Resting Mondays

It’s difficult not to think “creatively” when you blog and write in general as much as I.

On Mondays I like to rest… I mean, really.  Normally, I wouldn’t even write a diary entry, but talking about this has been on and off my mind all day.  I’ve been growing slowly accustomed to resting my brain, my memory, my heart, mind, will, and emotions each Monday; sounds weird, doesn’t it?

It is, a little.

I literally can feel my body appreciating not having to think creatively or otherwise at least one day a week.  When I contemplate God or dance around my house periodically on Mondays, my mind genuinely benefits from it.  Doing no-brainer stuff is good, but focusing intently on God is better; He’s the only true escape, after all. He’s the only “re-energizer”.  Thoughts of Him renew.

The human body needs some down time, and being with God makes down time up time; being with God is good.

Today I looked outside at the lush area He’s given me, full of trees and grass and farmland vistas… and it made me glad.  I looked at another area and was reminded of the dream He gave me of this place nearly five long years ago; the dream’s been realized, and I couldn’t be more content.

My mind takes its paces and queues from God; the ministry flourishes and I am at peace and calm again… one more big transition overcome.

Resting in thanksgiving is the best way to put your mind at rest.  Just don’t stare at the computer screen all day and your eyes will rest.  Mondays give me that, and I’m glad.

Basically, I don’t think “creatively” on Mondays and, for now, the building blocks of Tuesday rock steadily and easily by.

SHARON 🙂

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More Ways Than One

There are all kinds of ways to relate to people, and I am learning that as God courses me through discipling others.  God tailors His teaching and treatment of our ills to our personality bent… He has to, because so many of us receive Truth differently.

It’s the same Truth – it’s Jesus – but each person perceives and receives Jesus and information in general… differently.  It’s like God relating to Mack in The Shack as a woman because Mack didn’t have a positive relationship with his father.  God will also submit to our perceptions of Him as an “old” and almost “grandfatherly” figure, if that gives Him an inroad to our hearts.  Because once He has a way in, He can process our lives to eventually receive the fullest and most accurate accounting of His being we can handle.

That happened to me.

So lately I’ve been introduced to some more “new ways” of relating to people’s hearts in Jesus – by His definitions and in ways indicative of His “Pastor” heart.  He’s training me and giving me constant affirmations (MUCH needed) as I continue on His way.  People are wonderful (and terrible), and I can see why He loves us so much.  The “terrible” stuff all happens for a reason.  No excuses, but definitely reasons for everything… my stuff included!  That tenders me to human existence in general and even softens my heart towards myself… that’s so necessary.  Forgiveness is not only to be outstretched to others, but we are to bathe ourselves in the same sweet oils we release.  We deserve (and desperately need) it from ourselves upon ourselves, by God’s awesome power.

New things and new ways are being introduced and absorbed, and the adventure continues in Christ’s Name.  I’m enjoying it.

SHAMMA 🙂

So How Was Your Day?

Resurrection Sunday was a complete blessing and total surprise for my best friend Lynette and I.  We started out the day with praise and worship, playing “The Easter Song” by GLAD (I love that melody!) and absolutely thanking God with tears and JOY for His sacrifice and plan of salvation through our Lord Jesus Christ.  We’d made food and drink and were prepared to spend the day watching The Passion and getting intimately acquainted with our emotions in conjunction with God’s agenda for the day.

Wow… what God’s agenda turned out to be, neither of us could have planned!

As we watched the powerful depiction of Jesus’ last night and day upon earth, we shared our thoughts and continued thanking God for His staggering sacrifice on our behalf.  Then midway through the morning, around 9:30 I would say, Lynette’s daughter (and my God-daughter) Jessica texted us asking to speak with us in person about some things.  She was okay but just wanted to talk. Then her boyfriend John (whose family she was visiting for the holiday) also texted us with, basically, the same request.

Needless to say, with the prospect of our plans for the day changing radically, Lynette and I prayed about responding.  With God’s permission, we ended up bringing Jess AND John to our place for Sunday dinner and fellowship!  John (who is saved, btw) had questions about God on his heart, so we talked for quite a while about them.  Jess shared her heart with us as she desired – so did John.  We sang.  We spoke of family and friends and their own deepening relationship.  We prayed and ate a fabulous meal.  The day ended with Lynette and I bringing them back to the college dormitory with hugs and kisses and thanking God even further for a marvelous – albeit totally unexpected – day of celebration.

After Lynette departed, I finished watching The Passion and I talked and prayed and cried to God.  All good stuff.  All blessed.  It’s amazing how God orchestrates and plans His will for a day.  Lynette and I thought our day would be blessed only with our own company before God.  The Lord turned our two into four and blessed the whole thing.  We ALL got to thank God for His sacrifice.  We all got to talk and clear the air and receive the restoration of God’s peace.  We all laughed and sang and were deeply blessed.  Everyone got what they needed.  I pray you all also had a good and holy, blessed day of fellowship and praise to Almighty God.  Amen.

Our God is amazing.

SHAMMA  =0]