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Take 5: Come to Me–Refinement and Restoration

“Come to me.” Jesus whispers as He stretches out His hand.“Come to me, all of you who are weary and carry heavy burdens, and I will give you rest.” (Matthew 11:28) When we come (back) to Him, accept His gift of salvation, repent and are forgiven, Jesus offers us a place to rest under His… Continue reading Take 5: Come to Me–Refinement and Restoration

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Take 5: Come To Me–Under The Shadow of His Wings

“Come to me.” Jesus whispers as He stretches out His hand.“Come to me, all of you who are weary and carry heavy burdens, and I will give you rest.” (Matt 11:28) Jesus invites us into His presence. He offers us His gift of salvation and to absolve our guilt and shame by forgiving our sins.… Continue reading Take 5: Come To Me–Under The Shadow of His Wings

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Take 5: Come To Me–Repent and Be Forgiven

Jesus’ offer of rest isn’t just for our bodies and burden-laden lives, but for our souls. Our hearts. Our minds. It’s a total package. Once we’ve surrendered our life to Him and accepted His gift of Salvation, He invites us to repent of our sins and unbelief. Our greatest oppression isn’t a result of the… Continue reading Take 5: Come To Me–Repent and Be Forgiven

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Rest: Come to Me

What are we to do? Overwhelm. Anxiety. Uncertainty. Fear of the unknown—all are very real right now. Stress is elevated to unprecedented heights. Mental illness is plaguing many we know and love—including ourselves. And we’re walking on eggshells, afraid one misstep will cause the chaos, destruction, and mayhem to erupt again. What are we to… Continue reading Rest: Come to Me

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Rest: Work is a Gift

God demonstrated the pleasure and joy found in work done with excellence. (read more about that here) And then… He passed that same pleasure and joy onto us. As creatures created in God’s very own image, we were always meant to work. And work was intended to bring us pleasure and joy—total satisfaction from a… Continue reading Rest: Work is a Gift

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Take 5: Making the Best Use of Our Time

Time. Of all of the earthly resources God gave us, this may be the most priceless. And the most taken for granted, abused, and wasted. We get what we get, and that’s it. We can’t control it or influence it. We can’t make, purchase, or barter for more. We can’t save it or preserve it.… Continue reading Take 5: Making the Best Use of Our Time

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Rest: Six Work Principles From God’s Work of Creation

Hard work is a vital component to our Sabbath rest. Sounds like a contradiction, doesn’t it? I thought so too. Until. I realized IT’ WASN’T! I’ve always read Genesis 2:2 as: ‘On the seventh day God rested.’ But that’s not what’s written. It actually says: On the seventh day God had finished His work of… Continue reading Rest: Six Work Principles From God’s Work of Creation

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Rest: Do You Know What Facilitates Your Rest?

I’m writing this post on the heels of our first family vacation in 5 years. During our time away, I learned 3 things about rest We need to know what relaxes us and facilitates our rest—and what doesn’tSabbath is a discipline, a holy habit that needs to be cultivatedHard work is a gift and a… Continue reading Rest: Do You Know What Facilitates Your Rest?

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Rest: The Work-Rest Imbalance

When is the last time your perspective about something changed dramatically? In other words, when is the last time you had a complete about-face after an in-your-face confrontation? For me, about two weeks and continuing… I shared in Running on Empty God recently confronted me about the work-rest imbalance in my life and ministry; exposing… Continue reading Rest: The Work-Rest Imbalance

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Running on Empty

One of this Minnesota Girl's fears is running out of gas and being stranded on the side of the road--especially in the winter. So when my gauge approaches 1/8 tank, I start searching for a gas station. Unfortunately, I'm not as careful with my physical, mental, emotional, or spiritual energy. I push them as far… Continue reading Running on Empty