This week, today through next Friday, I am taking a break from my regular pattern of blogging. You may or may not have noticed, but I post about particular subjects on particular days. This is more for my own discipline than any real “plan” or direction. Knowing what I will post about on Mondays or Wednesdays or Fridays gives me structure. I like structure!
I have been writing a lot lately. In Monday’s post, I will tell you why. And just when I think I am running out of words to write, God spurs me on to something else. Today I was inspired by the devotional prayer book my mom gave me years ago. And since this week, I am a little weary with writing, I think changing the pace is just the thing to break me out of my rut. 🙂
Here is the Bible verse: Therefore, my dear brothers and sisters, stand firm. Let nothing move you. Always give yourselves fully to the work of the Lord, because you know that your labor in the Lord is not in vain (1 Cor 15:58).
As I have mentioned before, I sometimes struggle to find joy in some of my regular tasks. Especially dusting, cleaning toilets…you get the picture. Lately, our Memory verses have been about gratitude. I have written about our verses on gratitude here and here and here. We think being thankful is very important. So I always try gratitude, when I feel weary with a task. Like: I am thankful that I have a house to clean AND I am thankful that I am well enough to clean a house. This usually works wonders! Because when you think about all that you have as a gift, including your house or your health, you see that you should be VERY thankful to be able to do these tasks.
Well, writing is a gift. I don’t mean: Oh, I am such a gifted writer. But I mean that, when God gives you joy in something, and the opportunity to do it, now that is a gift. At our house, we try always to remember that our lives are meant to glorify Him. So, in my writing, I try to give Him glory and honor. And, again, I am grateful for the opportunity to do that here. The internet and the practice of blogging makes it very easy to proclaim His greatness.
So the Bible verse above got me to thinking about how He gives us opportunities to serve Him. The trick is to remember that you can serve Him in vacuuming, in blogging, in making dinner for your family, in praying for a friend, in volunteering at church or your child’s school. Here is another Memory Verse that we try to practice in our family: And whatever you do or say, do it as a representative of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks through him to God the Father (Col 3:17, NLT).
Whatever we do, when we labor for the Lord, our labor is not in vain. Remembering that can encourage our hearts when they feel weary: Those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint (Is 40:31). On Monday, I will share about how God is blessing me with new writing opportunities! YAY!
Britta ~ I am justAgirl…just like you!