I HAVE BEEN OVERWEHLEMED the last few weeks, as I have faithfully met with an amazing group of people every Wednesday night. Our paths have crossed because they are seeking a natural childbirth, and I just happen to be certified and able to teach them how to achieve that.
It is always an honor to teach EVERY couple that the Lord brings through my classroom door, but this class has been something special.
As I have gotten to know these men and women, I have been amazed at the beauty in the room despite our differences in race and religion. Amongst our colorful spread, there are Evangelicals, Catholics, Jews, and Muslims. Never do we have a conversation about our religions specifically, but we have all been open during our discussions about what we believe and how that shapes our view of birth. I have seen these men and women hold each other’s hands, encourage one another, and cheer one another on.
To say that I have been impacted is severely an understatement.
I have been praying in the midst of this class that the name of Jesus would be known. He is the ONLY Way, the Truth, and the Life. When there is anxiety in the hearts of these precious people, He is the only answer. I know these truths, but I have not preached them in those words.
Instead, I have chosen to demonstrate the truth in my actions, sincerity, peace, and compassion.
Very few times in my life have I had the opportunity to BE JESUS in such a real way to people of so many different backgrounds and beliefs at one time. I wish I could say that it was the norm, but let’s just be honest, it’s not. I homeschool in a Christian homeschool community. Most of my friendships come from my church or Christian organizations that I have been a part of.
This is just real life. Perhaps this is your real life.
So, when I look around the room next week and stare into the faces of God’s creation, I am thankful. I am thankful for them. I am thankful for the opportunity to be in their lives and them in mine. I am thankful that just outside our nation’s capital, God has given me a practical ministry to love people regardless of their beliefs, cultures, and backgrounds.
We all have babies. We all struggle with the anxiety and the pain associated with childbirth. We all need cheerleaders. We have all valued our marriage and pre-born children.
These are things we have in common. These are the things we rally around.
Once again, I PRAY, OH JESUS, I PRAY that You would be known by every heart I teach.
I wonder if some of these men and women, have ever been able to say of a Christian, “Wow. She really loves Jesus, and she really loves me well.” Of course, I can not love them like Jesus does, but I am intentionally praying for God to show me how to love them, speak directly to their hearts, and bring truth into their lives. The impact this will make in their lives, I may never know.
There is a time and a place to preach the gospel, declare Jesus as Lord, and prophesy!
This Wednesday in my class, where I can not preach, I am going to LOVE WELL.
LOVE those around you. BE JESUS. Be consistent, compassionate, and nonjudgmental. Listen to people and hear what they are saying. If you know Jesus, you have the answer to every problem. The Holy Spirit is faithful to give appropriate and bold words that reveal who Jesus is.
He loved well, so I want to love well.
Enjoy your day sweet friends,
Day 5: More than Enough (Taken from Laid Down: A 30-Day Devotional for the…26 September 2016