Thursday, November 12, 2009

More than I can handle

Matthew 11:29-30 (The Message)

"Are you tired? Worn out? Burned out on religion? Come to me. Get away with me and you'll recover your life. I'll show you how to take a real rest. Walk with me and work with me—watch how I do it. Learn the unforced rhythms of grace. I won't lay anything heavy or ill-fitting on you. Keep company with me and you'll learn to live freely and lightly."


Suppose you are going to the gym to lift weights. Let's say your body, your muscles can handle 50 pounds. It is still hard, you still get a work out, but you can handle it. Would it be wise to go to the gym one day and decide to lift 100 pounds? It won't be long before you have to get the extra 50 pounds off of your back.

We do that to ourselves. We take on more responsibilities than we are meant to handle. Making the things that need to be responsible hard, sometimes impossible to handle. It isn't until we take the extra weight off our shoulders that we can breathe, move on, and face our responsibilities without getting burnt out.

For the last few months, maybe even few years, I have felt so overwhelmed, and didn't know why. Then, finally, I lost it, to the point that I thought I was mentally ill. Then it occured to me, I am not mentally ill. I have placed the weight of the world on my shoulders. And to shed the extra weight, and be able to focus on the responsibility that God has given me, my family, feels wonderful!!! I thought that there was something wrong with me because things most people would find cute about my children, I dispised. What kind of mother could feel this way? Only a mother who is so bogged down with unnecessary responsibility. I feel so free.

God is so good! He will never give us more than we can handle. But sometimes we can take on more than we can handle. So let go, and let God! Let go of all of your access baggage so you can live the full abundant life we are meant to live!

Thursday, November 5, 2009

Don't touch the stove!!!!!

Don't touch the stove
Don't play with fire
Don't run into the street
Don't put something in your mouth if you don't know what it is
Don't eat candy before dinner
Don't talk to strangers

These are all rules we give our children. Not to be mean. Not to limit what they can do just because. But because we care about them. We know what is best for them. We want them to be safe. We know that if they do the things we tell them not to do, they will more than likely be harmed in some way. We see the big picture. We can see the consequences. Children can not.

2 Timothy 3:1-5 (New Living Translation)
You should know this, Timothy, that in the last days there will be very difficult times.  For people will love only themselves and their money. They will be boastful and proud, scoffing at God, disobedient to their parents, and ungrateful. They will consider nothing sacred.  They will be unloving and unforgiving; they will slander others and have no self-control. They will be cruel and hate what is good.  They will betray their friends, be reckless, be puffed up with pride, and love pleasure rather than God.  They will act religious, but they will reject the power that could make them godly. Stay away from people like that!

1 Corinthians 6:18 (New Living Translation)
 Run from sexual sin! No other sin so clearly affects the body as this one does. For sexual immorality is a sin against your own body.

Colossians 3:5-6 (New Living Translation)
So put to death the sinful, earthly things lurking within you. Have nothing to do with sexual immorality, impurity, lust, and evil desires. Don’t be greedy, for a greedy person is an idolater, worshiping the things of this world.  Because of these sins, the anger of God is coming.


Ephesians 5:18 (New Living Translation)
 Don’t be drunk with wine, because that will ruin your life. Instead, be filled with the Holy Spirit
God does the same for us. He sees the big picture. There are rules that he gives us. But it isnt to take life away from us, but to keep us safe. To keep us from being harmed, or even harming ourselves. We feel so limited because of the things we are told to stay away from, or not participate in. But in reality, if we follow those instructions, we can find such freedom in knowing that we are safe. We don't have to live with the consequences.

James 1:25 (New International Version)
But the man who looks intently into the perfect law that gives freedom, and continues to do this, not forgetting what he has heard, but doing it—he will be blessed in what he does.

Galatians 5:1 (New International Version)
It is for freedom that Christ has set us free. Stand firm, then, and do not let yourselves be burdened again by a yoke of slavery.

housekeeping

When I go to pick my children at 2:00pm, my house is pretty much spotless. Everything has been cleaned, and I actually have the opportunity to rest and relax while Tyler is sleeping. But it never fails. Less than 5 minutes after we walk through the door, it looks like I had been laying on the couch eating bon bons all day watching tv. Even though I have been working my tail off.

Our hearts are the same way. We may clean them out, and get rid of the junk in there, but we have to keep cleaning it out. It doesnt stay that way without effort.

Lamentations 3:22-24 (New Living Translation)

22 The faithful love of the Lord never ends!
His mercies never cease.
23 Great is his faithfulness;
his mercies begin afresh each morning.
24 I say to myself, “The Lord is my inheritance;
therefore, I will hope in him!”

God knew this. He doesnt say, "Okay I forgive you, I will extend mercy to you, but only once." He shows us mercy every single day. And every single day, we need it. Just like our homes have to be cleaned every day. So do our hearts. We want the Lord's home to be clean, don't we? If Jesus lives in our heart, don't you think he would like his home to be cleaned?