Please take a moment to read Luke 12, as it is where God taught me many things in this post. I would love for us to be on the same page as I explain this spiritual journey God is taking me on!
I sit here writing words to encourage and spur you on and I can’t help my thoughts of chores I want to get done in the next 3 days. Here’s what is on the white-board: Clean bathroom, clean kitchen, sweep, mop, pick-up office, organize bookcase, organize China cabinet, throw away old plants, pick up doorway bench, clean fridge, shake out rugs. And all I want to do is sit and knit!
Currently my family and I are living in my husband’s grandpa’s old house. It is really amazing how God provided this free place for us to stay as we raise support for our positions at Three Trails Ranch. We live in an old homesteader’s cabin where we take care of three horses and keep the coal fire burning. It’s really a special place. It has taught me how to suck it up! This winter we had an exceptionally cold spell where in the morning it would be about 35˚ in some parts of the house. I thank God for space heaters! When my husband had a bad hand injury, I had to take over the manual chores he did. I realized how much he does for us!
To be very honest with you, since living here, I’ve learned how important it is to be ready for company. My wonderful in-laws live 30 minutes away and work in the same town we live in. I would be lying if I said there wasn’t a time where I heard my father-in-law was coming over and scrambled to pick up! But really, I couldn’t ask to be a part of a better family.
Being ready is something that God is showing me in my spiritual life. God wants us to focus on His kingdom because the most important treasures are in Heaven; they are everlasting as it says in Luke 12:33-34. Are you conducting your life as if Jesus will be back very soon? We must heed what Jesus cautions in verses 35-38. As followers of Christ, we need to be ready for our King to come back at any time. What would He find if He returned today?
We are stewards of what God has entrusted us with on earth. Whether it is money, a home, family, etc., we have a responsibility to take care of it. Jesus describes this in Luke 12:42-43, “And the Lord said, ‘Who then is a faithful and sensible steward, whom his master will put in charge of his servants, to give them their rations at the proper time? Blessed is that slave whom his master finds so doing when he comes.’ ” Are you a leader with people below you? Are you faithful to that role?
God convicted me of something I struggle to do, which is to make things right with other people. Whether it is asking for forgiveness or forgiving someone else, I dread those conversations. It requires me to let down my hard exterior and let someone see the softer side of me. Luke 12:58-59 tells us that we need to make an effort to reconcile conflicts. We cannot wait to make things right since we don’t know when our last day is. Do it now so that your effort is worth something.
Thank for all that you are and all that you do for me. I lay my life before you, all that I am. I ask you to show me how I haven’t trusted you fully. Reveal my sin to me. I want to make things right with you. I want to make things right with the people around me. I pray my life would have more order, so that when you return, you’d find it glorifying you.
Hedy is a graduate of Fort Lewis College with a BA in Psychology. She is married with a son. She can't get enough of God and works for Master Plan Ministries at Three Trails Ranch in Durango, CO. Before coming to Colorado, Hedy grew up in Sitka, Alaska.
Hedy loves to hunt and fish with her best hunting partner, her husband! Most recently she has been hunting in Colorado and Kansas. When she has a free moment or two, Hedy enjoys to knit and bake bread.
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