Jesus Didn’t Rush

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I recently stood at my kitchen sink and cried.

I was exhausted and knew I needed to slow down, but I had so much to do. I knew the exact person I needed to look to for advice: Jesus!

Jesus really knew what pressure was. Crowds demanded sermons. The disciples wanted leadership, and the religious leaders wanted answers. There was an entire world to save with such limited time.

Yet, Jesus didn’t rush. He went out of His way to talk to the woman at the well and reach his hand out to the leper. He chose to make connection and compassion his priorities. He stayed unrushed by prioritizing loving on people.

The Savior of the world didn’t rush, so neither should I.

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Boys Will Be Boys

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The last time my boys and the neighborhood kids got together, they decided to have a mud war.

I’m not sure I can adequately describe exactly what my boys looked like when they came home. They were covered in mud. It was everywhere. In their ears. In their eyebrows. Under their fingernails.

After I hosed them down and sent them in to take a shower, Cooper, my oldest, said, “Mom that was so fun, but I didn’t realize how hard it would be to get all the mud out.”

Sin is the same way. We can get caught up in something that seems innocent and fun. But the hard work usually comes when we have to start dealing with the consequences of our messy choices. And just like a mud war, sin makes our lives dirty and always leaves a stain.

And that’s a life lesson from my 11-year-old.

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Rules of the Game

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“Mom, that’s not how I want to play. I don’t like that rule.”

That’s what Tate, my youngest son who was five at the time, said when I was trying to play a board game with him.

In little kid logic, Tate decided he would just ignore the rules he didn’t like. This may seem innocent enough for a kid, but not so much for an adult. I want to win at this thing called the Christian life, but if I’m completely honest, occasionally I run across one of God’s laws that just makes winning a bit harder for me.

Here’s the lesson Tate is learning, and that I know but don’t always practice. It’s no fun winning if you break the rules, and we have far more at stake than just winning a game. We are here to show the world the glory of our incomparable God! Now that’s #winning!

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Puppy Problems

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Our boys had been asking us for a puppy for over a year.

We had told the boys over and over again how much work puppies were. They would take a lot of time and attention. But eventually, Chad and I gave in and surprised the boys with two cute beagles on Christmas morning.

About 10 days later, Dylan said, “Mom, you weren’t kidding about the puppies. They are a ton of work, and I just need some ‘me’ time.”

Chad and I knew having puppies would develop perseverance and discipline in our boys.  Virtues that they, nor you and I, usually develop on our own.

Do you have something in your life right now that feels like more than you bargained for? I do. But, I’m betting God has some long-term goals for every gift He brings into our lives.

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Middle School Wisdom

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“Mom, it’s just not working. I keep practicing and practicing, but I’m not getting better.”

One evening after finishing basketball practice, Cooper confessed that he had hoped to see immediate results for all his hard work.

Man, I get that. Don’t you? I want to study God’s word, learn some helpful principles and see immediate change in my spiritual life! I want to stop falling into the same traps. I want to offer a bit of hard work and reap a lot of reward!

Basketball mastery and spiritual maturity don’t happen over night.

I told Coop that the benefit of his practice and dedication show up when we least expect it. Do you want to see improvement in your spiritual life? Stay committed and keep showing up. Stick with it.

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What Community Does

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I sat at my computer in the spit-up stained clothes I’d had on for the last three days.

Surely things aren’t this bad, I thought. Catching a glimpse of myself with hair unwashed and three-day old mascara smeared under my eyes, I knew it really was this bad. I was failing and flailing at motherhood, and no matter how embarrassed I was, I knew I needed help.

Out of sheer desperation, I shot off an email to some friends of mine a bit further down the motherhood road than me. Within minutes, my inbox filled with several “me too” moments and survival tips.

My friends didn’t judge me. They poured much needed digital encouragement into my heart and soul.

That’s what community does. It reminds us we aren’t alone.

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The Enemy’s Greatest Desire

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Satan’s greatest desire is to separate us from God.

This process starts the minute he separates us from God’s Word. He wants us to see God’s Word as a burden instead of the blessing it really is.

He will make us think we don’t have time to read God’s Word. We’re not smart enough to study and understand God’s Word. And it’s impossible to live out the truths in God’s Word.

The minute any of those thoughts pop into our mind, we must recognize it’s the enemy lying and trying to lure us into a trap. We can immediately shut him down by proclaiming, “God, Your Word is my greatest treasure. Your ways are my greatest joy. And You, God, are my greatest love.”

And then we need to open up God’s Word and let His truth set us free.

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How Snake Like I Can Be

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One of my favorite books is Roy Hession’s, The Calvary Road. It is a classic that I reference and read often.

Here’s an excerpt from the Calvary Road:

“The willingness of Jesus to be broken for us is the all-compelling motive in our being broken too. In a prophetic psalm, Jesus says, “I am a worm, and no man.” (Psalm 22:6) Now, there is a big difference between a snake and a worm when you attempt to strike at them. The snake tries to strike back – a true picture of self. But a worm offers no resistance – a picture of true brokenness.”

I like the book, but I don’t like that passage. I don’t like to think of Jesus as a worm, but more specifically, I don’t like that if Jesus was a broken and selfless worm, I must be as well. And the sad truth is, I know just how snake-like I can be.

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Finding True Happiness

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How many times have I wanted something so badly, yet when I got it, I realized I still had an unmet longing in my soul?

That house I so desperately wanted, that achievement I thought would bring success — sure, they brought me momentary happiness, but they didn’t fulfill me like I’d hoped.

So now I’m learning that whenever I find myself begging God for something, I have to step back and ask myself the question: But will it really make me happy?

I know that whatever “it” is doesn’t have the power to bring me lasting happiness. Only God’s love can bring real joy.

I’m choosing to set aside my desires to ask for God’s desires instead. To tell Him, “Here’s what I think I want, but I trust You to do what’s best for me.”

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Weak Places, Strong Places

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We all have weak places.

My weak places frustrate me. Sometimes I get so tired of trying, and I just feel weak.

Can you relate? Maybe your weakness is a money situation that seems impossible, a marriage issue that frustrates you to your core or an insecurity that stings.

Whatever your situation is, remember: we don’t have to have all the answers. We don’t have to make suggestions to God. It’s okay to be so tired of our weak places that we run out of words to pray.

Romans 8:26 says, “…the Spirit helps us in our weakness. We do not know what we ought to pray for, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us.

Yes, with the power of Christ, all broken things are subject to restoration.

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