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The Face that Shows--Keeping Your Priorities in the Midst of Your Passion

I just spent hours setting up Twitter to communicate with people that I don’t know, never met, and probably never will see in person. It seems a paradox that we can find ‘followers’ by just posting a picture and a short description.

I find fulfillment and joy reading to my boys, listening to my husband, cooking for my family, watching my boys’ baseball games and helping with their interests. They are people with faces, personality and heart ties. I do not want to lose that contact with reality—that I am their mom and am needed at home for their hobbies, their support, their activities.

The face on Twitter can be happy, nice and encouraging all the time. The face at home struggles to be happy when I’m listening to my youngest SLOWLY sound out his words as he reads to me, or I discover a prize that our cat left on the floor in the middle of the night, or I’ve told my son to ‘be kind’ for the third time. The faces of ‘what it seems’ and ‘what is’ remind me too often of the disparity between the person needing Christ’s redemptive power now and the image of Christ being conformed in me.

The computer screen pulls me to a 'following' that stimulates my mind; my family calls me to the needs that pulls at my heart. Remind me, Lord, to keep my priorities on the ministry of Mom that You gave me. They are only small a short time. Their adolescent trials influence future opportunities. Their needs will only be expressed temporarily. The mom in me listens to the call.

I don’t acquire the followers as readily as, perhaps, is needed. But I keep my anchor in reality—of what priorities are important.

I find that “God is able to make all grace abound to me, so that in all things at all times, having all that I need, I will abound in every good work.” (II Corinthians 9:8)

The face that I see at home becomes the face that the followers see and God completes the picture for His Work. He is satisfied. And so then am I.



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Author of Biblical fiction, married to my best friend, and challenged by eight sons’ growing pains as I write about what matters.

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