No Crib for His Bed

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Away in a manger, no crib for a bed,
The little Lord Jesus laid down His sweet head,
The stars in the bright sky looked down where He lay,
The little Lord Jesus asleep on the hay.

The circumstances of Jesus’ birth were less than ideal. He took his first breath in a smelly stable, an inglorious entrance for the Savior of the world.

God rarely does what worldly wisdom would suggest as the best course of action, and the nativity story certainly is no exception.

Christ set aside His sovereign position and divine privileges and clothed Himself in humanity because of love. He chose to enter the world empty and submit to poverty, reproach, and suffering all because He loves you and me….

I’m sharing “No Crib for His Bed” over at LoveGodGreatly.com today as part of the Advent study God with Us.

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Love is My Superpower

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As a child, I had a strong sense of justice. I lived in a home where the scales tipped heavily down in one direction, and I thought it was my job to defend the defenseless.

I pushed and shoved in hopes of righting a wrong. What I realized after many rancorous battles was that she who yells loudest does not win.

Hostility never saves the day.

All my self-righteous indignation did little to change the acrimonious state of affairs in my environment.

I can’t strong-arm my way to greater peace. Pride never tears down strongholds of hatred and abuse.

Years of pain and misunderstanding later, I sat vigil in a hospital room next to the sick bed of the pesky person who I’d viewed as my adversary for close to three decades. Caring for a fragile shell of the broken bully cut through the layers of bravado.

I saw the raw weakness and need in the eyes of my enemy. God spoke clearly to me on that day. The Great Physician told me to lay down my sword and put on my servant’s hat.

My job is not to chastise and cajole. My calling is to support and strengthen.

If I became a helper, God would step in as a Healer.

Using my own might, my flesh will never succeed in this endeavor, but I’ve got access to God’s supernatural strength as I rely on the power of the Holy Spirit that dwells in me.

I’ve learned that love is my superpower…

I’m sharing over “Love is My Superpower” as part of Kristi’s ongoing series #YourStory.

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Tuckered Out

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I’m tuckered out.

Thanksgiving sucked the life out of me.  I can’t seem to keep my eyes open.

So, today I worked from home and wore my PJ’s all day long.

PJ’s for the win.

Sometimes, you just need to slow down and make time for some serious soul care.

5 Things that Revive My Tuckered Out Soul

  • Napping on Sunday afternoons: It’s okay to take a nap.  Really, it is. My friend Lolita gave me this lovely sleep mask that helps me black out the world, and I’ve also discovered that Lavender essential oil on my feet gets me in the mood.
  • Singing loudly with my Husband: We like to get in the car and drive to nowhere with the radio on the oldies station.  Trust me you will feel better after two verses of “I’ve Had the Time of My Life.
  • Laughing with a friend: My friend Barby came over on Friday, and we took turns sharing all the crazy things our Cuban relatives said on Thanksgiving.  I showed her the video of my dad dancing solo in his Donald Trump outfit.  It’s good to giggle with a good gal pal.
  • Reading a good book: Right now I am reading John Maxwell’s 15 Invaluable Laws of Growth.  It’s full of inspiring proverbs like this one on page 32:  “Nobody ever got ready by waiting.  You only get ready by starting.”  I’d also like to suggest Dolly Lee’s book 7 Days of Soulcare (more details on this sweet read at the end of this post.)
  • Counting My Blessings: Every year in November, I make a list of what I am thankful for from A to Z. I’ve shared each day on my Facebook page.  Last year, Bruce and I took time to jot a few blessings down every Sunday, and we put them into a jar.  Now, we are on year two of this journey.  Our plan is to take revisit one week of blessings from last year’s jar every Sunday, and then  add new blessings to the jar for next year.  I am so excited about this!

Are you tuckered out?  Take time to do what makes your soul happy.

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I’m sharing “Tuckered Out” with like-minded friends at Faith-Filled Friday.

 

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Dolly Lee

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What if we let God do the extraordinary with our ordinary by connecting with Him in our everyday moments? In her book 7 Days of Soul Care Dolly Lee invites readers to surrender fear and to courageously embrace the journey of living more fully into their amazing true identity as God’s Beloved. Using creative stories, Scripture, thoughtful journal questions, and heartfelt prayers, Dolly guides the reader through soul care practices she has learned to implement over the past seventeen years. She writes out of her own battle with anxiety, depression, and PTSD and shares how God’s grace and love transformed her—and still changes her.

Want to read more of Dolly’s story?  Head on over to Amazon to purchase 7 Days of Soul Care.

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Dolly Lee believes God’s love can transform a person from the inside-out if one surrenders to His love. She’s thankful God’s grace allows second acts and second chances. She attends Fuller Seminary and writes at her blog Soulstops.com where she invites readers to stop and connect with God. She lives with her family and one lovable dog in California where she loves to hike, read, share meals and laugh with family and friends. Her goal is to collect enough in royalties from the sale of her book, 7 Days of Soul Care, to donate $500 to the work of International Justice Mission.

 

 

 

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Being Politically Right is Not About Me

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Facebook is a scary place this November in this 2016 post-election season. The Trump-ers are blowing their horns loud and proud. They are on the winning team, and they think they know best. But, the Clinton Crew are not going quietly either. They’ve adopted the hashtag #NotMyPresident, and they are taking their anger and unhappiness to the streets in protest.

I think I’ve unfollowed like a million angry politically loud friends on social media this year. I just can’t handle the noise.

Why can’t we just learn to listen to one another and realize that no one in the White House is going to make things right?

We live in a broken world, and only God can redeem and restore us. He alone can uproot the seeds of sin and death that our willful, disobedient choices have planted.  Only God can unite and heal what seems completely broken and divided.

As we look toward the next four years, what exactly is my role as a Daughter of the King in the midst of a disruptive, captive land? My job is not to prove how right I am. I am not here to be the Holy Spirit and convict the hearts of men….

 

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Create Space

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What started out as a lovely day ended badly.

Someone I love hurt me deeply. The wound is not a new one. It’s a deep laceration that constantly re-opens and stings. The foul stench of bitterness quickly infects the raw flesh if I don’t disinfect and dress the hurt.

Bloody and bruised, I craved rest. I collapsed into my favorite new chair by the window and wasted several hours just watching squirrels run along the fence and jump into our palm tree. I sat mesmerized as a four-legged explorer wagged his plump tail and edged up the tree trunk toward Nirvana.

Mr. Squirrel lifted the roof to the tiny green feeder that housed the edible reward, crawled completely inside, and emerged moments later carrying a  yummy nugget. I smiled as he stood up on two hind legs and examined his prize.

Dig in, dude, I thought. Witnessing his victory reinvigorated my spirit. The throbbing hurt of that morning was replaced by a curious joy in creation.  I thanked God for the blue sky, the placid lake, and my furry friend who reminded me that persistence pays off.

In Rhythms of Rest, author Shelly Miller encourages her readers to “wait for a nibble–a small glimpse that God has something for me, even though I can’t always see it” —

When the mind is focused entirely on a problem, we lose sight of God’s place within it. We pit ourselves against all the details as if the problem is ours to conquer immediately. Anxious and tense, we can wrongly assume that unless we achieve total victory, we will lose the battle and defeat will be our legacy.

Sabbath provides space between you and your problem, enabling you to see from God’s perspective, often with surprising results, like a word breaking through your questions about life and awakening you to something more important.  God is always near, but we often miss His powerful presence in the midst of the pain and hardship.

Your weary soul needs rest. Carving out time to sit at His feet and breathe in His grace will renew your passion and purpose.

4 Ways to Create Space

  • Invite God to a tea party. Get up a little early and savor the sweet conversation in the quiet while you sip a cup of tea. (Yes, coffee is fine if you are not a tea drinker. Check out this for inspiration: Coffee with God.)
  • Take a walk with your Creator. Explore the outdoors. Ask God to give you fresh eyes to see the beauty in your surroundings.
  • Sing karaoke for a one-person audience: Get your praise on, sister! Combat negative thinking by cultivating a heart of gratitude.
  • Make God your pen pal: Write God a love letter. Pour out your heart to the One who mends the brokenhearted.

Create space to connect with your Creator, and He will re-calibrate your weary soul.

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Thought-Provoking Thursday Spotlight: Shelly Miller

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Are you tired of being tired?

Do you struggle with giving yourself permission to rest?

Feel guilty when you aren’t being productive?

Secretly dream about a sick day to lay at home and read all day?

Yeah, me too.

If busy has become your recurring answer when people ask, “How are you?” maybe it is time to pause and make rest realistic instead of miraculous.

In Rhythms of Rest, I dispel legalistic ideas about Sabbath, showing you how times of rest — whether for an hour, a morning, or a whole day — can change perspective about the way you approach life. With encouraging stories from people in different stages of life, you will glean simple ways to be intentional about making times of rest doable.

In order to extend compassion to others, we must first be compassionate to ourselves. When was the last time you chose rest for yourself?

You are unique and the way you rest is unique to you too. Sabbath is not about resting perfectly but resting in the One who is perfect.

 

Want to read more from Shelly?  Head on over to Amazon to purchase Rhythms of Rest: Finding the Spirit of Sabbath in a Busy World.

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Shelly Miller is a veteran ministry leader and sought-after mentor on making rest a rhythm of life. She leads the Sabbath Society, an online community of people who want to make rest a priority, and her writing has been featured in publications internationally.

Her first book, Rhythms of Rest: Finding the Spirit of Sabbath in a Busy World, released with Bethany House Publishers in the fall of 2016 with a second book launching in 2017 with Lion Hudson. Shelly has appeared multiple times on Premier Christian Radio with the Thought For the Day and speaks at venues around the U.S. and UK.

Shelly is married to H, an Anglican minister who resources church planting in the UK. Together they have two children, Murielle and Harrison. Having lived across the United States, she moved to London in 2015 to start a new adventure in the land of her ancestors.

Connect with Shelly at ShellyMillerWriter.com

 

 

 

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