One of my journal entries to Jesus during Holy Week:

Dear Jesus,

I am looking at Dave’s baseball cap and slippers that I washed this morning.  I should always be happy to do this task because it means I have someone to wash clothes for.  Not everyone does.  You gave me someone that cared enough to slip a wedding ring on my finger. 

I’ve been reading a French book “At Home with Madame Chic” and it views making a home as a true pleasure.  It goes further, describing how the woman is the heart of the family, taking care of the family and home.  Agreed!

And further yet, homemaking is a gift you give us Jesus, to make a place comfortable and cozy.  If I were in Heaven already and you told me to make a home for you,  I would put forth every effort to make it beautiful, pleasing to you.  I would be happy to serve you.

By you coming to earth, you showed us how to be a servant, with complete humility.   And each day, you give me an opportunity to be a servant, to my husband, the one you provided.  To love him the way you love me, with every fiber of my being.

I fail at this over and over again.  I don’t get pleasure out of cleaning up his kitchen messes, helping to find his sunglasses for the 3rd time that day, shutting the cupboard he left open, cleaning the mirror (again) etc.

And I’ve given up making the house beautiful because my attitude over the years has become “Why bother?  More and more junk enters our home which is already small and this clutter has made it impossible to look nice anyway.”

But as usual, YOU reach me in ways only you can, Jesus.  First you put the French book about tidy homes in my path that you knew I couldn’t resist.  Then my Bible study lesson is “Matthew 6:19-20 Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy, and where thieves break in and steal. But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven.”  This inspired me to start purging our home, area by area, even if I only have time for one drawer.  I’ve stored up treasures on earth that I don’t even know about because they are tucked away and never used!  You inspired me with my friend Pam, the Organizer, YouTube videos. 

You also inspired me to change my attitude about “serving” in a wifely capacity.  Nancy V sees serving as a nice new job taking care of her house and husband, since she retired.  Paula sees it as worshipping you, Jesus.  Carol and Louise would love to be serving, but you called their husband’s home to be with you.  Nancy S and Lynn see homemaking as a way to make themselves happy, while serving you.  Stephanie, Gina and Tammy have tidy homes.  Laura feels like she would move heaven and earth to make sure her family is healthy and safe. Thank you for all these inspirations!

And my biggest inspiration is my husband.  His spiritual gift is serving and he serves me so much.  All day long, he does not hesitate to drop everything and do something I ask.  And he rarely cops an attitude that this is a hardship for him.  He is so good about helping others also.  He continuously repairs things around the house, fixes the vehicles, etc and he doesn’t complain.  And when a chapter in my French book said to make the most of your home by beautifying the outside of it, he ran and bought me 6 spring plants, pots and soil to help me with this idea!  What a “serving” example, I have in Dave, the husband you chose for me.

Thank you for impressing upon me this necessary lesson Jesus,  I pledge to do my best at becoming a better servant to my husband, and most of all to you.  Amen.

23 thoughts on “Servant

  1. Thank you for sharing the realness Jesus has shown you about being a servant in all we do from day to day for Jesus first and then the people He has entrusted each of us, to serve in the human aspect that again relates to serving Jesus in the end result…

    Your journal post is refreshing and inspiring… I appreciate you taking the time to write and share the teachings God lays upon your heart…

    God bless! sister, in Christ!


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      1. You’re welcome! 😊 marlagro, I too love how Jesus speaks to His children and through his children as well… I love reading the content you write because I learn new perspectives of the Father (Yahweh) in heaven. I, also would like to thank you; for being a willing servant unto Christ Jesus to share those God moments with each of us, on your blog…

        Keep up the great work! and the Holy Spirit will keep showing you new things about God’s heart to share with you and your family and the rest as you share on your blog…

        Blessings sister, in Christ!

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  2. Reblogged this on Soulja Nation and commented:
    Inspiring journal entry about being a servant unto Christ! Refreshing and inspirational read indeed! I encourage the Soulja Nation community to take time to read… 😊

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  3. Marla,
    Thank you for sharing this blog, and for sharing your sweet faith and trust in Jesus. You are a wonderful example of a woman who loves God , has surrendered your heart to his will , and is humble enough to receive his word and apply it to your life. I appreciate that you find my house tidy, it is a work in progress and I seek to be a good steward and serve my loved ones with making them feel comfortable and welcomed. You are a treasured and wise friend ❤️

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    1. Oh my gosh, hi!!! Thank you so much! I always feel welcome at your house. You have been such a good example in so many ways throughout our years together..

      When did you start using WordPress?! 🤗🤗🤗

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  4. This is truly beautiful. Thank you so much for your transparency in seeing your heart. May we all learn something and desire that servant’s heart. God bless you and your family. Sending a high five and an air hug.

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  5. Beautiful post Marla! It ministered to me! This flesh will always find something to complain about won’t it? But the Lord sanctifies our attitudes daily. We continue pray for you, and when I do I pray for myself too! 🙂 After my husband was in the hospital, and had a bit of a scare, I developed a whole different attitude about the things you mention. Blessings…

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    1. Cathy, Every time I read your comments, a wave of peace washes over me. I’m not sure I can explain that, but it is wonderful so thank you. I am glad your attitude became different with harsh circumstances with your husband’s health. The Lord sure knows what He is doing. I will add to my list of prayers, positive attitudes for us. And for your son.

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  6. I came to visit you because you visited my blog. Thank you. I am truly inspired by this post. Thank you for your words of encouragement. At the end of this day I have been blessed by a sister in Christ. ♡

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