I've been reading Everyday Mommy lately.
She posted this earlier today. (Well, by the time I post, yesterday.)
What is the unique purpose God has given to you as His special creation? What work has God given you to do in your home, church, community & world?
It got me thinking about how much my life has changed, not so much recently (that's a different story), but over the last many years.
I left her the short version...
In my single years, I was happy. Though I came from a godly, Christian home, with parents who love and respect each other, I did not assume that would be my life (married and raising kids.) I spent several years between university, skiing, hiking and climbing, sailing, various jobs, traveling, and working with an adventure-based youth ministry. It was all good :0)
Psalm 37:4 says, “Delight yourself in the Lord, and He will give you the desires of your heart.” I loved my life, and would have said that God was indeed giving me the desires of my heart. Those were good years.
As time passed and - I hope - I matured, God was working in me and I saw the deeper meaning of the promise. Not only was He fulfilling the desires of my heart, He was GIVING me the desires of my heart - giving me new desires, and then fulfilling them.
Now I’ve been married almost 15 years, I’ve been home for 13 of those. I never thought I’d be who I am today - and home educating my 12, 10 and 7 year old boys. Truly, new desires that came from Him.
I’ve always thought this quote expresses my heart;
We cultivate a very small field for Christ but we love it, knowing that God does not require great achievements, but a heart that holds back nothing for self.
St. Philippine Duchesne
So there ya go.