From the outside looking in, my life looks like a giant stream of busy crazy chaos.
I am in no way perfect, I take on more than I should. I let people down. I don’t live up to the promises I make to God. That doesn’t mean I let Him down, because I was never holding Him up.
This has been a ULTRA busy week for my family. Our normal routine includes five days of public school for the kids, three of which I am in college courses an hour from home from nine in the morning to past five in the evening. My husband works evenings on Tuesdays and Fridays during the school year in addition to his Monday through Friday grind from eight to five. We also has a small business with our best friends that we run which produces several YouTube series. On Monday’s or Tuesdays there are usually piano lessons for our two oldest plus we have to find time to fit in practice time. My husband is the media producer at our church and is needed on Monday evenings to help with praise team practice. The kids and I usually come along, as I am working on our children’s church lessons as the director of children’s ministry. Wednesday night is as well busy since I run the kids program and my husband runs sound for the church. Thursdays tend to be time to make up homework or catch up with the husband. This week, it was a rescheduled praise practice, plus my husband had our friendly neighborhood business guru give him and our biz partner a seminar on revamping our business model. We had a skype call business meeting on Friday evening. I did tons of homework, a test online, started building an online business empire and prepared last minute children’s church crafts on Saturday…OH and we had a family night out Saturday too! Sunday is church work for both of us, which we love and my sweet hubby is working in the afternoon on one of our youtube subsidiaries. AND all three of our kids and I got sick with a stomach bug!
TL:DR; we are busy!
While we are almost always busy, we are so happy at this point in our lives. God is doing amazing things. I have never felt more peace and contentment in my life. Why is that? I am working at so many things and seem to have little down time.
I love everything I am doing, mainly because it is my anointing to do it at this time. I am not currently singing on the praise team because God gave me new direction, and I miss it but I have peace and contentedness about it because I know it is God’s plan for me at this time. I am anointed for children’s ministry, for nursing school, for being a mom and a wife, for writing this blog and for running my parts of our business.
Once God anoints you to do something, doing it is joyful. It’s not always easy, but you find joy and happiness and peace in what you are doing. He equips you with everything you need, even patience, to do the job He gives you.
Matthew 11:28-30 says, “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.”
That does not mean that God will ask less of you than the world. Most of the time He asks you to work hard. God asks you to give your best. He knows it’s not always going to be enough and He fills in the gaps. It means that doing God’s work, walking in your calling will be a better experience than walking out of it. You will find it easier to do, you will find the hours pass quicker, and that the work is very satisfying!
Don’t confuse peace and contentment with laziness. I used to think that peace and contentment meant having tons of free time and not having to work very hard until I experienced it. Countless verses in the bible talk about laziness and how if you don’t work hard and give your best, then you don’t deserve to share in the blessing. 1Timothy 5:8 states that being lazy and not providing for your family is worse than being an unbeliever.
I have heard a lot of people bash “prosperity preaching.” I don’t thing that prosperity preaching is a bad thing. Expecting God to give you blessing without any kind of work or faith is probably not going to go well for you. I think that if you really study the bible, God promises to prosper us. He has plans laid out for our success. However, we have to work in the jobs He has for us for us to get there and we have to do our part. God will do His part, but He isn’t going to do yours. If you keep your covenant with God and follow His will, He will keep His covenant with you. He will give you peace. He will give you prosperity. He gives His beloved rest. If we rest and find our strength in the shadow of His wings, we have to be following Him in His plan and draw close to Him. We can’t walk outside our covenant and expect to gain his blessing and favor.
So it all boils down to relationship and trust. Draw close to God. Listen for His direction and FOLLOW it. Edison said, “Opportunity is missed most often because it shows up in overalls and looks like work.” I like to think of it this way: living in prosperity and peace is missed most often because we put our own agendas ahead of God’s plan for our lives. He told us in his word that His plans are for our prosperity and for our well being. Don’t fight God’s plan because it looks hard or impossible. Take the step, roll up your sleeves and get to work. It’s all part of the plan.
Today’s revelation came to me in a moment of praise. I was thanking God for my church family and praising him for the joy and peace I feel, despite having a mile long to do list. And I remembered the parable of talents, mainly the end for the servants. “Well done, my good and faithful servant.” I want to hear that when I enter those gates at the end of this life. I don’t want to leave this earth having worked for earthly wealth and hear, “You lazy wicked servant!” So if I am going to work hard, I am going to work hard for the one who is eternal and who really matters.
Thanks for reading my little revelation.