Where My Ministry Counts the Most
People are always impressed when I say things like "I have a flight tomorrow" or "I will be speaking to 200 teenagers this weekend" or "my books will be on sale at a conference with more than 4,000 women in attendance." And since I often write about ministry trips here on the blog, I can see how you might get the impression that traveling and speaking and writing books is the best gig I have going.
But the reality is, my most important ministry happens at home.
The Lord gave me a very clear vision of how He wanted me to minister several years ago. Through Scripture and the Holy Spirit, I got the clear impression that He wants me to minister at home first, my local church second, and then minister to others through my writing and speaking ministry.
This is the opposite of how the world would have me order my priorities. Even among Christians, the things I do in conference centers or on the pages of published books or even in the posts on this blog seem more significant than my role as a wife and mom. As I prepare to leave home for a few days, I am reminded that that's simply not the case. I am a wife first and a mom second. I am also a first and second grade Sunday school teacher. I lead a group for moms in my church fellowship hall once a month. I teach a cooking class to teenagers as a means to teach them how to live out God's plan for womanhood. When it comes to priorities and rewards, my job as a writer and speaker is pretty far down the list.
I guess I just want you to know that while I talk about what God does at True Woman this weekend, my heart is firmly anchored at home. I love to be a part of it when God does big things in the lives of many women. But if I had to choose between speaking at conferences, writing blogs, signing books, and being a godly wife and mom, the decision would be a no brainer.
That's part of why I'm willing to leave my family behind for a few days to attend True Woman. I want other women to know what God says about their design as a woman. I especially want young women like you to know that being a wife and a mom is a high and holy calling, not something to be dreaded or avoided.
Since God always has more work to do in my heart, I will be updating you regularly throughout the weekend about what He is teaching me. I hope you are as excited as I am to see how God is changing the tides of culture when it comes to defining motherhood. And I hope you will consider your own priorities and willingly choose to live out biblical womanhood by seeing your home as family as your most important mission field.