Friday, January 16, 2015

God Takes Pleasure in Your Simple Life

Does God take pleasure in you if you are "simply" a keeper at home? Jesus lived a simple life. His life was an example to us. He always had time for prayer and for serving others. Most people live so far from this type of life now in our busy society, but I believe God wants us to strive for more simplicity in life. "Let us believe that God is in all our simple deeds and learn to find Him there "{A. W. Tozer}.  Whether you are making a pie, working in your garden, teaching your children or fixing your husband's favorite dinner {all the simple things in life}, you can truly say, "I feel His pleasure" since these activities are what most women were made for by God.

So many Christian women have no idea what God's will is for their lives. They want to walk in obedience and glorify Him but they're confused. Is getting an expensive education and having a career what they should strive for? What does the Bible have to say? Search the Scriptures, women. Everything we need for life and godliness is in His Word. What is God's desire for women? Look up every verse that has to do with what God desires are for women and then you will know God's will for you.

Remember when you were young thinking that you must go to Africa and become a missionary to please the Lord? The Lord can use you right where you are, wherever you are. Most of us will walk quietly through life as mothers, daughters, sisters, wives, and friends. God doesn't always work in loud, profound ways. "And He has said to me,'My grace is sufficient for you, for power is perfected in weakness.' Most gladly, therefore, I will rather boast about my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may dwell in me" 2 Corinthians 12:9.

Yes, life being a wife and mother can be very difficult. In order to not be overwhelmed, I suggest you simplify your life as much as possible, especially when you have young children. Simplify in the food you eat, in the things you own, and in homeschooling your children, if you homeschool them. The more you simplify, the more peace you will experience. You don't need to be involved in a lot of activities outside of the home when they take you away too much causing you to neglect your home and family.

If you don't have time to spend in God's Word daily, you're too busy. If you don't have time to be intimate with your husband, you're too busy. If you don't have time to fix nutritious food, rock a sick child, pray for those in need, keep your home relatively tidy, you're just too busy. No, your home doesn't need to be spotless and you don't have to go to Bible studies or minister outside of your home when you have young ones, but you do need to have time to minister to your husband and children. This is what God has called you to do. This is what He has called women to do. Know that He takes pleasure in you, women, even in the simple things of serving a family and home.