Test of Love

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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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6 Comments

  • Jamie Watson on December 2, 2015

    Amen, Ann. What you say is so true. I believe we have been walking the same path the last couple of years. You remain in my prayers. Love and Blessings to you and your family.

  • Elsie Brunk on December 2, 2015

    Blessings, Ann, for doing that which God has laid on your heart for now. I too, have times when I wonder if I will ever have the time I would like to have…to write, etc. It’s something I’ve had to “lay on the altar” and leave in God’s hands. But I still h.o.p.e!

  • Sally Chambers on December 2, 2015

    You’ve put your sweet finger on a heart-pulse I/we need to feel and heed, dear Ann. With my parents safe with the Lord, I pray I’ll “be there” for my children and my people as long as they need me. Godspeed and blessings as you put your people first. I always look forward to reading and hearing what you have to say, whenever you have a moment to share.

  • Linda Hatcher on December 2, 2015

    Ann,
    This is beautifully expressed and just what so many of us need to hear. Our lives are to be like our Lord’s — poured out for others in the power of the Holy Spirit. You inspire me not because you are perfect but because you obey His leading with honesty and transparency. Keep shooting out those arrow prayers for me. I pray for you and yours and bless you in the name of the Lord.

  • Deborah Bost on December 2, 2015

    Thank you for reminding us of 1 Timothy 5:8. Life ebbs and flows like the tide and sometimes there is a hurricane, but the Lord promises to never leave us alone.

  • Dawn on December 10, 2015

    Love you my sweet sister in Jesus. How very much I relate to this post, As you well know. We are doing what God has put before us. Some day… Like I have always said, our mansions will be next door to each other and we will visit about what miracles Jesus made of our
    Lives. Soon and very soon…

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