Friday, September 28, 2012

Being Found Faithful In Small




I've had an ongoing conversation with God for the past couple of years. It goes something like this

Me: Hellooo?
God: I'm Here
Me: Kids are in school now, sooo if you have a special calling for me, or something I could be doing now would be a great time to show me, I'd like to get started.
God: I have plans for your future, Daughter. And I'm working all things out for your good.
Me: OK, thank you. But....what are those plans??
God: Wait on me, I am going before you, do not be afraid, be courageous and be ready
Me: Speechless

So, I wait. Not sure what he's up to and getting a little frustrated that it's taking him so long, I mean come on, I could be doing something!

Lately, when I start asking God to show me His will and to give me some sort of vision for my life, this verse started popping up all over the place.

Matthew 25:23 " You have been faithful in handling this small amount, so now I will give you many more responsibilities."
huh.

What in the world could He mean by that?!

I started searching my heart trying to figure out am I being faithful in small things? Is there somewhere where I'm not being obedient or a good steward of my time or money or things?

Today in my Proverbs 31 devo that came through my email, there that verse was again.

I almost didn't even read it, because the title was something about an Empty Nest and I have a few more years before I get to that stage, but I opened it and gave it a read anyway.

It really wasn't what I was expecting.  The lady was asking the same questions I was, what is God's calling on my life? She says she has raised her kids and they are off living their lives on their own now, but what about me?

A counselor helped her see she had done her job, she had been faithful in the small things (raising her kids) and now God was getting ready to bless her with bigger things, but she had to stop looking back and mourning what was lost.

She started to remember her goals and dreams pre-kids. Who she was and God was showing her who she was without the kids.

But for me, I'm still in the season of raising kids. God is telling me to wait because it's not my time yet to come into fully whatever He has planned for me {whatever it is, he must know my kids need to be grown before I can handle it :)}

So now, I'm praying for patience to keep plugging away and taking on small things to occupy my time, and prayerfully all these small things are just preparation for something bigger.

What about you? Are you waiting for God to show you what's next? What has He shown you?



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16 comments :

  1. What lovely words. I've been through child rearing,then retirement with my husband and now I'm in widowhood. Now to find me again! God has opened doors since my husband died three years ago. I've made effort to say yes when the doors are opened. I think everything we do is helping us grow and learn for the next thing God has planned for us . Also the next thing doesn't have to be gigantic big! Everyday is an opportunity! Everyplace is the mission field.

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    1. yes, just saying yes to small, because small is BIG! you are so right everything is an opportunity to grow and learn, i don't need to forget that. thanks!

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  2. Such precious, touching words. Bless you.

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    1. Thank you as always Denise, you are such a blessing to me!

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  3. Great post! Your words remind me of the words of Elisabeth Elliot who said that many times we just need to "do the next thing". I strongly believe that we honor God when we fulfill our responsibilities as unto Him. It's very exciting to be living for Jesus today! We never know what big or small thing He may ask us to do.

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    1. It is exciting!! As long as we keep our eyes on him, I believe He will be faithful to provide the next thing in His timing..

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  4. Oh, Alecia, the phrase "small things" has haunted me for the past few months. I, too, have been begging God to let me "do something new" for Him. I've got four out of my five kids in school and I have so many passions stirring inside. But instead of opening doors, He continues to beckon me to "do small things with great love." I totally understand your impatience and also agree with your wisdom... keep doing the small stuff for Him and in time, He'll entrust you with something "bigger." Of course, who knows the BIG impact of your "small stuff" right now- I have to remind myself that God measures differently than we do. Blessings as you keep pursuing Him and HIS DREAMS for your life.

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    1. Blessings to you too as you find your own dreams for yours!
      Reminding myself that God measures things differently...that's a good thing to think on, Thanks!

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  5. Aaaahhhh. Yes. I remember it well. We ended up adopting a little girl with down syndrome. We had raised three to adulthood and were still young. Many people really think we are crazy, that's okay. You will know when God whispers in your ear. It will the something you are good at, a talent or ability you've developed over the years that makes your heart sing. You won't be able to sleep at night if you run from it, believe me , I know! Remember, you have the holy Spirit in you. You know his voice, He won't let you miss it. (I was afraid I wouldn't know!) one last thing, don't think it will be easy, all the doors will be flung open with rainbows and unicorns! It was just the opposite, adoption is hard. But you will know, there will be a deep peace, no matter what, that THIS is the thing HE has been preparing you for! (and raising your family, thats not SMALL stuff! The hand that rocks the cradle Is the hand that rules the world.( look up the poem by William Ross Wallace it's actually quite beautiful)

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    1. wow, Thank You, for your words of encouragement! I think "missing it" is the thing that worries me the most, your words are just what I needed. Thank you for stopping by!

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  6. It wasn't until Emily was out of high school that things became clear to me. I have a friend who has so many talents and she resents the care of her children because she'd rather be out "doing something for God." Her small children need her now but she doesn't understand that beautiful gift God has for her to do. I can't wait to see what God has for you!

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    1. I feel sorry for your friend, I think we mothers all go through those feelings ofb wondering if what we are doing day in and day out really matters, and think we should be doing more important things. But raising our children to be prepared and make a difference in this world is no "small" task, this I have come to understand and know, especially as mine get older and see what they are dealing with each day.
      Thank you for your kind words!

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  7. Oh yes... often praying for patience myself. Knowing He has plans and they are perfect. Knowing His timing is also perfect. His timing... not my timing. I think He smiles just as much at the 'small things' as He does the big ones! ;)

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    1. I think he smiles on the small too, I'm learning this slowly :)Believing in His perfect plans for both our lives!

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  8. I think we keep our sails raised
    and wait for the wind, friend:)
    Even knowing doesn't give us wings
    ....his spirit is faithful.
    He will take us there.
    thanks for this raw honest share,
    Jennifer

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    1. Thank you, Jennifer, for your beautiful words. Keeping my sail raised and waiting for the wind:)

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