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. ❤
God made each and every person on the planet with love, designed on purpose and with a special ability or gift to use for Him and others as an act of worship. There are no exceptions here.
So maybe fasting isn’t your thing, maybe it is. Maybe healing isn’t your thing but maybe it is. Maybe art isn’t your thing but maybe it is. So many options, so many needs in the church and kingdom of Jesus. Maybe you just don’t want to use your ability for God. Then don’t claim to be a follower of Christ/ a Christian and that would be a horrible decision. If you are a follower of Jesus Christ, then follow Him and use your gifts and abilities He gave you for Him and others.
The church is full of people not doing a dang thing. If you can’t be bothered, don’t even bother going. God made you, made everything that you appreciate, made everything good and on top n of that when we screwed up, Jesus came down here and suffered an agonizing death to redeem us. So what are you doing for Him?
Believing is good and well and may, may squeeze you into heaven, but what is belief without the fruit of that belief? What is the faith without using it to pray? What good is truth without sharing it? What is talk with no action?
We would be in a revival if the church Christians would wake up like it matters. Christians should be about God’s business. He has a lot going on right now. There us a lot of work to do. Christians should be missionary- minded. Christians should not be wrapped up in themselves and the world nor should they ever be lazy.❤
Weeding is hard work. In small doses, it is small doses of hard work but never seems complete. It is character building work. It just is. You pull a weed, roots and all, and then in a few days, another little guy pops up there again and you have to do it all over. A lesson in futility.
But what of the results? Are they worth the effort? It is like every other menial chore like cleaning and washing dishes or laundry. Futile. Wash it then it gets dirty again. But. The results of doing it. What of that?
Maybe another view is that what if you don’t do it? What would happen? Thr world would not fall apart. But. Your space you are n in charge if would look like a disaster area in no time and that reflects on you and Jesus you represent. And the joy of weeding is the fruit, that after you have weeded, for that brief moment, you breathe a happy sigh and truly appreciate what God has blessed you with. That joy is worth the work. ❤
So, we had a work day today. The kids did their chores and we grouted the back patio. All day. Aaallllll day. Now it is finished. So glad that is over. Grouting is not hard on anything but your hands but tedious and time-consuming. However, we will use that space for schooling and relaxing and some much needed storage so it is worth the effort for our family. Super excited. Eager to get back to school tomorrow, however. Thank God for such a free schedule! Happy and tired girl here. ❤
Ok, so it wasn’t my love of oil painting, but painting n it was. I repainted the trim in our new back patio and my husband and son hung bamboo shades. And it us amazing how cozy a transformation that was! Little changes make a big change. Tomorrow we do the trim and grout the tiles and voila, all is finished and the room may be lived in. Super excited. And I love that the whole family helped with it as we will all benefit.
After a day of work, the kids and I went to the pool and that was wonderful. And my kids reminded me that work is not all there is. Yes, work for the Lord when you work anywhere for anyone else (even rude people). But God does not require us to be slaves that never get a break. Breaks are important. Fun is important. Too much of anything is not healthy, including work. So, I will work on the health of balance for my kids’ sake.❤