Monday, February 23, 2009

What's on Your Mind '09? - God's Call

What's on Your Mind '09? is a blog carnival which Shane started to challenge writers and encourage conversation. And the question of the week is, What area of ministry is God calling you to serve?
Honestly, I believe I am serving Him in everything I do. The Bible tells us to do all things as if we were doing them for God, and that really is the way I try to move about my day. Somehow folding laundry doesn't seem as tedious when I consider it an opportunity to serve my Lord, as I serve my family.

(That sounded waaaay too righteous. In reality I have moments when I pout about everything I have to do. Can't someone else do this? Why do I always have to do that? But God is shaping me, and I know one day I'll be like Him!)

Anyhoo, I know I am serving God when I'm doing laundry and making meals and getting groceries. I am serving Him when I am talking to the kids during their showers, when I am rubbing my husbands shoulders, and when I am shoveling snow from the driveway. Yes, this family is my first ministry.

Then there's my speaking and writing. I know God has also called me to serve Him by bringing words of hope and encouragement to women. This ministry to other women has been a tremendous blessing to me, and I am so thankful God has decided to use me in this way.

But there is another ministry to which He has called me, which I don't speak about much here on my blog. Though I don't mention it here, it is a ministry I simply love. This other ministry? Is caring for other people's children at Sunday School and MOPPETS.
Every Sunday at 9:15 you'll find me with the second and third grade girls at my church, and on the second and fourth Wednesday mornings of each month I'll be with the almost-three-year-olds in MOPPETS. These children are precious to me and I love the opportunity to be a part of their lives.
I see my time with my girls as an opportunity to be another significant adult in their lives - who can speak Truth to them and assure them of God's goodness at all times. Sometimes the girls confide in me about things which are troubling them at home or school. Sometimes they inspire me with their faith and understanding of who Jesus is. And sometimes we just have fun jumping rope and playing "Honey, if you love me."
While I enjoy my time in MOPPETS - playing Ring Around the Rosy, and giving piggy-back rides - I really see the time I spend with those children as a ministry to their moms. I KNOW they need that time away from their precious babies. They need encouragement and refreshing. But they need someone to care for their children, and that's where I come in. I get to play with the children while their moms enjoy themselves. Seems like a win-win to me! Who knew "serving" could be so much fun? *grin*

Serving God by loving children. That's my ministry. What about you? Where is God calling you to serve? To see what others have to say about it, visit Shane!

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6 comments:

luvmy4sons said...

I clearly heard the Lord tell me my family was my misson field LONG ago. But I often have to remind myself as I clean toilets and pick up clutter and wash clothes and make meals that I am serving Him. I love it that you work with Moppets! Good stuff! You are a blessing for sure and serving well in my opinion!

heartreflections said...

Can I just say "Thank You" for being a great teacher to children. Although my profession is elementary education, teaching Sunday School or working in child care is NOT my gift at this time. And I am SO grateful for girlfriends like you!

See you this weekend. My Mom and I are staying at that BB your Mom referred us to. Thx!

Proverbs 27:19 said...

Although I try to make my own call of service sometimes, God called me to be Anton's helper and Eyanna, Cailem & Jaslyn's mother.

smooches,
Larie

Shawna said...

I love to hear about how God is using you in all areas of your life. Sometimes, I forget that my family is my ministry as well, but God is teaching me. I also have a heart for teenage girls and feel God leading me toward this ministry. Writing for Teen Lit Review has given me a way to minister to them, but I feel God leading me to do more. I'm waiting on His timing.

theresa162 said...

What a blessing you are to those girls. It is great to hear that you enjoy it too.

Thank you for your comments and prayers regarding Hope and the evils of texts messaging. :)

elaine @ peace for the journey said...

Karen:
When you give of your time to other people's children, you are giving a gift of huge proportion. I wish that my heart and my will had more energy for giving along these lines.

I suppose that my 4 are enough to wear me out.

Thanks for being willing to be involved in these young girls lives. You are sowing good seed my friend.

peace~elaine