So, I just finished my 30 bi-annual CEUs to maintain my lisensure as a practicing doctor of audiology. 30 hours of work and $180 later, I remember how silly I was to think that when I earned my doctorate that I would never have to go back to school again. Bahahaha! I will be tired all day tomorrow but really needed to get it done and over with and “just do it”, as Sir Nikes-a-Lot says. Glad to be finished. Maybe I can get those Christmas cards out now.
Reminded me of an idea I once held that once I was a Christian, I could skate and not have to do the hard work anymore, just be saved and blessed forever. And while I am saved and blessed, I have wisely realized that we do not work for salvation but certainly need to work on our relationship with our Savior. That is what it is about. My son asked me about the meaning of life last night and was surprised at my fast answer:
1. Close Love Relationship with God.
2. Serve & Love Others.
3. Take Care of God’s World.
Those were our original instructions and I don’t believe they have changed. Those require some effort on our parts. Just like my continuing education unit hours, I must put in this eternally rewarded work also. Not for the blessings, although I am sure grateful for those, but for my love for my Heavenly Father. 😄❤
When we work, we fulfill our design. It is really that simple. Our body was not designed by God to sit around all day. In fact, doing so will cause pain and circulation problems. We were designed to move and work and serve. When we do this, we are living in congruence with our design, which always brings peace, fulfillment, health, sense of purpose, meaning and energy. 😄❤
I wear many hats.
I am Christian, wife, mother, friend, grandmother, teacher, Sunday School teacher, church pianist, caretaker times three, band member/co-leader, neighbor, singer/songwriter doctor, PE coach, cleaner, dog owner, babysitter, driver, blogger, author/writer, encourager, promoter, prayer warrior.
Those are a lot of hats. I was exhausted writing those down.
How do I do it all and stay sane (most of the time)?
One Person gives me strength every single day, every moment of the day, loving me through every step…. God.
God is my Heavenly Father and in our loving relationship as Father and adopted daughter, He cares for me. God is not a construct and terrifying judge (although He will judge people who reject Jesus Christ as Messiah and Lord of their life). God is Father through the redemptive work of Jesus Christ and the work of the Holy Spirit. As Father He can lavish love and power on us. As Father, He gives me new energy and strength every single moment. He is such a good Father.
And that is my big secret. Many hats, one God. ❤❤❤
I enjoy working hard, adore serving others. I do this knowing that the majority of people kind of take for granted work done for them and pretty much think they deserve it. So why do I do it, knowing this? I figured it out, with God’s wisdom and help, that I work for and serve Him and He loves that from me. I am worshipping when I work. Sometimes whistling too, but always worshipping. Lol. And so it does not matter the state of the heart of the beneficiary of my efforts. What matters to me is my heart and that I am working for and serving God and my secret is my goal. Here is the secret… my whole big picture goal is to please God. And sometimes I please God by fasting and praying in quiet, sometimes praising through my voice and piano, sometimes painting, sometimes hard labor, sometimes spending time with a friend listening, sometimes teaching my children, whatever it may be. But when I want more than anything to please God, I have found that He is pleased and blesses me. Sometimes He blesses me in a tangible way but always He just gives me peace and joy and contentment and makes me feel so good. And now you know my secret. And feel free to adopt it and give it a test drive and you will like it. 😄❤
While I love my life as a loving housewife and loving homeschooling momma, I sometimes am blessed to also still be a consulting loving Audiologist. And today, I was blessed with 3 patients. This helps with birthdays coming up (everyone in the house but me) and gas money for running around, etc. So work is a blessing to us. But more of a blessing is God’s blessing of timing and allowing the blessing at just the right time.
I got to thinking that I have Christian brothers and sisters who struggle with money. And I heard a great teaching that said struggles with money are management problems or problems with God’s provision. As in, either we spend poorly and that is the problem or we ate not getting enough and that is the problem. Or both. And to the not getting enough, it could be three things: not working at the best position you are capable, not enough faith and prayer, or you have a lesson to learn about depending on God. And that teaching is sound.
I reflect that I used to have a pride issue and work harder, more jobs and earn more but simultaneously had a spending problem. But I do not remember ever not tithing. 10% to God first. And I always had faith but still struggled because there was a spending problem and pride. So when my pride broke and I adopted a Spirit of humbleness and my faith was still there and my Spirit of self-control helped with my spending, now I do not want for anything. We don’t have enough to go to Disney, but I am content with whatever God provides and He always provides what we need when we needed. ❤