Dear Busy mom,

I have to admit there have been times in my life when I have wondered,

“God, am I on the right track?  Is there something else besides all this craziness that I’m supposed to be doing for you?”

“What is my purpose God and how am I supposed to be serving you?”

Does that ever happen to you?

The questions of my heart have usually hit when I’m down on my knees cleaning up spagetti from under a high chair or driving across town in traffic to the “AWAY” game.

Day after day in in the muck of life, I wonder…

I remember times when my heart was beating so fast because one passenger in my carpool was wringing their hands to get to an early morning quiz and the traffic was a nightmare…

or when the end of the day comes even now and I can’t seem to come up with an answer to the question my husband asks…

“Hey, honey, how was your day…what did you do today?”  Ummm….

Bought fruit and vegetables for the science project detecting electricity in a potato and lemon

Bought fruit and vegetables for the science project detecting electricity in a potato and lemon

These are the days when I can get in the funk of what I would call ANTI-success.

Took the dog to the vet

Took the dog to the vet…

God’s purposes and plans seem lost from my grasp at times and things that I put my hands to have no metric to show exactly how well things are going.

You know the saying, “You can’t see the forest for the trees”?  Well, some days I feel like I’m standing at the base of one tall tree in a huge forest and just can’t see the big picture at all.

forest

But,

What if the little things are really the big things.

What if, the very thing you are doing all day long that doesn’t seem like much…

The To Do List

Like, the check you write to a charity or the cooler you drag to the team event or the friend you find yourself next to on the bleacher,

or the child you are reading a story to …what if that is God’s purpose right now.  Ask Him.

What if the bank teller or the young guy at the grocery store checkout, or the girl doing your nails and the mailman are exactly part of His purpose.

Paul says in a letter to the church in Corinth, 2 Corinthians 3:2 “You are our letter, written in human hearts, known and read by everyone.  Being manifested that you are a letter of Christ, delivered to us….written not with ink but with the Spirit of the living God, not on tablets of stone but on tablets of human hearts.”

A concession stand conversation could be the key to another woman’s struggles and the kid in your carpool backseat may need a little understanding because things in their world are really difficult.

And, you are just the letter they need to read today of God’s love and compassion.  Maybe it’s just not that hard.

God is about love.  God is about the influence around you to BE HIS LOVE.

If you are struggling with the idea that you should be doing more somewhere outside of where you are…..maybe you don’t really need to try as hard as you think to find His purpose.

Remember that God has already got you in a place of influence and you are a letter of His love to those you touch all day.

God sees a huge, enormous, magnified picture.  Even the very day you have in front of you….He already knows.  If we walk closely to Him, we will see chances to be the letter of love that somebody needs.

Thank you Lord for loving us and showing us how to love others through the little things during our day.  When we don’t see the big picture, help us to trust you.  Please help every person reading this feel your peace as he or she walks out their calling in whatever circumstance they are already in right now.  In Jesus name, Amen.

I would love to hear your thoughts in the comment box below.  If you like this post, share it with a friend that you think might like to be a part of the Ivy and Sprig readership and comment forum.

Be Blessed!

Best,

Ivy

Gardenia

 

 

 

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