I love how Jesus teaches us lessons to draw us back to Himself.
My latest disappointment, you can read about it here, highlighted to me how much I had neglected my pursuit of Jesus in favour of my pursuit of a teaching career. Don’t get me wrong, my children and I live and breath Jesus, but in over three months, I could count on one hand, the number of times we had been to church. My excuse was; church was too far, service was too long and I had mountains of studying and lesson planning to do….
I dedicated all my time to ticking all the teacher training boxes, yet still I came up short. Jesus revealed to me in the midst of my disappointment, that He, is who I should be dedicating my time to, because in Him there is wisdom and sustenance to fulfill that which He has laid before me.
When God is put first in your life you will never come up short. Who is more important than Him? When all else has gone, it is He who shall forever remain. Hallelujah!
I prayed to my Father asking Him to lead me to a church closer to home, where I could go to worship Him and assemble with the saints and in His unending faithfulness He answered.
Today, my children and I attended a church, which although is not on our doorstep, is still much closer than our previous church. The congregation is diverse and my children loved the children’s ministry. My son took a while to warm to his surroundings, but when I picked them up at the end of service, my daughters gushed about the activities and how they won prizes for standing up and explaining the story of Joseph. My son has been given Jeremiah 29:11 to memorise and next Saturday there is a woman’s conference I’m going to attend. Glory to God!
You know what else is amazing? We still managed to fit in some clothes and food shopping after church, plus when we got home there was still time for me to get the children’s clothes ready for school, prepare dinner, the children were able to unwind for a few hours before bed AND I got some planning done AND emails sent AND let’s not forget, writing this blog post!!! Who but Jesus?? The creator of time will actually give you back time and then some when you are intentional about making time for Him…WOW!!
Seriously, I think I got more done this Sunday, than the Sunday’s when I don’t go to church! PRAISE HIM!!
I’m so thankful to the Lord for never giving up on me and seeing fit to answer my prayers even in the midst of me putting all my efforts into my career at the expense of truly resting in Him.
It’s such a juggling act. I would justify my absence from church because I am a single mother striving to re-establish my career in order to adequately support myself and my children. Jesus reminded me that I can not do this alone and He loves me too much to let me do it alone. A ‘not yet satisfactory’ teacher file was His way of getting my attention, His way of gently ushering me to re-focus on Him.
Although it is early days, He has placed my children and I within a large church community where we will be able to celebrate the name of Jesus. He has united me with a family of fellow believers, where we will be able to grow in Christ and become the individuals He has called us to be. I am glad for this lesson and I look forward to His grace filled plans for the lives of me and my three little miracles. Thank You Jesus.
“But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.”
Matthew 6:33 KJV