Rest

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Wholeness takes time.

Abundant life in Christ includes abundant rest in Him.

Resting from trying to figure it all out.

Resting from worrying yourself sick.

Resting from trying to control everything and have the answers for everything.

“May God himself, the God who makes everything holy and whole, make you holy and whole, put you together—spirit, soul, and body—and keep you fit for the coming of our Master, Jesus Christ.

The One who called you is completely dependable.

If he said it, he’ll do it!”

1 Thessalonians‬ ‭5:23-24‬ ‭MSG‬‬

Take a deep breath, slow down.

The very best thing you can do is rest in Him.

The Lord isn’t slow in keeping His promises,  He is faithful to complete what He has started and is completely dependable.

I know it isn’t easy and life may not make sense right now.

Hold on, my friend.

Let Jesus work.

Trust in Him.

Put yourself and what is weighing heavy on your heart into His Hands.

He is patient with you (and with others) because He sees more than you do, His reach extends yours and His knowledge is not hindered by time or eternity.

God knows real change takes time and He is willing to wait.

Rest in Him today and give yourself permission to stop worrying about things you can’t control.

Let Go, Hold On

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“Not that I have already obtained all this, or have already arrived at my goal, but I press on to take hold of that for which Christ Jesus took hold of me. Philippians‬ ‭3‬:‭12‬ NIV

Let go of trying to earn God’s love.

Hold on tightly to God’s grace.

Let go of your fear of failure.

Hold onto your faith in Jesus.

Let go of perfectionism.

Hold onto the vision Jesus has for your life.

Let go of habits that sabotage your growth.

Hold onto the hope of transformation.

Let go of trying to control everything.

Hold onto trusting Jesus with it all.

Jesus doesn’t give up or let up and loves you so much that he will continually press you to press on.

“I’m not saying that I have this all together, that I have it made. But I am well on my way, reaching out for Christ, who has so wondrously reached out for me.”
‭‭Philippians‬ ‭3:12 ‬ ‭MSG‬‬

Yesterday is gone, press on today to take hold of that which Christ Jesus has taken hold of you.

Minute By Minute 

Desperate:
1 a : having lost hope b : giving no ground for hope 

You are desperate when you run out of options. When you have done all you can with what you have and come up wanting. 

You are desperate when you realize you have no control. No control of how others react. No control what others think. No control of what others choose.

You are desperate when you find out you are sick, really sick and man doesn’t have the perfect answer or a promised treatment to ensure recovery.

Desperation feels horrid. It feels scary. You only get there when you have burned through hope and have nothing left.

And yet desperation drives us to our knees.

To an honest place where we admit we have no power, no actual control.

It is the realization that we are impotent to procure any real change, unable to bring about that which we desire.

When we have nothing left, we have everything to gain.

Why? Because we throw ourselves on the mercy of God and admit the truth. We are human and not small gods. We are mortal and God is the immortal, all powerful, omniscient God.

It is actually the safest place to be when we feel the most vulnerable. 

When we are just surviving hour by hour- we find God is walking with us minute by minute.

“Desperate, I throw myself on you: you are my God! Hour by hour I place my days in your hand, safe from the hands out to get me.”
Psalm 31:14, 15 MSG

“…for He [God] Himself has said, I will not in any way fail you nor give you up nor leave you without support. [I will] not, [I will] not, [I will] not in any degree leave you helpless nor forsake nor let [you] down(relax My hold on you)! [Assuredly not!] “
Hebrews 13:5 AMP

If you are in a desperate place right now, let go and throw yourself on God, because you are in good hands when you are in God’s hands. 

Are you in a desperate place? 

What can I pray for you? 

What does walking with God minute by minute look like to you right now? 

At the End of My Rope

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“Arriving at a quiet place, he sat down and taught his climbing companions. This is what he said: “You’re blessed when you’re at the end of your rope. With less of you there is more of God and his rule.” (Matthew 5:2-3 MSG)

My rope:
• My strength
• My self-sufficiency
• My independence
• My resources

When I run out of rope:
• I panic
• I am afraid
• I realize that my rope was an illusion
• I feel helpless

When I realize I have nothing:
• I’m open to God’s everything
• I ask for His help
• I receive His strength
• I am free from the fear that I will run out of rope because I’m not holding onto it anymore, I’m holding onto God himself.

Blessed beyond belief are those who wake up in the morning realizing that they have nothing to begin with for they are open to receive all that God has for them.

Joy-filled are those who let go of the illusion of a rope (control) and land in the arms of God.

Content are those who look not to the kingdom of the earth to meet their needs but look to the kingdom of God to fulfill them over and above what they could ask or imagine.

Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.”(Matthew 5:3 NIV)