Will I Ever Accomplish Something Great?

Will I Ever Accomplish Something Great?

April 9, 2014

“For we are God’s masterpiece. He has created us anew in Christ Jesus, so we can do the good things he planned for us long ago.” Ephesians 2:10 (NLT)

Have you ever thought to yourself, “God could never use me”? I have … many times.

I spent years watching from the sidelines as some of my closest friends accomplished great things. Rewarding careers. Successful families. Thriving ministries.

If only I were smarter. If I could just meet the right people. If I had a little more courage. Then surely God would use me.

What did others have that I didn’t? I loved God. He loved me. So why wasn’t I on the approved-to-be-used-by-God list? What was the problem? Would my big moment to shine ever come?

I was under the false impression that if God chose me to accomplish great things for Him, it would include an elaborate theme with plenty of fanfare. Boy, was I wrong.

Sure, God certainly knows how to manifest grand and elaborate: A snow capped mountain range. A sunrise bursting with color. A field of wildflowers in full bloom. He even gives people tremendous platforms to fulfill His wondrous plans. People whose names we all know by heart.

God also chooses people like you and me to do great things for His glory. But sometimes our assignments look very different than we think they should. Although the world tends to focus on famous people, high positions and big platforms, God looks at the intent of the heart.

While admiring the successful journeys of others and wondering why God wasn’t choosing me, I overlooked something important. He was using me — as His masterpiece — to accomplish good things that were already planned for me years ago (Ephesians 2:10).

While I was dreaming up grand ideas, God was waiting for a grateful heart.

While I was longing for elaborate platforms, God was looking for a humble spirit.

While I was dreaming of success, God was watching for a willingness of obedience.

A grateful heart when diapers needed changing and toys were left all over the floor. A humble spirit when dirty clothes sat in piles waiting to be washed and dinner needed to be prepared. A willingness of obedience when God whispered to my heart “Apologize first and say you’re sorry.”

Looking back over the years I can now see that some of my greatest accomplishments happened within the simple walls of my own home. Serving my family in messy ways and being stretched beyond what I thought was my breaking point.

Saying “yes” when I wanted to say “no.” Helping with last-minute homework assignments. Holding little hands during bedtime prayers.

There was no sea of spectators. No cheers from the crowd. No standing ovations. Only a simple family, living life one day at a time, trying to do what was right in God’s eyes.

What great things has God chosen for you to do? Remember, you are His masterpiece, a one-of-a-kind creation, created to fulfill important plans no one else can do.

Are your God-given assignments wrapped in baseball caps and sneakers?

Are your grand moments filled with princess tiaras and bedtime stories?

As you tirelessly serve your family and sometimes wonder if anyone notices, be assured that God does. He sees you as His greatest asset! Your willingness to serve your family brings Him great joy.

And when will our big moment come? When we get to shine?

I imagine it will be one glorious day when we humbly kneel before our Heavenly Father and He lovingly speaks our names saying, “Well done my faithful daughter. You have accomplished great things in My Name.”

Lord, help me to accomplish all the plans You’ve chosen for me. Give me wisdom and discernment to know what path You’ve laid out for me to follow. Thank you for creating me as Your masterpiece and may I delight in You as I serve my family well. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

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Reflect and Respond:
Are you living out God’s plan for your life? If not, what is holding you back from accomplishing great things for Him?

What are some ways you enjoy serving your family? Plan something special for your family to do together. Take pictures and create a memory board to hang up in your home.

Power Verses:
Proverbs 16:3, “Commit your actions to the LORD, and your plans will succeed.” (NLT)

1 Samuel 16:7, “God does not view things the way men do. People look on the outward appearance, but the LORD looks at the heart.” (NET)

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  1. shawn hall says:

    It is amazing what you can receive form God when you listen. A friend of mine challenged me to give up Facebook for 2 weeks because I expressed to her my new found sens of discontentment with life after reading about everyone’s great life. Today has been my first day and it has been hard. I came across P31 as I challenged myself to fill up on spiritual nourishment instead of empty musings of people I am not really connected to. When I read your blog, I knew why the challenge had been made. I have “dreaming of success and making master plans” not once consulting THE Master. Thank you for the reminder that I am not alone in my thoughts to be great and I can do so on the grandest stage of all, my home. It isn’t always glamorous, ok never glamorous, but I always have a captive audience. I am reminded to be grateful because one day my audience will leave.

    • Thank you, Shawn, for sharing. Looks like I need to give up Facebook too!!

      • Wow, so what I needed for my life right now. Facebook has really put some negativity and the desire to want things that really aren’t needed. Maybe it’s time to say good-bye to FB…

    • Though I don’t think God’s plan for my life was to be made into something that I’m not, I’m falling for allowing people’s idea of what I can’t do backfire in my face. Having a …disability, though, allows me to share what God’s doing in my life with anyone who wants to know more about the God I am serving in my lifetime. I enjoy helping my husband, Ron Smithin whatever way possible. I love helping him pick out what to wear on special occasions. “For we are God’s masterpiece. He has created us anew in Christ Jesus, so we can do the good things he planned for us long ago.” Ephesians 2:10 (NLT)
      God created all of us, even he animals we’ve taken in as pets. My husbnd and I have a leopard gecko that we know God obviously wantng us to take good are of our little leopard gecko. We know thatGod’s watching our interaction with His creation, and I am petty sure that He’s very pleased with all that we’re doing.
      I know that God can use me, no matter that I have a disability. God has created all of us unique in His very own image, and that’s just fine by me. I know that there are manythings I am good at. “Lord, help me to accomplish all the plans You’ve chosen for me. Give me wisdom and discernment to know what path You’ve laid out for me to follow. Thank you for creating me as Your masterpiece and may I delight in You as I serve my family well. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.”~Leah DiPascal
      II know that I am God’s wonderfully thought out masterpiece. I wanto do whatever I possibly can to be able to serve God and others as well as possibly can. Helping others is what I try to do whenever I see that someone may need some encouragement.
      Proverbs 16:3, “Commit your actions to the LORD, and your plans will succeed.” (NLT I ♥ how God wants me to succeed in all that I do. I am currently about to participate in the Chatham Spring Games – Area 17 at the beginning of next month. I enjoy showing off the athletic side of me-my “tom boy” side, that is. 1 Samuel 16:7, “God does not view things the way men do. People look on the outward appearance, but the LORD looks at the heart.” (NET)
      God sees what’s in our hearts. He does’t see our outward appearanc the way we view one another. Because God doesn’t lok at who we are on the outside, I think it helps Him plan our destiny according to what’s on the inside of us.See More

    • Shawn, I couldn’t agree more. I have to be careful with social media too. It can sometimes become a contentment killer if we’re not careful.

    • Mirela Carp says:

      well, it is by face book I got on this! someone has shared it !

  2. This really encouraged me to keep pressing in spite of my circumstances…thank you! That I can still have a heart of thanksgiving in the midst of difficulties and weariness. I pray daily for wisdom, discernment, courage, direction and strength as I live out loud for Jesus! God bless you and your ministry!!!

  3. Thank you for that devotional, it made me cry! Needed to read every word of it and through just that alone God used you, Leah to bless me. Aloha,

    jodi

    • Jodi, I’ll let you in on a little secret. I cried when I wrote it. Reminiscing over priceless memories when my sons were little. Those were precious times and I wouldn’t trade them for the world.

  4. Lillian says:

    Wow! That was exactly what I needed to hear. As moms, we do so much and we take for granted why God has placed those little lives with us. Being a mom, is the greatest achievement God has given me.

  5. Tracy in NJ says:

    WOW! Thank you for these words of encouragement and timely reminder of where our focus need be. No coincidence I’m sure that Matthew 6:33 Seek ye first the kingdom of God and His righteousness and all of these things will be added unto you… was part of my study passage for today!

  6. This is a great devotion and following in line with “If You’re Feeling Overlooked and Unappreciated…” from April 3rd’s devotion. Thank you for the anointing and for your ministry! I am so blessed by it – everyday!

  7. AMEN! Thank you for today’s devotional.

  8. Leah,
    Thank you for this I read with tears streaming down face. Not out of sadness but of great joy, I think of what God has give me as my assignment here on earth (my greatness for Him). To be there and help my daughters, and serve my family. Iam always helping others and forget whom I need to help as well right inside my walls. Again thank you and God bless you.

    • Laura, I can tell by your words that your heart is very tender towards your family. God has entrusted you with His treasures. How blessed you are to be given the opportunity to sow spiritual seeds into our children.

  9. I had SO been there done that for years Leah! But when I got breast cancer about 19 years ago, it was like God was saying to me ‘What are you not doing Judy that I have given you the ability and desire to do?’ I knew right away the answer, “Study Biblical Counseling!’ I had thought like in the parable of the talents that God was a hard task master and wouldn’t let me do what I wanted to do anyway so I buried my talent. From that point on I ‘went for it’ and WOW! what a ride!!!!!!!!!! Thank You Lord for ‘kick starting’ me into the amazing ministry you have had for me. You are a GOOD and faithful master and I love you! Amen

    • Judy, I’m so glad pursued the calling God placed on your life, especially after battling breast cancer. I’m sure your stories and counseling are a big blessing to others.

  10. Wow, this was so encouraging! I am sharing it all over the place! Thanks!!

  11. You have NO IDEA what these words of encouragement meant to me this morning!! They were confirmation of a song I had just written this past Sunday. God is so awesome and I am so grateful that you allow God to use you as He does. Proverbs 31 is such a blessing…more than you may ever realize as you have blessed the women in my family over and over again! Thank you for the encouragement!!

  12. hi am so encouraged everyday i pray your prayers for us and the devotions,my greatest desire is to have the gift of discernment and wisdom,may God use me to help the less privilegded and to plead for those who dont know God to seek him with all their hearts.i pray for God to be the everlasting provider for my children and i.amen.be blesed leah

  13. Monica Martin says:

    Thank you for today’s devo! IJust what I needed this morning. You guys are such a blessing.

  14. Thank you! I have prayed numerous times over the past few months for God to lead me where He would have me to go. I have the decision to quit my regular job and do Mary Kay full time. I feel God has led me to this path. This business can glorify God and give my family the financial stability it needs. The basis of this is God first, Family second, career third. Sometimes I doubt myself and wonder when I’m going to be able to be used by God and for Him to accomplish great things in my life. I’m going to take the Facebook challenge I believe! Thanks for these encouraging words!!

  15. I want to believe this, I really do. But I’m just not sure that God is glorified when I pick up toys off the floor or change a diaper. Ever since becoming a stay at home mom, I’ve felt increasingly lonely and isolated and useless. I know I “shouldn’t” feel this way, but I do and I don’t know how to change it. I love my daughter and I know that it is important for me to be there for her at this point in her life. But I can’t escape the feeling that I want more, and that God has more for me. I don’t know what to do anymore.

    • Molly, it can definitely be lonely and isolating to be at home with a little one…I hope I can encourage you. You are so NOT useless. What you are doing is priceless! Not just financially but emotionally and spiritually. Who else better to teach your daughter about God and Jesus and all the big and little things? You are her teacher in all those seemingly dull, boring, ordinary moments. Not knowing how old your daughter is, but, have you joined any Mom’s groups? I wish I had. I made the mistake of not getting out of the house enough and sinking into a big ole pit of depression…wanted to do it all by myself and then felt incredibly alone and lonely; and “couldn’t see the forest for the trees”! Hang in there, it gets better! Hope this helps. With love, Kitty

    • Precious Molly,

      I hope you see this post and will know that you are indeed glorifying God as you go through your day. As the devotion shared, our tasks as a mom can glorify him when our hearts are pleasing to Him (grateful, humble and obedient). What you are doing as a mom is priceless, valuable and everlasting! Be encouraged and know many other moms struggle, feel lonely and experience isolation. Joining a moms group such as MOPS or a community moms club was incredibly helpful for me. Finding moms with similar experiences and those who were growing in their relationship with Christ, gave me the enthusiasm and friendship that was missing because I was so weary and depleted. It took some time for me to find a group I clicked with so don’t give up if the first group isn’t what you were hoping for.

      Also, it’s normal and understandable to feel lonely and down at certain times in our lives. I have found when I put pressure and “should” feel a certain way it only brings guilt and condemnation. Once we are aware we are not where we want to be its helpful to take action and not continue down the negative path. Please give yourself grace and permission to know you are down and lonely but do something about it. You are valuable and treasured by God. What you do matters to so many. You are not alone, many of us have been and are where you are today. Reach out to The Lord and share with Him your heart and where you need help. He is there for you. With tenderness, Andrea

  16. I just wanted to express how much these devotionals lift me up!! Always, I mean always, the right one comes each morning. Just this morning I was thinking I just can’t do this anymore. I’m tired, look like a wet dishrag. And boom, I read how I am God’s Masterpiece. Serving my family while he watches. Anyway, THANK YOU

  17. Dear Leah….your devotional today really spoke to my heart…so many times I feel like I’m not doing much for my Lord….like you, I feel what I’m doing isn’t worth much, then I remember a song…”The Hand That Rocks The Cradle Rules The World”…..For the past 14 years I have been babysitting my precious grandchildren…ages 14 down to 2-1/2. It seems by the days end and certainly by weeks end (I THANKFULLY have weekends off!) I am exhausted! The two older ones are of course in school, but I have a 5 yr old and the 2-1/2 yr old daily….they arrive early in the morning and so many times it’s all I can do to drag myself out of bed for a few precious moments of quiet meditation time….but I know our children and grandchildren….all children in general. are earth and heaven’s greatest treasures, and our time, resources, love and teaching are one of the greatest, most important ‘jobs’ in the world. Again….Thank you so much for todays devotional….it encouraged me and helped renew my strength for today. May God richly bless you!

    • Hi Debbie, I’m where you are, except I’ve been home with our granddaughter for going on a year…thank you for your comments. I love that song!!! You have encouraged me. Kitty

    • Debbie, you are serving faithfully and blessing your grandchildren with wonderful memories! As you love on them and care for their needs, may they experience God’s presence through your sacrificial giving.

  18. Tura klepfer says:

    Thank you so u h for this devotion. My heart really needed to hear this today. I take care of my father’s bills and health well just about everything and lives two hours away and I work full time. It has been a challenge to be there for him and take care of my home at the same time. He is my step father but has been more of a father than my dad was. He has two children who live I. The same town as he but I am the one whom he.calls I promised my mom to take care of dad and some days are really stressful but you have made me realize that this is my gift from GOD and I rejoice in it! Thank you for letting me ramble.

    • Tura, taking care of aging parents can be very challenging. As you faithfully provide for your step father, you’re also honoring your Heavenly Father. I have no doubt He is well pleased.

  19. Christina says:

    It makes me think of this verse in 1 Thes 4:11-12 “and to make it your ambition to lead a quiet life: You should mind your own business and work with your hands, just as we told you, 12 so that your daily life may win the respect of outsiders and so that you will not be dependent on anybody” …This can be my or someone’s greastest accomplishment. And I’m okay with that.

  20. I am the mother of two grown men now. They are both first responders; Firemen/Paramedics. I pray for their safety and that they will always come home from whatever the emergency they deal with. Because I am no longer able to speak to them, their choices. I am divorced from their dad. They have bought into the lies he has told them and now I have also been told I cannot have communication with any of my four grandchildren either.

    I am a Christian, none of them know Jesus. I pray for God to somehow come into their lives and that someday, maybe if it is His will I could speak to them and share some Christian love and words because they too know Him. I know others of you might have the same situation and understand how much this means to me. I am trusting totally in God to heal this situation and go through each day trying to reach out in His precious love and hope to others. “I can do all things through God who strengthens me.” Phil. 4:13 God Bless each of you. Mary

  21. Truly enjoyed this post today! What a blessing to me and other women to read your REALNESS! Thanks so much for being a willing servant for our Lord. He shines through you and He is clapping for you right now!
    Hugs and blessings, Cindy

  22. Thank you. “Well done my faithful daughter”…what words I long to hear. This is perfect for where I am at right now. Thank you…

  23. Thank you so much for this devotional. Sometimes we forget that even though we are not shining stars to the universe, we can be shining stars for our Lord to others He leads us to. As I read this, tears streamed down my face, as I realized my life has had meaning………..

  24. Precious Molly,

    I hope you see this post and will know that you are indeed glorifying God as you go through your day. As the devotion shared, our tasks as a mom can glorify him when our hearts are pleasing to Him (grateful, humble and obedient). What you are doing as a mom is priceless, valuable and everlasting! Be encouraged and know many other moms struggle, feel lonely and experience isolation. Joining a moms group such as MOPS or a community moms club was incredibly helpful for me. Finding moms with similar experiences and those who were growing in their relationship with Christ, gave me the enthusiasm and friendship that was missing because I was so weary and depleted. It took some time for me to find a group I clicked with so don’t give up if the first group isn’t what you were hoping for.

    Also, it’s normal and understandable to feel lonely and down at certain times in our lives. I have found when I put pressure and “should” feel a certain way it only brings guilt and condemnation. Once we are aware we are not where we want to be its helpful to take action and not continue down the negative path. Please give yourself grace and permission to know you are down and lonely but do something about it. You are valuable and treasured by God. What you do matters to so many. You are not alone, many of us have been and are where you are today. Reach out to The Lord and share with Him your heart and where you need help. He is there for you. With tenderness, Andrea

  25. Ashley R says:

    Its amazing how He uses others to speak to me. He used you today! Thank you for sharing this. It touched me and brought me a sense of peace to be reminded that even though I am doing dishes, laundry, breakfast, lunch and dinner, making beds and cleaning floors; God sees it all when no one else does. That this is my stage, my home, to shine right here where I’m supposed be and share God’s unfailing love to the most important people in my life. Have a beautiful day!

  26. I sat down at my computer this morning to begin the task of updating my resume. My husband’s business has been struggling for years and we have reluctantly been considering the idea of my going back to work to help make ends meet. We have always felt that it was best in our particular situation to have me at home to minister to our two children, to provide a stable home environment, and to help support my husband in what has been a very challenging family business. My husband is working to make changes that will provide financial stability. However, it is not a quick process and our circumstances are challenging us to seek a second income. There have been many times during my eleven years as a stay at home mom when I have felt that I am not doing enough for God or not doing enough with my talents. At times I have longed a career of my own in which to feel proud. Yet, God has always reminded me that I am indeed doing a great work within my home as I minister to my family. He always reminds me that I should not look to the world to answer my need for self worth but to look for Him for a true awareness of who I am in Him. I can’t help but wonder why, at the exact moment in which I would take the first step to begin the process of returning to the workplace, that I would receive this devotion. It is with tears of sorrow at what I am considering giving up that I read your devotion today. To those of you who have chosen to stay at home to care for your children, your parents, or other loved ones, I encourage you to appreciate this great gift that God has given you. At some point He may call you to serve in another way.

    • Kristin, thank you for sharing and encouraging other women through your comments. I’m praying for your family today ~ asking God to guide your decisions and financially provide for your family. He has already promised us this in Philippians 4:19, “And my God will supply EVERY need of yours according to his riches in glory in Christ Jesus.”

    • Kristin,
      I am praying for you. Have you ever thought of doing a home based business? I had to stop working as a BSRN and was the major provider for my family. God led me to a home based business that was faith based and I am able to work from home and care for my family daily around their schedule. Please look into doing something you are passionate about and it will work I never wear make up so I could not sell that. I am a bag lady and my passion drives me to sell my bags. The best part is that I love my customers and have made lasting friends. Pray about it because I know that being Mom is the top job and I enjoy doing it from home.

  27. Sad Momma says:

    But, what if you KNOW you got it wrong for years and DID NOT glorify God – even though you tried, and the price paid for that is a lost relationship with your children. How can you believe that you will EVER do great things if you did that so wrong? My desire in life was only to be a wife and mother and I seem to have failed at both. I am trying to rebuild my life out of the ashes that remain. I am a better, stronger person with a stronger faith, this I know. Capable of doing great things for God? I still don’t see that one.

    • Sad Momma,
      Your words break my heart, they almost could have been written by my own mother (except the faith part). I think sharing your story with other mothers who might be in a similar situation would glorify God. If you could help council one mother to change her ways, then that is a great thing for God and His kingdom. I know I was looking for this type of counseling before I found the Greatest Counselor. I am praying for you and I believe God has great plans for you.

    • Sad Momma, there is always hope, grace and new beginnings available to you as a child of God. His mercies are new EVERY morning. Part of Jesus’ mission statement is to replace our ashes with a crown of beauty. I hope you’ll take time to read Isaiah 61:1-3 and allow God to stir your heart and breath new life into your situation.

  28. Very encouraging. I have been feeling a little blue about my lack of accomplishments. I have been a stay at home mom for a while. It is sometimes hard to see how God can use me for his glory. Your devotional proves that all is not lost. Thank you.

    • Valerie V says:

      as a stay at home mom you have done amazing things!! don’t ever let yourself be deceived about that, i never had the opportunity to be a mother but i do know that being one is a skillful job, that often is done without thanks or appreciation. as a mom you are so much more, than you realize. those precious children are being taught, molded and brought up by your hand, these lives of tender hearts are being influenced daily by you, you are planting seeds in their lives to grow inside of them as they grow up and go out on their own, you are teaching them how to make good decisions, how to identify things that may not be right, to instill in them a sense of identity and individuality, you are their spiritual leader, their counselor, friend, and times their enemy, you are there tour guide, teacher, driver, lifter, encourager and the one they look up to, the constant in their lives and so much more…you are way way more than you think!!V

    • Are you kidding me? Being a full-time mom has GOT to be the highest of callings! Not everyone could do it, I know I couldn’t. God has blessed you with the fruits of the Spirit because what you do requires it. God bless you, girl, and hold your head high! You are a rock star in God’s eyes- and you’re standing on the Rock of Jesus Christ.

  29. Valerie V says:

    This has been my struggle for most of my life back in high school many yrs ago i could not decide what i would chose as a career. Why? simply because i allowed other people to define me as stupid, dumb, a derelict,loser, ugly worth nothing. the laughter as people made fun of me, the sneering and whispers that echoed through the halls as i passed, the stares, the name calling. i got this at home as well, many insults and demeaning words that i allowed to define who i was, and i let it define me for 34 yrs of my life ( i will be 41 next week)
    i continually thought that i was nothing, had nothing to offer anyone, and would mount to nothing so i didn’t try i didn’t make the effort to prove them wrong, i had lost my fight, i had settled into the comfort zone of being nothing, when you don’t expect much out of yourself, you won’t be disappointed when you fail right? that held me back and i let it win, i let defeat and fear triumph over my life. i wondered so many times why i was still here on this earth because i had no purpose there was no plan for me. i don’t know how many times that i thought that ending my life would actually solve the issue of the depression that surrounded me and it was practically drowning me. i thought my husband could go and find a better wife, i thought my family would be better off not having a loser as part of the family unit, i thought that my church wouldn’t miss me, i had no friends at the time, because everyone had a purpose a ministry they were involved in and that made me feel awful inside.
    i feared meeting new people, i would panic if there were too many cars in my hubby’s fave breakfast house because that meant there were lots of people in there to stare at me and judge me to look down on me. looking back that is so self-centred, for me to think of what everyone is thinking of me. it was always about protecting me from being hurt protecting my heart from making friends and then losing them once they found out who i am.
    i went through a Bible study at church 3 yrs ago and learned that God has a plan and purpose for everyone, the very fact that i am still here is proof. it took me a few years and lots of challenging questions challenging Bible studies that have grown me stretched me and placed me in a new position of thinking differently! to take those negative definitions and covering them with who God says i am. i know i have a purpose in this life, and i know that God will open the doors for me, and as i walk through them He will go through with me and make the way plain that i will know that it is His will for my life.
    there are many people that get stuck in that thinking process, but never never allow the enemy the victory in your thoughts, don’t ever allow the enemy to use negative words to define you, do not claim them for yourself. pray for God to set a shield in front of you to deflect those negative influencing words that may come your way, and not letting them penetrate our hearts and thinking, so they can take root and stall our life and direct us to the highway of deception.
    One thing that i want to add here that has touched me greatly recently and that is God has made me in His image, so how can i be ugly, or dumb, stupid etc. He formed me perfectly according to His will and plan and who am i to question that? i just need to trust Him with an unwavering faith that He has me, whether i know of His plan for my life or not. Be blessed today and be a blessing!! V

    • Valerie, thank you for sharing your testimony. I praise God that you’re life is being transformed by the renewing of your mind with God’s Word (Romans 12:2) and taking thoughts captive into the will of God. (2 Corinthians 10:5) I pray that you continue to allow Him to change you from the inside out.

  30. Rose Aragon says:

    Yesterday I was wondering why Jesus would want to claim this mess I call my life. Today I understand that I am serving Him just the way he wants me to. Thank you.

  31. Juanita Hargrove says:

    Thanks one and all, for each day’s devotionals that are so wonderfully uplifting and just right for the day! Am so glad to have been included, to sign up when one was forwarded by a friend. And now print them out, as are so good to share around! Today’s caught my eye just right, for things going on in our family and home, as retirees trying to schedule travels in very busy lives of ministries for our Lord & Savior, Great King and Spirit’s lead! AND WILL ACT UPON, as in midst of doing same as I opened this one, to see the Scriptures so apropos indeed! I LOVE the ideas, suggestions, testimonies, and honesty! As God IS faithful…so are His servants! PTL for His ways in these days. In our mid 70s still able to serve Him in ways we never dreamed, enhanced by this ministry of P31. God Bless each and all. The Scriptures are perfect, for each day. HE SPEAKS! HE IS CALLING…so we truly appreciate every bit, as we share Him too. Such fun loving one another, as He commanded and wants. So great to see Him in HIS BEST. MANY THANKS FOR ALL……..

  32. Thank you so much for this! It is like you read my mind! I have been struggling with this and now you have opened my eyes and my thoughts!!

  33. Oh, Leah, this one brought tears to my eyes. God has blessed me to live and enjoy a varied and exciting life where I have had the pleasure of living more than a few of my dreams. Nobody wants to consider the messiness that often accompanies the desires of our hearts. But there must be some messiness for the message and testimony to be real. I am in the middle of living out a dream that has details that I didn’t anticipate. A long awaited and cherished little boy who’s smart as a whip- and has autism. My darling hubby who has been looking for work-for almost 5 years. My fighting my way out of a pit- with God’s help. I could go on and on. And this post is helping me to understand the truth of it all- I might not be in the place in my gifting that I would like to be, but I am in my calling- whether I like all of its details or not. It might not LOOK or feel or act like I had hoped that it would, but in God’s economy, I am doing great things for HIS GLORY. Wow.

    • B,
      Thank you for sharing. It sounds like you have a lovely family. I’ve lived in the pit too and it’s not a fun place to be. Not at all. I pray that God fills you with hope and joy as you continue to draw near to Him each daily through prayer and Scripture. His Word heals us. I am living proof of that and I believe you are too. Stay faithful where God has planted you, sweet sister, and run the race well. There are great rewards waiting for you and beautiful treasures within the walls of your home.

  34. Sue Kostynick says:

    Hello Dear Leah,
    I just loved your devotional. It is always so real. I just love what you write. It is like you always know what we woman are thinking!
    I have the distinct blessing of watching a 7 month old baby for 2 days, while his mommy is in school studying to be a PA. God uses us always. We just need to be open to every chance we can get.No matter what we are feeling like.
    God always gives us an ah ha moment. Last night as I was shopping for groceries and getting very tired. I was putting my groceries in the car. When I was done a very sweet young man walked up to me and asks if He could take my shopping cart back for me. I gave him a big smile with a big YES!
    As I got into my car I yelled thank-you Jesus! it was like a big hug from The Lord !
    In our obedience we bless, by others we are blessed.
    Have a super day Leah! God bless you!
    Sue K.

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    • Sue, what a wonderful story of how God met a need, right there in the grocery store parking lot. Oh, how I love that you see Him so clearly. You are a beautiful blessing to many, sweet friend. Stay awesome and know that you are deeply loved!

  35. I am finding that as my children are older now being there for them is still needed. Health concerns come up so just when you feel maybe God can use me outside the home now??? Attitude and waiting on Him is how one can achieve great things.

  36. Amy Pritz says:

    Wow! I sometimes feel so alone in my strong beliefs to be a stay at home mom. It is so encouraging to see there are so many out there that value this…maybe future mother in laws to my precious children?! This devotional spoke such blessings to me. Thank you!

  37. Melissa Nickerson says:

    Thank you for sharing this today. It is really hard to see what you accomplish in a day with a full family. It touched my heart to read this today. It seems like running a family and household is never noticed. I never thought that God was watching and happy with what I am doing for my family. This is so very important to know. It has given me a renewed spirit. Thank you so much.

  38. becky yates says:

    Thank you so for your encouraging words. They opened my heart and eyes to see my life is full and rewarding in just being me and doing what is right in Gods eyes. Again thank you. And may He continue to bless you and your journey in life always.

  39. Leah, you just did something great–by sharing your thoughts that so many of us identify with. What encouragement! Thanks!

  40. Thank you for this wonderful message today! I have never felt like The Lord has ever used me for something great or ever would, but this lesson put it all in perspective for me that I have done great things by just being a loving mom and wife. Society does overlook the “little things” all the time, but I am thankful that my God does not overlook anything I do! God Bless

  41. Rhonda Thomas says:

    Leah, Thanks for sharing. Today would have been my sister’s 53rd birthday. I had the privilege of showing her God’s love and forgiveness, just a couple of weeks before she passed last fall. Because of God’s great love and compassion, He gave her time to make a decision for Christ. I am reminded of the little things that God thinks are a BIG deal. Sometimes we have no idea how BIG! Confession: When your boys were young, I saw you as the “perfect Mom” and was jealous!

    • Rhonda, I’m so sorry to hear about your sister. You must miss her very much. I’m sure you are looking forward to seeing her again in heaven. 🙂 As for the perfect mom theory, there’s no such thing. I’m so grateful God doesn’t give up on us! Without Him, we’d all be in a heap of trouble!

  42. Minerva In Florida says:

    Hello Leah, today is my first time in your website, I’ve heard the quotes on the radio 88.3 here in Florida but i never went to the site till today and I have to say I am so very blessed that I did. I have felt like I wasn’t doing enough for the Lord and after I read todays message I just wanted everyone I know to go to your site and be just as blessed as I was. I usually teach Bible Studies to anyone who wants to know about God and others who want to grow. I have been told I remind a lot of people of Joyce Meyer but I know for a fact I am far off, so it made me feel as though I was not doing enough and now that I read your message today I am so relieved! I love how God is using me now and will keep doing what I am doing.
    Thank You sooo much! and God bless you always!

    Love, Minerva <3

    • Minerva, welcome to Proverbs 31 Ministries! I’m so glad you decided to visit our site. I hope you sign up to received our daily devotions. Reading them will give you a daily dose of encouragement. It’s wonderful to hear you’re teaching Bible studies. It sounds like you’re serving faithfully where God has placed you!

  43. Kristin Smith says:

    Dear Leah,
    I LOVE Proverbs 31 Ministries’ devotionals.! This article touched me more than any other piece has so far! It is extremely well-written and relatable. I have a MA in Journalism/PR and was offered a dream job a couple of years ago, but instead chose to homeschool my two teenagers; during the last two years, I have worked harder than I ever had my entire life and have been more stretched than I ever could have imagined. However, at 46, I can definitely say it has been an extreme privilege to serve my children in this way, and they have grown in incredible ways both in their love for the Lord and academically. Your devotional helped confirm to me that I definitely made the right choice!

    God Bless,

    Kris Smith

    • Kris, what a beautiful way to create lifetime memories with your teenagers. I used to thing being a mom was the hardest job in the world. Now, I believe being a homeschool mom is the hardest job in the world! Your willingness to lay down your dream job in order to help your kids has not gone unnoticed. God sees. God knows. God rewards.

  44. Leah please respond:
    Wow! I easily and quickly relate to your devotion. I too like many have been asking “when God when?” I am so waiting for my WOW! Spread out the table before my enemies experience. Sometime I say to God . . . .God I do not spoke, do not drink alcohol, do nt cheat on my husband and so many other good qualites maintained for YEARS. When Lord, when? I like you most times sandwiched between my two kids, may not always be the in bed encounter, but certainly its the ALWAYS NEEDING MUM’S ATTENTION at all times. Not to mention the drop offs and pick ups, such as today. Leah and ladies as I pray for you all, please pray for me. Sometime I wonder. But I get up the next day and do it over and over again for my family. This devotion was both uplifting and inspiring. Thank you Leah, It is a BLESSING to be connected to all of you wonderful people. Kindly respond as I need to hear your comments. God bless!

    • Bridgette, I’m so glad the devotion encouraged you today. I pray that as you serve your family you will continue to experience God’s joy and love over your life. May His presence and saving grace be the greatest blessings of all.

  45. I am a 46 year old woman who has struggled her whole life. I am fortunate to have several friends, but many of them are rich and are able to do and provide more for their families than I ever could. My husband lost his job 2 years ago and we are both having struggles at our current positions. After reading this, I am still sitting here in tears, but happily reminded how very blessed I am with two beautiful and healthy children and how God has blessed me to be their mother… that is all that matters. Thank you so much for the reminder.

    • Dee, thank you for being so honest about the struggles you’ve been facing. I’m praying for your husband and family’s finances, believing that He will provide all of your needs as promised. (Philippians 4:19)

  46. Cynthia Cox says:

    I was reading this while I was at work and wonderful devotion to read. Those were my exact thoughts at one time and for a very long time well my time finally came. First it started off with having to adopt my grandchildren and thinking Lord this is not the kind of life I planned on having, well he had other plans for me our family grew to a family of 8 and while I love children He was equipping me for a life full of children but in a different manner. I have always wanted to work with kids of all ages but especially the youth of our generation. This year I have been asked to teach the youth in our church so I am no the youth Leader and I am loving it, the Lord is doing a great work in our youth and while we are only a group of 10 on a good day we are strong and full of fire for the Lord and very open to wanting everything that the Lord has for us. Thank you for this post it gave me even a bigger boost of confidence.

  47. This is a great devo, and I’m sure it has touched many women… but boy, Prov. 31 sure makes single women with no families feel like garbage sometimes.
    I was really excited when I saw the title of this one, because I, like so many, feel lost most of the time, but when I got into it I was crushed. “No grand accomplishments in life? No worries, you selflessly serve your family!” Wrong and wronger.
    I guess I’m not the prime demographic for this ministry, but sheesh. I know it definitely wasn’t the intention, but I really don’t need a daily devo to make me feel even more like a failure at life.

    • Hi Karen,

      I don’t have children either, though I am married so I don’t completely understand your situation. However, even before I was married I wanted to do something amazing with my life – something people would recognize and go “Wow! She’s really made something of her life!” Well, I went to college, graduated and landed my dream job. Five and a half years later, over time, my dream job netted me serious health issues and a major breakdown. Four years ago I was a very broken woman. I had no career (I had to quit), no kids, and I felt so worthless. For years I allowed the word “failure” to define me because I felt I had failed at what God had called me to do – my career. My husband has been very supportive, and I adore him, but one challenged I have also faced is that during these past four years while I’m struggling to redefine myself, his career is thriving and flourishing. (Praise God for that!) But, it’s hard not to feel jealous when you thought you would be thriving and succeeding as well. This morning I began to fully realize that I need to pray for my heart to be changed. For me to see success through His eyes. Maybe it won’t be serving your husband or children right now (or ever if you choose). Maybe it’s simply you being you. Maybe it’s the outreach to a friend, or a connection you form at work that plants the seeds that will lead to Jesus. You are not a failure, and I pray you and I both will begin to see ourselves through His eyes and not the world’s eyes; realizing that everything we do makes an eternal impact – maybe not in fanfare, accolades, or worldly success – but in every little thing we do and say each day. He uses singles and people without kids too, and sometimes you’re in the best position to serve Him in that time.
      http://www.devotionaldiva.com/ <– check her out too – she speaks a great deal about her long time singleness (she's married now) and is very directed toward single women
      Romans 12:1-2 (MSG) So here’s what I want you to do, God helping you: Take your everyday, ordinary life—your sleeping, eating, going-to-work, and walking-around life—and place it before God as an offering. Embracing what God does for you is the best thing you can do for him.

    • Karen,
      Thank you for taking the time to leave your comments. I really appreciate your honesty. I’m so sorry that my devotion wasn’t what you expected. I wrote it based on my own personal experiences but would never want any single woman to feel crushed after reading it. I shared more on my blog that had less focus on parenting.

      Some of the women I admire the most are single. God has given them key roles and tremendous responsibilities that would be impossible to fulfill if they were married or had children. Your position in the kingdom calendar is of great value and worth. Don’t let any devotion tell you otherwise. I pray that God continues to open door of great opportunity for you and reminds you daily how much He loves you.
      Respectfully, Leah

  48. This is ME!!! You are speaking straight to me today!!! I was just talking about this with my husband this morning and this has been a HUGE struggle for me for years. I am finally beginning to realize that God may have a simple path for me – simple in the world’s eyes, but HUGE in His. Thank you for sharing your heart and posting this TODAY – I truly cannot tell you how much I needed it.

  49. Sweet words, I wish to have at least a child… Have been lomging for a child.. I am over 40 and not be able to get pregnant and I do not know if I will someday. God help me .. I want to be used for you, raising my own family at least… Please pray for me.

  50. Mae Smith says:

    Today’s devotion truly blessed me. It was exactly what I needed at this time in my life.

  51. debbie p. says:

    Thank you Leah. I so needed to hear that and know that. I have felt just like that for a long time and needed encouragement. No matter what I do, I feel that it is never enough. Thanks for helping me to realize that what I do is important and special in God’s eyes.

  52. Leah, you Blog came at just the right time. I am praying and do not know whether it is my mission to go on a mission trip to Thailand. Thank you for sharing your thoughts and heart it put God’s word to help make a decision. Blessings to you.

  53. Gillie Ruth says:

    Dear Stay-at-Home Mums. I have been one too, and worked as a CRT in Christian and secular schools. I have 2 sons 24 and 25 living at home with us as they save and grow and share their lives with us. You, ladies, are the most important people we teachers know. What ever your work situation, home, working, part time, the fact that you care and share with your precious children is the things that keeps them stable, or brings them back from the brink of disaster. Nothing you do,is wasted, be it for now, or when they are older, it all counts towards where God takes them in their lives. I can tell in a blink, the children who have someone to care, who ever that is from a family friend to Nana to a special sibling etc. Caring for children is such a wonderful gift…enjoy!

  54. This was such a blessing to me!!! I’m a wife and a mother of three, two being special needs. I am a part time stay at home mom, and a substitute teacher. I have always felt because I don’t bring in money that I’m not really doing anything. I struggle with this a lot. I do know that God has a plan for my life, but is it really this, taking care of my children? Pray that God will show me what my calling in life is. Thx!!!

  55. Thank you so much. This was a shot in the arm to stay focused and continue to serve my family, and as they are getting older and starting to leave the house it is an encouragement for me to look for new ways to serve them and to serve others.

  56. Linda Mullin says:

    Thank you for the emails and encouragement and inspiration.
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A-1MR5JAu2M&feature=youtube_gdata_player

  57. I’m a 40 something widow and empty nester of one who flew far away. Seems everywhere I look is encouragement for those in families. I do not have that and wonder what God’s plans are for me, even after several years, other than just surviving and existing. It’s hard not to be sad and bitter and envious of everyone I know and read about here and elsewhere – all family dwellers. I think I feel loneliest at church, so I’ve been avoiding it. It would be nice to find a widow’s corner somewhere – am I just in the wrong place, or on the wrong track? Need prayer and encouragement for an aching heart…

  58. For many years I was in Children’s Ministry, music ministry..then one day my 14 year old son’s friend revealed my son was frantically looking for his drugs that this friend hid from him while spending the night. We were at a couples retreat on the mountain two hours away.We left he retreat to find my son sweating. Nose bleeding and finding out e had been on meth. What an eye opener to my life! I thought I was serving God,by serving hundreds of children…no I ignored my own family. My own children. My chapter in my life changed. .my an children came first, my family was my ministry. …so much harder so much work, but that is what Go wanted from me.
    Twelve years later my family needs me on a daily walk of prayer. They travel and work in the world with their gifts and talents. I can’t be the r e anymore but God can. My husband and I pray for our grown children as they travel from state to state.
    Now the Lrd has opened a door yo be a workshop leader for woman’s retreats and there many facets of my gifts and talents are used. God is faithful for using what we relinquish back to him. So when I rise though I am preparing for a retreat, I ask the Lord to use me today in FB, at the store, in my comings and goings, with friends and strangers…and yes God is faithful. Thank you for our message of hope, faith and trust in our Lord Jesus Christ. God gave me back the ministry with the world because I was faithful to my first call…which was my family! Amen

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