From the Writer’s Desk to the Kitchen Sink
Guest post by Em Kennedy
As the release date of my new book ”Blossoms of Grace” is getting closer, I have an excited, yet thoughtful mood come over me. Yes, I am celebrating the beginning of a new chapter in my life…the marketing of my new devotional book, but more than that, I face the decision of what to focus my efforts on next? Every time I come to this place in my life, I am forced to prioritize the tasks at hand, to choose which one is most important.
Yes, I have more manuscripts started…Yes, I have a million ideas just waiting to be penned down. I have aspirations that call to me, but most importantly, I have a family who needs me.
I started writing at the age of 10. My life has always consisted of words on paper and ideas to pen down. I have always had dreams of publishing a best seller, and reaching millions with the gospel of Jesus Christ through the words that I’ve written, but God has a bigger plan for me right now. You see, I am a mother: a shaper of minds, and builder of character. I am a teacher, a cook, and a bed maker. I have floors to scrub and clothes to wash. I have the highest calling on earth…I am a MOTHER!
How can these jobs be as important as writing a book? The truth is they aren’t. They are more important! Excuse me as I fix my slipping tiara.
Moms have the greatest job on earth, and too often, we lose sight of that fact. What a wondrous opportunity it is to care for our homes and our children on a daily (and nightly) basis. A stay at home mom who carries the burden of the Homefront while the husband works has such an influence on the happiness and spiritual wellbeing of her family. She breaks up fights, kisses sore spots, helps with math problems, and prepares nutritious meals to just name a few. She is indispensable. Her job is highly honored in Proverbs 31, and the need for more godly mommas is seen all throughout our country.
How can I be serving God while caring for my family? It just seems like such a simple, unimportant job. It is monotonous and never ending how the laundry and dishes pile up. I mean, I am not even sure I am that good at my momma job seeing the house never seems to be in order. Yes, I have thought like this many times, even recently. The truth is as a mom, I am just as much serving God standing in front of my kitchen sink washing dishes, as I am typing up and sharing a poem or devotional!!!
I have a ministry taking care of my family that is just as important as teaching a Sunday School class, or witnessing to a lost person on the street. Yes, it is that important, because the souls of my children are at stake. Their future lies ahead of them and they need training and nurturing to face it correctly. They need to be taught how to live right, and living it in front of them is the best way.
So, excuse me as I go wash the dishes (tiara and all) … for I know it is the greater work.
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