Has God recently asked you to do something? Honestly, I have to admit I feel His calling a lot.
What is your calling today? Is it being a Mom, having a big career, taking care of a loved one, a pastor, teacher, police officer, volunteering to help others, or any other career?
What is God asking you to do today? Whatever it might be, we need to learn to be content in whatever it is.
In one of C. H. Spurgeon’s devotionals he says, “Therefore be not discontented with your calling. Whatever God has made your position in life, or your work, abide in that, unless you are quiet sure that he calls you to do something else. Let your first care be to glorify God to the utmost of your power where you are . Fill your present sphere to his praise, and if He needs you in another He will show it to you.”
Reading Spurgeon’s devotion this morning reminded me of a lot of times that I have followed his calling – like the time when I could not be a stay-at-home mom. I wanted to be, but I was not going to be a discontented mom. It was hard taking care of two children and working outside the home full-time, being at church and involved in so many activities, but I learned to be happy and content as Paul teaches us in the Bible because I looked on the blessings of life of what I had, and not what I didn’t have. I was blessed to have a mother-in-law and a mother who watched our kids, and I was blessed to have a job where I could be off on Fridays, and I had saved a lot of leave that I was able to use to be a room mother, the president of the PTFA, going on field trips with them, and never missing a soccer game, a basketball game, a volleyball game, cheerleader tryouts, musicals, dance recitals, piano recitals, or anything else that they were involved in with school and church. I was blessed with a calling of being the Pre-School Director at our church so that I could be in the nursery with my children through pre-school, and I even taught 4 and 5 year olds where my children were included when they were that age. I was there to rock them on Sunday mornings when they were babies and toddlers.
Are you being called today to take care of an aging parent or loved one? I was with my Mom. It was tough. It was hard. Honestly, I would love to go back and do it over. My husband says I should have no regrets, but I do. I would like to go back and be a little more patient, a little more loving, a little more kinder, and what I would give for just one more day or even an hour to hug her or hold her hand. If you are there today bless your heart. Remember it will pass and you will be so thankful for all you did do.
A woman’s work is never done. How do I know that? I am now retired and retirement is bliss, but trust me if you are listening to God, your work is never done even in retirement. My busy schedule today is composed of being up every morning at least by 6 AM and most mornings way before that. I spend my early morning in Bible study and volunteering for the world’s largest on-line Bible study leading Facebook groups, and then there are Bible studies at church that I enjoy participating in. During the school year I am substitute teacher, and many days it is with special needs children so I come home exhausted, and still am blessed with a husband working who comes home hungry so there are meals to prepare. On the days I am home I am rushing to catch up on the laundry, cleaning house, paying bills, mopping floors and blessed to be able to keep both my grandsons several days a week.
Retirement truly was a calling for me. You can read a little about my retirement here, and also a little about what changed after I retired. God said go and I said no, but God won.
Today I have a whole lot of callings and they all have the highest priority to me. I am a child of God, a wife, a mom, a mother-in-law, a Nana, a daughter-in-law, a sister, a sister-in-law, a cousin, an aunt, a volunteer Team Leader for a large on-line Bible study, a hard worker, a substitute teacher, a retired federal worker, a conservative, a Christian, I a loyal friend that can be trusted to keep a confidence.
- My first calling is always my Lord and my Bible studies and time alone with Him. I usually am in at least a couple of studies – one with Proverbs 31 Online Bible Studies where God called me a few years back to be a group leader, and now a volunteer team leader and I am usually in a study at church, and then there is the First 5 App Devotional on my phone which is also a part of P31.
- Second, is being a wife trying to stay up with housework, trying to have a good hot meal waiting when he gets home, but right now it’s cold meals. He loves salad so salad it is these days, and then just being the loving, devoted, in-love wife that I am. I am so thankful for my man and we celebrate 47 years of marriage on August 16. I pray for many more years of bliss like we’ve had. He is a keeper.
- Third – my kids. I want to be here for them anytime they need me. Yes, they are both grown and I try not to meddle. I may give my opinion occasionally, and once I do I shut up. They are grown, they have families and they love the Lord so they can take or leave my advice. I pray for them daily. I’m here for them at least one day a week to take care of their sons, or if they just need a date night.
- Fourth – We have an 18 month old grandson and a three year old. They rock our world. I never could have imagined how wonderful being a Nana could be. They keep us young chasing after them and yep you stay-at-home Moms I am privileged to say I am a stay-at-home Nana on those days the boys are here and I’m cleaning up messes, chasing them around the sofa, sitting with them on my lap reading them books, playing ice breaker over and over and over with the three year old, working puzzles and playing with cars and teaching them about our Lord. I would not trade this job for anything. I want to help “train them up” and I want to be a role model.
- Fifth – Being a substitute teacher because God put me there. I never in a million years would have told you I could do this, but one day God said go just like He said retire and well I did it and I LOVE it. My first job I landed right in a special needs class and scared out of my wits, but God leaned down and smiled and I walked out that day forever changed.
- Sixth – Writer. Don’t laugh. I know from reading others blogs that I am not the best at writing, but it is truly from the heart and what God is placing on my heart each time I can find the time to sit down and write. I listen to things I should not like I can’t write, her blog is so beautiful, I don’t have the time and it wastes so much time I should be doing other things, and who is really reading what I am writing, they have a book, who am I? My writing is a ministry and it is a legacy I want to leave for my kids and grandchildren, and hey if the internet is around a hundred years from now who knows who might be reading this post.
- So many other roles I have as ministry and as a calling – too many to write about one by one, but each one is special with family and friends to be there when I can in their joys and sorrows.
I leave you with this because it’s not about me – it’s about HIM.
Joining Suzie Eller and my #LiveFreeThursday friends today