Stretch Toward Your Healer

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I read a story last week in the Gospels that I can’t get out of my mind.

Jesus is walking through a field of grain. He’s surrounded by life and growth and sustenance. I picture the sun kissing Him with grace as He moves freely forward.

His friends, the disciples, walk close by and pick at the grain — rubbing it between their fingers like schoolboys. The day was Sabbath, and they were enjoying the rest of God.

Suddenly, the peaceful pleasant atmosphere is shattered. A harsh accusing voice reverberates over them.

Hollowed out men use God’s Word as a weapon to question Christ’s motives.

I wonder how I would have responded had I stood close to Christ that day. Facing unmerciful judgment is exhausting.

Christ was not flustered by the opposition. He continued to move forward with purpose.  His only goal was to please the Father.

Rather than grow weary from the noise, Christ pressed on and extended compassion to the hurting. He defied expectations and refused to compromise.

He invited the broken to step out from that deadened crowd.

Stand here. Press in to me.

I am your Rest. I am your Healer. Stretch out your hand.

His invitation still stands. We just have to step away from the crazy crowd to be restored.

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An Ode to My Husband Upon 7 Years of Marriage

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Happy is the wife whose heart is entrusted to a giving man. His

Understanding, his patience, his kindness envelop her

Securely in a knot of love. His resourceful tinkering patches up the

Broken pieces and restores their beautiful usefulness.

A killer smile radiates in every corner of her life, and

Not a day lacks the tickle of laughter. A steady

Determination kisses her with grace and sweetly sings forever.

 

 

 

 

He’s something I like to think about…

 

I’m celebrating 7 years of matrimonial bliss with “An Ode to My Husband.”  Feel free to chat amongst yourselves this week, friends.  I’m going to be offline and holding hands with my fella under the moonlight.

 

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5 Ways to Live Out Biblical Reconciliation

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How are you doing? I bet like me you are just plain weary and overwhelmingly sad. The world has gone mad over the last month or so. Violence and hatred seem to be here to stay, and I am scared to turn on the news. I am even more scared to leave my house. I no longer feel safe at soccer games or movie theaters or my favorite restaurant.

If I allow my thoughts to linger on the dark events in this broken world, I will live a life rooted in fear and doubt. But, I know that God has not given me a spirit of fear. He has given me a spirit of power, love, and a sound mind. He has empowered me with His Holy Spirit to go out into all the world and share the Good News.
The Good News is still available and accessible. No one can rob me of my peace with God, and I must share of the hope that is within me.

Yet, I must acknowledge that we are battling major strongholds. We face prejudice and injustice. We are fighting spiritual blindness and apathy.

Our nation desperately needs reconciliation. But, reconciliation is not merely coming to a greater understanding and living in mutual harmony as citizens of earth. True reconciliation is a transforming work of the Spirit of God that is only made possible by the resurrection power of Christ who laid His life down on the cross to make a bridge for us to pass from death to life.

I am called to be God’s ambassador of reconciliation. Mending what is broken must start with me. I must live a transformed life that points those in need of restoration to the One who truly sets us free…

I’m sharing “5 Ways to Live Out Biblical Reconciliation” over at Missional Women today.

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The Perspective Shift

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Last winter, my husband caught a cold, which ultimately lead to a shift in my perspective. At first, I was slightly irritated that he’d diligently worked all week with a wracking cough, but then decided to cancel our weekend Valentine’s Day plans because he suddenly needed to rest. We spent two days watching television on the couch in our pajamas while he drank lots of fluid and took over-the-counter cough medicine every four hours.

My husband does not slow down, so I should have known that a crisis was coming, but all I could think about was how I was missing out on flowers and a nice dinner at an expensive restaurant. My grumpy attitude soon took a backseat when I realized that my man had completely lost his appetite, and his cough was so debilitating that he hadn’t slept in 48 hours.

We ended up at the emergency room just three days later. Bruce was struggling to breathe, and I watched in alarm as an IV was placed in both of my husband’s arms. He had a killer case of pneumonia.

I sat in a chair next to his hospital bed for two days without sleeping until my sister in law drove two hours to come and make me go home. When I crossed the threshold into my house, I had new eyes to see my surroundings.

I picked up empty water bottles off tables and dirty socks from the floor and prayed that my husband would get to come home to sit at the table. I hoped with all my heart that he would return and leave lots of messes all over the house for me to clean up. I walked to the washing machine with his over-stuffed laundry basket and told God I loved to do my husband’s laundry and wanted to continue to wash his dirty clothes forever.  All over my house, I saw evidence of my husband’s hard work and sacrifice. He might not have gotten me flowers on Valentine’s Day, but every day he worked tirelessly to provide for our family.

I am thankful for the perspective shift that God allowed me to experience. I’ve come to understand that every day is a gift from God to be appreciated and never taken for granted. Now, I cherish simple things like sitting on the couch and holding my husband’s hand as we watch television.

I’ve determined to cultivate an attitude of gratitude for the simple joys in life. If you need a perspective shift like I did, here are some suggestions on how to combat a grumpy attitude in your marriage…

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5 Ways to Be a Healing Balm

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I could not watch the video. Everything in me wanted to cry and throw up at once.

Instead, I closed my web browser and picked up my phone.

“Someone turn off the news please,” I texted to my best friend.

Her response captured my sentiments exactly: “The rapture would be good right about now.”

I’m ready.

I’m ready for overwhelming joy, implacable peace, and perfect love.

I’m ready for the “no mores.” No more weeping. No more hatred. No more violence. No more sorrow and death.

I’m ready for suffering to be a distant memory.

Unfortunately, God’s time-table is not mine. I am still here in this broken world living and breathing and trying to figure out how to love my neighbor — even if he is holding an assault rifle or gripping my neck in a choke hold until I can’t breathe.

I am here for such a time as this. I am here to be a voice crying out in the wilderness. I am here to shine my little light brightly in a dark place until blind eyes are opened and captives are set free.

I am not allowed to bury my head the sand and hope that someone else will clean up this mess.

I must jump into the mess with the love of Christ.

Earth has no sorrow that heaven cannot heal, so I must use my hands and feet to bring God’s transforming touch to those who need him so desperately.

5 Ways to Be a Healing Balm in a Broken World

  • Listen: Rather than choose sides, affirm that the emotions and positions of each person should be valued. No one is right. We all need to learn from one another.
  • Weep: Grieve with the hurting. Step into their pain to extend compassion. Standing on a soapbox of self-righteousness only opens the wound of another further.
  • Pray:  “Prayer is the soil in which hope and healing grow best.” [Source] Ask God to bring peace and reconciliation.
  • Give: Extend the hand of kindness and friendship to the hurting. Tender-hearted service is a remedy that soothes the trauma.
  • Speak: Tell the hurting how God has healed you.  Don’t be afraid to share your story with those who need God’s restoration.

Don’t closet yourself up from the chaos. Step out and apply the salve of God’s love and mercy to a hurting world.


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