Permission to Rest

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Rest doesn’t have a season.

It isn’t optional.

You need it, every day.

Not just your body but also your soul, spirit, and mind.

“Six days you shall labor, but on the seventh day you shall rest; even during the plowing season and harvest you must rest.”
‭‭Exodus‬ ‭34:21‬ ‭NIV‬‬

You need to rest, refresh, recharge in all seasons, especially in the busiest ones.

It isn’t optional. It’s how God made you and it is the way to optimize the gifts He has given you to fulfill the purpose He has placed before you.

What refreshes your spirit?

What rejuvenates your mind?

What feeds your soul?

When Time Stops

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“Martha, Martha,” the Lord answered, “you are worried and upset about many things, but few things are needed—or indeed only one.””
‭‭Luke‬ ‭10:41‬ ‭NIV‬‬
Being overwhelmed isn’t an emotion I like to have. There are always too many things to do and not enough time to do them.  The amazing thing about grace is that it immediately lifts the burden of “everything that should be done” and replaces it with the “one thing that needs to be done “.  What is that “one thing”? It is sitting at the feet of Jesus. Begin there.
Drop your to-do list, close your eyes and take some time to sit with Jesus.
Being with Jesus does wonderful things to your priorities- it lines them right up.
“Are you tired? Worn out? Burned out on religion?
Come to me.
Get away with me and you’ll recover your life.
I’ll show you how to take a real rest.
Walk with me and work with me—watch how I do it.
Learn the unforced rhythms of grace.
I won’t lay anything heavy or ill-fitting on you.
Keep company with me and you’ll learn to live freely and lightly.”
(Matthew 11:28-30 MSG)
When you sit at the feet of Jesus, time stops and eternity enters.
Let eternity in.

Strength to Get Up

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Inexplicably and when it seems completely impossible, God can and will give you strength.
Strength to get up.
Strength to take care of what needs to be taken care of.
Strength to make the hard decisions.
Strength to hold onto hope.
Strength to hold onto Him.
He gives strength to the weary.
I know that many of you are facing situations that are draining your strength and leaving you feeling powerless.
It is okay to admit you are not okay.
That you are tired and feel powerless right now.
God does not ask you to “fake it until you make it”, He asks you to receive His grace for one more day.
“He gives strength to the weary and increases the power of the weak.”
‭‭Isaiah‬ ‭40:29‬ ‭NIV‬‬
“Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.
‭‭Matthew‬ ‭11:28‬ ‭NIV‬‬
What do you need strength for today? 
What does it look like to admit you need help rather than “fake it until you make it”?
I am praying for you today. I am praying that you find the strength to do what needs to be done, find your way into His rest, and walk forward in a power that is not your own.

Whose Yoke?

When your shoulders feel burdened and your heart is heavy, you need to ask whose yoke you are wearing.

When stress bears down on your neck and depression clouds your mind, you need to ask whose yoke you are wearing. 

When despair shuts down your vision and hopelessness siphons your strength, you need to ask whose yoke you are wearing.

“Then Jesus said, “Come to me, all of you who are weary and carry heavy burdens, and I will give you rest. 

Take my yoke upon you. Let me teach you, because I am humble and gentle at heart, and you will find rest for your souls. 

For my yoke is easy to bear, and the burden I give you is light.”

‭‭Matthew‬ ‭11:28-30‬ ‭NLT‬‬

When Jesus is offering you His yoke, it is an invitation to lay down whatever you are carrying (the yoke you have been walking in) whether it’s heavy because of what others have put on it or because of the burdens you yourself have added. 

It is an invitation to come alongside Jesus and yoke up with Him.  His yoke is light for you because He bears all the weight of it. The word used for “easy” doesn’t mean without effort, it means “fit for use”.

There is still a yoke to bear and burden to carry.  The difference is that Jesus bears the weight of it and gently trains you how to fully function in it. 

How to walk and rest, follow and trust, and with Him function faithfully in God’s purposes for you. 

Are you bearing your own yoke? Your own plans, purposes and expectations?

Are you walking in someone else’s yoke? Someone else’s plans, purposes and expectations?

What are God’s plans, purposes and expectations for this day? What would it look like to walk in them?

May you check whose yoke you are wearing often and learn from Jesus how to be fully yoked with Him. May you trust His gentle heart and let Him lead you to unseen delights of service to others today. 

Happy Labor Day! 

Strength to Get Up 


Inexplicably and when it seems completely impossible, somehow- God can and will give you strength.

Strength to get up. 

Strength to take care of what needs to be taken care of. 

Strength to make the hard decisions.

Strength to hold onto hope. 

Strength to hold onto Him. 

He gives strength to the weary.

I know that many of you are facing situations that are draining your strength and leaving you feeling powerless. 

It is okay to admit you are not okay.
That you are tired and feel powerless right now. 

God does not ask you to “fake it until you make it”. 

“He gives strength to the weary and increases the power of the weak.”
‭‭Isaiah‬ ‭40:29‬ ‭NIV‬‬

“Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.”
‭‭Matthew‬ ‭11:28‬ ‭NIV‬‬

What do you need strength for today? 

What does it look like to admit you need help rather than “fake it until you make it”?

May you find the strength to do what needs to be done,find your way into His rest, be replenished by the Savior Himself and walk forward in a power that is not your own.

Thursday Mornings

Are brutal – worse than Monday mornings for me. We work late every Wednesday night as the Student Ministry Pastors at Bayside of Citrus Heights. The better the Wednesday night, the harder it is to drag tired bodies out of bed Thursday morning. Last night was a great night at The Hub (our High School ministry). Bobby preached a powerful Illustrated Sermon and we had a guest worship team that rocked it.

Last night was awesome, therefore, this morning was brutal. I think that it is very wrong that the more tired I am, the less patience I have. Shouldn’t it be the other way around? I think an extra storage of grace should automatically kick in when I am over tired – like adrenaline does when you are in shock or afraid.

From 6:30 am- 7:30 am, I have one goal: get the boys to school. Preferably clean, fed, clothed with packed lunches in hand. Each child has a few morning chores they have to do as well. This morning it was Justin’s turn to feed and water the dog. He was being extra ADHD this morning, or at least I felt like it he was. These are the mornings when I am tempted to just do things for him rather than hound and follow him from one task to the next because he WILL forget what he is supposed to be doing (at least until the meds kick in and that isn’t until he is safely at school).

(“Discipline your children while you still have the chance; indulging them destroys them.” Proverbs 19:18 MSG was echoing somewhere in the back of my tired mind).

Halfway through the morning, he was still shirtless! It was agonizing to watch him slowly put on his shoes and socks. Finally, he was ready. I reminded him to feed the dog. I watched as he got the scoop, filled it, walked over to the bowls and (now in slow motion) watched him slide all the dry food into the water bowl.

Yes, it was that kind of morning. I am proud to report that I didn’t fly off the handle or yell and scream at him (I did all of this in my head, though) He fixed it, we gathered everything up and I took the boys to school. That hour feels like the longest hour of my life. Okay, maybe I am being a little dramatic. I get dramatic when I am tired. I know you do to.

“Meanwhile, the moment we get tired in the waiting, God’s Spirit is right alongside helping us along. If we don’t know how or what to pray, it doesn’t matter. He does our praying in and for us, making prayer out of our wordless sighs, our aching groans. He knows us far better than we know ourselves, knows our pregnant condition, and keeps us present before God. That’s why we can be so sure that every detail in our lives of love for God is worked into something good.” (Romans 8:26-28 MSG)

What are we waiting for? We are waiting for the fulfillment of God’s promises. The day when faith becomes sight and heaven breaks out on earth. We are pregnant with purpose and blessed with God’s vision for our lives. It keeps us going and growing. The enemy might taunt you with “that day will never come” or “you will never grow enough to be good enough”. It is a lie – that is what he does, he lies. Until that day comes, we have a God who doesn’t expect us to be perfect beings but to be human beings.

On Thursday mornings, I don’t always know how to pray or even have words. That is okay, I can lean on God’s Spirit to help me out. He knows my condition and gently reminds me that God is present, not because I am perfect but because I am loved. It is the grace I need to know that there is no way to be the perfect mother, but a million ways to be a good one.

That is when I can laugh at the dry dog food going into the water bowl and be thankful for the chance to train up a child.

I hope your Thursday is blessed with God’s grace, that you lean on His Spirit if you are tired and that you laughed along with me as I laughed at myself this morning. I love being able to sit down with you and share a few moments. I love hearing from you and knowing that you are on the other side of the screen. I love knowing that despite the distance, time and busy lives we lead, we are still connecting. Thank you!

I hope you have a wonderful Thursday (or whatever day you happen to read this on!)

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Slow Down

The Lord isn’t slow to keep his promise, as some think of slowness, but he is patient toward you, not wanting anyone to perish but all to change their hearts and lives. “(2 Peter 3:9 CEB)

Slow down, my friend. I know you are tired and God knows where you are at. In the pursuit of the abundant life, we can mistake more for better. Busy for important. It is important to slow down and take a deep breath. The Lord isn’t slow in keeping His promises and your effort doesn’t hurry it up. He is faithful to complete that which He starts. In fact, sometimes the very best thing to do is rest. Trust. Slow down and look around. We may be impatient to see change, impatient to see the result we desire when we want to see it. Slow down, put yourself and what is weighing heavy on your heart in His Hands. He is patient with you and with others because He sees more than we do, His reach extends ours 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. In music, the rests are as powerful as the notes to create music.

I’m going to go rest right now, as a matter of fact. Have a great day pursuing God’s best and God’s rest.

I love to hear from you as you pursue God’s plan and purpose for your life. I love and appreciate each comment, text and word of encouragement I receive.