My husband spends a lot of time with a group of young men. He teaches them from the Bible and trains them to live as godly men as they help within the church. The long term goal is raising up some pastors who can lead the churches God allows us to plant. Really, he spends more time with these guys than he does with me — on a grump day, I resent that! When they’re in my home, I feed them and keep the coffee flowing. They call me “bauju” which means sister-in-law, and I kind of love it.
What I’ve realized as I try to share my “real life” stories with you is that most of them are not my own. And the ones that are are super boring. “Hey guys, one time I walked my kids to school and then did some shopping and made some food… then I did it again every day of the week.” Any of the stories of God giving us victory in our ministry or doing something miraculous in our family have happened mostly through God’s work accomplished through my better half. My prayer is that as our ministry grows, the Lord will grant me the desires of my heart to serve and disciple young ladies in the church.
In the meantime, what I’ve come to see and praise God for, is that I have a share in my husband’s service for the Lord. I may not be on the ground level where all the magic happens much of the time. Rather, I’m cheering him on, encouraging him in little ways, and throwing up desperate prayers in all the times I feel helpless. I’m The Legs He Stands On, and as such, I have a supporting role.
Truthfully, the stories we share, though, do not belong to me or to my husband. We’re small characters in the story God is patiently and faithfully writing, and we know this. Even still, we are part of His grand scheme to bring people back to Himself. Every small story of victory and each tale of trial belong to Him. We are not the heroes of our stories, and we are not in control of what’s on the last page.
Am I going to struggle to share 25 more stories of my life with you? Absolutely 100% YES. But, like in every other part of my life, I’m going to have to trust God as He changes the plans. I know He will give me the words I need to hear and the stories I need to share. Whether they’re mine or my husband’s stories, ultimately they all belong to the Lord.
I “make” God big in my life when I accept the support roles He gives me and trust Him, in all His wisdom, to write the stories of my life.
What stories is God writing in your life?
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Your an important teammate to your hubby. It’s hard to share our stories but there is beauty when we can. I’m in the 40 spot this week.
Yes, how hard it can be to remain the right perspective! Thanks, Tara!
Amber, nothing you’ve shared over the years I have known you through Five Minute Friday has been remotely boring. I believe that you can find the magic in a shopping trip, and the holiness in tying a shoelace.
You’re way cool.
#1 at FMF this week.
Wow, thank you, Andrew! I am VERY sensitive and introspective, and for a long time I didn’t like that about myself. I’ve come to be grateful for it over the years. It does make life way less boring!
Amber, your stories are vital. The truth is there is no “lesser” part in this work you and your husband are doing. Your support enables your husband to do more and touches the heart of each man, who then will affect change in their families. Thank you for reminding me this morning that we must decrease and Jesus increase. So grateful to have stopped here this morning! Blessings!
Thank you for your kind words, Joanne. I’m grateful you stopped here, too!
Beautiful writing because it comes from your heart. God will give you the stories to share. God Bless!