1 Timothy 6

Life is good on the “homestead.” We’re in the process of scouting for property so we can actually put our goals into motion, partly out of necessity, and partly out of desire. But the thing that keeps resonating with me lately is Psalm 127:1-2. I think because it’s so easy to get preoccupied with what we want in a property as well as what our financial perameters are, I’ve been constantly reminded as of late that unless we seek to worship God above all things, our efforts are wasted. 
so that’s what I’ve been doing; seeking God first and foremost in my life. Let me share with you a brief list of the things that God has accomplished in my life since I made the recommitment to let Him be Lord over my life:
1.) Teaching opportunities – I’ve been able to sub yoga classes at a prominent studio

2.) Ministry/Discipleship – there’s now a small group of women that meets at my house weekly for in-depth Bible study and discussion as we disciple one another 

3.) Friendship – I’ve met and gotten to know numerous people with whom I’ve had the opportunity to share my witness to Christ.

4.) Faithfulness – I’ve been disciplined for prayer and have seen God working through the Holy Spirit in my life and the lives of the people around me.

5.) Blessings – I’ve received much commendation (completely unexpected or deserved in my opinion) in regards to my endeavors within the church and this blog. I can’t accept any credit for that as all the glory belongs to The Father. Amen! But the blessings of support and encouragement have been so appreciated and edifying to my spirit.

My conclusion is that when I walk closely with the Lord, the results are staggeringly in my favor. Why? Because just like 1 Timothy 6:6 says, “Godliness with contentment is great gain.”

 By allocating my resources of time, talent, spiritual gifts, and money, rather than attempting to get what I want and pay for those wants at any cost, I’ve been able to experience the peace of Jesus Christ in my life.

I feel dignity in managing my household, caring for my son, caring for our animals, tending our small potted garden, raising a family, and being in fellowship with other godly women. I have contentment and beyond that, joy, in a lifestyle that society may view as less than that of a woman with a career outside the home.

I don’t feel less than. I feel highly valued. I feel needed and loved and blessed to be able to do what I do without anxiety or apprehension regarding financial stability. I feel honored with what God has entrusted to my care and stewardship and full of reverance for not only my Lord and Savior, but also the responsibility He has given me.

I want nothing more than to one day hear the words, “Well done, good and faithful servant. Enter now into my rest.” God willing, I will. And that will be the consummation of all my efforts here on earth; a life well lived, and my God faithfully served.

Thank you, Lord for the work you’ve done in me and in my life, that which is evident and that which I cannot see. May you continue to use me according to your will. Come, Lord Jesus! Amen.

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