Another birthday has come and gone, and for me that means reflection time. This past year my life has been one of relocating, laying foundations and roots, and getting settled with my awesome new family. It’s been both amazing and challenging and my heart has been fulfilled because this is what I have always wanted, to be a homemaker. The longer I live it seems that the era of the “stay at home mom” has nearly ceased to exist. However rare it may be, I’ve joined the ranks and it’s been a great thing.
Every other month, Ladies on Life has our routine conference call. We go over important things, pray, and fill each other in on life’s updates. Our recent call had exciting updates, with one launching a new ministry, to another getting ready to go abroad, and another hosting a human trafficking awareness night. This time, well I found myself at a loss for words about what great thing I was up to. Before I knew it we were off to our closing prayer, I hung up and went about my day.
The next day I woke up with conviction. I felt as if God was nudging my heart reminding me that what I had been up to has been one of great ministry. There are two people God has assigned to me to mentor, love, feed, and help grow. These two are my main disciples you can say, they are Noel and Avery. My kids are a HUGE part of my life’s ministry. There is a man who works harder than any man I know to provide for his family and that would be my husband. I remember hearing someone say that ministry is finding a need and filling it. Who more has valid needs than my children and my husband within my own home?
How about people not in my household? Not five miles from home is an organization that hosts families with a child that is terminally ill to a vacation of their dreams. I have been able to sign up and become a volunteer. Around the corner of my home is my daughter’s school, which is no walk in the park. Talk about needs! Rather than complain about it, I have felt led to do something to help out. I recently became a regular volunteer.
The other day as I was finally sharing my actual life update with the ladies one replied, “So many people have to get on a plane and fly across the world to fill a need, you can walk around the corner and do it right there.” So here I am sharing this same thing with you. Wherever you are in life, bloom. When you see a need, fill it. Whether you are in a gray cubicle for the majority of your day, on a bus, or at home, you can minister. Do it good and with all your heart. Remember, ministry isn’t tied to a pulpit or a building. Ministry is within you.
Colossians 3:23-24 (NIV)
23 Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for human masters, 24 since you know that you will receive an inheritance from the Lord as a reward. It is the Lord Christ you are serving.
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