You have to serve to see

This week was one of those that seemed as if it would never end.  The to-do list was intimidating, the work exhausting and the weekend nonexistent.

The only way I was able to get through this week of 24-7 ministry was the strength of God.

{and I will take a day off this week if it kills me}

Yesterday, I was sharing about YoungLives with a special teen mama at a local church {they have four services and we shared at all of them}.  I was so tired when I got up to get ready and I told God {when I was in the shower} if I was going to make it through with a smile on my face the energy and strength would only come from Him.

He showed up, as He always does.  I didn’t fall asleep on the front row.  I didn’t stutter in front of hundreds of people AND we had more Christian women sign up to mentor our teen mama’s then we ever before.  God honored my obedience with a huge blessing.

The added bonus was the pastor’s sermon.  He taught from John 2.  While I have been familiar with the water-into-wine miracle, he drew our attention to a part of the passage I had never noticed before.

The master of the banquet tasted the water that had been turned into wine.  He did not realize where it had come from, though the servants who had drawn the water knew. ~John 2:9

I learned that the servants that filled the six stone water jars {which weighed at least 160 lbs as they lugged them back to the party from the well} were the ones that got to see Jesus’ first miracle.

How cool is that?  I needed reminded that to see God at work, you need to be in the trenches of serving Him.  That when we serve others we are the most like Jesus.

I am so honored to serve Him and to see {everyday} the miracles He works in the lives of those I serve.  Whether it is teen moms, a friend in need, serving at home as I care for my family, the miracles are there to witness.

You have to serve to see.

And the counting of gifts continues {#401-410}

~  gingerbread latte on a busy day

~  a girl willing to share her story for God’s glory {who blessed my heart in the process}

~  shopping for my birthday girl’s present

~  cold breeze while wearing a warm scarf and vest

~  surviving watching my son’s first wrestling match {I was NOT made to be a wrestling mama}

~  a hubby who steam cleans the carpet while I am away working on the weekend

~  taking a much needed Sunday afternoon nap with Sweet Pea

~  bavarian creme puffs {Holy Moses, those things were good}

~  date night with the hubby

~  the lights twinkling on our Christmas tree

What are you thankful for?

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  1. Sue Mayer says:

    I’m thankful for the reminder you gave me today on your blog!  May God continue to bless you!

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