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Jun
17

Finding Deep Rest for Your Soul

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toes in grassThe birds welcomed the new day, tweeting and chirping to one another as I sat on my back porch sipping my morning coffee and awakening. A gentle cool breeze blew and I almost felt I was back in Eden. I closed my eyes and took it all in.

I thought of Eden and what it must have been like to have lived before the Fall of Man. I pondered what all was lost when Adam and Eve opened themselves up to begin to question God’s heart for them.  Dominion. Authority. Immortality. Divine health. Relational peace.

 I thought of how Adam and Eve fell from a position of resting in God into a life of striving to maintain what God had intended for them to freely live in.

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Oct
19

Unplugged

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2013-10-09 08.44.20Feeling distracted, exhausted, and depleted, I pushed past my old guilt-ridden default of not doing things for myself and pursued a vacation. A no-kids, no-Mom, no-dog, no-work vacation. Not that those things are bad. They’re not. They’re great; I was just tired. My human limitedness was saying, “You’re out of fuel.”

There were all the normal things to work through. Expense. Work schedule. Kid’s schedule. But with help from my husband, I did it and he and I got on the road to a much needed time away. 

We talked through our expectations ahead of time, what each of us needed to have a great time away.

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Feb
07

Do You Need a Vacation?

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sun soakingMy idea of a true vacation has changed radically in the last few years. I’ve transitioned from loving the busy, busy, busy days of site-seeing, event-oriented vacations, to deeply longing for quiet, rest, relaxation, and restoration. From soaking in multi-colored sunsets to quiet hours of soul satisfying reading to lengthy conversations with those I love, I find joy and fulfillment in being instead of doing.

Whether I am just becoming older or more mature, lol, or I’ve just been there and done that and got the t-shirt, I find that simple pleasures are the best ones.

And yet, life tends to pull me into a stream of busy swirling activity. I must purposefully mark my calendar with times of non-activity. Times to watch movies with my husband. Times to read that book. Times to watch that sunrise. Times for communing with God. Times to watch my granddaughter laugh and dance and play.

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Mar
30

Use This in Case of Emergency

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boulderA little over three years ago, God challenged me with a particular scripture. It was one of those times when I ‘heard’ the scripture reference spoken to me by God, not knowing its content. When I opened my Bible and read this verse, I knew intuitively by God’s Spirit that it was what we might call a ‘Now Word’ for me and my church family.

The verse was Isaiah 30:15 which states “For thus says the Lord God, the Holy One of Israel: ‘In returning and rest you shall be saved: In quietness and confidence shall be your strength.’ But you would not.”

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Apr
17

Are You Tired?

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tiredallthetimeIsaiah 53:4 contains a beautifully mysterious phrase. Jesus carried our sorrows.

What an amazing thought! The very idea of “sorrows” invokes feelings of things that are weighty and burdensome. To know that there is One who will carry those things which are too heavy for me is a thought which comforts  and encourages my soul.

Life is made of cycles and seasons, and you don’t have to live long to figure out that some of those are filled with sorrows and pain.  When my life is filled with sorrows, I cry out for relief, longing to escape the place where my heart is torn apart. And Jesus answers. Sometimes his answer contain immediate rescue, but many times His answer carries this idea, “I will carry the sorrows for you.”

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