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    I am a wife, mom of 2 beautiful children and daughter of my Heavenly Father. God has taken me through some amazing journeys. With each challenge I have learned more about His amazing Love and Grace. Take some time out of your busy, hectic day and join me as we sit in the Calm of God's Presence.

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When you were a little girl did you dream of what your life would look like as an adult?

Did you envision a life married to the man of your dreams filled with diaper changes, midnight feedings, and tripping over toys as you carried a hamper load of clothing? Growing up did you see yourself as a successful business woman gaining the highest education you could achieve then climbing the corporate ladder? As a little girl did you play school with your friends knowing that one day you would be teaching youngsters to read in a classroom of your own?

But now as an adult you are living a life much different than the one you thought God had planned for you.

Instead of waking up next to the man of your dreams your left comforting your children alone when they wake in the middle of the night. Or the rooms you and your husband dream of being filled with toys and dirty clothes sit empty, only filled when guests arrive. The position you once worked so hard to obtain is now filled by someone else while you are home cleaning spilt milk. Instead of teaching little kids how to read you find yourself halfway around the world serving and loving on young women rescued from a life of slavery.

When life finds us in a completely different place than we ever thought we would be, it’s very easy to question and doubt the importance of where we are currently. We quickly compare ourselves and our lives to those who have what we thought we would have. Once the comparison and doubt begin we spiral into questioning our self worth, value and importance.

It’s at that point where we need to nip those thoughts and questions in the bud. We need to remember that God has a plan for our lives and in that plan there are different seasons and pastures.

“There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under heaven.”

Ecclesiastes 3:1

It’s what we do in the life God gives us that matters. Life may change, circumstances may change but God’s love for us never changes. God has seasons and pastures for us. Instead of questioning God’s plan for our lives or looking at ourselves as failures or less than we must take a step back and ask ourselves some questions.

  • In my former season and pasture did my work and life glorify God?
  • Did I seek God and His direction for my life?
  • As God moved me into a new pasture did I prayerfully and faithfully follow Him?
  • In my current pasture am I allowing God to use me to bring others to Him?
  • Am I faithfully serving God right where He has me in this moment?

While it’s easy to fall into the trap of thinking we are not good enough or unimportant, when we take the time to step back and refocus our thoughts we see the bigger picture. There is a time for everything and a season and pasture in which God wants us to serve Him. The season were are in and the pasture we are serving in will look different from others but that doesn’t make it any less important. It also doesn’t make us any less successful.

God has called each one of us to a purpose and a pasture. As we begin to see the season and pasture we are in through God’s eyes let’s pray this prayer from Colossians 1:9-12

Dear Lord fill us with the knowledge of your will through all spiritual wisdom and understanding. Help us live a life worthy of you and may we please you in every way. Help us bear fruit in every good work, growing in the knowledge of you. Strengthen us with all power according to your glorious might that we may have great endurance and patience, joyfully giving thanks to you who has qualified us. In your name we pray, Amen.

In His Calm,

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The man who loves his life will lose it, while the man who hates his life in this world will keep it for eternal life. John 12:25

 

I stood in the middle of my den – my heart breaking under the excruciating pain of watching two people I love more than life itself struggle through extreme darkness. For weeks I attempted – with all the strength and ability I could muster – to fix the situation they both found themselves facing. I wanted to make things better, easier for them.

On that night I had nothing left – no strength, no power, and no answer.

Join me today over on Deeper Waters Ministry for the rest of this guest post. 

In His Calm,

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As we’ve looked at serving in our Pastures we’ve talked about what it means when God gives us a pasture. We then discussed what it looks like to serve right where our two feet are planted – where we are on a daily basis – and where God takes us outside our four walls.

Now we are going to take it on a broader scale outside of our comfort zone.

In Acts 1:8 we read,

“But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.”

Every time I’ve heard someone give a message on this passage the focus has been on missions and where God calls us to serve and spread His Gospel.

  • Jerusalem – the city we live in, local
  • Judea – our region or the country we live in, states side missions
  • Samaria – another country, international missions

I’m going to be very honest with you and tell you that although I have family and friends who have served as missionaries this passage as always made me uncomfortable. My immediate response has been to curl up into the security of my comfort zone and shy away from any mention of foreign missions.

But I’d like for us to look at this passage from a different angle. Instead of viewing it from the foreign missions perspective let’s discuss this perspective… the Pasture God has given us where he wants us to serve.

  • Jerusalem – where our 2 feet are planted at home
  • Judea – outside our immediate 4 walls
  • Samaria – outside of our comfort zone

In that light I want to ask you some questions…

How is God calling you to step out of the comfort zone of your small, intimate pasture? How is He calling you to move beyond caring for the sheep you are comfortable around?

Are you settled into a routine at work that is repeated day after day with the same people doing the same thing so much so that you could do it with your eyes closed? You like that place but recently your boss asked you to take on a project that will push you into a new arena.

You’ve worked for the same company for decades. You and your family are comfortable where you work and live but you are becoming a little unsettled.

In both of these situations is God saying, “I have something/someplace else where I need you to serve.”?

You’ve enjoyed woodworking, painting, baking, gardening, decorating, singing for years as a way to relax and unwind. You’ve had people ask you if you take private commissions but the thought of moving beyond the personal, it’s just for me, to the unknown of doing it for someone has you nervous.

Here’s my question for you…

Could God be asking you to move out of that comfort zone so He can use you on a larger scale outside of your pasture?

You won’t know until you reach the point where you are able to take that step outside of your comfort zone. When you do, you allow God to use you in more ways than you can imagine.

As we wind up our series on serving in the Pasture God has given us, how has He worked in your life? Is there a specific area he is asking you to focus?

Are there areas of your home you need to be more intentional in your service? Are there ways you can love on your husband and children specifically?

How about those places or people outside of your four walls that you visit or see frequently? Are there kids or friends who could use a word of encouragement? Is there a way within your community where you can help someone grow deeper in their walk with Christ?

And finally is God asking you to step outside of your comfort zone so He can use you in a different area all together?

Spend sometime with Him this week and ask Him to show you where your pasture is and who is in your pasture. As you listen to where He wants you to serve make the commitment to say yes and follow Him.

In His Calm,

For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat,

I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink,

I was a stranger and you invited me in,

I needed clothes and you clothed me,

I was sick and you looked after me,

I was in prison and you came to visit me.

Matthew 25:35-36

 

Just incase you’ve missed my last 2 posts we have been talking about what it looks like to tend the pasture God has given us.

We first talked about what it actually means when God gives us a pasture and what that entails. Then we spent some time discussing what it looks like to serve right where our two feet are planted, where we are on a daily basis.

You can catch up on these two posts…

Tending my PASTURE

What it looks like to serve in my PASTURE

Today we are going to talk about the pasture outside our four walls.

Our two feet walk us through our homes daily which means our top priority is in our home but there comes a time when we must step outside our home. At that point our mission field/pasture becomes those around us.

Daily

On a daily basis what does that look like for you? Who do you come in contact with at work, school, or running errands and how can you minister, encourage or help them?

For me, my daily interactions are filled with moments in carline/carpool, running errands and interacting with friends. The problem I run into is often being so focused on the end point of drop off or checking something off my to-do list that I forget to take the time to connect and help those around me. Do you struggle with that too? These are the questions I ask myself which help remind me to look up and help those around me.

  • Moments in carline/carpool
    • What can I do to encourage the hearts of the kids in my car before they begin their day and after a long day at school?
    • How can I speak words of encouragement/lift up the teacher directing carline?

 

  • Running errands
    • How can I help the mom struggling with a child while grocery shopping?
    • Is there some way I can “pay it forward” while running errands?

 

  • Friends
    • How can I help lighten the load of a friend who is a single mom?
    • Do I have a friend who could use an extra note of encouragement and prayer?

 

Weekly

There are some areas where God asks us to minister and serve but just not on a daily basis. Those areas may include the gym, church, volunteering, or mentoring. Think about it for a few minutes, where do you go/what do you do on a weekly basis where God could use you to minister and serve?

For me, I serve weekly at my church and monthly through personal mentoring.

When it comes to the pasture God has placed us in we can ask ourselves these types of questions. While I’ve listed them under my areas you can use them for your own.

  • Church
    • Small group
      • Who do I need to reach out to that hasn’t been in a while?
      • Is someone struggling through difficulties that may need a little extra TLC?
      • What can I do mid-week to help support the study from Sunday?
    • Women’ s Ministry/Bible Study
      • How can I be a source of welcome and encouragement?
      • How can I help them grow deeper in their walk with Christ?

 

  • Personal Mentoring
    • Is there a friend I need to come alongside as she is walking a path I have previously travelled?
    • How can I help someone learn how to dig deeper into God’s Word?

Today we’ve talked about what it looks like to serve/tend the PASTURE God has given us outside our four walls. Now it’s time for you to put this into action. What is your pasture outside your four walls? Where does he want you to minister on a daily or weekly basis and what does that look like? Next week we will talk about how we tend the PASTURE God gives us on a larger scale.

In His Calm,

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