So after having a baby, I constantly struggled with serving, signing up, getting back involved being a mentor or being mentored. But, whoa, how can I do that when I am working full time, cooking dinners most nights of the week, and feeding a baby who has to eat every 4 hours (plus I have to eat that often too, right)?
I know there is help near. But still, just adding more to my plate (just with one child) would be something I have to settle in my mind for a bit.
I know, people. It's rough.
I have a job, a husband, a home, and [only] ONE CHILD.
^^You may be thinking^^
I constantly asked the moms at church, HOW DO YOU DO IT with TWO, THREE, OR even FOUR
I really applaud you.
Momma who goes to We Will Go on Saturdays,
leads a Bible study, and really studies the Word,
loves on people in the grocery store (I am getting that one down).
You enjoy the places God has you during the day and on the weekends.
I am working on it.
Loving on the mail lady, Harold, who puts out the fresh produce,
and the guy who gets annoyed with me at the post office for never knowing
the address for where I am sending off my package...
Nothing is important if you can't love the ones around you well first. (The second [commandment] is this: 'Love your neighbor as yourself). There is no commandment greater than these"). I have in my mind that when Tatum (and hopefully more kids) grow up I can go on missions locally and abroad. That I can put my family first, but also put the Great Commission first. We're called to do that. That's my calling first with my family, and on that same time frame, with strangers. For now, I will continue getting to know the people in the places I frequent most:
Michael's - the guy who gets his ladder down to help me with a huge canvas
Kroger- Harold who I now know a lot of his most recent story. He wants a job at another Kroger location because they aren't quite as kind to him there. He works a few jobs to pay the bills and take care of his older kids. He needs money to pay for gas for his kids to visit his ex-wife.
I sit in church and feel God telling me to ask them to dinner... with our friends. We aren't called to gather only with our friends. The Lord continues to speak, "What you did for the LEAST of these you did for ME."
I am learning to befriend these people on these little trips I make each week. After all, isn't that what we are called to do? They know my name, I know theirs, and a little bit of their story.
For now, I will start here. My prayer will continue to be>> Show me, Lord, where you want me.
"Here I am Send me." (and give us the people around us to help with the babies so we can go).
Good to be back,