Friday, January 13, 2012

"IF" - The Biggest Little Word Ever! {Part 2}

Today we are talking about an "IF" God has given us.  A condition.  A promise.  Something that will happen IF we do our part.  

What is that promise?  

Galatians 6:9 ~
And let us not be weary in well doing: for in due season we shall reap, if we faint not.

The promise - We will reap!  Whether we reap good things or bad things is up to us.

The condition {our part} - IF we faint not!  We will reap good things if we faint not.

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So many mothers are "weary in well doing".  There's so much to do and no one to help.  Everyone needs something and they all want it now.  You feel all alone.  You feel helpless and discouraged.  You can't do it all.

We need to remember that the love we're sowing today {and yes, laundry and house work is considered an act of love by God!}

Consider the condition:  We WILL reap IF we faint not.  Don't give up!  Continue!  Continue!  Continue!  You may not see any benefit from your labors today.  You may not hear any "thank yous" today, this week, or even this year, but you can know that God sees and He will reward you according to your labors.  

Colossians 4:17
...Take heed to the ministry which thou has received in the Lord, that thou fulfil it....

I used to think that my husband was out working in the ministry racking up rewards in Heaven, while I was at home cleaning up after kids, and dogs and doing all the 'dirty' work!  But then, I realized that my husband, my children, and my home were my ministry.  

My husband can't do what God has for him IF I'm not home serving and making it possible for him to do those things!!   Your job as your husband's wife is to make him comfortable, feed his belly, soothe his soul, be his sounding board, wash his laundry, and do whatever else you can to make him more successful in his ministry.  That's it!  God has called your husband to walk with Him in whatever job he has - ministry or otherwise.  You are called to help your husband fulfill that role.  It's actually pretty simple when you step back and look at the big picture.  

God considers being a servant better than being served.  God knows that your husband can't do what he does without you and your support - even though your husband may not always realize this.  Once I figured this out I was able to move ahead and be happy in my work.  I realized that I was doing what I do to improve my husband's ministry!  I was doing what I do for God!  And, I must admit, I have plenty of fun reminding my husband that *I* am the most important part of "us" because *I* am his servant. =P  Let's face it, ladies, men just can't make it without us!!  ;)

Weary in well doing:  Washing dishes, laundry, house work, homeschooling, cooking, groceries, diapers, and a whole host of other jobs - all of this is "well doing".  Someone has to do it.  Someone has to train up the next generation in how to do it.  

Just remember - there's a SOMEONE up in Heaven who knows what you've done!  I've also told my husband, "God knows I've cleaned up such and such at least 5 times today even if no one else can tell!".  God knows.  And God will reward you for each of those 5 times!  

Did you know an apple tree has to grow for 7 years before it can produce any apples?  7 Years is "due season" for an apple tree. Sometimes it's the same with us.  We love and we pour ourselves into our children and our housework.  No one can tell.  The house looks the same today as it did yesterday {or 5 minutes ago} and it will look the same tomorrow.  The kids are all the same.  No big changes are seen at present.   But, today is not "due season".  "Due season" is God's timing. 

He has promised that we will reap in due season.  

What will we reap?  What ever we sow {good or bad}!!

When will we reap?  In due season - but we only reap good IF we faint not.  

Due season is coming!  Will you be happy with what you sowed?  Will you be glad you continued?  Or will you be wishing you had not given up? 

Don't give up!  Continue!  Don't stop now.  You're almost there!  And just think of the rewards that await you!  It's so worth it!  All of it!

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  1. Great post, Angela! This was an encouragement to me today! I'm one of those moms doing just what you said, "picking up 5 times a day even if no one else notices". I'm so thankful that God longs to help me fulfill my role as a wife and mom--He is so faithful!

  2. Angela, I wish I had such things to read to encourage me when our three were all under 2 years. but, you know, the LORD did uphold me even without outward exhortation. It is wonderful that He works in all places at all times, and through all means!!
    You are a dynamite friend and I really appreciate you including me as am older lady even when I can't manage to get much done on FB. Its all I can do to write my posts and help my husband who is now home all day every day working on projects..praise God~ He is still sanctifying us all in whatever way He chooses. May the Lord King Jesus gird you up and strengthen you for the task of this season of your life. Love, J

  3. Thank you, Jacqueline! That's so sweet! 4 years ago I had 4 kids under 5. It was tough! I was a stay at home wife of a preacher who was never home. And by never - I mean NEVER. He was home around 8 if he was early. I was alone all day every day. It was hard, but I learned a lot and He never let me down. It took me a while, but eventually God got these things through my head. I didn't have anyone to talk to. As a preacher's wife you're supposed to have it all under control. At least that's what people think. I finally realized that what I was doing was important and I hope to encourage others who are going through what I went through. I was never very good at any one thing, so I made a promise to God that if nothing else I could {and would} encourage at least one person a day! That's the biggest reason I blog!