8 Things I’ve Learned from God’s Healing

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On January 1, 2011, Keith and I were observing the San Diego Kite Club flying kites on the beach. A stranger came up to me and asked, “Would you like to have this kite?”  Almost six weeks after the Lord miraculously healed me of fibromyalgia and chronic fatigue. Another test of my faith.

Do I have the energy and strength to get this heavy thing in the air? Continue reading 8 Things I’ve Learned from God’s Healing

Inhale Rest … Exhale Busyness

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Southern California professionals take pride in a fast-paced lifestyle.

“How are you?”

Deep inhale and smile, “Busy!”

Those who drive the speed limit take their lives in their hands, even in the slow lane. Commuters weave in and out of tight spaces to get one car ahead, and motorcyclists zoom between cars going 70+ miles an hour.

This morning commute sets the pace for the day. Days are filled with meetings, one-right-after another with barely time to speedwalk to the next meeting. While in the meetings, attendees multitask, answering phones, texting, and emailing, all the while, contributing to the meeting discussions.

Evenings are times to get the work accomplished that was neglected during meetings.

While I was reading Rhythms of Rest: Finding the Spirit of Sabbath in a Busy World by Shelly Miller, God prompted me to stop and consider my ways. Just last week, I came home and devoured dark chocolate to try to help relieve the stress of my busy day.

 Rhythms of Rest explores the intent of God in establishing the Sabbath.

This book is for anyone who is frustrated with the busyness of everyday life and longs to withdraw into the presence of God.

“Sabbath is the exhale required after six days of inhaling our work.” (Beginnings)

Miller is careful to emphasize that her Sabbath is not a legalistic Sabbath but a day of rest. This day takes planning and preparation and can be the highlight of the week; yet, it needs practice and is different for everyone. While her designated Sabbath is Sunday, her husband’s day is another day.

“Jesus is Sabbath. When we make the day different on his behalf, holiness inhabits our intentions.” (Beginnings)

Miller began Sabbath Society because she was “tired of living with continual unrest in my soul.” Hundreds have joined Sabbath Society. The book grew out of Miller’s experiences and those of the members of Sabbath Society.

God created the earth in six days, and on the seventh day, He rested. He established a rhythm of rest for the world to follow.

When we were in Austria, we visited a farm that had been in the family since 1776. This family was renown for its extraordinary stewardship of the land. One of the principles that they farmed by was that the land would rest on the seventh year – straight from Leviticus.

Miller reminds us that “Sabbath is love written large, declaring God is good; he remembers the promises between us.” (Watch for the Arrows)

Come to Me all you who are heavy-laden, and I will give you rest. Take My yoke upon you and learn of Me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. Matthew 11:28-29

Jesus is our Sabbath, our promise for the deep spiritual rest that we crave.

I received a galley copy from the publisher for my honest review.

My prayer

Lord of the Sabbath, thank You for Shelly Miller and her passion for knowing Your intent of the Sabbath. Bless her with Your rest for her soul. Pour out Your wisdom upon her, and bless her in all that she does. Father, stir up our souls to seek Your rest and to become ever-aware of Your Presence and work in our lives. We love you, Lord. Amen

Pause throughout your day … today, tomorrow, and throughout the week to pray this promise of rest.

Celebrate the Sabbath rest that Jesus promises, and find rest for your soul.

From Dark Chocolate to Jesus

ghirardelli-1 Sometimes, I get desperate. Many things have gone wrong in the past several weeks. Perhaps it’s because I can’t get Auschwitz out of my head. It could be that work and emails have piled up to unthinkable proportions.

Not really. It’s because I lost my focus on Jesus.

I came home and ate a piece of dark chocolate, Ghirardelli, no less! I took my time. I let it melt in my mouth, savoring the intense cacao and closing my eyes as it spread over my tongue.

Dark chocolate is good for your heart. Yet, it wasn’t my heart that needed settling.

A nice moment, but it didn’t get rid of my issues or my exhaustion. I gave myself a talk, and I remembered Matthew 11.

Come to Me, all who are weary and heavy-laden, and I will give you rest. Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For My yoke is easy and My burden is light.” Matthew 11:28-30

Chocolate revs me up for a time, but I didn’t need energy. I needed rest … the rest that Jesus offers. His rest is for my soul.

Today, I wrestled with the busyness of business, and I was exhausted. I went here and there trying to fulfill the expectations of others – and myself. The burden was heavy.

Today, I was Martha scurrying around, busying myself with things that wouldn’t last. Yet, Jesus said that Martha’s sister, Mary, had chosen the better action. Mary sat at the feet of Jesus and hung on every word He spoke. She was learning from Jesus. Luke 10:39

Jesus asks me to take His burden and to learn from Him. The result, rest for my soul. Not frustration.

His burden is doing the will of God our Father, and when we are doing the will of our Father, He equips us and walks with us along the way.

My prayer

Great Teacher. Thank You for letting me get frustrated today to teach me a lesson … again. I run around and twist myself up into knots before I turn to You for the comfort, the rest, the peace that I truly need. Thank You for reminding me that Jesus is my rest, for He is gentle and humble. His yoke is easy and His burden is light. Lord, I love you. I place my trust in You and rest in You. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

What Scriptures do you turn to when you are exhausted or frustrated?
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Gecko rest

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Every good thing given and every perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of lights with whom there is no variation or shadow due to change. Of His own will He brought us forth by the word of truth, that we should be a kind of firstfruits of His creatures. James 1:17-18

If I can only climb high enough on the rocks, I can bask in the warmth of the sunlight.

The sun is moving. Better climb a little higher. There!

The higher I get, the warmer and brighter the light. Mmmm. That feels good!

Ever feel like Mr. Gecko in your relationship with God?

I scramble through challenges to get to a higher level in my relationship with God, and I’m basking in His warmth, then He moves, or maybe I move, and I have to climb to a higher location.

That’s how God led the Israelites through the desert. He covered them from the heat in the day with a cloud and warmed them at night with a pillar of fire. When the cloud moved, it was time for the Israelites to pack up camp and move. All the while, God provided the perfect food for them, mana, a honey-like wafer, the perfect gift for them and a symbol of the Firstfruit to come, Jesus, the Bread of Life.

Matthew Henry writes:

The end and design of God’s giving renewing grace is here laid down: That we should be a kind of first-fruits of his creatures-that we should be God’s portion and treasure, and a more peculiar property to him, as the first-fruits were; and that we should become holy to the Lord, as the first-fruits were consecrated to him. Christ is the first-fruits of Christians, Christians are the first-fruits of creatures.

Mr. Gecko had a lot to say to me that day. He climbed the steep rocks, reached the light, and rested in its warmth, until the sun moved, and it was time to climb again.

Physical effort and rest.

Physical effort and restful waiting for the Son’s guidance.

My prayer

Father of lights, thank You for the lessons You have placed in nature and in Your Word. They are sweet glimpses into heaven. Bless Your children with every good thing that You have given and every perfect gift that we should be a kind of firstfruits that point others to Jesus. We love You, Lord, and want to bask in Your Son’s Light.

Share how you bask in the Son’s Light