Jun 08 2012

Real Rest

You hear it a lot, especially by church people…

Don’t worry.


You know that verse in the bible that says “Be Anxious for nothing.”


I would like to know how.  I know it’s not good to worry, I just don’t

know how to stop.  I am a mother.


My 3 kids are leaving next week to be with their Dad for 6 weeks over

their summer vacation.  It’s good they need that time, but I worry

about them, And, I don’t know who I am without them.


Then I read this today, and it helped…I don’t know maybe if you’re

worrying too it can help you…I think it’s about changing what you’re

focusing on…kind of like changing the channel on your TV.


“The first step in letting God direct your life is letting go of

worries, concerns, and frustrations.  Release what you’ve been

fretting over, what has consumed your thoughts and drained your

energy.”  (yeah I’m there)

Focus your thoughts on God and on the sanctuary of hope, peace, power,

and potential within you.”



Reminds me of Matthew 11:29…love the paraphrase …from The Message

Matthew 11:29-30

The Message (MSG)

28-30"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."

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Jun 06 2012

You are Redeemed

If you’ve ever struggled with feeling good enough for God to love you,

you will find encouragement in the new song from Big Daddy Weave,

called “Redeemed”.

The band was visiting K-LOVE the other day, and just in passing I

asked the lead singer of the band, Mike Weaver, to tell me about his

new song.  I realized quickly by his strong reaction that this song

was more than a catchy tune for a CD.  It’s personal.

He said, he’s always struggled with self worth.  It’s a song about

what God does with your imprefections, your mistakes, your past.  You

are Redeemed.

The definition of Redeemed :  

"to buy back

to free from captivity by payment of ransom

to release from blame or debt

to free from distresses or harms

to free from the consequences of sin

to change for the better."

That’s what Jesus will do for you when you believe.

So as Mike Weaver sings in “Redeemed”.

“Stop fighting a fight that’s already been won.” 

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