The Path Just Got Wider

I have struggled to find time to write. My shop has become so busy and I’m working hard to create things for orders. I was sitting here this morning wondering if I was still even fueling the ministry that God has set before me. It is a ministry I believe in. It is one that I know matters.

My husband has asked if I will start writing again and if a devotional is still a goal of mine. Yes, it is, but, man, did I get annoyed when he asked. Uh, hello, I have nearly 70 open orders right now! He was checking in on a goal we both believe in. He was making sure that my spirit was still aligned with what we believe to be a calling. It turns out I have many. What a thing to be grateful for.

I need people like that around me. Even when I’m slammed or busy or tired, I need the reminders. I am still on the path, it has simply gotten wider. The timeline has changed, but my heart has not.

I am blessed to make money doing something that I enjoy. God is my source, God is my vine. That is where my joy truly comes from, but I do enjoy the blessings He has so freely given also. They are not my vine or my source and I cannot be confused about that.

God will use me in so many ways. I have had orders that have been sent with birthday cards. I have sent orders and also commemorative items to those who have lost loved ones. I have made orders for military moms that honor their service. I have sent shop gifts to wives who are struggling through their husband’s infidelity. I have offered prayer and condolences to customers who have lost parents.

God can use anything I do to both serve and bless others. Isn’t that the Diary of a Hot Mess Mama ministry? My whole focus has been to say, “Mama, I see you. You’re not alone. You’re celebrated. You’re loved. You matter. You have a friend and a Father.”

This morning I take comfort in knowing that God is at work no matter what my hands are in. God can use me no matter where my feet are walking. God can give me things to enjoy while being my source of joy.

Mama, I’m here. I SEE YOU. I care. God is still at work. The things going on in the world are not the vine. They are not the source. He is. The tasks and duties and blessings in your life are full of God. They are filled with opportunities to serve and to minister. Be met where you are by the greatest love and grandest joy of all: HIS. ❤

1 Chronicles 16:32-34

Let the sea roar, and all that fills it; let the field exult, and everything in it! Then shall the trees of the forest sing for joy before the Lord, for he comes to judge the earth. Oh give thanks to the Lord, for he is good; for his steadfast love endures forever!

2 thoughts on “The Path Just Got Wider

  1. Monica Buttrey says:

    This is beautiful Steph and you are so right, an open heart is a workshop for God and His greater good. You have that and He is working overtime on you right now! I am so proud to call you my friend. I love you dearly.

    • hotmessmama2017 says:

      An open heart is a workshop for God. I JUST LOVE THAT. I also love you, the many ways you minister, and I count myself blessed to have been ministered to by such a loving heart like yours. Thank you for revealing to me how big God’s love and grace truly is during a time when I did not really know Him. And always, thank you for all that amazing food. ❤ LOVE YOU!

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