
and grasps the spindle with her fingers.
She opens her arms to the poor
and extends her hands to the needy.
When it snows, she has no fear for her household;
for all of them are clothed in scarlet.
She makes coverings for her bed;
she is clothed in fine linen and purple.
Her husband is respected at the city gate,
where he takes his seat among the elders of the land.
She makes linen garments and sells them,
and supplies the merchants with sashes.
She is clothed with strength and dignity;
she can laugh at the days to come.
She speaks with wisdom,
and faithful instruction is on her tongue.
She watches over the affairs of her household
and does not eat the bread of idleness.
Her children arise and call her blessed;
her husband also, and he praises her:
"Many women do noble things,
but you surpass them all."
Charm is deceptive, and beauty is fleeting;
but a woman who fears the LORD is to be praised.
Give her the reward she has earned,
and let her works bring her praise at the city gate.


Tracy said...

As I read this there are 2 main thoughts that I have:
* I can totally relate to actually longing deep within for God but sometimes trying to meet those longings with other things.
* Delighted to read that you see your service in the home to young children and your husband as "ministry".

Chel's Leaving a Legacy said...

I am constantly reminding myself of the same time at home really is a ministry. It's just that the impact is so gradual that we lose sight of it once in a while. That's why I love blogging so much; it keeps my perspective in line with what God has really called me to do.

I also "get" the concept of having to reprogram what I originally learned about family life and my career. I can actually remember telling my mom when I was 10 yo that I was going to "live with a man first before I marry him so I can know I want to live with him." Wow.

Great post!

momstheword said...

I love the Prov. 31 woman! I am glad to see that you think of your home as your ministry. I totally agree. That's what I always wanted my home and family to be.

Of course, I still use the gifts the Lord has given me to minister to others within the church body. I did teach in children's Sunday School, as people were ministering and blessing my children, I ministered to theirs as a teacher, etc.

But I tried to not get to busy or be away from home to much. I learned to prayerfully say no when necessary.

One of the reason's I got involved in AWANA was because my children were involved in it. That way I could be with them!

Staying home and raising my children has been my "job" and though they're older, I still love my "job!"

human about said...

Serving god not only a must, but also a need. Great blog, I added u in my link list, would u add me too. Thanx

Tony C said...

Each person's calling is unique to them and chosen by God for His glory. I hate that our society almost deems it necessary for both parents to work, not just to have nice things, but to actually make ends meet. I applaud both you and Nathan for making it work that you can stay home and raise kids with influence in Jesus.

Just a few thoughts from the Word...

From Titus Chapter 2- 3 Likewise, teach the older women to be reverent in the way they live, not to be slanderers or addicted to much wine, but to teach what is good. 4 Then they can train the younger women to love their husbands and children, 5 to be self-controlled and pure, to be busy at home, to be kind, and to be subject to their husbands, so that no one will malign the word of God.

11 For the grace of God that brings salvation has appeared to all men. 12 It teaches us to say "No" to ungodliness and worldly passions, and to live self-controlled, upright and godly lives in this present age, 13 while we wait for the blessed hope—the glorious appearing of our great God and Savior, Jesus Christ, 14 who gave himself for us to redeem us from all wickedness and to purify for himself a people that are his very own, eager to do what is good.