Waiting for ‘Real’ Ministry to Begin

Do you ever feel as if you’re not moving forward in ministry? You desire to serve the Lord, but where would you find the time? There’s learning which needs to be done, a house which needs to be cleaned, meals which need fixing, and a world of responsibility sitting at your feet the moment you open your eyes each morning.

The ministry which surrounds us daily might not be glamorous; no one outside our immediate family may ever know our name or see the impact we make on the world around us. This does not make our ministry less real. The roles we are currently playing are vital and as real as it gets.

The Ministry of Marriage – The Lord is constantly reminding me that marriage is more than a relationship, it is a ministry. We are connected, but it is a bond which requires work and a call to serve the Lord together. Done right, our marriage will point people to God and His saving grace.

The Ministry of Parenting – We have a unique call to train and disciple the next generation of adults. Positively a full-time role in ministry. Never let anyone tell you otherwise.

The Ministry of Education – As we teach our littles, we have the unique ability to reach their hearts, souls, and minds for Christ. Every lesson builds and strengthens, helping our children increase for God’s glory.

The Ministry of Friendship –We thank God for the few people He has brought into our lives who minister to us in this capacity. That girlfriend who just stops by to say hello? You just made our day. The gentleman who calls to encourage my husband and ask how His Bible study is going? Love that! Where would we be without awesome friends who take time just to ask how we’re doing, and occasionally stop in for a visit.

The Ministry of Edification – We might not have physically met, but our goal here at A Homeschool Mom is to edify everyone who reads these pages. While we’re perusing your thoughts, questions, and helpful tips, we’re often edified. Together, as brothers and sisters in Christ, we use this community to edify one another, encouraging closer relationships with Christ.

The World of Outside Ministry – As our children have gotten older, our ability to serve in other areas has become available. In the right context, time and place, this too is important. I want to example a well-balanced ministry for my children to see. Not a mom who is so busy she can’t take of her family and not a mom who never serves. Balance. This too ministers, trains, and educates my kids.
So we openly discuss church and community opportunities as they become available. Together we pray, list the pros and cons, and finally come to an agreement on managing our time and resources. Sometimes the ministry opportunity is only for one member of the family (e.g. A daughter helping other teens sew pillow cases for missionaries.) and other times we serve as a family. Always, the ministry opportunity is led by the Lord and intended for His glory.

Whenever I start feeling as if I’m not doing enough to serve the Lord, I remember a line from Francesca Battistelli’s song, “He Knows My Name“. It’s not important that my name be in lights. I am not living for applause. The God of the universe knows my name and loves me; just as I am, just where I am. He has me here for a reason, and He’s asking me to be faithful with what He’s given.

‘Real’ ministry is here and now. It’s not ten years down the road, it’s not ten minutes down the road. It’s right where I am. The real question is, what will I do with the ministry He’s given?

“But none of these things move me, neither count I my life dear unto myself, so that I might finish my course with joy, and the ministry, which I have received of the Lord Jesus, to testify the gospel of the grace of God.”

~ Acts 20:24

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9 thoughts on “Waiting for ‘Real’ Ministry to Begin

  1. This is beautiful. I needed to read this. I am a mother and a wife and I have been going through a static moment where I felt like I had no purpose; where this ‘job’ of being a mom was becoming more of an annoyance, being honest. I love my son. This has shed some light for me. Thank you for your obedience. 🙂

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      • Yes, I agree, we all need a reminder every now and again. I was wondering what are some ways to implement dependence on God for children. I have a 2-year-old and his attention span is not very long, but he does have a love for music. Any advice you could give or ideas. I want to really switch things up and teach him more about God. Also, thank you for replying to my comment. I really appreciate it.

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      • Great questions!

        I think dependency on the Lord is encouraged in two ways. First, we lead by example. As we struggle through life’s challenges are we openly discussing what is happening – financial issues, car troubles, and more – with our kids and sharing that while we might not understand everything we KNOW He will provide? Do our children hear us speak in such a way as to indicate our trust in the Lord and complete dependency on Him? Second, I think children naturally draw closer to the Lord the more they know Him. As early as our children are able to understand, I would recommend broaching conversations on real life topics and share what the Lord has to say about them. In a word: apologetics. Do our children know WHY we believe what we believe? This is vital. I cannot stress it enough. For parents who are not sure where to begin I would highly recommend two resources: Mama Bear Apologetics (book) and any resource by Natasha Crain (author) at Christian Mom Thoughts Blog. Both wonderful places to start!

        As for your son’s seemingly short attention span. Honestly, friend, he seems like a typical two-year-old; full of energy and imagination. And he’s a boy. Boys tend to wander in their thoughts and focus. What has helped my own son – who even at twelve will occasionally stair off into space – we’ve found a few things which have helped.

        1. Watch what he’s having for breakfast; carbs are usually not their friends. It amps up their sugar levels and gives them more energy than they need to focus on studies. Proteins and fruits are better choices.

        2. Limit book work to a minimum in the younger years. Keep learnings hands-on and engaging.

        In regard to teaching more about God, outside of reading Bible stories, there are a number of ways to teach. Nature walks allow for amazing conversations about the glory of creation and God’s hand at work. Chores teach us about God being a God of order and being responsible for what He has given. Almost every subject can incorporate a Biblical concept; science, history, and more.

        The biggest impact… conversation. Talk about everything, and then talk again. Talk about why you do what you do; how you do what you do. Talk about ads on television and what they might be teaching; either in truth or falsehoods. Talk about silly memes and their meaning. Launch conversations, listen, and ask the Lord to show you ways to share. Trust me, He won’t fail you!

        All great questions! We’ll be praying the Lord shows you ways to specifically minister to your son. We know you’ll be blessed.

        And questions are always welcome!

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      • Oh my goodness, you’re an Angel 😇 thank you so much. I will definitely give all of these a try and see what happens. Thank you. Yes, I will be back if I have more questions. Or just to say hello.. 😊

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  2. Hello,

    This post could not have come at a better time this evening. I was sitting here wondering about my next writing assignment and when i will be able to truly start ministry, but my life, where i am is available for Christ. You bring up really good points such as ministry in parenting, teaching, edification, and ministry in marriage. The word tells us in all that we do, do it to the glory of God. I’ve never looked at it in such a way as ministry, but you are absolutely right. Indeed it is. God can use us in our very homes to impact the lives around us.

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