“Therefore encourage one another and build each other up, just as in fact you are doing.” // 1 Thessalonians 5:11
Hey guys! I have a little bit of a different blog for you guys this week, (as you can probably tell by the title). We’ll get to that in a minute! First, I want to take a moment to express my thanks to all the men, women, and families who have given their lives for the freedoms we have here in America. On Memorial Day weekend, you are close to our hearts and are in our prayers. We are so, so thankful to each and every one of you. We talk about the price of freedom not being free, and it’s true. Not only is it a beautiful demonstration of love, but a demonstration of the sacrifice Jesus ultimately made for all of our freedoms, for which, we are eternally grateful. May all our military families feel the love, comfort, and closeness of our Lord this weekend, and always.
Alright, with that said, I have some exciting news! I was nominated this past week for the Ideal Inspiration Blogger Award by the wonderful Elizabeth Jacobson! She has become a great friend since we first met on the Twitterverse, and runs a great blog built on the Bible and well thought out research. I hope you’ll check out her corner of the blogging world!
The Ideal Inspiration Blogger Award is an unofficial award that was started by Team Ideal Inspiration and is awarded to bloggers by their fellow blogger-peers whose writings they find to be inspiring, and is a recognition of the impact their blogs have on so many lives. Needless to say, it’s an honor to not only be recognized for this award, but to be able to pass on the award to others. The rules are simple, and as follows:
Soooo without further a-do! Let’s get started!
This has been so fun, and again I’m so honored to have been nominated for this award! It’s humbling to know God is using my words to make a difference. I would like to nominate the following bloggers for this award. Please check them out!
My questions for them:
Thanks again for joining me this week! I hope my blog always encourages you and pushes you closer to Jesus. It’s all about Him, and it’s an honor to be allowed to link hands with you and walk this journey together!
Until Next Time,
“By the seventh day God had finished the work He had been doing; so on the seventh day He rested from all His work.” // Genesis 2:2
Happy Sunday, Friends!
I don’t think I’d be too far of a stretch to say these last couple months have been anything but ordinary. What’s been interesting about this time is we, as a whole entire planet, are going through the same thing, at practically the same time. Nearly every nation on planet earth has been living through this thing called quarantine, social distancing, Cornavirus.
The other interesting thing is that this pandemic has hit everyone differently. Some have had to deal with the economic impacts. Others or their loved ones have experienced the actual virus themselves. But all of us have been impacted by this one way or another. And while I’m a firm believer that God has a purpose and a plan behind everything, I think it’s our job as a Church to be listening to what He wants to say to us during this time.
One thing I’ve been noticing through this quarantine is how nice it’s been to be able to rest and not feel guilty about it. Instead of thinking I should be out on a Friday night doing something productive, I’m resting, reading a book or just laying on my bed while observing how beautiful the blue sky is through the blinds. And honestly…it feels really, really good.
It reminds me that God has built rest into the fabric of creation, and the fabric of our lives. We were not made to drive on high speed for days, months, or years at a time. We were meant to stop, pause, rest. Physically, spiritually, and mentally.
We are only human. And the beautiful thing about rest is that it reminds us of that very fact. We are only human. None of us were made to go at this world alone, do our work alone, accomplish our to-do list alone. We were made for reliance. Reliance on God and His Word. Reliance on prayer and reflection. Without stopping to physically rest and spiritually rest in God’s presence, we’re going to get burned out. We won’t be as effective. And not only will we be affected by it, but everyone around us likely will, too.
None of us know how this whole thing is going to end, but when it does, I hope we can look back and see all the things God was doing through it. I hope we don’t forget the lessons God is weaving into our stories during this time. I hope we can learn that rest is good, and maybe we can work that into our lives whether there is a pandemic or not.
I hope you and your family are all doing well and staying safe during this time. Remember, God loves you. He sees you. He is for you. This week, try physically taking a rest from the things you’ve been striving to do, and let Him sing over you (Zep. 3:17). Let His arms wrap around you, like a father to His child. Be still enough to hear Him. Be quiet enough to feel Him. You’ll be glad you did.
Until Next Time,