I was sitting on my bed, a sleeping babe in my arms. I like to scroll through YouTube, to see what I find to watch in such situations. I really enjoy watching homesteading and homemaking videos when I have the time.
Well, I started to watch a video about homesteading. There wasn’t anything spectacular about it, but the Lord (YHWH) sure did use it to convict me!
The family had recently moved, and had chosen a nearly vacant town to relocate to. On purpose. They wanted to have a part in revitalizing it. And that’s when the tears started to flow.
You see, in 2017 my family made a pretty big move on faith. While there, we realized that the town wasn’t quite what we were used to, and I didn’t always have the best attitude about it. I sometimes was a brat about it, actually. And then when I became pregnant in 2019, I wanted to move. While the most important reason involved being around a pediatrician I felt like I could trust, I also wanted to feel more “comfortable.”
Once we moved back to Georgia, I was sure to look at an area, and what it could offer my family. That’s how we ended up purchasing a cabin in a resort town. We couldn’t find anything with more acreage within our budget at the time, but I must admit living in the quaint little town had it’s perks.
Of course, most of us want to raise our children in a “nice” environment. But my sin came into play when I was much more concerned about my own comfort and convenience instead of what my family could offer to the community we were moving to.
I didn’t think about how we could make Christ known in a given community. How we could help. How we could make a difference for the Lord. How we could serve those who were hurting around us.
And this my friends, was sin. The life of a believer should revolve around dying to self, and making God’s will our own. During our time in South Carolina, I didn’t always do this. I was prone to complain. I didn’t understand His purpose for us being there.
But since we were there, there was a purpose in it. I did learn so much. But I also walked away from it not sure if I would ever want to put my family in that type of “uncomfortable” situation again.
Friends, this should not be so! I should be open to anything that the Lord puts in front of us. His Way is the best Way, always and forever. It is okay to be uncomfortable.
I feel a renewed calling to look past myself, and do what I can to help others. Right now, my absolute main focus and ministry should be within my home. But at the same time, I should not balk at where the Lord has us, ever again.
When I walk into a place, I should think, “What can I do for you?” instead of “What can you do for me?”
I pray that the Lord will continue to kill the sin which sometimes springs up in my heart. May He be glorified, always.
Thanks for stopping by today, friends. I hope to spend a nice day serving my family, on our country road near the North Georgia Mountains, praising God for all He done for us. I pray that your day is blessed, too.
The Lord knows the days of the upright, And their inheritance shall be forever. They shall not be ashamed in the evil time, And in the days of famine they shall be satisfied.
Psalms 37:18-19 NKJV