For His Glory
The one thing I never expected was to be a full-time mom & wife. When I was growing up, I always wanted to be a singer. You know, follow in the footsteps of the great Whitney Houston…..or someone like that eh? But here I am some 30 years later looking at my four beautiful boy blessings with the anticipation of #5 making his entrance into the world by this Christmas.
Now I could take several different approaches to this fact, some good and some not so good. But the most effective approach, I believe, is to accept God’s plan and will over my life rather than the one I created.
While I don’t think He wants me to give up singing( because He gave me the gift) I think He’d rather I use it in His timing for His glory.
Ecclesiastes 3:1(ASV) For everything there is a season, and a time for every purpose under heaven
That’s the only reason I have the gift or anything else for that matter. My life is for His glory. My marriage is for His glory. And these 5 boys are…..you guessed it, FOR HIS GLORY!
Some may say that I’ve wasted my talent on being a housewife, but I don’t buy that bull anymore. Eating those lies left me starved and hungry for real truth. Some may also say that having kids nowadays is expensive, and while that’s partially true, I’ve got to believe that since He gave them to me, He’ll supply all the resources needed to provide for them. Call me crazy if you want, but in the end, what does it matter what the world thinks?
One incident that occurred during the summer months mainly had me questioning myself and my motherhood. The kids and I were out selling water bottles for extra cash in the neighborhood.
My youngest who was about 15 months at the time, was strapped to my chest by one of those baby carriers and we were all happily selling away the afternoon. Then one disgruntled female flew past me in her car while slowing down briefly to tell me that I should be ashamed of what I was doing to my kids and that I shouldn’t have anymore.
Errrrr!!!!💨💨 She sped off leaving me bewildered. I almost cried, but I saved face in front of my boys. I couldn’t and wouldn’t allow them to see the devil get the best of my emotions( at least not that day!)
But here’s the thing, no matter what God’s path may be for you in life, the devil will always try to thwart it.
1 Peter 5:8 (ASV) Be sober, be watchful: your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour
So just as the Bible warns us, we are to be watchful and on guard with our heart, thoughts, and actions against the plots of the enemy. I’m sure people sometimes mean well when they give us advice about the path we should take, but ultimately they don’t know.
Not mom or dad, our best friends, or even our spouses. Only God can give us the right direction for our lives. When He does, our lives are much more joyful and fulfilled..and He gets all the glory for it. I’m committing this time to use my life for His purposes and not get caught up in what shoulda, coulda, or woulda been. How about you?
This weeks song is one by Tasha Cobbs Leonard that highlights my point. For God’s glory, what are we willing to do? Do we want to be where He is or where we think we should be?
Today, I understand that it is all for and through Him that I have a voice and greater still, life abundantly! I am honored to be His willing vessel on the earth to help edify His Kingdom. Feel free to comment, subscribe and share this post!