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Springtime is a wonderful time of year. There is something so beautiful about the world brightening and the weather warming that seems to breathe new life into our daily routines and responsibilities! As the rains falls- the grass turns green, the trees blossom, and the gardens begin to grow.  Isn’t is something how we tend to focus on the sunshine- yet without the rain, sunshine would only bring a desert. Rain is not always a negative- as in the storms of life, but rain also is a way of watering the earth to bring new life. If we planted a pansy in the dry ground it might be pretty for a day, but not long after it would be withered and dried up.  All color would be lost. Yet if we watered and continued to water- the bright colors and beauty would remain through the entire summer! Our lives can be a lot like that. Proverbs 11:25 “The liberal soul shall be made fat: and he that watereth shall be watered also himself.”  As we minister to others we are watering not only their soul- but ours also! We are bringing the beauty into their life and ours.

As I read through God’s Word I see so many places where women are ministering to their families, their churches, bringing people to Christ, and serving with joy. Service and ministry should be more a
part of our nature rather than just something we add to our to-do list. Without ministry in our lives, we tend to wither up like an unwatered plant. Why is that? When we realize what we were made for, and how we are made to interact with others, we can see the importance of serving. We were made to glorify God. We show our love through how we love and serve others. Love is an action.  When we live for our self and our life is focused on “me” we are not watering others and in turn, we tend to shrivel up and dry out just as a flower in a desert. There is no joy- there is no love overflowing our hearts.

Have you noticed that when Peter’s mother-in-law was laying in bed with a serious fever and Jesus came and healed her she immediately sprung out of bed and “ministered unto them!” It wasn’t because the men just wanted her out of bed so she could serve them, but her life was so focused on helping others and serving her family that her immediate response to being healed and well enough to get out of bed was  to see the needs of those around her. (See Mark 1:31)

We can turn to Acts 16 and read of so many sisters in Christ serving in the ministry. In fact, even the men were told to assist Phoebe in “whatsoever business she hath need of you.” We see Priscilla, who is mentioned many times in the New Testament, who lived her life so much for the service of Christ and the furtherance of the gospel that Paul even says she was willing to sacrifice her life to see the work of the Lord continue. We see not only sisters in Christ, but households serving the Lord together and mothers encouraging their families to keep strong in the Lord.

Ladies, let’s take a moment to consider this. Not just to say, “my church is doing this,” or “my pastor is doing that.” Don’t underestimate your role, capabilities, or services- no matter what place you are at in life right now. Each one of us can serve the Lord with our life. What is your ministry, given to you by the Lord? Are you raising your babies for Jesus, encouraging your household to serve the Lord together? Are you encouraging and uplifting your husband to be the man God has for him to be? Are you a helper in the ministry that God has placed you in? Are you seeking to please God every day in your service to Him? Have you told someone about the wonderful love of Christ- that He willingly laid down His life in the death of the cross and rose again with the power over sin to be their Saviour?

If someone was writing a letter of recommendation to the churches today- would your name be on the list? Are you using your life to pour sweet refreshing water on the lives of others? Sister, are you serving?



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