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Rest this Easter

I couldn’t decide exactly what I needed to write for this.  It’s intimidating to write for this particular week.  I mean, I could really mess this up, and I’m super busy this time of year.  Who has the time to sit quietly and listen for God to tell them what to write anyway?  Between doctor’s appointments and school functions and various weekend adventuress, I haven’t had time to sit still and think.  I’ve driven three hours round trip to witness a wedding today, and it’s only Monday for goodness sake.  It’s crazy!

Explaining all this busyness to God in the car this afternoon gave me my answer.  This is Holy Week.  The week we celebrate the gift God gave us through His Son.  How can I not make time?  I’ve made time for everything else, and I’m exhausted.

If God doesn’t build the house, the builders only build shacks.  If God doesn’t guard the city, the night watchman might as well nap.  It’s useless to rise early and go to bed late and work your worried fingers to the bone.  Don’t you know he enjoys giving rest to those he loves? Psalm 127: 1-2 (MSG)

This certainly doesn’t say that we shouldn’t work or that we should be lazy.  But it offers us rest in God.  I need that rest right now.  God gives us so much, and sometimes all we have to do is accept it.

Paul told the Colossians, “I want you woven into a tapestry of love, in touch with everything there is to know of God.  Then you will have minds confident and at rest, focused on Christ.” (2:2, MSG).  Being at rest is being focused on Jesus.  I think we can all read between the lines about what the opposite would be, and that one stings.

Jesus had a thing to say about rest as well.  “Come to me all who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.  Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.  For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.” Matthew 11:28-30.

Ladies, I want to encourage you to find a place of rest.  I want to honor God all the time, but especially this week, and He put it on my heart to do it in this way.  Give Him your time and your attention, and He will honor that gift.

I was one of those writers who could tell you all how to do something right because I’ve tried it, and I’ve mastered it, and I’m doing it.  Alas, I am not.  So as I start to write this post during Holy Week, I am pretty much I wish talking to myself.  If anyone else gets something from it, even better.

I couldn’t decide exactly what I needed to write for this.  It’s intimidating to write for this particular week.  I mean, I could really mess this up, and I’m super busy this time of year.  Who has the time to sit quietly and listen for God to tell them what to write anyway?  Between doctor’s appointments and school functions and various weekend adventuress, I haven’t had time to sit still and think.  I’ve driven three hours round trip to witness a wedding today, and it’s only Monday for goodness sake.  It’s crazy!

Explaining all this busyness to God in the car this afternoon gave me my answer.  This is Holy Week.  The week we celebrate the gift God gave us through His Son.  How can I not make time?  I’ve made time for everything else, and I’m exhausted.

If God doesn’t build the house, the builders only build shacks.  If God doesn’t guard the city, the night watchman might as well nap.  It’s useless to rise early and go to bed late and work your worried fingers to the bone.  Don’t you know he enjoys giving rest to those he loves? Psalm 127: 1-2 (MSG)

This certainly doesn’t say that we shouldn’t work or that we should be lazy.  But it offers us rest in God.  I need that rest right now.  God gives us so much, and sometimes all we have to do is accept it.

Paul told the Colossians, “I want you woven into a tapestry of love, in touch with everything there is to know of God.  Then you will have minds confident and at rest, focused on Christ.” (2:2, MSG).  Being at rest is being focused on Jesus.  I think we can all read between the lines about what the opposite would be, and that one stings.

Jesus had a thing to say about rest as well.  “Come to me all who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.  Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.  For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.” Matthew 11:28-30.

Ladies, I want to encourage you to find a place of rest.  I want to honor God all the time, but especially this week, and He put it on my heart to do it in this way.  Give Him your time and your attention, and He will honor that gift.

Julie

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When A Bold Step Is Needed

Daughter, your faith has healed you.  Go in peace and be freed from your suffering.”  There it is, staring at me in beautiful red letters, square in the middle of the page.  It’s practically all I can see. I had no idea what the sermon was going to be about when my husband and I hauled in three kids and all my baggage Sunday.  We always have a bit of an idea, but I didn’t know we would be dealing with my girl: the woman with the issue of blood.  I came in as a bit of a mess on Sunday.  I’m dealing with some personal things, and I have been discouraged of late. Nothing seems to be working.

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I don’t know why I’ve always liked her so much.  Maybe I identify with that need.  If I can just get a little closer, I’ll be better.  I feel like I’ve tried everything.  God decided to tell me, sitting at the back of the sanctuary like a good recovering Baptist, that I have not, in fact, tried EVERYTHING.  Now the things I’m faced with do involve medicine, and I am no way saying that I think God wants me to ignore all medical knowledge and rely solely on faith.  I have faith that God gives doctors knowledge.  But I haven’t turned loose of any of this and given it to Him.  I’m the opposite of this poor, bleeding woman.  She has her life more together than I do!

Maybe I’m wrong, but I think we can all identify with her.  Aren’t we all hemorrhaging in some way?  There is something in most of our lives that makes us feel unclean, unworthy.  I don’t know about you, but my brain knows this isn’t true.  It’s just that I FEEL like it is sometimes.  She was told by society that she was unclean, yet she took a step in faith because being healed was worth it.  My anxiety spikes just thinking of how scary that must have been for her.  Why am I not that bold?  I know it’s worth it.

There is freedom available.  Freedom from whatever the hemorrhaging in your life is.  And a bold step is needed, but it’s right there.  Today I pray for boldness, both for myself and all of you, my sweet sisters.

Julie

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A Legacy of Kindness

1 When we talked about doing a series on legacy, I immediately started thinking of it in terms of what I would want my legacy to be.  As the mother of 3 small-ish kids, I think about this sometimes.  So many days feel like they’re spent rushing, yelling, disciplining, and wanting to cry.  Is this what I want my legacy to be?

Of course I want my children to know that their mother knows the Lord.  I try to talk about it and use otherwise ridiculous situations as teaching moments.  I remember the fruits of the Spirit, though they will probably never think of peace or gentleness when they think of me (especially this week).

The thing that I most want them to see in me is kindness.  Not kindness when it’s easy or when it’s my friend.  Kindness that we are called, as children of God, to show to everyone.  It’s not easy, especially for kids.

My oldest child is in second grade.  He’s a little awkward, a little more immature than most kids his age, and has some challenges in the classroom.  He isn’t always the recipient of kindness because of that.  It will come as no surprise that children can be mean.  So far, he’s kind of brushed it off, but he’s getting to the age where that will be harder to do.  The way I talk about kindness with him is a little different.  He is taught that your kindness toward others does not depend on theirs to you.  You don’t have to be friends with someone who is unkind, but you do have to be civil.

My daughter just started kindergarten and this whole concept looks different for her.  She is a pleaser.  She will fit in with no problem in any group.  She needs to know that she is expected to be kind even if her friends are not.  It’s easy to try to impress others by being rude or hurtful.  I’ll never understand this, and she has never been faced with it.  But she will.  So, I’ve already started talking to her about it.

Now what about me?  How can I show them what kindness looks like as an adult?  Honestly, it’s not hard to do.  They’re always watching so typically I don’t even say it out loud.  But a nice word to a cashier who is having a rough day can do wonders.  I hope they see that.  Getting an extra burger for the guy holding the sign near McDonalds is a small but sometimes powerful act.  My husband and I shave our heads for childhood cancer research every year.  I’ve had people ask me how I’m ok with my kids seeing me bald!  What I want them to see is that you give when you can with whatever you have.  It’s easy y’all.  And it can change people’s hearts.  If you can make someone’s day better, why would you choose not to?  You can show Jesus in Walmart.  And they need it a lot.

“Gracious words are like a honeycomb, sweet to the soul and healing to the bones.” (Proverbs 16:24).

Julie

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