By Stephanie Blackiston

As I enter into another school season with my 8 children, life is full of endless behind-the-scenes tasks. Filling out paperwork, driving to different appointments, packing lunches, filling backpacks, looking for shoes, helping with homework, making meals, cleaning the kitchen, and doing laundry are just a few of my daily mom-jobs. I fall into bed completely poured out only to wake up behind the next day. It is easy to feel lost in these tedious chores. Sometimes I doubt if there is any eternal significance in the long, hard days.

Recently, God lovingly reminded me of the power of packing a good lunch.

We all know the story where Jesus feeds a hungry crowd of over five thousand people. Jesus asks his disciples how they can provide food for all of them and the disciples start scratching their heads and trying to solve the problem financially.

Andrew (who is really good at bringing people to Jesus) brings a young boy with his lunch to Jesus.

Let’s pause the story for a second while we think about this. Somebody packed this boy’s lunch. The Bible doesn’t say it was his mom, but that’s sure my guess!

In my imagination, she looks like me. She is probably wearing yesterday’s makeup. She’s stressed. She doesn’t have it all together but continues doing what she does best: cleaning and packing lunches!  One of those lunches just happened to be for her son’s outing to the Sea of Galilee. She hugs him and prays for his day as he grabs his lunch and rushes out the door. She starts cleaning the kitchen (again) and wonders to herself, “Does anyone see how hard I am working?”

(Imagine the look on her face that evening when she asks him about his day.)

Back to the story:

When Jesus looked up and saw a great crowd coming toward him, He said to Philip, “Where shall we buy bread for these people to eat?”… Andrew, Simon Peter’s brother, spoke up, “Here is a boy with five small barley loaves and two small fish, but how far will they go among so many?”… Jesus then took the loaves, gave thanks, and distributed to those who were seated as much as they wanted. He did the same with the fish.
John 6:9-11

Somebody’s “meaningless task” of packing a lunch just got FUELED with power and purpose.

Do we sincerely believe God can use anything we do for His glory?

What if we began asking the Holy Spirit to empower our daily tasks? What if we prayed over our children as we folded their clothes? What if we prayed over their lunches? Asking God to use our child’s life to touch thousands of lives? What if we served our family knowing Jesus can use our simple work to accomplish His miracles? What if we found joy in remaining anonymous?  What if we did it ALL for Him and His glory alone? 

Do we sincerely believe God can use anything we do for His glory?

I used to have big ministry dreams and lofty ideas of what that looked like.

As I have gotten older, I simply want to be faithful and walk with God every day.

Then your Father, who sees what is done in secret, will reward you.
Matthew 6:4

God sees us getting our children ready for school. He sees us teaching them the Bible and praying over them at night. He knows we’ve cleaned the kitchen 3 million times and He knows what we pack in their lunches.

He can use it ALL.

Four of my favorite words in the Bible are found in this story.

Let nothing be wasted.
John 6:12

Those are the words of Jesus Christ.

He will not waste anything you do for Him.

Be encouraged, weary mommas. I’m right there with you! I have been battling the enemy’s deafening discouragement and lies myself. But remember, God chose us for this and He desires to do exceedingly and abundantly more than we could ever imagine. 

I chose you and appointed you so that you might go and bear fruit—fruit that will last.
John 15:16

Our relationship with the Lord has to remain our top priority because we cannot do this apart from Jesus. When our hearts are turned to the Lord, obedience naturally follows.

May He turn our hearts to Him, to walk in obedience to Him.
1 Kings 8:58

Time in the Word gives us the wisdom we need for each day.

His Spirit saturates our lives and produces life all around us.

When we invite Christ into motherhood, we begin to see His fingerprints on every little thing… even Ziploc bags!

Faithfully serving in our homes opens the door for our children to see miracles and God’s glory at work!

Let us see your miracles again; Let our children see your glory at work.
Psalm 90:16

There is supernatural power flowing through a mother who lives in constant fellowship with Jesus and lives to serve Him.

She will see miracles.

So will her children.

 

Stephanie Blackiston

Stephanie is the mother of 8 precious children and is so far out of her comfort zone, it's not even funny. 🙂 God is constantly teaching her to depend on Him to complete the impossible work of motherhood.  Stephanie is married to a prince-in-real-life, Tim.

However, along with great blessing, she has walked through deep pain, loss, and grief. She loves comforting others with the comfort God has given her.

Stephanie has a passion to see women and children of all ages engaged with the Word of God. The ministry, “Good Soil Girls” is an overflow of her love and devotion to the Word of God and that passion.

1 Corinthians 2:9 is her signature verse.

 

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