Ladies...(gentlemen I am not ignoring you..but there are just more gals)
Each and everyone of us has incredible talents.
God has given us these talents and blessings to serve Him. Every time you get into the elevator to get to your office or cube you are working towards a goal.
Every time you empty the dishwasher you are working towards a goal.
When you pick up the phone to call a friend that has been a little too quiet you are working towards a goal.
Every single day when you get up and see your babies out the door you are woking towards a goal.
It is not a goal of financial wealth or of fame.
It is not a goal that anyone else in this world will ever see.
It is a simple formula.
It is about doing the right thing.
It is about serving others and always looking to Christ. It is about having "ground hog day " over and over again.
Not because you like to clean the kitchen (maybe you do, but not me) but because you are working towards raising children and having a nice home for them and you want to keep your eyes on the prize.
There are times when we are stopped in our tracks by what is happening to us..what someone is saying, or what someone is doing. Mean, hurtful things that can take our breath right out of us. Times when we are on our faces. Times when evil is lurking and threatening our Faith. Tests....
These tests dont just show up in small manageable doses. They slam you to the fence with a tidal wave of circumstances.
The magnitude of the reality of our world is cruel and harsh.
How can we fight such opposition? What power do we have?
Indeed..."What are our defenses?"
What are your defenses?
Where is your shelter?
How do you respond to the attacks?
Again...it is simple. You do the work.
Ya see....I have been counsel to many a close dear friends. It is a huge blessing to have sisters in Christ. You raise one another up. You dry tears. You make meals. You dig in. You pray.
You basically ignore the bad and focus on the good. Super simple..but soooo hard.
I have the hardest time when it comes to my kids. I am a mama bear times a million. I am a fierce protector. But I can not protect them from themselves. Two are teenagers. They are going to make choices...ones that I might not like. They are going to push....and test. This makes me sooo scared. I have prayed so many times for the days of sleepless nights and diapers. Watching your kids learning to fly is terrifying....and ohhh sooo exhilarating.
You truly will get double for all your trouble. Keeping your eyes on the prize. Showing up. Listening to the teenage stories and drama. Making the calls. Taking the meals. Fighting the good fight.
Every single day...focusing on Him.