Service Starts at Home


Show yourself in all respects to be a model of good works, and in your teaching show integrity, dignity (Titus 2:7)

I don’t know about you, but I sometimes find myself acting like a complete jerk in front of my children. I lose my patience, get frustrated, or just get stressed out and they are the ones who pay the price. Isn’t it amazing how we can give so much to others, but when we get home we have nothing left to give some days?

The Lord has really been speaking to me in this area. Who is my most important ministry? Who are the special ones He chose specifically for me? Who does He call me to be a mama to? THOSE are the ones who deserve my best. THOSE are the ones who need to see me walking with dignity and integrity, demonstrating the gospel with my words and actions.

Our children need to see us loving Jesus. They need to see us living that out in our homes and in our workplaces, with our friends and families. Our little ones (and even our big ones) need to see us extend a hand to those in need, share a smile and a kind word with someone who needs encouragement, shake a hand or give a hug to someone who needs reassurance. They need to see the love of Jesus flowing from us. That love will radiate from us to our children, covering them with comfort, reassurance, and peace.

They also need to see us doing good works. Do you involve your children in outreach and service? Are you cultivating a servant’s heart within them? With seven kids, I can honestly say that some of them have more of a servant’s heart than others. But they have ALL had service demonstrated in their lives. They have all watched me serve countless times, and I have stressed the importance of being the hands and feet of Jesus to them. My 10- year-old blesses my heart with his huge heart to serve others. He will find the scruffiest homeless person and shake their hand. He will serve in a food assembly line with great joy. He is…to put it simply…a servant of Christ. My heart just can’t wait to see how he uses this in his adult life. I know God has amazing plans for this sweet little boy.

Oh, how thankful I am for my family. How grateful I am to be able to help lead them to Jesus. What a beautiful treasure it is to mold and shape their little hearts to be like Christ.

Thank you Lord for trusting me to do this job. Thank you for guiding me and showing me that my family is my first and most important ministry. Help me, Lord, to make a true and genuine effort to give my best to my most precious. And my Lord, help me to not give in when Satan calls me to act in frustration and impatience, but to seek your calmness and peace when dealing with the ones I love so dearly. Amen.


A Good Helper


By:  Betty Predmore

My seven-year-old has been in a “helpful” mood lately. One of the ways she has been do starting her helpful spirit is by setting the table your dinner each night. She also wants to be the one who prays for our meals. A couple of nights ago, she even did the fishes for me by pulling a stool up to the sink. She asked me after she was finished, “Mom, am I being a hood helper?” I love her sweet spirit and her desire to be helpful and make a difference. I certainly appreciate her efforts.

So, of course, that got me pondering about my own spirit. Am I being a good helper? Am I helping God in an effort to please Him and make a difference? Am I noticing things that need to be done, and doing them? Or does He have to prod me along, while I grudgingly complete His mission for me? Hebrews 13:16 reminds us of how God us pleased when we help others….Do not neglect to do good and to share what you have, for such sacrifices are pleasing to God.

My daughter wants to please me. She wants to help me keep things in order. She wants to make things easier for me. That should be my goal in regards to my Father in heaven. That should be everyone’s goal….to please Him, to help Him keep things according to His plan, to make things easier for Him. We should be striving to make a different in His name, to share His love, His word, His joy, His promises with those He brings into our lives. This is why we were created. For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them. (Ephesians 2:10)

When we approach life with the desire and intention of being a good helper, we are rewarded for our efforts and actions. God pours out His abundant blessings on us in so many ways. Give and it will be given to you. Good measure, pressed down, shaken together, running over, will be put into your lap. For with the measure you use it will be measured back to you. (Luke 6:38)

Do you want that good measure in your life? Do you want to experience God’s abundant blessings? They are right there, waiting for those who call on Him, waiting for those who want to do His will here on this earth. I’m going to take a cue from my sweet little girl, and try to please my Father. I want to be a good helper.