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One of our clients has a question pinned on the wall in her home office.

She is a loving wife, an innovative homeschooling mom of 10, and runs a successful business.

I’ve seen this note many times, but I’ve not only seen it on paper. I’ve seen the words on the paper transcend into her life, as she has allowed God to transform her into His image.

It’s a simple question, but a sobering one, too:

What if my Lord called me to homeschool because of what He wanted to do in MY life?

I thought of this question last week and was convicted that it applied to me too, even though I don’t have kids.

That specific calling can be replaced with the ones that God has given me. Perhaps your list may look similar to mine?

What if my Lord called me to this job because of what He wanted to do in MY life?

What if my Lord placed me in this family because of what He wanted to do in MY life?

What if my Lord called me to this ministry because of what He wanted to do in MY life?

What if my Lord brought this friendship because of what He wanted to do in MY life?

Recently I wrote about how fall had finally arrived in Houston. But we also had some other special short-term guests.

The monarch butterflies had also arrived, as part of their annual migration.

You know the old cliché, take some time to smell the roses? Well, last week, I took some time to watch the butterflies.

These beautiful creatures are not only a testimony of following God’s plan for their lives. They also show us what happens when we allow God to transform us from the inside out.

God doesn’t conform caterpillars into butterflies. He completely transforms them anew. That same transformation process He wants to do in our lives, too.

He uses our jobs, our families, our ministries, and our friendships as part of it. The process may be painful, but the results are life-changing.

The caterpillar is transformed into a butterfly. We are transformed into the image of Christ.

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Aaress Lawless

Aaress enjoys helping small businesses and ministries, having budget travel adventures with friends, and blogging about life lessons on Instagram.

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