I started this blog a few years ago - with the hopes that God would use me to encourage weary working mamas like myself.
I planned and brainstormed to write about topics that I felt were relevant and that, honestly, would draw readers in.
I kept a notebook full of series ideas. I had grand plans. And then I failed.
I would write - and plan - and write - and plan...and then I'd stop for a month or so.
And then the cycle would start over. I wanted people to come to my blog and leave changed. I wanted to make a difference. I, I, I.
I knew (and still know) that God has called me to this type of ministry. But when I failed on my blogging venture - I felt like my ministry was over. I mean - there isn't much ministering going on if I'm not writing something for people to be ministered by, right?!
There was - there is ministry going on. It's happening every morning as I make breakfast for my littles, as I tie shoes, pack backpacks and brush blond ringlets into ponytails.
Ministry happens when I choose to be gentle instead of yelling - and when I apologize for the times that I do yell.
It's ministering when I put hot food on the table every evening - even when my body aches from a full day of work - when I greet my husband with a kiss, when we kneel to say bedtime prayers, when I clean up kids who get sick in the middle of the night and didn't quite make it to the bathroom.
Ministry happens in the mundane.
Motherhood IS ministry. Working to be a Godly wife IS ministry. Being a good friend, offering a helping hand to someone in need - all those little things that we do every do are really making a HUGE impact for the kingdom.
No - I don't get 100 'likes' when I put a band-aid on a boo-boo. I don't get 'shares' when I offer someone my shopping cart in the grocery store. No one notices when I tuck that little note saying 'Mommy loves you' into the lunch box - but God sees. The heart of the recipient of those small acts of grace knows.
I know - mama, I know - that these little mundane tasks that we do everyday can be exhausting - are often done in vain - and more often taken for granted.
Understand that what you do matters - you don't have to be Ann Voskamp or Lysa TerKeurst to have ministry. Don't feel like what you do for the kingdom is insignificant because your name isn't on a book or on the itinerary at a national conference.
You are raising up arrows.
"Children are a heritage from the Lord, offspring a reward from Him. Like arrows in the hands of a warrior are children born in one's youth.
Blessed is the man whose quiver is full of them."