Sometimes our pain distracts us so badly we stop caring. But God still cares.
It helps, though, if you step back, put your wide-view goggles on, and take a broad look at the challenges you’re facing.
Look around you. What’s really happening?
Read Nehemiah 3:10, Meanwhile, the people in Judah said, “The strength of the laborers is giving out, and there is so much rubble that we cannot rebuild the wall.”
Is your strength giving out? Are you thinking of giving up? Here’s the real question … a solution that Satan’s possibly put in your mind.
Are you considering pulling away from God? From church? Oh, you’d never say so, but you’re weary … so bone weary.
Remember, Christianity is messy. It’s common to face opposition. Satan’s a master at hammering on Christians. But when you use your wide-view goggles, it’s easy to see the full picture.
Read on in Nehemiah 4, After I looked things over, I stood up and said to the nobles, the officials and the rest of the people, “Don’t be afraid of them. Remember the Lord, who is great and awesome, and fight for your families, your sons and your daughters, your wives and your homes” (v. 4).
Don’t let Satan distract you and steal your joy. Be like Nehemiah and stay focused on the job God gives, even when there were distractions.
What do you see when you look for the full picture?
Sometimes when we’re in the midst of tragedy, it’s difficult to grasp God’s presence and comfort.
I should know.
After suffering a seizure on April 1, 2011, doctors found a tumor on my brain and told me I may only have ten days to live. I spent those ten days seeking answers. Why was I facing such horror? What had I done to cause this? Was God punishing me?
Was God even there?
Pardon me for as I offer a bit of shameful self-promotion.
Look what was included in the August/September 2019 edition of Leading Hearts Magazine. Here’s a copy of a full-page ad (page 34) handed out at the 2019 AWSA conference in Murfreesboro, Tennessee last month.
If you pull up the magazine, before you even get to page 34 and after, you’ll see wonderful information from terrific women who love talking about Jesus. While I smile at what I found in the publication on Page 34, my heart sings from what this this magazine offers. Be blessed by the stories and articles shared in this publication.
Let me know what you liked best from these articles. What stories moved your heart?
A new day … take a step into what waits for you.
Zacchaeus (Luke 19:1-10) was a leader among tax collectors. He could afford great jewelry and fine clothes. His position allowed him to charge the people of Jericho more than they owed. Everyone knew he skimmed off the top. They feared this little man.
But this little man had a secret—he wanted more. He had a need. A nagging in his heart that rubies or fine spices couldn’t satisfy. When he heard that this man Jesus was coming to town, he knew he had to talk to him. See him.
Zacchaeus left his tax collecting table for the place where he thought he’d have his chance to see him.
Drat. He’d already passed. He needed to guess … which road would he take? To see Jesus he’d have to take a gamble and run ahead. Hopefully he’d guess right and get there before Jesus arrived. But where to go?
He had an idea. By the Sycamore tree. That’s where he’d wait. He’d have an opportunity to talk with him, for sure.
But when Zacchaeus got to the Sycamore tree, other people were waiting there for Jesus, too. Double drat. What could he do now? He wanted—needed—to see this Man of God for himself.
Zacchaeus looked back down the road and saw a crowd walking his way. Was Jesus surrounded by all those people? How could Zacchaeus make his way through so many people? He was so short … he’d be lost in the crowd for sure.
He looked around. There—the tree! He could climb the Sycamore tree and at least have a look at him … this man who heals. Zacchaeus wasn’t sure what he’d gain by just seeing him, but it had to be enough.
The crowd came closer and Zacchaeus could hear their voices. Begging for Jesus’ attention. All coming at him with requests. Needs. Everyone had a need.
He had a need.
Zacchaeus sighed. What’s the use? He had been fooling himself. He may be rich, but his wealth cost him more than he planned. He had treated people terribly. And now he was going to miss his chance to ask this Jesus for what he wanted most: peace. He needed peace. But it wasn’t to be.
The crowd milled then stopped under the branches of the Sycamore tree. Jesus hushed the crowd with his hands. They waited, anticipating divine wisdom from Jesus. Instead, He looked up.
“Good day, Zacchaeus.”
Zacchaeus caught his breath. “Um … good day to you, teacher.”
Jesus smiled. “Why are you in the tree?”
He felt foolish. “I wanted to see you. I’m so small.” He cleared his throat. “I really wanted to talk with you … I thought maybe you could help me. But you’re busy. Everyone wants to ask you for something.”
Jesus continued to smile as he held out his hand. “Zacchaeus. Come down. I’m coming to your house today. I’m going to stay with you. We can talk about your lack of peace then.”
Is this how it began? I put a bit of flesh to the story, but it could have happened that way.
How diligent are you chasing after Jesus? What are you willing to do to find peace?
Sound bites that find their footing in truth, but sometimes come off a bit too churchie.
(Can I get an AMEN!)
But don’t turn your back on the gist of what’s being said. Bad things happen. Splinters. Continue reading
Fix Her Upper: Reclaim Your Happy Space faces dark issues with truth … and levity. Yes, that’s right. Levity. Beth Duewel’s story of sitting in the dentist chair made me laugh out loud (yes, for sure). Because Rhonda and Beth offered this work with levity, I dropped all my barriers and was excited to let them in. I wanted to hear what they had to say.
Yet make no mistake. This isn’t just fun and games. Their anchor into Happy is their relationship with Christ. These women make Christianity look attractive. The message isn’t preachy, it’s offered with a smile and hug.
We’ve all at one time or another lost our Happy Space. This book helps us find it again … or find it anew.
It’s available at Bold Vision Books June 28th, but you can pre-order it now.