Just getting started for the day... just a little late this morning. I am so grateful to the Lord for giving me the energy and mental acuity to stay so enthusiastic about my life and all the blessings and challenges He allows me to engage in. I was thinking the other day about how many places I have been... physically, spiritually and even emotionally. I have been exposed to so many different ways of life that it is almost like I have lived more than just one lifetime!
I have done so many extreme things... from running a mule driven sorghum extraction mill, and vegetable drying house on a farm in Mississippi, made quilts and canned everything I could get my hands on. Worked in home health care; made porcelain dolls and ceramics in my own kiln, and made and sold doll clothes to an international doll maker; taught and lived with the Cherokees at a mission in Oklahoma; have been published in 5 Christian Magazines; spoke at women's groups and even an occasional church; had a radio show given to me for a time in Texas; taught Sunday school; adult Bible study; have done Children's Ministry (with my puppets); Homeless ministry; Nursing home ministry; Food outreach programs; Ladies Bible Study; and so much more!
I am never going to "retire" because God has invested so much in my life and I know that He will never be done with me as long as I am willing to be obedient, and faithful, to the truth of His Word. I said all this to encourage your heart... and my own. Sometimes it is good just to take inventory of your life and see that God has always directed your steps, and been available to you, and "I can do all things through Christ which strengthens me" is not just a cute little "religious" saying to hang on your wall. It's a reality to be lived out!
Allow Him to prepare you FOR the work... and then He will help you DO the work... and He will BLESS the work! And your heart and life will reflect such a joy that others will want to know this God we serve. Make each day count... not in an obsessive way... just with your eyes focused on Him and a desire to do His will, for His glory, because another very real truth is "without Him we can do nothing"... but don't ever forget...you are not without Him and He is so very faithful! God bless!
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