The Grass is Truly Grener Here, by Renee Peebles

The Grass is Truly Greener Here

Don't you love how the Lord speaks to you right where you are? Don't you love how the Lord can use any means necessary to confirm something He's already whispered in your heart over and over? Don't you love how patient and gentle He is with His sometimes very dumb and stubborn sheep? From the first year God led us to homeschool our children I have struggled over how to juggle serving in the local church "using my gifts" to build up the body of Christ and serving/ministering to my husband, children and neighbors...(did I already mention I homeschool?) We have four children, one will be graduating in June! I spent many years involved in "ministry" outside of my home, in my church and all the while still trying to keep up with homeschoolng the children the Lord has entrusted to us. God has gently and lovingly whispered in my heart..."this is not your season"..."your going to burn out!" "There is nothing more important than what you are doing at home"...and I would listen and think OK Lord I believe that and I know you are right..BUT, what about using my gifts to edify the body, to be connected in my local assembly? Before I knew it I was back in another ministry and my home and schooling suffered.

Well, this year God has really been pressing me about this thing! A verse he used to get my attention back in the early part of the summer was the verse that is in the title of my blog..Psalm 37:3-5 Trust in the Lord, and do good;dwell in the land, and feed on His faithfulness. Delight yourself also in the Lord, and He shall give you the desires of your heart. Commit your way to the Lord, Trust also in Him, and He will bring it to pass.

A dear friend of mine helped me walk through this struggle. A few weeks back on the phone, she let me voice what I had been struggling with for so long. It's not do either/or, it's seasons of life, having the struggle is alright, the desire is a good desire, a godly desire, a right desire...This verse has come alive in my heart over the past year...everywhere I turn this verse appears. He is so patient with me...This past summer I had been struggling and praying about a ministry I was involved in a "BIG" ministry and low and behold as I was cleaning out files in my school room the Lord conveniently allowed a devotion I wrote seven years ago based on this very verse to fall out. It was a devotion titled The grass is greener. So, I obediently pulled out of that ministry and now am a prayer member on the team. I teach a ladies class which takes much time, energy and effort...I have been praying about this all year and I now know the answer. After much prayer over the past several weeks God spoke again, this time through a book I am reading (for the second time!) "Seven Tools to Help Cultivate Your Child's Potential" Zan Tyler. It was such a pretty day I decided to take the girls and some friends to the park and I always take a book along to get in a little reading. As I was reading one of the first pages, this verse jumped off the page at me and I laughed outloud at the lengths the Lord will go to answer my prayers, even if I am too dumb to see it the first, second, third, 100th time! I wrote todays date beside the verse and praised Him right where I sat. The grass truly is greener here...I have tried to dwell in other lands and have seen that the land He has so graciously given me to dwell in for this season is rich, sweet and delightful. So, you homeschool Mom's if you ever wonder if the grass is a little greener doing "BIG" ministry Just remember You are already there! TRUST, DWELL, FEED, DELIGHT, COMMIT and He will bring it to pass.
Trust, dwell, feed, delight, commit...and He will bring it to pass, bring what to pass? The desires of your heart..which if we will learn to trust, dwell, feed, delight and commit He will change the desires of our heart to match His heart's desire for us.

About Renee Peebles:

Renee is passionate about her relationship with Christ, her family and homeschooling. She enjoys writing devotions and articles on homeschooling, family and God's Word.  Her desire is for every woman to know her value and worth in Christ Jesus and begin to walk in His truth.


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