My Honey and I have just started a new Bible study together, just the two of us. :) We are going through 1 Peter. As we talked and the conversation lead around to many things, I found myself admitting the defeated attitude I have let settle on me so often of late. The "What good am I doing?" and "Why am I not impacting the Kingdom." issues I've mentioned a few times maybe...
Then, the very next day after that admission to him I was at the baby shower. So many friends I haven't seen in a long time were there, and I made a few new ones too! :) It was great!
My kids roamed in and out among other ladies there then back again to me, and helped care for Karissa. One thing I got from a few people was what a good job I must be doing with my kids since "they are such a joy to be around." Now being one whose Love Language is Words of Affirmation, I was on a real high from the sincere, and un-phished-for compliments I received. They felt like the Spirit stirring in me saying, "What you are doing with them is just what I have called you to do. Continue to be faithful with these littles."
It is seldom that one can realize the impact of their words or actions on another, but those few ladies and their kindness was the refreshing drink this parched soldier needed... the cup of water to the least of these, my servants - so to speak.
I left there not only refreshed, but also with renewed vision that this place I am at of laundry, dishes and dirty diapers is where I have been called, is important and is working to His Glory!
So be encouraged to grow right where you're planted! I know I am!