I saw my first changing leaves this morning as I walked through the neighborhood. What a sweet assurance that fall is indeed on it's way. Isn't it funny, when you are in the midst of oppression, whether it be the heat or personal struggles, you can forget what you know to be true. Autumn will come...
Seasons come and seasons go.
I have been talking about making changes in my life since the springtime. I can sense God wanting to do a new thing in me and through me as I enter this new season of my life, the transition from working girl to full time at home. I have been searching out my gifts and what I have to offer. Your sweet comments have been so encouraging (I am not writing this for me of them) but now it is time to put my faith into action. How do I serve Him?
"He said to m "You are my servant Israel, and you will bring me glory," I replied, "But my work seems so useless! I have spent my strength for nothing and for no purpose. Yet I will leave it in the Lord's hands; I will trust God for my reward." Isaiah 49:3-4
How do I bring God glory? My life is nothing special. My talents are ordinary. My fruit seems minimal and my work can seem so useless.
God's word says that if I do even the ordinary things in my life as a service to Him, I bring Him glory. I need to trust Him to use them in ways I may never see. I need to live my life to please an audience of One. I will count on Him for my reward.
Does your life seem ordinary? I will bet most do. I am finding the difference between an ordinary life and extraordinary one is in the attitude. Am I doing what I do for the praise of man or am I living my life in the service of One?
I have signed up to serve in the Women's Ministry at my church again this year. I prayed about serving elsewhere because I had grown complacent and stale with my ordinary service but God reminded me that it is not where I serve but who I serve that makes all the difference. I have so many ideas floating in my head for little changes in how I can help to make a difference in women's lives. I have been blessed with a whole new season.
Have a wonderful weekend!
Just a note...This adorable dessert is a cake baked right in a mason jar (in a water bath). Our Women's Ministry Director found the idea online and I just love it. Wouldn't it be cute for a birthday party or shower?