Faith Spilling Over… Into Everyday Life


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Finding Glory in Your Mundane

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When my kids were little the relentless routine of diapers, snacks, meals, cleaning, more snacks, and more diapers discouraged me.

“I left full-time ministry for this?” I wondered. “Am I crazy, or what?” I itched for more time to participate in church life and ministry.

Now that my kids are teens, I still wish I had more time to serve in discipling, speaking, and writing. But God calls me back to the ministry of the mundane. He calls me to faithfulness in the small things: home schooling and laundry.

Standing at the stove, cooking the 14,619thth meal for my family, I ask God, “Don’t you have more important work for me to do?”

God says, “This is your most important work.”

Maybe God is most magnified when we’re faithful to our ministry of the mundane.

We need to see our daily work through His eyes.

“Work willingly at whatever you do,
as though you were working for the Lord rather than for people.”

Colossians 3:23 NLT

 

If I read this verse right, it means I can teach, cook, and do laundry for God.

Charles Spurgeon’s words inspire me: To a man who lives unto God nothing is secular, everything is sacred! He puts on his workday garment and it is a vestment to him…He goes forth to his labor and exercises the office of the priesthood…”

“You housemaids, you cooks, you nurses, you plowmen, you housewives, you traders, you sailors—your labor is holy if you serve the Lord Christ in it.” (From “All to Jesus”)

Whether you’re typing documents in an office, or changing diapers at home, your labor is holy if you do it for Jesus.

Sometimes I grumble about cooking dinner, but if Jesus were sitting in my kitchen hungry, I’d hop right to it! Spurgeon offers this encouragement to people who feel like cooking one more meal might kill them:

“He has made the common pots and pans of your kitchens to be as the bowls before the altar if you know what you are and live according to your high calling.” 

How do we remember our high calling as we work?

How do we see God’s glory in our mundane?

Lift Up Your Work as an Offering

Whether you’re working a switchboard or vacuuming your living room, lift up your labor to God. Ask Him to open your eyes and help you to see it as an offering.  Say, “Lord, I want to do this for you.”

Ask for God’s Help

How often do we perform our work on auto-pilot, assuming we have what it takes to do it? But don’t we want God’s empowering grace for everything we do? Ask Him to be present to you while you work, to infuse your tasks with His grace, and to give you His joy.

Thank Him When You’re Finished

Isaiah 26:12 says, “All we have accomplished is really from you.” As you complete a task, lift it up to Him. Thank Him for enabling you and being with you. Recognize his grace working through you.

May God open our eyes to see more of His glory in our work. He’s most magnified when we’re faithful to our ministry of the mundane.

Does monotonous, daily work ever get you down? What helps you to find the glory in it?

Linking up today with Holly Barrett’s #TestimonyTuesday and Kelly Balarie’s #RaRaLinkup. Come join us for more encouragement.

Last Friday was the last post of Fresh Starts and New Mercies. I want thank each of our guest writers for sharing their hearts with us, and I want to thank you for reading and commenting. I look forward to regularly posting again on Tuesdays and Fridays.

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3 Ways to Refuel When You’re Running on Empty

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Welcome to the last post of Fresh Starts and New Mercies! We’ve enjoyed  guest posts by six beautiful women with inspiration and practical ideas for starting a new year.

Because God has a fresh start in grace for each of us.

Today’s guest is Tarissa Helms from the Introvertedmama.com:

 

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Tarissa Helms is a wife and mother of three who believes most things in life are made better with a cup of tea. She shares her adventures in faith, parenting, and the introverted life on her personal blog, Introverted Mama. You can also connect with Tarissa on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

 

3 Ways to Refuel When You’re Running on Empty

I recently read a story about a man named Jim. Every day at noon Jim went to his church, sat down on the front row for 15 minutes, then slipped out. One day his pastor asked why he did this. Jim answered, “The world wears me down. So I sit here in church and bow my head and say, ‘Jesus, this is Jim. I need your help today.’ And he always pours new strength into me.”

My eyes filled with tears as I read this story. I can relate to how Jim feels, and perhaps you can too.

Even in the best of circumstances, life can be exhausting. There are days I wake up and feel like I have nothing left to give – I’m running on empty.

At the beginning of this series, Betsy encouraged us to leave time each day to refuel as one of the practical ways we can take the easy yoke.

So, what does refueling look like and how can we incorporate it in our own lives?

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We Can Refuel Through Prayer

As busy as I feel at times, I can’t imagine what it was like to be Jesus. When news of his miracles and wonders traveled from town to town, “people came to hear him and to be healed of their sicknesses.” (Luke 5:15) Everywhere he went, large crowds followed him.

“But Jesus often withdrew to lonely places and prayed.” (Luke 5:16)

When our lives are at their busiest, our need for prayer is at its greatest.

One part of Jim’s story that spoke to me was that he prayed for only 15 minutes a day, but he did it consistently. He committed to a daily habit of prayer and God met him there.

We Can Refuel Through Quiet

King David understood the importance of quiet when he wrote these well-known words from Psalm 23:1-3.

The Lord is my shepherd, I lack nothing.

He makes me lie down in green pastures,

He leads me beside quiet waters,

He refreshes my soul.

Finding quiet isn’t easy in our noisy world. Sometimes we have to be creative like Jim, who found a time and place that worked in his schedule. Where is your green pasture? Is there a time and place you could spend a few minutes alone with God each day?

We Can Refuel Through Rest

From the very beginning, God has been clear about the importance of rest. Following the creation of the world, he “blessed the seventh day and made it holy, because on it he rested from all the work of creating that he had done.” (Genesis 2:3)

Certain seasons of our lives will require more rest than others and Jesus extends the most beautiful invitation of all:

“Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.” (Matthew 11:28)

My hope this year is that when the world wears us down – when we’re running on empty – we’ll accept Christ’s invitation. That we’ll find a quiet place to bow our heads, and say, “Jesus, I need your help,” trusting he’ll pour new strength into our lives.

Because he is faithful, friends.

He is faithful.

Now it’s your turn. What other ways do you stop and refuel when you’re running on empty? How could you make refueling part of your daily routine?

Linking up today with Brittany’s #FellowshipFridays and Barbie Swihart’s Weekend Brew to encourage and be encouraged. Join us.


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Waiting Passionately While We Pursue Our Dreams

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Welcome to Fresh Starts and New Mercies! We have a line-up of beautiful women posting on Tuesdays and Fridays to offer inspiration and practical ideas for starting a new year.

Because God has a fresh start in grace for each of us.

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Today’s guest is Meredith Bernard on waiting passionately. (How do we do that?)

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How to Not “Just Survive” Parenthood

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Welcome to Fresh Starts and New Mercies! We have a line-up of beautiful women posting on Tuesdays and Fridays to offer inspiration and practical ideas for starting a new year.

Because God has a fresh start in grace for each of us.

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Today’s guest is Abby McDonald with encouragement for those parenting days when you’re just praying to survive ’til bedtime.

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Fresh Starts: A Healthier You

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Welcome to Fresh Starts and New Mercies!

Today’s guest is Julie Lefebure writing on “A Healthier You.” She shares how her health goals became an unhealthy addition and how God drew her focus back to Him.

Julie Lefebure

 

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