First Things First

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God has given wives and mothers a special ministry to their husbands and then to their children.

To everything there is a season, a time for every purpose under heaven. Ecclesiastes 3:1

Before I started doing seminars, speaking with David, and ministering to women in our church, I was asked about the goals I had as a housewife. It had never occurred to me to even think about goals. All I did was change diapers and drive in the car pool. What goals could I possibly have in mind? I began to do some seri­ous soul-searching. My searching ended with these life goals: devotion to God, to husband, to children, and finally to others.

That gave me a new perspective as a homemaker. If my goals were being devoted to God, to my husband, and to my kids, then I needed to get busy.

I started by beginning a newly scheduled devotional time with God. Before the kids got up each morning, I'd curl up on the couch and simply "hang out" with God. I learned to be still and enjoy being with God.

Secondly, I began thinking of ways that I could show David that I was devoted to him. I initiated affection with David. I verbalized my love for him more often and kissed him when he left for work and when he came home. I called him during the day, just to tell him I was thinking about him and that I loved him. Each day, I tried to show David that my love for him was consistent, ever present, and stable.

So often, I hear women complain, "I don't have a ministry." But God has given us a special ministry to our husbands and then our children. If you're at a stage of life where your husband and children require most of your time, then thank God for this season of life and get busy getting devoted.

What adjustments do you need to make in your list of priorities today to make sure your spouse and children are in their proper place?

Lord, help me to prioritize my devotion to You and then to my spouse and children.

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