Patient Work

Stephanie Disselkoen

READ : James 5:7 Be patient, therefore, brothers, until the coming of the Lord. See how the farmer waits for the precious fruit of the earth . . . until it receives the early and the late rains. (5:7) God is teaching me patience in my work as a mom through my five-year-old son. I know God made this ever-moving child for his glory. But in our household, basic table manners are a must. This is where I’m learning patience. …

Worker Bees

Stephanie Disselkoen

READ : Ecclesiastes 3:1-13 What do workers gain from their toil? (3:9 NIV) As a beekeeper I’ve picked up some astonishing facts about bees and their work. For example, one worker bee makes only 1/12 of a teaspoon of honey in its lifetime. The minute volume of honey a bee produces comforts me often. Sometimes— usually late at night—I begin to wonder, “Does my work matter? Does my ‘1/12 of a teaspoon’ count to God?” Over time, he has shown …

Working Through Brokenness

Stephanie Disselkoen

READ : Philippians 1:1-6 He who began a good work in you will bring it to completion at the day of Jesus Christ. (v. 6) God is at work in you. This is a fact. When most people think of this, they refer to beautiful outward changes. For example: “God’s working in Tom; he speaks so kindly now,” or “God has healed Sally of her cancer!” But God’s transformation toolbox isn’t limited to working through what is outwardly beautiful. He …