Mindful Rest

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Our hearts will walk in Faith knowing that God is compassionate toward His children and He crowns us with His loyal love.

God is compassionate toward us, knowing we are dust, setting up His residence in us and making us uniquely brilliant.

I will remember that it is the kindness of God that leads to a change of mind.

Grace flows in worry-free areas and I will choose to believe. And in weak moments I know Jesus is praying for me. He is making the way restful.

I will believe The Promise Keeper.

RestFULLife Maxims

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Our names and days are Divinely ordained and we will embrace our distinctive callings as Sons and Daughters of the Most High.

We can depend on Jehovah Jirah – Not Formulas. (The LORD Who Sees To It and Provides)

For it is (not your strength, but it is) God who is effectively at work in you, both to will and to work (that is, strengthening, energizing, and creating in you the longing and the ability to fulfill your purpose) for His good pleasure. Philippians 2:43 Amplified Bible

We will dwell on Freedom in Grace – Not Curriculum.

We are image-bearers (made in His image). His Being calls us into Connection – Not Perfection.

Christ is my perfection. My desire is not toward making this external life look “put together”. Jesus holds the Universe together, visually showing the cross in our very cells.

We are Redeemed and whole in Christ – even in our spicy moments.

We will follow the voice of the Spirit who resonates with Love, Truth, Hope, and Joy. Any voice that sounds hard, harsh, sharp, and pressing is not from Our Father.

We Run our Own Race, at Our Own Pace. We are free from comparison which is true humility.

I am not the Savior to my children. My weaknesses point them and myself to our Savior.

God alone has full access to my children’s hearts and minds and He is the only “expert” with a guarantee.

As parents we can lead by enjoying our God-given passions, cultivating heart-rest, pursuing a true perspective of life and family.

Trust the One who led you here.

Melting the Ice

Currently we are experiencing warmer than normal temperatures in Anchorage so our roads are covered in a slippery layer of ice and water. The wind is strong and howling. My daily Rest Walk (when I breathe deeply of fresh crisp air and drink in the beauty of nature) is more precarious now.  Instead of a leisurely stroll I am navigating, compensating, and deliberating.

Some days the living out of relationships resembles trying to walk on ice water. An area of life has gone through a freeze, so when warmth enters there is a time of mixed and unsure foundations. But I venture out, taking one cautious step after another, and after some practice my courage grows! I learn to find places of sure footing! Confidence grows!   I purchase in ice cleats.

Let us look for more warmth and increased light to continue the thaw.  Welcome the incompatibility for this season. This will pass.  It is only weather. Use the tools that will assist you as you bravely Rest Walk.  The Spirit illuminates truths to you through His Word to renew your mind and outlook:

1 John 1:7  But if we walk in the light as He is the light we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus Christ His Son cleanses us from all sin.

I can see my family through the eyes of freedom. I can see that they are also completely cleansed. There is no offense. There is only mutual redemption.

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Peace is Paved for 2016

JOY in the Simple Moments makes me look ahead wondering how we can keep the Spirit of a Christmas alive when Monday, January 4, 2016 rolls around and we tumble out of bed to start our winter semester of schooling.

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James 1:5 says, “If anyone is deficient in wisdom (don’t know what you are doing?) we should ask God (pray to the Father) who gives to all generously and without reprimand (He loves to help) and it will be given him.

So each morning I get up and meet with Jesus, asking, believing in faith that He has completeled the work and we are given the blessing of simply receiving. And this morning I received the wonderful message again of His love for His children.

Reading through John 14 and 15 we see that as a God’s children we have the gift of the Holy Spirit who will teach us all things. So He will teach my children all things.  This gives me such peace. Peace He bestows upon us. Jesus tells us to abide in His love as He abides in the Father’s love so that our joy may be full. He wants us joyful and full of His love.

I trust that His work is being completed and He loves me in the sweet, savory and spicy moments. I can rest knowing that He doesn’t call me to be perfect as He alone is perfect and I am made perfect in Him. With the pressure off, He allows me to feel connected to Him so I can connect with my family.

Instead of these last few days of the year being the highlight of the school year, I’m asking for continued trust – believing that Immanuel (God With Us) makes every simple moment joyful when accepting His presence of love. The pressure is off. Love flows and shows up in the least expected places.

Blessings and Peace to you my friend.

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Designed to Enjoy the Ride

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How can we live in REST when facing situations where fretting and worrying feels warranted?

  • What If my first-born son at three years old is labeled “severely speech delayed”?
  • What If my nine-year-old daughter is “two grades below grade level” in reading?
  • What If a close relationship seems irreconcilable?
  • What If the economy shifts and we are faced with a job loss?

Don’t any of those topics justify worry on our part?

I believe that the story we tell ourselves has a huge affect on our lives. So I want our stories to focus on the truth of Jesus coming to set us free. He gives us promises. I lived through each of those What If scenarios. I took considerable time to worry and fret – in many ways making things worse. However, when I  meditated on God’s promises of REST those hurdles were removed. And maybe they didn’t change over night just because of my change of mind, but my relaxing into God’s arms changed the filter in which I was viewing my life circumstances and in turn changed the story I was telling myself and others. I hope these verses give you a sense of your true position and REST.

Philippians 4:4 – 9

Celebrate God all day, every day. I mean, revel in Him! Make it as clear as you can to all you meet that you’re on their side, working with them and not against them. Help them see that the Master is about to arrive. He could show up any minute!

Don’t fret or worry. Instead of worrying, pray. Let petitions and praises shape your worries into prayers, letting God know your concerns. Before you know it, a sense of God’s wholeness, everything coming together for good, will come and settle you down. It’s wonderful what happens when Christ displaces worry at the center of your life.

Summing it all up, friends, I’d say you’ll do best by filling your minds and meditating on things true, noble, reputable, authentic, compelling, gracious-the best, not the worst; the beautiful, not the ugly; things to praise, not things to curse. Put into practice what you learned from me, what you heard and saw and realized. Do that, and God, who makes everything work together, will work you into his most excellent harmonies.

AND FOR THE TIMES WE CANNOT MUSTER UP THE COURAGE OR STRENGTH TO PRAY – WE HAVE THESE PROMISES:

Romans 8:26 – 30 

Meanwhile, the moment we get tired in the waiting, God’s Spirit is right alongside helping us along. If we don’t know how or what to pray, it doesn’t matter. He does our praying in and for us, making prayer out of our wordless sighs, our aching groans. He knows us far better than we know ourselves, knows our pregnant condition, and keeps us present before God. That’s why we can be so sure that every detail in our lives of love for God is worked into something good.

God knew what he was doing from the very beginning. He decided from the outset to shape the lives of those who love him along the same lines as the life of his Son. The Son stands first in the line of humanity he restored. We see the original and intended shape of our lives there in him. After God made that decision of what his children should be like, he followed it up by calling people by name. After he called them by name, he set them on a solid basis with himself. And then, after getting them established, he stayed with them to the end, gloriously completing what he had begun.

What If doesn’t always have to lead down the road to negativity. What If I relax and trust God in every unfolding?

By the way…

  • My three-year-old speech delayed son is now 12 and speaks ALOT and very clearly!
  • My nine-year-old girl who is “two grades” behind in reading just produced her own newsletter!
  • My relationship(s) that seemed irreconcilable have been miraculously redeemed and experiencing true healing.
  • The economy has shifted and we are still employed.

GLORY TO GOD IN THE HIGHEST! PEACE AND GOODWILL TOWARD ALL MANKIND!