Love Test and Illusion #1. You give birth or adopt your children, and when the last child turns 18 or 21 you believe your work is done— the most of it anyway. For the first time in years you have your own life and an assignment from God, a purpose to live out beyond your children.
Or do you?
Reality: Your children will always need you.
Love Test and Illusion #2. Health providers and people in general will care as much about your aging parents as you do.
Reality: While there are many good people and caring relatives who will help you with your parents as they grow older, I learned when my own mother was sick and dying that near the end of life, your children are all that really matter. Children hold the hand of the parent transitioning to eternity.
Your parents will always need you.
This past summer during my mother’s illness, God sent me out several times to speak. There were two things I stressed in my talks. God will always call you to do something bigger than you. And ultimately, God will have you put other people first. The test of your faith and destiny is about how well you treat others, how you love people, especially your own.
We don’t have a “thing” to do. We have people to do.
Anyone who does not provide for their relatives, and especially for their own household, has denied the faith and is worse than an unbeliever. 1Timothy 5:8
If I’ve seemed absent online or from your life, it’s because I’ve been taking care of my people. Am I always happy about that? I grow weary sometimes. But on the inside I have peace that it’s the right thing. Most days it seems I have more to do than can possibly get done. I seldom have time to sit, to think, to write—much less line up engagements.
Will I ever get to lunch with a friend again? Will I have time to talk on the phone? One of these days…
Will I write or speak again? Has my call changed?
It has not.
God tells me to be steadfast and immovable. When He speaks to the heart and you know it, it’s cemented deep within by the power of the Holy Spirit. Callings are unshakeable.
Therefore, my beloved brethren, be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that your labor is not in vain in the Lord. 1 Corinthians 15:58
Today—right now—I’m living out my calling with sleeves rolled up. I’m loving and serving my family. One day, I’ll have opportunity to share with you what I’ve walked through, either by written or audible voice. For now, I choose to keep my priorities straight. I’m walking out my love test.
A new friend recently reminded me: “When you spoke at our Bible study a year ago, Ann, I’ll never forget what you said. God may ask you to do hard things. He may stretch you beyond what you can imagine, but… Oh, the blessing… “
I’m very busy making blessings these days. So, please excuse my absence.
Pray for me. I’m so glad prayer doesn’t have to be lengthy or memorized. Who’d have time for that?
When you come to mind, I send out arrow prayers to the Father—who hears the heart. I love each of you. While I may not be as prolific as some or as faithful as others, thank you for understanding that I’m about my Father’s business.
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