“Know for certain that your descendants will be strangers in a country not their own, and they will be…mistreated four hundred years. But…afterward they will come out with great possessions.” — Genesis 15:13-14
“I can be sure that part of God’s promised blessings to me is delay and suffering. God is going to test me with delays, and along with the delays will come suffering. Yet through it all God’s promise stands. His new covenant in Christ, and His sacred promise of every smaller blessing that I need. The delays and the suffering are actually part of the promised blessings, so may I praise Him for them today. May I ‘be strong and take heart and wait for the Lord’ (Ps. 27:14).” — excerpt from Streams in the Desert: 366 Daily Devotional Readings for October 18,L.B. Cowman
“Everything else in our lives — the virtues, the rules, the ritual, etc. — are valuable and significant only to the extent that they either cause, intensify, or preserve love. Love is the whole law…we will be judged by love; not by what we did so much as with how much love we did it…Washing dishes may, in this sense, be more vital than preaching a sermon…performing all the ordinary daily tasks with extraordinary love.” — excerpt from The Art of Being Human, William McNamara
As women we immediately think of the 1950’s housewife when we think of performing anything domestic. We became victims to the belief that simple practices like cleaning the house and baking, sewing and knitting, were beneath us. Somehow un-chic. Yet, how true is that old adage, “The hand that rocks the cradle rules the world”? Very, actually. And that same hand prepares life-sustaining meals and comforts for her family.
Sometimes it’s hard to remember that everything we do – every.thing. – can be offered as a prayer to God. Service to family is really no different from service to strangers. Why do we rally together for a “cause,” or a friend, but often overlook rallying together for family members? As if family members are less than.
Make family your cause. Give each member the same time and support you would for a friend or a stranger. Offer all that you do for them to God. There is worth in everything you do. It shows God that you value the muchness He gave you.
Raising, maintaining, and sustaining family isn’t easy. As scripture states, we will suffer through many trials and tribulations in this life. We will have set-backs and disagreements. We will have upsets and frustration. Some ideas and practices will fall into place, and others will take time to set into routine. Some desires for our homes and family will happen quickly, and other hopes & dreams will be delayed. Not all of our wants will come to pass and not all of our prayers will be answered as we’d like. Yet, at all times we are to pray and offer everything we do to Him in prayer. At all times, we are to wait upon Him. He and he alone is the timekeeper.
God planned our lives and our family before we were conceived. He knew then and He knows now the plans He has for us. And those plans, ultimately, are good. He has given us a gift in family and a purpose with where we fall in the scheme of it.
Do ALL things with LOVE. As Darlene Schacht says, “YOU are loved by an Almighty God!”