“His master replied, ‘Well done, good and faithful servant! You have been faithful with a few things; I will put you in charge of many things. Come and share your master’s happiness!’” Matthew 25:23
Six Little Words
“Well done, good and faithful servant” (Matthew 25:23a). These six little words make up the declaration every believer in Jesus Christ longs to hear when finished with life on this earth. I can’t even imagine how glorious it will be to awaken someday in heaven and hear the voice of our Savior tenderly speaking the precious words, “Well done, good and faithful servant.”
How about you, mama? Do you ever think about the end of your life and how you want to finish? A good and faithful life happens one day at a time, one moment at a time while holding the hand of Jesus and trusting Him to help us live and love well.
As mamas, even as we walk with Jesus, our calling to these virtues can still feel challenging. Sometimes our lives get so hard and our circumstances make us want to throw in the towel or even give up on the lives God has called us to live. We may have difficulty in our marriages and feel like they are never going to get any better. Perhaps the weariness of the day-in-day-out life with a difficult child makes us want to run away and hide or check out altogether. Or worst of all, we may feel far away and distant from God Himself and be too “busy” to even spend time with Him.
Oh sweet mama, life does get hard, but I can tell you from experience that if we will listen carefully each moment for the voice of our sweet Jesus, we will hear Him beckoning us: Hang in there, don’t give up, live each day with Me. He is our faithful Shepherd, the one who, “…tends his flock like a shepherd: He gathers the lambs in his arms and carries them close to his heart; he gently leads those that have young” (Isaiah 40:11).
Don’t give up, dear one. Jesus is right there with you. Listen for His voice today. Take the words of Winston Churchill to heart, “Never, ever, ever, ever, ever, ever, ever, give up. Never give up. Never give up. Never give up.” I think that about sums it up!
Blessings and Love,
- Prayerfully ask the Lord to tell you if there are any areas of your life in which you are disengaged or want to quit. Ask God to help you stay faithful, no matter what!
The book you are holding in your hands is a tool to help you live your life well and stay faithful to the ones the Lord has called you to love. The book is titled The Wise Woman Stays because it is our heart’s desire to encourage you as a mom to stay engaged and involved in your life, even when it’s tough.
Each day, as you read through this book, ask the Holy Spirit to speak to your heart and help you obey what He tells you. Be sure to write what you feel Him saying to you in a journal or spiral notebook. This is such an important step in learning what it means to live your life well.
I love how the authors of the study Experiencing God put it:
When the God of the universe tells you something, it’s important enough to write down. When God speaks to you in your quiet times with Him, immediately record what He says, before you forget. Then add your prayer response.
This advice has helped me learn how to hear the voice of God in a practical way. I pray it helps you too!
I remember going into my daughter's room night after night and kneeling beside her bed and crying my heart out to God because I didn’t know how to be a Christian mom; I felt like I had no idea what I was doing. You know what? God is so faithful! He answered me and simply said, “Spend time with me, Deb.” And so I did. I began arising 15-30 minutes earlier each day so I could read my Bible and pray, and plan out my day with my family.
If there was one thing I would love to share with you is that God is personal and loves you as you are. You don’t have to be perfect to be loved by our amazing God! Come as you are! His loving presence can be practically known and experienced. He is not a God who is far away, He is near and easily found. He longs for you to come to Him!
Deb is married to her soulmate of 28 years, Randy. They have two grown children, Christie and Jack, and one precious, answer to prayer son-in-law named Alex.