*my post today is part of Mandy Thompson’s September campaign to DO Something*
We’re nearing the end of Mandy’s month of DOing. As I’ve been reading along with the rest of you, I’ve read some amazing stories. Some have been on a grand scale, while others have been on a smaller (although equally as important) scale. My story, stays right here at home.
At this time in my life, God has made me a mother of three beautiful and energenic little boys. He has made me the wife of an even bigger boy that loves having a wife to take care of him and cook for him. Just tonight he was very excited I did his laundry. 😉 For this season, I know God is calling me to DO better with what I have, with where I’m at. There have been times in my life as a mom and wife where I’ve wished I could DO more with charities or missions, or volunteer at schools and churches. I’ve missed the feeling I used to get when I would go to Mexico on a church mission trip to build houses for people that lived in a shack smaller than my walk in closet. I miss my time working with teenagers, teaching them about abstinence education so they could then go on to teach 6th graders the benefits of abstinence. I still have a great passion for teaching abstinence because of my time with the S.T.A.R.S. Foundation (students today aren’t ready for sex), and it’s something I hope to do again one day. Both of those times were AMAZING times of DOing in my life.
As I was reflecting on what it is that I DO or have done, I was talking to God and asking him to help me out here. As a mom it’s easy to feel like you’re strapped for time to make a difference. I was feeling defeated…. “I can’t DO anything. I don’t have time. I don’t have the extra energy.” That is when God spoke these words to me. “Never underestimate the power of where you’re at in your life, Brandy.” It took a while for that to sink in for me.
I can’t underestimate the power of where I am NOW, as a mom, as a wife. Even if you’re not a mom or a wife, you have so much power in your everyday life to DO something, anything. Small things make such a big difference. Since that night I heard God speak that to me, I have kept it to myself until now. Instead I’ve been focusing on my life here at home. How can I make a difference EVERYDAY here, right now. I made a list of things that I want to DO everyday, to make a difference in their lives. Things that they will remember. Things they will carry with them their whole lives. It has made me pour more into my boys. With every conversation I have with them I am thinking “How can I add THEM to God’s kingdom? How can I further enrich THEIR life? How can I DO more?” all with the hope that it will have that ripple effect. They are a long term project in my attempt to DO something. With my older boy (*cough* husband) I am trying to be a more attentive wife, trying to take better care of him, trying to be the wife God wants me to be.
I have that “edge of your seat” excitement about my life right now. Moving to a new area, joining a new church, joining a mothers group….. all those hold great opportunities for DOing. My hope is that we will DO as a family, because it all started here at home.
I know this all sounds so simple and not far reaching in an attempt to DO something in my community. I feel that if I don’t start at home and teach my family to DO something, then I have underestimated the power of where God has placed me for this season in my life.
Amen and Hallelujah. 😉