Am I Doing Great Things For the Kingdom of God?

Am I Doing Great Things For the Kingdom of God?

Hello. I grew up traveling the world as a military brat. I ultimately felt God's pull to Oklahoma Christian University where I met my husband. We now have 3 beautiful children and have settled in Mustang, Oklahoma.I am a homeschooling mom and with 3 kiddos it is a full time job! I am daily encouraged by God's great patience and grace in my life. In my free time I enjoy reading and crafting.

Doing Great Things

Recently, a close friend challenged me with her words. She was talking about her children and what each one had chosen to do with their lives.  My friend was recounting a discussion with her youngest son about his future.  She was trying to emphasize to him the importance of his role in the kingdom of GodIn the same breath of sharing how she was encouraging him to go out and do great things in the name of Christ, she mentioned that her daughter and son-in-law decided they were never going to leave their home state to go out and do something great for the kingdom.  It was like she was saying in order to do great things for the kingdom you have to go away to a new place.

Am I Doing My Part?

Am I Doing Great Things for the Kingdom of God_(1)This really got me thinking and praying about whether I was doing my part for the kingdom of God. As a humble, stay at home, homeschooling mother of three, I asked myself, “Am I inhibited from doing great things for the kingdom of God?”  I thought she must be right.  How can I be doing great things for the kingdom when every waking moment I have is spent wiping noses and bottoms, finding cups and bottles and snacks, trying to squeeze in phonics and reading, and on and on and on?  What was the question again? Oh yeah, am I doing great things for the kingdom of God? Where in the world would I find the time to do anything else?  Especially something great?


My mind ran through all of the normal arguments.

  • If I raise three children who all go out and do great things for the kingdom, that must count as me doing three great things, right?
  • It’s not like my life is only in the here and now.
  • Someday, the children will be grown and I’ll have all the time in the world to do something.

As I contemplated these things, the Lord quieted my soul, as He so often does. I began to think about the people in the Bible whom God has used right where they are. He did not always call them on a great adventure.  He did not always ask them to move across the nations.  Rather, He simply USED them. In Joshua 2, we see Rahab, a prostitute, being used in God’s plan.  In 1 Peter 4:10, we hear these words of encouragement:

“Each of you should use whatever gift you have received to serve others, as faithful stewards of God’s grace in its various forms.

Like a balm for my soul!  Has God called me to leave my family and go evangelize to “Each of you should use whatever gift (1)the world?  Certainly not.  Has God put me exactly where He wants me, to use my own gifts as a faithful steward? Definitely.  So often as women we fall victim to feeling like we aren’t doing enough.

God Will Use You Right Where You Are

We spend day in and day out giving everything to maintain our marriages and meet the needs of the little hearts God has given to us to raise.  At times, we may feel so bogged down by our daily responsibilities that we can’t even think about our place in God’s plan.  Believe me when I say that God sees you where you are and He knows you. He can use you! Nothing is impossible for God.

Have you ever felt like you aren’t doing enough for the kingdom?

How do you handle your doubts and fears about your place in God’s plan?

Mother’s Day – Is It About You?

Mother’s Day – Is It About You?

Toni was born and raised in a small town in Oklahoma.She graduated from East Central University with a Bachelor's of Science Degree in Business Administration with a concentration in Economics.After college, she returned to her hometown to marry her best friend, Charles.Toni is a stay at home mom to their three teens, two boys and a girl, whom God led them to homeschool.Her goal is to raise her children to love and serve the Lord.They live on a farm where they grow produce to sell at several farmers markets.She also plays the piano at church and teaches piano.
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Mother’s Day!  It’s the day that we show our love for our moms.  We make her breakfast in bed; take her to dinner; shower her with flowers and gifts.  We put her needs first.  We treat her in the selfless manner in which she has treated us.

We treasure mothers because of how they have treasured us!  Why are mothers so special?  From day one, mothers have a unique bond with their children.  They have prayed for us and carried us in their hearts (and most of the time, in their bellies.)  Mothers are typically the primary caregivers.  Mothers, in general, are just more sympathetic and empathetic.

As mothers, we all have our ideal Mother’s Day in mind from the first moment we find out we are going to be a mother.  (Did you know that there are more phone calls made on Mother’s Day than any other day of the year–even more than Christmas?  Fathers don’t get this kind of attention.  See how special mothers are?)

I believe sometimes we carry our ideal day too far. We take on an attitude quite the opposite of what is being celebrated to make sure that we get OUR day! This belief leads to an entitlement mentality, for lack of a better word.

I believe sometimes we take the ideal Mother's day too far.

We forget that we would NOT be mothers if it were not for our children.  Our children are a gift from God!  They are our responsibility!  A friend’s favorite scripture is,

“Train up a child in the way he should go, Even when he is old he will not depart from it.”
Proverbs 22:6 NASB.

This is our duty.  This is our God-given job!  This does not make us special.  Are we special at work because we are a (insert title here)?  No!  It’s how we handle our position and how we do our job that CAN make us special.

Your child is the one that is special.  And I don’t mean that in a spoiled, entitled way.  They are special because they are who God gave us.  God entrusted us to raise these children for Him, to care for them, and to lead them to life with our words and actions. 

So, moms, we can go ahead and enjoy our day.  But, let’s remember that it’s not just about us, it’s about them too.

Moms, are you doing your job because it’s your God-given calling?

….or for the accolades?

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