How many have sown tears in the last year? Surely there's a harvest of JOY coming!!! Me. Me. Me. In my life I have sown bountifully in tears. Tears of failure. Tears of sadness and regret. Tears of fear and anguish and despair. Tears of surrender. How about you?n the last year, I've begun to … Continue reading Want JOY?
It is the diligent, caring and responsible farmer who allows the tearing up of the soil. He desires the best production from his seed and works tirelessly to make sure that the good harvest will come to fruition. He tends, he waits and waters and watches over the miracle of death becoming life!
It's the real life stories, as we race together, spurring one another on to the finish line, which inspires me to write. It's exciting to think that through our stories someone who is losing steam might receive a shot of adrenaline to press on and win the prize of their inheritance.
My most vivid memory of sharing ministry time with Chloe is that she carried a pocket-sized artist pad of paper and an artist's pencil. She sat quietly on a stool in the dressing room crowded with more flesh than clothing and sketched a picture of God's love. There was a specific woman she felt Holy Spirit was guiding her to bless with her picture.
Because we belong to Jesus (we are His and He is ours) we are able to meet overwhelming circumstances face to face with confidence and bold JOY. Jesus is our example. He encountered crowds of physically, emotionally and mentally broken and hurting people who pressed in on Him everywhere He traveled. We carry God's compassion, just as Jesus did; so we don't have to duck from any person in distress.
Trying to control everything has been wearing me out. If you ever struggle with this you will know what I mean. It’s tiring. It sucks the life out of you. But Jesus came to give life, and every single day is a choice to accept the life he gives, every single day is a choice to follow. You don’t have to worry about it, you can always wait for it. You can always stop what your doing, you can always give it up, give it to god, and wait “patiently” for him. It restores your soul and builds a kind of faith and trust in the Lord that no one can ever take away from you, no matter what happens.
And so with the limited vision of standing at the beginning of something new, I am determined to let go and follow Jesus wherever He leads. I feel the security of remembering His past faithfulness. And yet, I am fully aware of the ambivalence of knowing not the path nor the destination of His leading.
Steady would negate fun things like roller coasters and waves and see saws and swings and cartwheels.
I grew weary of the wrestling and spinning and the voices and the questions and doubts. Honestly, I love that place of surrender! As difficult as it is for me to get there sometimes, it is the best feeling to drop all the baggage I've agreed to carry and crumple at the feet of Jesus.
In this week's Saturday Share I want to introduce my good friend and favorite doula (a person who assists in birthing), Jess Dudley. You will find her at findyourfood.org where Jess transparently shares her journey out of obesity and now willingly and graciously extends her hand of assistance to all who are ready to say YES to life, … Continue reading Saturday Share: Find Your Food with Jess Dudley