Won’t you walk with me for a moment….I’lll paint the picture for you…I am 9 months pregnant, and have a 2 year old little boy and a 6 (going on 16) year old little girl who both spend all day AT WORK WITH ME…can you tell yet where I am going with this?! My children are driving me up a wall and this momma has been on the verge of losing her mind all day. My daughter insists on being “mommy” and we have been fighting literally since she got out of bed this morning. The day ended the same way it started and that left me on my knees praying that the good Lord would HELP ME change her behavior! But wouldn’t you know…in true God fashion, He convicted MY heart.
I know you have been there…we all have…there is someone in your life that is being stubborn, not listening to sound guidance, fighting against all logic. You have used every convincing argument known to man to get the point across and you are tired of beating your head against the wall trying to ‘change their mind–or their heart’. Maybe its time for a step back…maybe its time to do a little trusting of your own…maybe God’s got this?!
If you are anything like me, you have sometimes stepped back and wondered…what in the world did I have to go through that for?! Why God? If you have lived enough life you hopefully have become wise enough to ask this question and actually think about the answer. Why? Because it is those trials, our past experiences, the hurts, the confusion, the challenges that are preparing us for the Titus 2 life that God is calling us to.
So, I have had this blog up and running now for almost a year and I have been meaning to get to work on putting together a series on what exactly it means to be a Titus 2 woman. I want to be clear that this is not a to do list, it is not a checklist, it is not something to compare ourselves to. This is a calling to step outside of ourselves and serve.
When we face adversity we often wish it would just go away. Or at the very least just happen quickly while we stand still, close our eyes and wait for the worst to pass us by. Do you ever feel this way? Especially when you have boldly stepped out in faith to do what God has called you to? And you think to yourself…”why me, why now?”
So, in my last post I shared with you my personal story of stepping out in faith and trusting God to guide my steps. Now I really want to share with you some very practical guidance to help you do the same.
Have you ever believed in your heart that God is calling you to something? That He has pressed upon you His plan and as terrifying as it may be you feel the hunger to follow Him? Only to be met with adversity, chaos, and trouble? Have you ever cried out “Lord, I only wish to do Your will, why is this so hard?! Why are You not making the way so I can serve You as You wish?!”
Its sunday morning…you have the best intention of getting to Church early so you can have a peaceful 5 minutes of prayer and listen to the chior sing.
Then it happens…the kids take forever to get ready, someone spills on their clothes, you cant find shoes, the baby poops his diaper, you forget something on your way out the door…Been there??
I know I have! And it’s exhausting and frustrating and…embarrassing…especially when you finally get to the Church…late.
I have a confession to make….I have a terrible habit of NOT listening to my husband’s advice. I have made vast improvements in this department in the last couple years, but I still have room to grow (don’t we all?!) There are a few relatively minor changes that we all can make in order to let our beloved spouses know that we actually do value their opinions…I’m telling you, it does wonders for the marital relationship when we as wives ask for and actually listen to the advice of our husbands!