Jeremiah 29:11: For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, "plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you a hope and a future."

Saturday, May 26, 2012

Figuring this thing out

Rucube, from over at Off the Beaten Track, made a point about how perhaps that passage in Matthew 11:28-29 was not referring to God making it so that we would not be physically tired, but was saying that religion put extra stuff on us that relationship with Him does not. In Him we have life, hope, power, and peace.

To be candid, I don't always experience that hope, power, and peace. But I want to.

Lately it seems like God's bringing situations into my life that cause me to think back to other times in my life when I've been exhausted.  I don't know if His message to me is that physical exhaustion is just part of life, or if He's telling me something else.

I was captivated this morning by something I read by Francois de Fenelon:

"Should we feel at times disheartened and discouraged, a simple movement of heart toward God will renew our powers.  Whatever He may demand of us, He will give us at the moment the strength and courage that we need."

I appreciate Fenelon's point about a simple movement; not some big, hard, thing-just movement toward God.

Have you ever experienced a time when you just moved toward God and it caused changes in your life?

Friday, May 18, 2012

See the Word be Real in my Life

I am absolutely exhaused!!!

So my mind remembers Matthew 11:28-29 (NASB):

28 “ Come to Me, all [a]who are weary and heavy-laden, and I will give you rest. 29 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.

[Footnotes: a.Matthew 11:28 Or who work to exhaustion]

I read this verse, I choose to believe the Bible, but I don't see this in my life.
I want to be a person who takes God at His word and expriences what the Bible talks about in her life.  So I'm going to be pursuing this.  I want to explore this and find out why I'm not able to connect with God and find that rest that I so need.  Maybe I'm not really understanding the verse, maybe I'm expecting the wrong thing, or perhaps I'm not coming to Him and really taking His yoke and learning - I don't know.  But I do know that I'm both physicially and emotionally over-the-top exhausted. 
Have any suggestions?  Have you had any experiences that would shed light on these verses and how to appropriate them into your life?   Has God taught you anything in this area?  I'd adore hearing what you have to say.
Another verse that comes to mind is Ephesians 1:17-19 (MSG):
I ask—ask the God of our Master, Jesus Christ, the God of glory—to make you intelligent and discerning in knowing him personally, your eyes focused and clear, so that you can see exactly what it is he is calling you to do, grasp the immensity of this glorious way of life he has for his followers, oh, the utter extravagance of his work in us who trust him—endless energy, boundless strength!

I've been led by the Holy Spirit to share this verse with Devon, my oldest son, and to pray this verse over him, numerous times.  But I don't see it in my own life.   So I want to change, to learn how to allow God to work in my life and make this part of His Word real in me.

Again, any experiences or wisdom that you have pertaining to this would be greatly appreciated.

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