How God Used Daniel Tiger to Encourage Me

I knelt down beside my son’s bed and cried. Tears flowing, I lifted all of my anxieties and worries to the Lord. The rejection email from the publisher coupled with the news of my husband’s new job overwhelmed my heart. I set out a goal to write, but now I faced the challenges that arise with a big move: temporarily being a single parent, shuffling my kids to activities, keeping the house clean for showings, and preparing our hearts for the move.

All around me, I saw other women living out my dream: to write. How quickly I forgot what God called me to do this year: humbly serve my family.

Sorting through my son’s clothes is not the way I wanted to serve God on this particular day. I preferred to write in an effort to encourage women in their relationships with Christ. Yet, I knew God wanted me focused on my family.

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Family is important, but humbly serving them didn’t feel important. Isn’t there something MORE you want me to do, Lord?

Do you ever feel that way? Overlooked in your obedience to your family? While none of us serve our family for recognition, it is nice to be acknowledged.

God sees you.

El Roi provided me with the encouragement I desired through a children’s show. Snuggled with my youngest watching Daniel Tiger sing “Everyone’s job is important; we all help in different ways“, the God who sees me spoke to my heart.

I praised Him for the reminder.

“For just as each of us has one body with many members, and these members do not all have the same function.” Romans 12:4

In that season, God wanted me to serve my family through a big transition. My job of managing the house and emotionally supporting my family became my focus for the next few months. Writing would not be my focus, no matter how much my heart desired it.

I had an opportunity to point out God’s movement in our lives through this move. Through my own faith and my interactions with my children, I planted seeds I pray will grow and bear fruit. God has given me an opportunity to impact three beautiful lives. I lost sight of my mission as a mom, and I am so thankful for the gentle conviction of a loving Father to put me back on track.

Friends, may we remember to do everything – even the little, mundane tasks – for the glory of God (1 Corinthians 10:31).

Sort clothes, for the glory of God.

Cook dinner, for the glory of God.

Help a client, for the glory of God.

Have a difficult conversation with an employee, for the glory of God.

Encourage a crying child, for the glory of God.

As Daniel Tiger reminds us, our jobs are all important and we all help in different ways.

 Chasing Christ,

Jennifer

Where can you see God using you to encourage others through your daily routine? What ordinary task can you accomplish today for the glory of God? I’d love to hear from you! Leave a comment or email me at jennifer.andes@gmail.com.

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