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Receiving the Harvest


 

So let’s not get tired of doing what is good. At just the right time we will reap a harvest of blessing if we do not give up. Therefore, whenever we have the opportunity, we should do good to everyone especially to those in the family of faith. Galatians 6:9-10 NLT

 

            The Bible makes it clear that we harvest what we plant. In the last several weeks, I have been humbled to see the fruit of the labor I performed so long ago. Off and on through the last 10 years, I have been a stay at home mom. Early on, God put it on my heart to help people with their children. He gave me time, he gave me means, and he put people in my life who needed help with school drop offs, pickups, and child care. He gave me a hospitality gift and a ministry to serve other families.

            Recently, I returned to the workforce again not knowing how I was going to afford child care for three kids or get them to school because our district does not provide buses. I prayed, I sought the Lord, and to tell the truth, even though I believe in God, I did not think that was enough. In the depths of my soul, I doubted that the situation would work out.

I tried to find solutions on my own such as getting a loan for child care. I thought about turning down the job opportunity.  I thought that maybe this was not the time to try and pursue the opportunity. I was so conflicted about the direction of the situation and what I should do. The truth was I did not have to do anything at all. I finally figured out that I only had to wait.

Eventually, God made it clear that the opportunity was from Him. God put two helpers in my life just days before the job started, one for the morning drop-offs and one for the afternoon pickups. One helper is a single mom, with two kids who refused money and encouraged me to pay it forward because she knows how it is. I sneak her gifts though because I am grateful for her help. The other helper is someone I met at church over a year ago. She just retired from her job. She asked to serve. Both of these women are now friends I would do anything for. As it would turn out, two more people showed up when one of my children had a schedule change at school for a few days.

            I have been truly amazed at how God has generously provided in this situation. The fruit of the labor I performed was returned to me in abundance. God has opened my eyes to how our work pays off when we do what is right.

            Believe me I struggled to surrender to God’s plan to have other people care for my kids. I have always been there for them and now I had to fully release them into His care. It has truly been humbling to allow God to work in this situation. I can only imagine the plan He has for me, my family, and my helpers to be able to seize this opportunity.

            Be encouraged that God has a plan, a purpose, and He provides for our needs. Before I even asked, He had a plan. I only had to wait on His timing and He blessed me for it. Now I know that we eventually receive the harvest.

 

 

 

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Shepherd and Proud!


The Good Shepherd

The Good Shepherd

I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd sacrifices his life for the sheep. John 10:11

Being the parent of three children has always meant I either work just to pay child care or I stay home with the kids. The expectation of women working outside of the home and caring of children has been a role I could not fulfill well. As I reflected back on my sporadic periods of employment, I realized that the maternal generations before me had the same issues. I had reason to believe I was living under a generational curse. I felt like an outcast in the shadow of working women. Recently, I realized that I have a job that will not be found on any Human Resources employment board.

Two weeks ago while in search of a word from the Lord, I stumbled into the book of Jeremiah. Chapter 17 verse 5-7 says, “This is what the Lord says: “Cursed are those who put their trust in mere humans, who rely on human strength and turn their hearts away from the Lord. They are like stunted shrubs in the desert with no hope for a future. They will love in the barren wilderness in an uninhabited salty land. But blessed are those who trust in the Lord and have made the Lord their hope and confidence.”

Going a little further, I examined Jeremiah’s trust in the Lord. In verse 16, Jeremiah says, “Lord I have not abandoned my job as a shepherd for your people.” Although Jeremiah had been scoffed at by people, he fulfilled his shepherd duties assigned to him by God. He did not let the fact that people did not understand what he was doing deter him from his assignment.

Suddenly, I realized that the Lord had made me a shepherd. My assignment has not been to comply with the world’s expectation of working women. I have been assigned to protect, guide, and watch over the flock the Lord has given me. My flock will sometimes include other people’s children as well. My flock is also found in my devotion audience by writing a word to people to in need.

Some of the Bible’s notable shepherds including Abraham, Jacob, and David were in a class of people who were far from being highly regarded from a societal standpoint. Yet, they had favor with the Lord. The shepherds were the first to witness the miracle of baby Jesus. They were the first people to spread the word of the savior’s birth. God never left the shepherds without hope when they trusted and followed Him.

It is an honor to be a shepherd and to watch over people the way Jesus watches over us. He sacrificed his life for us. In our own way, stay-at-home moms are sacrificing their life, dreams, and sometimes even their marriage for the sake of shepherding their children and training them in the way they should go. No, it’s not a generational curse. It’s a spiritual assignment. Although we may wrestle with the worth in what we are doing, God will provide for us, our children and the people we care for. It’s alright to be a shepherd and proud!

Pray With Me

Dear Lord,

We may not understand why you have placed us in certain positions, especially the ones that seem so unfulfilling. There is a reason we have been called to sacrifice our personal dreams and lifestyles. Thank You for ensure our needs are met. Thank You that there is a purpose for the times we are in now for eventually they will yield the fruit of prosperity. Please kiss us every day and help us be content with the assignment You have given us. In Jesus name ~Amen~

 

 

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