Ministry, Mentoring and Me

I’ve been delving into the scriptures recently, focusing on principles of life management.  I’m using Elizabeth George’s study entitled Life Management for Busy Women.  I wouldn’t consider myself a busy woman.  Busy is being full of or characterized by activity.  No, since my sons have graduated from our homeschool and I’ve been dealing with chronic pain and other health issues, I’ve not been busy.  Busy for me usually means more than one doctor’s appointment in a day.

The Problem

As I’ve examined different areas of my life, I am truly convicted that I’m not honoring the Lord with all the hours in my day.  I go to bed when I want; I get up when I want.  No one is depending on me, well, except to cook dinner.  😉  I can only use pain as my excuse to a certain degree.  And I must listen to my body when it signals me to slow down!  But there is this thing, let’s say it like it is, sin,  called laziness that sometimes enters the picture.  Or maybe I should say it enters my heart.

The Solution

Me

So on the days when I am able to, I plan to use my time more wisely.  I will begin exercising again to do more to improve my health, I will begin taking piano lessons from my son to hopefully challenge my fibro foggy brain, and I plan to tackle a couple rooms of the house that need some serious decluttering, but only in small manageable chunks.  Balance.  If I don’t use balance, then I will be back in bed dealing with exhaustion and pain.

Ministry

But there is that other part of my life, the part where I am to give back to the body of Christ.  Kenny and I are working on being more hospitable.  We have worked out plans that will enable me to prepare a nice meal without it setting me back physically.  I’m so thankful that Kenny kept nudging me on this.  It has been nice to open our home more.

Mentorship

However, as an older woman in the church, I am instructed to minister to those younger than myself.

Older women likewise are to be reverent in behavior, not slanderers or slaves to much wine. They are to teach what is good, and so train the young women to love their husbands and children, to be self-controlled, pure, working at home, kind, and submissive to their own husbands, that the word of God may not be reviled.     Titus 2:3-5

I used to have a Bible study for younger women and we all learned a great deal from each other.  I miss that.  I’ve pulled back from many things in my life because of my health.  But as I’ve studied this book, I feel like I should be reaching out to younger women in some way.  I’m still seeking the Lord on exactly how He wants me to do this.  If He wants me to lead a study in my home again, He would need to show me which younger women need my time.  The other possibility though, would be to use my blog to reach out to others, or possibly a small private group on Facebook.

While I’m waiting…

…for the Lord to reveal His will to me regarding younger women, I really need to go through a study that has blessed me in the past.  I have struggled greatly with my thoughts during certain seasons of my life, meaning, I have a difficult time taking my thoughts captive.

We are destroying speculations and every lofty thing raised up against the knowledge of God, and we are taking every thought captive to the obedience of Christ…      I Corinthians 10:5

I tend to allow what others think about me or what they say about me to affect me in a negative way.  I am also guilty of comparing myself to others and “needing” to fix the lives of those hurting around me.  To be totally honest, I tend to want to fix those sinning around me as well.  Did I really just type that for the world to read?  Well, it’s true.  And it’s wrong.  It’s my own  desire for everyone to be right with God, to the point that I step ahead of Him.  He doesn’t NEED my help.  He may ask for it, but I need to be pretty darn sure it’s Him asking before I open my big mouth or type on my awesome keyboard!

Loving God with All Your Mind

is written by the same author I’m reading now, Elizabeth George.  I have gleaned more from this study than just about any other study I’ve ever been through.  And I learn more every time I go through it.  (Gideon by Priscilla Shirer is #1 on MY best seller list currently.)  I may start this myself in December, but I will begin the series on my blog in January for anyone who would like to join me.  If we do one lesson a week we will finish in July.  For now, I’ll not worry about that.  It is not meant to take the place of your daily time with the Lord.  No!  It is meant to be in addition to your regular study.  The fact that the lessons aren’t long will help with that.  But they do make you think and…they bring scripture into the frame of reference, which is a must.  Having a week between lessons gives lots of opportunities to put what you glean each week into practice.

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January 2nd will be my first post in the series.  I will post every Friday with the next weeks lesson.  Anyone want to join with me?  We can discuss in the comment section or, if there are several, we can create a private Facebook page for discussions.  The books are available in a number of places.  Just do an internet search.  Click on each book for Amazon links.

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