The Way Out is Through…Keep Going

I’m going to share with you a few of the challenges I’ve had in the last couple of weeks because I want you to know God is FAITHFUL in the middle. No need to feel sorry for me because you and people you know are going through the same or worse situations. It’s just life.  I am not just putting quotes on my Facebook page and sharing resources with you to be cute. I want you to be encouraged and have hope! I want you to know that you know that you know: God will NEVER leave you or forsake you.

To be honest, when I am encouraging you I am encouraging myself in the Lord as well.

In the last 4 weeks….I bet you can relate:

The contract I’ve supported my family with for the last two years ended. (I have told almost no one, yet God sent people to help take care of Christmas for my kids and me.)

My daughter’s heater stopped working in her car. (When I asked how much I owed, the answer was, “It’s taken care of.” I had said nothing to anyone about needing help. I just thanked God for taking care of all of our needs.)

My son had another seizure episode which resulted in an ER visit and having to wear a heart monitor. (He got to come home and is doing well.)

My son also tripped in gym, hit a wall with his head, passed out and busted his head resulting in him having stitches. (I can barely see the scar and he had no concussion symptoms.)

The same day I had a flat tire and had to have two new tires on my car. (I made it to my son’s school and to the doctor’s office before it went flat. Someone took care of my tires and another, the front end alignment. Again, all I did was thanked God for His provision and believed He would work it out.)

My web site keeps going down just as I’m trying to really get active with my writing and get some resources to you. Ugh! (It’s fixed for now.)

I spent this whole week in bed really sick with flu-like symptoms even though I had a flu shot. There is no paid sick leave when you work for yourself so it has been extra frustrating! (God made our bodies to fight disease and win! He still hasn’t left me.)

I can choose to see the faithfulness of God or all the challenges. I choose God!

All of us are in the middle of something:  family issues, infertility, care of elderly parents, health problems, loss of loved ones, trauma, tragedy, divorce. The list could go on forever and you may have a combination of issues you deal with daily.

It’s easy to turn our anger and frustration toward God.

Why didn’t He prevent this? Why is He not getting me out of this? Why did He let me get into this?!?

In the middle of all of life’s predicaments, God sees you. If God doesn’t deliver you from your problem, He will bring you through it.  He’s in the middle of it with you, strengthening you and helping you.

One of my favorite scriptures is Psalms 46:5

“God is in the midst of her; she shall not be moved; God will help her when the morning dawns.”

Based on personal experience and scripture, most of the time the way out is through. I believe in miracles…they just don’t usually come with a lightning bolt and an angelic visitation. Most of the miracles I have experienced have been through a process; they haven’t been a rescue from, they have been deliverance through. I would prefer the former but I usually get the latter!

The question, “Why Lord,” is useless.

“What now Lord?” is much more useful.

We may never know why, but we need to keep going regardless.

The answer to why has to do with yesterday and I need to know what to do today. Knowing why rarely changes anything.

PLEASE REMEMBER THIS:  Jesus paid a very high price for our salvation and part of what He redeemed for us is an abundant life. (John 10:10)

If I pay for something for my children I want them to have the benefit of everything I paid for, not just part. God does too.

I don’t want to just barely make it through and be miserable the entire time.  The times I have felt like I was just barely making it, my life was unbearable.

What we believe determines how we live. What we believe determines how we handle our middles, which is why FAITH is the key to an abundant life.

But what about when our faith is at an all-time low and we feel we have been deserted? I have good news! You can get your faith back, and you can grow your faith.

Faith comes by hearing and hearing by the word of God. Romans 10:17

We talk all the time; to others and ourselves. We rehearse our problems. We criticize. We complain. We worry. Why not speak the words of faith instead?

When we put the word of God into our eyes and ears and get it into our hearts, we become more aware of His presence and more familiar with His voice. We gain wisdom and we are clearer about what we are to do. We get to know Him and the way the Kingdom of God works. He reveals to us how much He loves us and we begin to really trust and hope in Him.

The bottom line: Our lives become enjoyable and we don’t feel as burdened no matter what is going on.

 

The word of God is a treasure and it is vital to your life for you to read, study, hear teaching and preaching, and know scripture. Jesus said,

“Man does not live by bread alone but by every word that proceeds out of the mouth of God.” (Matthew 4:4)

Make a decision right now to give God’s word first place in your life this year. I promise it will make all the difference!

Thank you for visiting The Land of Angela today! Do me a favor and go back to my Facebook page and share your testimony of God’s faithfulness to encourage someone else and then share this article with your friends. God may use you to change someone’s life!

Angela

Angela is a single mom raising her two favorite people.

Her favorite son Evan is a baseball and wrestling loving 20 year old young man with special needs, and a great sense of humor. He loves school and church and his friends and is not fond of summer break.

Her favorite daughter Phoebe is a 17 year old senior in high school, who is also a gifted and anointed musician, and singer/songwriter. She’s sings in a band called Coopertheband when she’s not at school or in church.

Angela works from home as a freelance writer and blogger. She is also available to speak at your next event.


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Parenting Fail

woman-reading-bilble

 

It’s too late to convince me the Bible is not the word of God. I know all of the arguments to the contrary.

The problem is it has changed me, and continues to transform me. I’ve seen repeatedly the principles that are contained between the covers work in my life. I have gotten to know the creator of the universe as He has spoken to me through the inspired word on the pages.

I’ve also been studying neuro-plasticity where they have done studies that show when we study and pray the word of God our brain fires up at a high level and differently than when we study other things and repeat other words. But I digress…

The more I study the word of God the more fascinated I am with the Lord and His ways. The more I study the more I realize I don’t know and the more I want to study. They say the constitution is a living document but I have read it and it does not have the effect on me that the pages of scripture do.

In Jewish culture, children would be taught the scriptures at home from a young age and then from 5-10 years old, the children would go the the synagogue and be taught the memorization of the Torah. In other words they memorized the first 5 books of the old testament. From 10 to 14 they memorized Joshua through Malachi. Every word!

Deut 6:6-9 And these words, which I command thee this day, shall be in thine heart: And thou shalt teach them diligently unto thy children, and shalt talk of them when thou sittest in thine house, and when thou walkest by the way, and when thou liest down, and when thou risest up. And thou shalt bind them for a sign upon thine hand, and they shall be as frontlets between thine eyes. And thou shalt write them upon the posts of thy house, and on thy gates. KJV

The word of God is supposed to be in our heart (our mind) and we are supposed to teach it to our children. Thank goodness I don’t have to memorize the entire book of Leviticus!

I wonder though if many of us are missing the opportunity to know God and to understand His ways because we don’t learn the word ‘by heart.’ I wonder how many more of the promises of God we would see in our lives if we had more of the word memorized and really had biblical principles ingrained in our spirits.

I wonder if we are failing our children because we are not teaching them to memorize the word and talking about it at the dinner table and before bed. We aren’t teaching them to get up in the morning and take a moment to pick out a scripture that day to think about.

 

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I am an avid student of the word probably because my gift is to teach. The way I parent my children is in large part using scriptures that are appropriate to whatever is going on. I have taught them to live according to the word and have helped them through many situations by telling them what the bible has to say about it and sharing how that wisdom has worked in my own life and the lives of others. I’ve done this because I know I am pretty much an idiot on my own!

Phoebe calls or texts me often and asks, “What’s that scripture that talks about ____?” She’s usually trying to give advice to a friend.

I have also raised them in church on purpose because I wanted them to have a good foundation to build on when they go out into the world, and I have seen what a huge difference it has made in their lives.  I have failed miserably, however, by not training them specifically to have a daily time of reading and study and prayer.

I have one and have had for years, but somehow I didn’t deliberately train my children to do the same. How in the world did I allow this to slip by? It is so important! Not because God is going to be mad at them or love them, (or me) any less. I just want them to have the tools they need to live life well.

I pray it’s not too late. I got them new bibles a few months ago and am praying to God for a strategy to make up for lost time. My daughter will be going to college in less than a year!!

The good news is God knows what they need and in my weakness He is strong. He is giving my daughter the desire in her own heart to get into the word and take some time to be alone with Him. He has also given both of them teachers in their classes at church that are focusing on developing this habit.

Phoebe and I were talking about it a few days ago and she said she thought it was better for her to decide on her own  that these things were important instead of being made to do them. I’m glad she feels that way but I’m not so sure.

Evan of course is another kind of challenge because of his significant intellectual disability. When I think about that I feel like this little child in the picture depending on my Heavenly Father to help me and having no idea where to even begin.

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One reason I still believe in the church is because I know we are better together. Where I have been weak the Lord has provided others to fill in the gaps. I believe the provision we seek, and we need, is many times fulfilled in this way.

Churches aren’t perfect because there are humans in them, but God made us for community, and through His word encourages us not to forsake the assembling of ourselves together. Church attendance is not a Heaven or Hell issue but it is, in my opinion, an abundant life issue.

Abundance life- a life superior in quality.

The bible tells us we are to come together to encourage one another to love and good works. We would do well to be careful not think so highly of ourselves that we think we and our families cannot benefit from the teaching and support of others. I am so thankful for what the church has meant to me and the kids and how we have benefited from that spiritual practice.

I would love to hear how you are cultivating this habit in your children and if you are really brave an area you feel you have had a parenting fail! Run back over to facebook and leave me a comment.

Thanks for visiting the Land of Angela today!

Angela is a single mom raising her two favorite people.

Her favorite son Evan is a baseball and wrestling loving 20 year old young man with special needs, and a great sense of humor. He loves school and church and his friends and is not fond of summer break.

Her favorite daughter Phoebe is a 17 year old senior in high school, who is also a gifted and anointed musician, and singer/songwriter. She’s sings in a band called Coopertheband when she’s not at school or in church.

Angela works from home as a freelance writer and blogger. She is also available to speak at your next event.


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When the Rooster Crows

When the Rooster Crowes

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“I would NEVER do that.” But then you did. Don’t worry…me too. Peter too. Paul too.

Peter denying he even knew Jesus? NEVER! Not only did he not think he would, neither did anyone else. He was always the first one to speak up, to defend the cause…even when it wasn’t the right time or if he did it the wrong way…he NEVER backed down.

Until he did. Then the rooster crowed. Just like Jesus said.

What do you do when you do what you said you NEVER do

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I can easily imagine what was going on in his mind.

“I’m pathetic. I said I wouldn’t. What kind of person would do this? What kind of person am I? Why did I ever think I could make a difference? I never should have left home. What was I thinking? I always screw everything up. I am a failure. I am clearly not qualified to do this.”

Paul thought he was doing the right thing. He thought he was serving God. Even though he was going about it the wrong way. was Paul convert to Christianity? NEVER. He was arresting and killing them, accusing them of blasphemy. Not only did he think he NEVER would, neither did anyone else.

Until he did. And then he was literally blinded by the light.

“What about all those people? What have I done? How could I have been so wrong? How do I explain this? No one will believe me. I am clearly not qualified to do this.”

What do you do when you do what you said you would NEVER do?

Maybe that’s the wrong question because we know what we do. We hide. We feel ashamed. We question ourselves. We question our ability to make good decisions. We want to run away. We sometimes do what Peter did. He abandoned his calling, his purpose, and went back to his old life.

 “I’m going fishing.”

Maybe the right question is,”What does the Lord say about it?”

Go tell the disciples, and Peter, that Jesus is going ahead of you and you will see Him there….just as He told you.

Those were the angel’s instructions after Jesus had risen.  And Peter…make sure you tell Peter. I still believe in him. Make sure he knows.

Paul, Paul. Why? I am Jesus, the one you are persecuting. Now I want you to tell everyone that I am the one they have been waiting for.

That’s what Jesus told Paul on the road to Damascus.

Can you imagine? Both of them probably thought, “Who me? After what I’ve done, what I didn’t do… so many mistakes.”

But I can imagine. We can all imagine because we’ve all experienced the grace and mercy of God, against all odds. Right in the middle of our mess, our insecurities, our failures, our weaknesses.

Every time I’ve ever done what I thought I would NEVER do; what no one else thought I would ever do, every time I have come apart when I should have stayed together; every time I have been weak when I needed to be strong; every single time, God has been there calling my name.

Back to the original question. What do you do when you do what said you would NEVER do?

 

When the Rooster Crows

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The answer is He was with us before, and He was with us then, and He is still with us now that the rooster has crowed.  He’s gone ahead of us and He will never leave or forsake us. We can go to Him. He’s waiting on us, just like He said.

 

Thank you for visiting the Land of Angela today. Come back often and invite some friends!

Angela

Angela is a single mom raising her two favorite people.

Her favorite son Evan is a baseball and wrestling loving 19 year old young man with special needs, and a great sense of humor.

Her favorite daughter Phoebe is a 16 year old junior in high school, who is also a gifted and anointed musician, and singer/songwriter.

She works from home as a freelance writer, blogger, and medical biller.

 

 


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The Middle of the Story

The Middle of the Story

 

 

I like resolution and bottom lines. I like to know what’s going to happen. Open ended questions and situations make me want to eat my face. Unresolved conflict? Torture! Does anyone else find it ironic that I write about THE MIDDLE?

My mind will grab hold and not let go;  all the above scenarios with their possible outcomes running around in there, I’m like a squirrel trying to decide which way to go when a car is coming. At some point I get frazzled, at the very least frustrated, anxiety and a general feeling of being overwhelmed usually isn’t far behind.

We teach best what we most need to learn.~Richard Bach 

The middle of a book is where we find the bulk of the story. It’s the interesting part, the place where we get to know the characters. THE MIDDLE is where the plot develops. We often learn some things about ourselves as we turn the pages. If we skip to the end, we miss a lot of significant twists and turns. The last page, without THE MIDDLE, leaves us with very little understanding.

Stories with no MIDDLE are boring indeed.  They have no substance or purpose. Still, we force ourselves to read all night because we can’t wait to find out what happens. We want to know now how everything turns out!

My quest to walk in rest this year has me asking some hard questions: How would my life be different if I savored THE MIDDLE of my stories? Why do I feel compelled to rush to the conclusion? Why do I secretly want to write the last chapter myself? I don’t like my answer. The good news is this:

First the truth will make you mad, then it will make you free! 

The answer to all my questions is, I am afraid. I don’t think any of us wants to admit we’re scared, not even to ourselves. I am afraid the end of the story is not going to be the ending I want. I am afraid the last page might be missing. What if I don’t have enough time to finish the story and I’m left hanging?

The next question I must ask myself is, “Why are you so afraid?” Once again, I’m not thrilled with my answer. It’s a trust issue. Most of us have been betrayed or let down in our lives more than once. People aren’t always who we think they are, or who we want them to be. They don’t always do, and they don’t always do things on our timetable.

I will admit, I have disappointed people and let them down. We all have. At times, I am not the person I want to be. Our experiences cause us to be afraid to trust people, and maybe even afraid to trust ourselves.

Now we get to the core issue; the question none of us want to ask ourselves: What about when we feel like God has betrayed us? What if we are disappointed with some of the things He has allowed in our lives? Can we trust Him? I’m sure most of you guys are super holy and never get upset with God or distrust Him….but I do sometimes.

When I first separated from my husband of 16 years, for example, I told God I wasn’t ready to speak with Him about it for about a month. How could he have allowed this to happen? I prayed, I tried, I did everything I knew to do. I was angry and I was disappointed, so I gave God the silent treatment.  I don’t recommend taking this exit on your journey, but I did. Thankfully he is kind and merciful, and is not easily offended. Also, there were a lot of other people who were willing to speak with Him on my behalf!

We don’t have a priest who is out of touch with our reality. He’s been through weakness and testing, experienced it all—all but the sin. So let’s walk right up to him and get what he is so ready to give. Take the mercy, accept the help.~Hebrews 4:15 MSG

God can handle our disappointments, even if we are disappointed with Him. He’s been where we are and understands, but He also sees the big picture. Jesus, unlike us, knows the end from the beginning. He will withhold no good thing from us. Even when I wouldn’t speak with Him, He didn’t abandoned me. He just patiently waited, and sent people to comfort me and help me.

The Lord has taught me a valuable lesson as I’ve turned the  pages of my story : It doesn’t matter what it looks like. It matters what it is. It may look like God let us down, but when we keep going through THE MIDDLE, land we get to the end, we will see it isn’t what it looked like. I have been astonished at the faithfulness of God in my life, and when I finally realized what it was He was working out, that’s all that mattered.

We are assured and know that [God being a partner in their labor] all things work together and are [fitting into a plan] for good to and for those who love God and are called according to [His] design and purpose.~Romans 8:28 AMP

In all relationships, we get to know people in a whole new way when we go through some things with them. It’s the same in our relationship with the Lord. When we go through some things with Him by our side, we get to know Him. We are able to look back at our lives and see how He has worked all things, even things that weren’t good, together for our good. Over time and with experience, we learn to trust Him. When we trust Him, we realize that we don’t have to be afraid anymore. Even when we disappoint each other and even when the story isn’t going the way we think it should, He is going to make it into a MASTERpiece! Don’t give up on God, because He never gives up on us.

The more we trust Him the more we find rest in Him, no matter what is going on in our lives. When we learn to rest in Him, we can enjoy THE MIDDLE of the story. It can become an exciting adventure, full of suspense and surprises.

Trust is like a staff you can lean on, as you journey uphill with Me. If you are trusting in me consistently, the staff will bear as much of your weight as needed. ~Jesus Calling

I encourage you to take some time every day to get to know the Lord. Experience His faithfulness and His care. Ask Him to show Himself to you in THE MIDDLE of your everyday, in THE MIDDLE of every situation. Now when I am afraid, I want to remember all the times He worked everything out for my good. I want to learn to enjoy every part of my story. I want to remember to be grateful for his presence and His care, and I want to trust His timing.

The Middle of the Story

 

My prayer for all of us today is that God would remind us of all the times He has shown himself faithful to us so we can release our trust issues. I pray we can walk through the beginning, THE MIDDLE, and the end of our stories at peace, and with our hearts at rest.

Thank you for visiting today. It is my honor to share my journey with you and I would be honored if you would share yours.

As we continue to grow a community of travelers here, it helps people to know they are not alone as they walk out their stories.

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Angela

Angela is a single mom raising her two favorite people.

Her favorite son Evan is a baseball and wrestling loving 19 year old young man with special needs, and a great sense of humor.

Her favorite daughter Phoebe is a 15 year old sophomore in high school, who is also a gifted and anointed musician, and singer/songwriter.

She works from home as a freelance writer, blogger, and medical biller.

 


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Learning to Be Gentle

 

Be GentleIf you asked someone to describe me, gentle is not one of the adjectives you would hear. I am a bit like that bull in a china shop people talk about.

God has sanded many of rough edges over the years, but I still find it hard not to force things.I have this urge inside of me to push things along. I don’t like to wait; especially for things I believe in and am passionate about, or things I think are inevitable.

I try to assist in bringing them to fruition.  That whole, “there is a time and a season for all things” is annoying. I want the time to be yesterday and the season to be now!

Wild flowers are my favorite.  At first glance a field of wildflowers looks like a mess. A bed of wildflowers looks like an unkempt garden.

If you keep watching however, when the time and season are just right, the mess turns into a rich tapestry of color and fragrance.

The true beauty of flowers comes when you don’t force them to bloom. Full, gorgeous blooms happen when the seeds get thrown in some dirt, and then you wait. The rain comes and the wind blows off some dead stuff, and you wait. Little buds appear and the sun gently feeds them, or a giving person comes along to nurture them. Finally, they open to reveal color and extraordinary beauty.

So it is with our lives. We have to be gentle. We have to get a little dirty and we have to wait. We have to endure the strong winds of life and let go of some dead weight (aka bad habits, toxic relationships, etc.) Then we wait a little longer. We have to allow ourselves to be cared for and nurtured, and then we wait some more. Finally we start to see the plans and purposes for our lives appear, little by little. We wait a bit more. Slowly and gently our lives open up and we see the fullness and beauty that blossoms from the process.

It doesn’t matter what it looks like. It matters what it is.

 

If we try to rush things, as I tend to do, we miss the warmth of the sunshine and the refreshing from the showers. We forget to appreciate how much easier our journey is without a lot of excess baggage to carry. We don’t stop to take in the calm after the storms. We don’t realize how much stronger we are getting, or how rewarding growth can be. When we force things, we miss the opportunity to build relationships with the ones who nurtured us along the way. More importantly, we don’t see the gardener who stood watch the entire time to make sure we didn’t get scorched or blown away.

I’m learning to be gentle with myself and with my life. Maybe even more importantly, I’m learning to be gentle with those I love. I’m trying to remember to rest in the knowledge that God will not leave me to get crushed under the weight of circumstances and situations. He won’t let the heat scorch me or the water overtake me. He won’t let me get blown away.  I’m learning to be at peace in the process.  It’s actually quite a relief to realize the outcome is not in my hands. I just have to take one step at a time. Even if everything looks like a mess, he will turn it all into a masterpiece.

The Lord God is a sun and a shield; the Lord bestows favor and honor. No good thing does He withhold from those who walk uprightly.~Psalm 84:11 ESV

Just to be clear, walking uprightly doesn’t mean never making a mistake. The Hebrew word translated uprightly means complete and whole. It is His sacrifice that makes us whole. If we are walking with Him, this promise is for us. His grace is nothing short of miraculous and His love covers a multitude of transgressions.

My prayer for us today is that we will learn to be gentle. That we will trust God with the process of making a breathtaking garden out of what looks like a hot mess. I pray we will learn to move with the rhythm of the seasons and not force things before their time. May we enjoy the care of the gardener as we grow.

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Angela

Angela is a single mom raising her two favorite people.

Her favorite son Evan is a baseball and wrestling loving 19 year old young man with special needs, and a great sense of humor.

Her favorite daughter Phoebe is a 15 year old sophomore in high school, who is also a gifted and anointed musician, and singer/songwriter.

She works from home as a freelance writer, blogger, and medical biller.


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Let the Beloved of the Lord Rest

One word-REST

 

The end of the year is not just the holidays but also my birthday, and then right after, the start of a new year. Most years, because all of these events coincide, I get very introspective and begin to ask God for clarity. I ask Him where He wants me to put my focus. As is my way, I tend to get overly enthusiastic and set about 100 goals all at the same time.

A week or so ago I came upon a blog post that asked what is your one word for the new year. That’s funny. I am full of words! One word? Yeah right. To my surprise, immediately one word floated to the surface of my spirit:

REST

I began to think about different things the Lord had been putting in front of me. Several people who came to me to give words of encouragement, they spoke about rest. The book I had just purchased had the word grace in the title. It was really about rest. It seems the Lord has been speaking to me about rest for a few months now. I just hadn’t put it all together yet.

So my word for the year is REST. Who can guess what I did next? I looked up the definition of rest! Oh how I love definitions! Look at this:

Rest-(verb) cease work or movement in order to relax, refresh oneself, or recover strength; be placed or supported so as to stay in a specified position.

How ironic to find the first two definitions of rest are action words.

  • Rest is something we do on purpose.
  • The purpose of resting is to refresh or recover strength. (Yes please.)
  • Just like we rest our elbows on the arm of a chair or we lay our head down so it is supported as it rests on a pillow, the Lord wants us to rest securely supported in His arms. He wants to supports our heads as we rest them on His chest. He keeps us in a very specific position that enables us to hear His heartbeat, and to know Him in an intimate way.

I had never seen this verse before. Have you? It’s God’s blessing over Benjamin.

Let the beloved of the Lord rest securely in Him, for He shields Him all day long, and the one the Lord loves rests between His Shoulders.~ Deuteronomy 33:12 NIV

Think about how it feels to be in the arms of someone you love, who loves you. It could be your mom or dad, a close friend, or it could be your sweetheart. Think about their arms around you and your head on their chest.  It feels safe and secure. You feel covered and, yes, shielded.

Now think about those arms being the arms that hold the entire universe in place; the arms of the ONE who loved you to death. Jesus stretched out His arms and died as us, so now He can wrap those same arms around us. He wants to shield us and give us a place to be refreshed and recover our strength.

Rest is an action word. He won’t force us to live in a position of rest. He lets us, gives us the opportunity, to put ourselves in His arms. He invites us to allow him to support us, and to stay in that specific position. Living in a position of rest is simply living with the awareness that he’s got us. Rest is being still long enough to hear His heartbeat and know He is God. Rest is knowing that no matter what we are in THE MIDDLE of, He has us covered.

I began to think about the story of Mary and Martha. Martha was running around, frazzled, trying to make everything perfect. Mary was sitting at Jesus’ feet, listening to Him, getting to know Him. Martha is like many of us and she got irritated and complained to Jesus that Mary was clearly not doing enough.

But Martha [overly occupied and too busy] was distracted with much serving; and she came up to Him and said, Lord, is it nothing to You that my sister has left me to serve alone? Tell her then to help me [to lend a hand and do her part along with me]!

We all have a little Martha in us who is overly occupied and too busy; distracted and complaining that we aren’t doing enough, and no one is helping. I don’t think Jesus’ response was what she expected.

But the Lord replied to her by saying, Martha, Martha, you are anxious and troubled about many things; There is need of only one or but a few things. Mary has chosen the good portion [that which is to her advantage], which shall not be taken away from her. ~Luke 10:38-42 AMP

Jesus tells Martha that Mary has chosen rest and it won’t be taken from her. I bet Martha was so mad! When my sweetheart tells me to relax I want to eat my face. The thing is he’s usually right. Shhh. Don’t tell him. 🙂

Jesus didn’t ask for a big production when he came to visit. He just wanted to be with His friends. Even now, Jesus doesn’t ask us to put on a big production. We don’t have to run around until we’re frazzled to please Him. He’s already pleased with us. He just wants to be with us, to do life with us.

We don’t have to figure out how to make things happen. He’s got a plan and a timing for things. So let’s just relax.

Does rest mean that we sit around and do nothing? No it does not. Rest is an action word. We can place our hearts and spirits in His arms and rest our minds on His chest. We can open our spiritual ears to listen to His heartbeat. He will whisper to us the way we should go, and we don’t have to be anxious or worry. We can trust Him care for us and cover us as we take each step forward.

 Ask the Lord to give you one word for the year. You might be as surprised as I was when He really does! Share your one word in the comments. I would love to hear about your journey. We are better together!

In that same spirit I am linking up with the Faith Barista today. Click on the box below to find more inspiration as you get to know Him better this year.

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Visit again soon,

Angela

Angela is a single mom raising her two favorite people.

Her favorite son Evan is a baseball and wrestling loving 19 year old young man with special needs, and a great sense of humor.

Her favorite daughter Phoebe is a 15 year old sophomore in high school, who is also a gifted and anointed musician, and singer/songwriter.

She works from home as a freelance writer, blogger, and medical biller.


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